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    I read Pistonhead's post and became curious about this:

    What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of the pistons being horizontally opposed, versus being in an Inline or a "V" configuration??


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    I dono I think it may have to do with the way it transfers the power to the wheels?


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    all i can come up with is less vibrations? i dunno, i'm probably wrong. also i guess so the engine's weight can sit lower.
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    yah know i had a stie that told you the pros and cons of all of them...ill try to find it
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    cant find it, all i found was that the flat engine kept a lower center of gravity
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    Pros:
    -Flat engines are more compact than in-line engines, and have a lower center of gravity giving better stability and control.

    -do not require a balance shaft or counterweights on the crankshaft to balance the weight of the reciprocating parts which are required in other engine configurations.

    -have a distinct Flat-4 sound

    Cons:
    -A little noisier than I4 engines
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    Quote Originally Posted by blah
    all i can come up with is less vibrations? i dunno, i'm probably wrong. also i guess so the engine's weight can sit lower.
    Your right about them sitting lower, but I'd disagree with the vibration. Our flat 4's run pretty rough compared to other configurations
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodreamswrx
    Your right about them sitting lower, but I'd disagree with the vibration. Our flat 4's run pretty rough compared to other configurations
    Could that just be the turbo though? I know they idle at higher RPMs but thats only bacause of the turbo not the actual f4 motor design.
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    eh, ok. i was just thinking that because they're going against eachother that it would equal out. but never been in a car with one, so it was just a guess. probably take more cylinders to have that effect. i would also think that if it's not smooth at a higher idle, that it's going to be even worse at a lower one.

    but hey, you don't know rough. a 3 cyl is a jumpy ass motor.
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