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I pondered for months about how to improve my car and finally in March booked in with Blink motorsport for their stage 1 cylinder head package (head work, cams, ECU & tune) but due to them having to close down I am in need of recommendations.
I'm not into forced induction, so I'm set on maximising the NA potential.
I am searching for a tuner who can do a similar job on my MK1, ideally within 2 hours of Stoke on Trent.
At a push, I would learn how to remove the head myself, and post it off to someone who knows what they're doing, then refit it, along with a new ME221 ECU, then take it to a local rolling road.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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B4 spending big money on head work...how about lightweight flywheel and diff ratio change..

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I read somewhere that as my car is a 1995 s-special import it has a lighter flywheel as stock. I am happy to be corrected on this. It certainly seems more lively than a 1993 1.8 UK MK1 I owned some years back.
 

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At a push, I would learn how to remove the head myself, and post it off to someone who knows what they're doing, then refit it, along with a new ME221 ECU, then take it to a local rolling road.
was going to ask what engine....

I read somewhere that as my car is a 1995 s-special import it has a lighter flywheel as stock.
but you answered this here....

is it easier to get another head modified then fit - the car is not off the road so can be enjoyed....

plenty of engines around, I have a 1.8 head etc. in my shed....

as to flywheel, theres a slight difference in weights but not massive, a proper lightwieght flywheel from TTV etc will be around 4kg and ~ half of the standard 'lighter item....

also, if you use a 1.6 type flywheel & clutch that has a lower MOI as a smaller diameter clutch with a 'flat' flywheel compared to the 1.8 design.

^^ don't get drawn into needing a 1.8 clutch for higher power as modern 'competition' clutches from Helix etc. will easily handle NA power & torque (y)



as to specialists to undertake headwork, theres plenty or real competition engine builders around, a quick google search will show a few near Stoke that can do real headwork as opposed to the basic blueprint you were going for;)

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was going to ask what engine....



but you answered this here....

is it easier to get another head modified then fit - the car is not off the road so can be enjoyed....

plenty of engines around, I have a 1.8 head etc. in my shed....

as to flywheel, theres a slight difference in weights but not massive, a proper lightwieght flywheel from TTV etc will be around 4kg and ~ half of the standard 'lighter item....

also, if you use a 1.6 type flywheel & clutch that has a lower MOI as a smaller diameter clutch with a 'flat' flywheel compared to the 1.8 design.

^^ don't get drawn into needing a 1.8 clutch for higher power as modern 'competition' clutches from Helix etc. will easily handle NA power & torque (y)



as to specialists to undertake headwork, theres plenty or real competition engine builders around, a quick google search will show a few near Stoke that can do real headwork as opposed to the basic blueprint you were going for;)

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Thanks for the advice Rich.
 

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Perhaps get a used head (as Rich says, there's plenty around, I've got a spare too) and give Basset Down a call, especially now that Skuzzle is working there. I have the Blink stage 1 setup (the very first one, in fact), with an MS2, and a lightweight flywheel (5kg), and a full Racing Beat exhaust. it's a big performance increase.

as to specialists to undertake headwork, theres plenty or real competition engine builders around, a quick google search will show a few near Stoke that can do real headwork as opposed to the basic blueprint you were going for;)
For the record Rich, Blink are (were) very much a real competition engine builder, BRSCC champions too. Their 'optimised' heads were painstakingly developed on a flow bench, with a lot of shaping behind the valves, de-shrouding, 3 angle valve seats etc. Not a basic blueprint :)
 

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Perhaps get a used head (as Rich says, there's plenty around, I've got a spare too) and give Basset Down a call, especially now that Skuzzle is working there. I have the Blink stage 1 setup (the very first one, in fact), with an MS2, and a lightweight flywheel (5kg), and a full Racing Beat exhaust. it's a big performance increase.



For the record Rich, Blink are (were) very much a real competition engine builder, BRSCC champions too. Their 'optimised' heads were painstakingly developed on a flow bench, with a lot of shaping behind the valves, de-shrouding, 3 angle valve seats etc. Not a basic blueprint :)
I wonder if the actual design spec for the Blink heads will be passed on (sold) to another company so their development work is not lost.
 

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Not as close as you want but.. Basset Down.
 

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For the record Rich, Blink are (were) very much a real competition engine builder, BRSCC champions too. Their 'optimised' heads were painstakingly developed on a flow bench, with a lot of shaping behind the valves, de-shrouding, 3 angle valve seats etc. Not a basic blueprint :)
Is that true of the basic performance packages? I don't think so... I think it was a extensive blueprint/refurb combined with very well researched valve seat angles and a compression bump. Certainly no deshrouding going on..

I would ask na8cgee for the name of the company he licensed his headwork development to. Having a head (CNC) ported will be a lot more expensive then the old Blink options, but maybe they can do a skim and valve angle job for you to na8cgee's specs?
 

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Is that true of the basic performance packages? I don't think so... I think it was a extensive blueprint/refurb combined with very well researched valve seat angles and a compression bump. Certainly no deshrouding going on..
It sounds like you're referring to their 1.6 race series heads, limited to valve seat angles and a skim by regulations. Mine was the first 1.8 they did, for a chap called Gary who had a Westfield. As documented on this thread:
There certainly was deshrouding on mine, and reshaping the chambers behind the valves. I bought his engine complete in 2014 when he went FI. So I don't know about the subsequent packages Blink offered. I assumed they were the same as mine, although looking at that thread again, it seems Gary paid extra for the deshrouding.

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Is that true of the basic performance packages? I don't think so... I think it was a extensive blueprint/refurb combined with very well researched valve seat angles and a compression bump. Certainly no deshrouding going on..

I would ask na8cgee for the name of the company he licensed his headwork development to. Having a head (CNC) ported will be a lot more expensive then the old Blink options, but maybe they can do a skim and valve angle job for you to na8cgee's specs?
I had read na8cgee epic thread about his head development. I didn’t realise he had licensed his specs. I shall ask him.
 
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