Re: Would like some help in answering a question (RoccinStrybs84)
Truth is that most problems and tricks wil come with the 16v head, so you are really not saving any headaches with not swapping the shortblock.The whole downpipe system will have to be changed, regardless of what shortblock you are using.So I would suggest you go with the long block swap.If you keep your eyes open you 'll find good deals on this very website pretty soon.
The difference between the shortblocks?
-special oil spraying jets on the rods
-cutouts for the valves on the tops of the pistons
-better stock oil-pump on the 16v, with a slighly different oil pan
-a couple other slight internal differences
My final opinion.Don't expect a big explosion from the swap.For city driving your Rabbit is actually gonna be slower, especially if you drop a 16v tranny in it too.As far as racing Hondas though it's gonna help you out.A lot of people have done it, but the truth is it's not a smart wap, because it costs as muchas your car is worth, and you'll get 30hp more on the 4000-7000 ranges.