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Compression Ratio

Compression Ratio Calculators


by Dale Mueller & Ron Van Ness

15-Mar-97
1600 DP VW Thing Engine
SN DMM 31382 NAM
Instructions:

(enter your engine's data in red text cells below)

1) Enter cylinder bore (mm) and crank stroke (mm)


2) Measure deck height for each cylinder (inches) and enter result. (1cm=.3937 inches)
3) Measure chamber volumes (cc's). Do this 4 times per chamber for better accuracy
(result will be averaged) and enter results.
4) Adjust shim size (inches) to achieve desired compression ratio.
A Compression Ratio of ~7:1 is optimal for a daily driver
Use the same size shim for all four cylinders (assuming one head alone isn't flycut). If
one head is flycut, use identical size shims on a given side of the engine for proper seal.
If mismatched heads are used, valve train geometry corrections will be required. Best to
use stock or identically flycut heads for sake of simplicity.

*********See also Quick Calculator Tables below CR Calculator********

Compression Ratio Calculator


Cylinder
Bore (mm)
Stroke (mm)
Area of Base (mm)
Deck Height (mm)
Deck Volume (cc's)
Swept Volume (cc's)
Chamber Volume (cc's)

85.5
69
5739
Calculated
Calculated
Calculated
Measured

#1

#2

#3

#4

85.5
69
5739
2.88
16.53
395.96
48.70

85.5
69
5739
2.84
16.31
395.96
48.45

85.5
69
5739
2.80
16.09
395.96
48.85

85.5
69
5739
2.89
16.60
395.96
48.55

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Compression Ratio

Total Volume (cc's)

Calculated

461.19

460.72

460.90

461.11

Original Deck Height (Inches)


Shim Height (Inches)
Total Deck Height (Inches)

Measured

0.07
0.04
0.11

0.07
0.04
0.11

0.07
0.04
0.11

0.07
0.04
0.11

#1

#2

#3

#4

48.8
48.8
48.6
48.6

48.4
48.4
48.4
48.6

48.9
48.9
48.8
48.8

48.6
48.6
48.6
48.4

48.70

48.45

48.85

48.55

0.04

0.04

0.04

0.04

7.07

7.11

7.10

7.08

Calculated

Cylinder Volume (cc's)


(based on averaging 4 measurements/chamber)
Test 1
Measured
Test 2
Measured
Test 3
Measured
Test 4
Measured
Average Value

Shim Height (Inches)

Compression Ratio

Calculated

Quick Calculator I:
Enter 5 red text variables, receive Compression Ratio
Cylinder Bore (mm):
Stroke (mm):
Chamber volume (cc's):
Deck height (inches):
Shim (inches):

85.5
69
48.70
0.07
0.04

Compression Ratio:

7.07

Quick Calculator II:


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Compression Ratio

Enter 4 red text variables, then view table below to compare


required shim to desired compression ratio.
Cylinder Bore (mm):
Stroke (mm):
Chamber volume (cc's):
Deck height (inches):

85.5
69
48.70
0.07

Compression
Ratio

Shim

7.67
7.65
7.63
7.62
7.60
7.59
7.57
7.55
7.54
7.52
7.51
7.49
7.48
7.46
7.45
7.43
7.41
7.40

0
0
0
0
0
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.02
0.02
0.02

(inches)

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Compression Ratio

7.38
7.37
7.35
7.34
7.32
7.31
7.30
7.28
7.27
7.25
7.24
7.22
7.21
7.20
7.18
7.17
7.15
7.14
7.13
7.11
7.10
7.08
7.07
7.06
7.04

0.02
0.02
0.02
0.02
0.02
0.02
0.02
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.03
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.04

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Compression Ratio

7.03
7.02
7.00
6.99
6.98
6.96
6.95
6.94
6.92
6.91
6.90
6.89
6.87
6.86
6.85
6.84
6.82
6.81
6.80
6.79
6.77
6.76
6.75
6.74
6.72

0.04
0.04
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.05
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.07
0.07
0.07

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Compression Ratio

6.71
6.70
6.69
6.68
6.67
6.65
6.64
6.63
6.62
6.61
6.60
6.58
6.57
6.56
6.55
6.54
6.53
6.52
6.50
6.49
6.48
6.47
6.46
6.45
6.44

0.07
0.07
0.07
0.07
0.07
0.07
0.07
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.08
0.09
0.09
0.09
0.09
0.09
0.09
0.09
0.09

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Compression Ratio

6.43
6.42
6.41
6.39
6.38
6.37
6.36
6.35
6.34
6.33
6.32
6.31
6.30
6.29
6.28
6.27
6.26
6.25
6.24
6.23
6.22
6.21
6.20
6.19
6.18

0.09
0.09
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.11
0.12
0.12
0.12

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Compression Ratio

6.17
6.16
6.15
6.14
6.13
6.12
6.11
6.10
6.09
6.08
6.07
6.06
6.05
6.04
6.03
6.03
6.02
6.01
6.00
5.99
5.98
5.97
5.96
5.95
5.94

0.12
0.12
0.12
0.12
0.12
0.12
0.12
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.13
0.14
0.14
0.14
0.14
0.14
0.14
0.14
0.14

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Compression Ratio

5.93
5.93
5.92
5.91
5.90
5.89
5.88
5.87
5.86
5.85
5.85
5.84
5.83
5.82
5.81
5.80
5.79
5.79
5.78
5.77
5.76
5.75
5.74
5.74
5.73

0.14
0.14
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.15
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.16
0.17
0.17
0.17

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Compression Ratio

5.72
5.71
5.70
5.70
5.69
5.68
5.67
5.66
5.65
5.65
5.64
5.63
5.62
5.62
5.61
5.60
5.59
5.58
5.58
5.57
5.56
5.55
5.55
5.54
5.53

0.17
0.17
0.17
0.17
0.17
0.17
0.17
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.18
0.19
0.19
0.19
0.19
0.19
0.19
0.19
0.19

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Compression Ratio

5.52
5.52
5.51
5.50
5.49
5.49
5.48
5.47

0.19
0.19
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2

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