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    02' wagon engine rebuild question, San Francisco

    Hey all, I spent a few days trying to dig for answers to no avail. Please be kind, I know you've seen this before. First off, I've had my Bugeye 13 years. I love it. But, it's tired and I think I have a small head gasket leak. 180k on the clock. I want to rebuild her but I am not chasing big HP. I want more torque and I want it to spool up quicker. I've got a Stromung cat back and that's about it. I did the belt and tensioners, pump, and a kick ass radiator at 90k. I build hopped up two stroke Italian scooters and messed around with small block Ford before I caught the "Bug". Point is I'm not afraid to get dirty. I had always thought that I would like a 2.2. I live in San Francisco and I notice there is no Bay Area group on here. I would love to know about a good machine shop as well. I am surprised that information about different conversions has been so hard for me to locate. I would love some help and guidance please. Thanks

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    Price a hybrid build with your existing heads onto a 2,5L block. The DIY stroker stuff is attractive on paper but you're not after numbers by your own admission and the 500 cc extra will help with low rev torque (it's like adding an entire scooter, if you think about it that way). You'll have to remap the ECU either way. BTW are you sure you've got a head gasket leak? It's a lot of work if it's for nothing.
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    For what you're wanting, I would just throw a stock ej255/ej257 shortblock in it, rebuild the heads, new injectors, fuel pump, (along with uppipe and downpipe if you haven't already replaced those), and tune.

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    Is anyone able to advise me about good bay area machine shops and support? I'm also curious about engine build kits from reputable vendors. Thanks for the responses so far.

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    If you want a stock shortblock (which is what I would advise for your goals, not a "build"), I would go through Flatirons Tuning.

    As far as getting the heads rebuilt and decked, unfortunately I only really know about machine shops here in TX.. and a few on the east coast, like Head Games.

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    Not to sure how far Fairfield is from you but equilibrium does machine heads so that maybe a option for you

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    ^ agree, EQ tuning in fairfield for builds; also talk to Mert at RBMS in hayward. Auto HQ(?) on the peninsula has good rep, too.

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