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Date:         Tue, 13 Mar 2001 16:27:28 -0500
Reply-To:     "The Bus Depot, Inc." <vanagon@BUSDEPOT.COM>
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From:         "The Bus Depot, Inc." <vanagon@BUSDEPOT.COM>
Subject:      Re: New German 2.1l Heads!!!!
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> Are the KS heads identical in design to the stock heads or > have there been improvements?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but...

I have been offered these supposed "Kolbenschmidt" heads before. I was skeptical so I did a bit of research when they first cropped up. And I was told, by extremely reliable if not infallable sources, that these are the same old AMC/Marnal heads, repackaged in KS boxes as part of a private-label distribution arrangement. Same heads in a new box; nothing more. In fact, one salesperson even admitted to me that they he had received some right from Marnal in KS boxes (or so he said).

It kind of makes sense when you think about it. If Kolbenschmidt wasn't even sure they wanted to fix the tooling to continue manufacturing Wasserboxer engine bearings, because of insufficient demand to justify the cost of retooling, they sure wouldn't go to the huge expense of tooling up to manufacture new heads for the very same engine.

- Ron Salmon The Bus Depot, Inc. (215) 234-VWVW

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