2700cc Engine

Made in the USA

Part #: GVW-2700

Works With: 1986-91

Weight: 240.00 lbs

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Base Price: $8499.00


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Final Price: $10299.00

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After over five years of testing, we are very excited to introduce our ultimate waterboxer option: The 2700.

With this engine, we have competed in five 24 Hours of LeMons endurance road racing events, as well as in the 50th anniversary of the NORRA Mexican 1000, a 1250-mile off-road rally that runs the length of the Baja peninsula. We got class wins in both events. For the NORRA event, not only did the engine perform flawlessly during the entire rally, but it propelled the van four hundred miles from Los Osos to the start of the event in Ensenada, as well as the 1200+ miles back to Los Osos after the event! Indeed, we have tried to break this engine in every way we possibly could, and we are confident in its longevity and reliability!

GoWesty 2700cc high output engine power specs:
• 10:1 compression, with 162 hp & 197 ft-lbs of torque when fitted with our GW-EFI.
• 80% more HP and 82% more torque (area under the torque curve) than the original VW 2100cc engine.

You get everything included in our base engine (see Engine Specs tab) plus the following:
• Brand new billet steel, fully counter-weighted crankshaft with 84.5mm stroke
• Crankcases specially modified to accept the larger stroke crankshaft
• Porsche piston-cooling oil jets ("squirters") 
• Brand new, forged connecting rod set with new ARP bolts
• Custom made in USA 100.75mm forged and coated JE brand pistons 
• Custom made in USA 100.75mm steel cylinders
• Proprietary camshaft grind specifically for this engine 
• Larger intake & exhaust valves
• CNC ported intake & exhaust ports

Mandatory requirements for operation and full warranty coverage: 
• GoWesty Engine Management System (GW-EFI)
• 91 Octane fuel - minimum

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All our rebuilds receive the following parts and treatment: 
• Engine cases machined as needed
• Heli-coil installed in case to prevent drain plug oil leak
• New cylinder head studs as required
• Crankshaft machined as needed (except 2700cc)
• Connecting rods rebuilt and precisely installed (except 2450cc & 2700cc)
 - Large end re-sized and custom fitted to each rod journal
 - Small end re-bushed with GoWesty exclusive custom-made bushing 
 - Length adjusted for proper piston height, and matched to each other 
 - Rod bolts replaced with OEM non-stretch bolts
 - Balanced to each other, and end to end 
• Camshaft re-ground with custom GoWesty profile 
 - Starting with new, 108 degree lobe center camshaft 
 - Guaranteed to pass tail pipe emissions test in all 50 states 
 - Grind selected for good idle and low-end torque 
• New hydraulic lifters, made in the USA
• All new tappet adjustment screws 
• All new bearings: main, rod, and camshaft 
• New, high-volume oil pump, machined OE VW German cover, and special OE sealing nuts
• New proprietary GoWesty forged pistons
 - Forged exclusively for GoWesty by JE Pistons, USA
 - State of the art "slipper skirt" design
 - Ceramic coated crowns
 - Molybdenum disulfide ("moly") coated skirts 
• Original "seasoned" cylinders, precision bored and diamond-honed (except 2700cc)
• GoWesty DOES NOT use the original German cylinder heads (click here for the full cylinder head story
 - We use only AMC-brand (made in Spain) cylinder head castings
 - Much heavier-duty casting compared to the original German heads
 - Cylinder heads are rebuilt to as-good-as-new
 - Completely disassembled 
 - All the valves are scraped 
 - High-quality OEM-style intake and exhaust valves 
 - De-burred intake and exhaust ports, precision four-angle valve grind 
• New OEM quality GRAF brand water pump 
• New GoWesty Alternator Bracket Fix Kit (as of August 2009)
• V-belt pulley, coolant x-tube, connection hose, and steel elbow installed 
• New correct oil pressure switches installed in their correct locations 
• Cleaned oil cooler installed (2.1 applications only)
• Machined flywheel or flex plate installed and crankshaft endplay properly set 
• Valve covers, intake manifolds, and plenum re-painted and installed (exchange) 
• Distributor drive installed in correct position 
• Correct spark plugs installed with anti-seize compound 
• Crated and ready to ship

Shipping: Freight costs are $300-1000 (including return of core) anywhere in the lower 48 states. These engines ship truck freight only. The closer the destination address is to our facility in California, the lower the freight cost will be. A freight quote will be generated by our staff after you have completed your online order. *NOTE* The delivery destination MUST have a forklift to get the engine crate off the truck. Please check with your local installer prior to completing your online order. If a forklift is not available, a surcharge of up to $190 ($95 each way) for a lift-gate truck will be added to the shipping cost. In addition, there is a residential delivery surcharge of $100. If you live in Canada, please click here for important broker information.


Core exchange: $1500 CORE CHARGE POLICY: Our engines are sold on an exchange basis. We expect an engine like the one you purchased to be traded in. For instance, you cannot trade in a 1.9-liter waterboxer core and purchase a 2.1-liter engine and expect the entire $1500 core deposit back. We deduct the following amounts from the core charge refund: Engine cases: $750, or part thereof for repairs as needed. Head studs: $50 per stud to a maximum of $750. Crankshaft: $250. Rods: $50/each (and so on with each component). So, for example, if your engine cases are no good (i.e.: too badly pitted), but the rest of the parts are OK, you will receive a refund of $250. If everything is in good shape, except all head studs have to be replaced, you will get $250 back. Or, if you send in no core at all, you will forfeit your entire $1500 core deposit. Click here to see a copy of the core return worksheet.

Warranty: 48 month, 48,000 mile (whichever comes first) written warranty at no charge. We now offer two engine warranty upgrades (see related items below)! Please see the chart below for information, and click here to read the entire text of our warranty. This engine requires the GoWesty Engine Management System (GW-EFI) and 91 octane fuel. The warranty does not cover internal damage to the engine due to detonation damage, which could be caused by Digifant fuel injection, and/or as a result of using poor quality fuel.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Engine failure due to Digifant EFI, low-octane fuel, improper installation, overheating, incorrect timing, insufficient oil, contaminated oil, oil additives, outright abuse, etc., will not be honored by warranty. GoWesty strongly recommends replacing your entire cooling system—this engine is not warranted against damage resulting from overheating. Please read this article for more information.

Standard 48/48,000, pro-rated, $60/hour Retail cost, pro-rated No charge
Easy Rider
12 months/12,000 miles: 100% coverage (up to $115/hour)
36 months/36,000 miles: Split 50/50 by vehicle owner and GoWesty

12 months/12,000 miles: 100% coverage 
36 months/36,000 miles: Split 50/50 by vehicle owner and GoWesty

Road Warrior 100% coverage for 48 months/48,000 miles 100% coverage for 48 months/48,000 miles $500

Cancellation Policy: We put a lot of time and energy into packaging your rebuilt engine. If you purchase an engine from us—and then decide to cancel the order within 30 days—we will refund you in full, minus any transportation fees and a 5% restocking fee. If you decide to cancel your order after 30 days, our normal refund policy applies (you can view that by clicking here).

This engine is internally modified to increase displacement and power output while maintaining original emissions levels. It is externally identical to the factory original 2100cc waterboxer and will pass all visual inspections and testing for smog-controlled vehicles. However, in order for a rebuilt engine to be officially legal* to sell for highway use in all 50 states, no modifications of any kind are allowed. Please check how your state laws apply to you before purchasing.

*This product is intended for off-road use only in the state of California.

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