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2.0L 914 and bus parts? can you swap . . .

Hey y'all,

As some may have found out I get to do a mild rebuild on my freshly rebuilt 2L!

YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!! (notice the sarcasm)

After rebuilding the new cam's bolts backed out, yes I torqued them to the exact right ammount. However I did not LocTite them. I don't know why, I did every thing else. . . Well this resulted in a broken cam, cam gear, and massive ammounts of aluminum and some steel shavings in the case. Tonight I get to find out if my 2200 mile main and con bearings are toasted.

So my question is are the 2L bus and 914 con and main bearings the same? Last time it took about a month to track down the cons and I'd love not to have to repeat that. During the search many folks said to use the bus bearings. Can I do this??

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Ian

BTW the cons and mains are both standard sized.
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Well I just got the case apart and . . .

yup, those bearings is all F'ed up!

So the question stands, can you interchange 2L 914 and bus main and con rod barings???

Ian

BTW since it's all aluminum shavings and such the actual crankshaft surfaces are just fine
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As long as you are using the 2.0 Bus bearings, I *think* they are the same. They are the same sizes, and are different from the 1.7/1.8 bearings. (Different sized big ends and journals between 2.0 and 1.7/1.8.)

The Tom Wilson engine rebuild book says that all 2.0 cranks and all 2.0 rods are the same. If that is indeed true, the bearings should be identical.

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Thanks for the info. However I just ordered all the parts from Tom and they are greatly reduced from what I was looking at back in August ($120 for con bearings, blush).

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I seem to remember reading or hearing somewhere that the only difference between the bus and 914 rods were the the 914 rods are wieght mathched to closer tolerances. That is, they are all closer to the same weight.
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i've matched the numbers on 914 2.0 bearings to vw bus 2.0 FI vanagon bearings and they are the same number (something like 039.xxx.xxx or 021.xxx.xxx)
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The 2.0 rods are 039; that is the VW code number for the 2.0 liter Type IV motor. The 021 and 022 parts are from the 1.7 and 1.8 motors. Or, at least, the part was first used in the 1.7 and 1.8 motors.

To say that the parts are definitely the same, the numbers would have to be an exact match. Including the letters (if any) at the end, which indicate revisions of the part.

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