I know that they came with an AHU and even an AFN for a stealthy upgrade if done correctly but when I move to california or some other emission strict state they will not allow me to register it. Using a motor older then my car's manufacture date is an automatic FAILURE. This why I am so hell bent on the ALH block with with either an AFN or some other european Passat wiring harness/cluster and accessories.oilhammer said:If the car is a B5, and originally a stick, it would be pretty straightforward to swap an AHU into it. They actually DID originally have the AHU in those cars, and since it is the same engine family (EA827) as the AEB 1.8t sold here, you could use all those mounting parts as well as the oil pan, pump, etc.
The rest of the items like mounting brackets for the accessories, etc. may have to be sourced from someone in Europe, as they are probably not all the same as those found in an A3 or B4.
You might not be understanding the emissions process in the USA. All engines codes used for swaps need to be federally approved if a car is to be legally registered in the USA.oilhammer said:Even in 2000 they were still using the old EA827 engines in Europe. AHU, AHH, AFN, AVG.
No I believe the ALH was a USA only engine code.G60ING said:Just wondering if there was ever a Passat with the engine code ALH. It would make a B5 conversion very legal and easy.
I'll be working on an AVG from an Austrian car I imported soon. It will be 100% plug and play and a bolt in. However Texas vehicle registration is quite a bit more lax than CA.G60ING said:Sorry an AHU is not what I want to use. My car is a VERY late 1999 model year car. In fact in most dealer computers it comes up with with a 2000 model year drivetrain even though its a 1998-1999 AEB largeport 20V with no MAP sensor. My car would not pass CA emissions with an AHU. If you want to do a B5 with a mechanical pump AHU then please start another thread or chime in on somebody's thread that is already using an AHU. I do not want to muddy the water. Thanks
Didn't the 1999 jetta/golf come with 2 different engines, the later being an alh and the earlier an AHU?G60ING said:Also there are laws about engines needing to be the same age or newer so that in theory the emissions will get better for the vehicle receiving the the engine swap
Engine production dates can be deciphered from the engine code, or the white tag on the engine.oilhammer said:Som how does production date play into this? How does anyone know what the production date of an engine is?
If your car's production date is January of 2002, the engine was probably built a month or more prior, but where is that information stored?
That is why I am not understanding that part of the process.
Your searching for an animal that never existed. Get an AVG harness, pump injectors and accessory brackets, locate an AWX shortblock, and an ALH head. (You'll have to use the ALH head for the vacuum pump).G60ING said:I guess you didn't read why I am considering this swap and I'm so hard headed about using euro parts with the ALH. I am in the running for a couple jobs in Germany. I will have time and access to parts to do this.
Plus I like the ALH block more then the AHU. I think I might do the swap with AFN wiring and electronics and a hybrid of parts for the brackets and accessories.