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I have a 2001 Jetta IV, 1.8t automatic and would like to start doing mods. I"m not sure what to start with exactly first, and the number of products and options is just too much. It seems like there's a lot to worry about technically and I dont want to buy/install anything that will mess my car up. I was thinking of starting simple and cheap wtih things like exhaust, intake, downpipe, midpipe, dv, chip, etc....basically anything for performance gains.
Also does anyone know how much boost I can run on the stock computer?
And will all those mods listed above work ont he stock computer or will I have to get a chip?
Will I have to replace injectors and fuel flow pump to deliver enough fuel for these new mods?
Lastly, how much can the automatic transmission handle?
One more, how do I tell if I have AWD or AWW or whatever? Thanks.
 

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Re: Where to start with mods? (SmokinDub)

thanks but ive read the FAQ, and thers way too much information in there. I just wanted a few, solid reccomendations from people who have tried all of this before. All advice is greatly appreciated.
 

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Re: Where to start with mods? (ChrisIV)

1: suspension (rear sway bar, struts and shocks and front strut bar if you get bored) i like the neuspeed/koni combination, nice 1.75" drop all the way around and the konis are adjustable from soft(er) to firm.
http://www.shox.com they have tons of stuff and youll get a discount for being a vortex member.
2: chip: theyre all good, some have pros and cons depending on what youre specifically
looking for, do some research and youll find one right for you. id suggest either the REVO 'chip' which uses serial programming, meaning your ECU is never physically touched just flashed with thier software through the diagnostic port. APR will be coming out with the same very soon.
http://www.goapr.com
http://www.forgemotorsport.co.uk/revo/
3: diverter valve: the stock plastic ones are known to fail under high boost. again, theyre all comprable, do some research and choose. i like the bailey diverter valve, very low maintainence and it gets the job done.
http://www.awe-tuning.com
4: turbo back exhaust: they'll all provide similar gains. its going to come down to what type of sound youre looking for and how much you want to spend. i have the eurosport 2.5", its the perfect compromise between sound and performance, nice deep growl and no drone. milltek and jetex are the quiestest and GHL, APR and Techtonics are among the loudest. Eurosport is somewhere inbetween there. again, all great exhausts, just a matter of preference.
http://www.eurosportacc.com
http://www.goapr.com
http://www.stratmosphere.com/m...1.htm
http://www.ndimports.com/catal...stems
http://www.ghlmotorsports.com/
https://www.techtonicstuning.com/indexs.html
5: cold air intake: contrary to what some will want you to believe, theyre all filters on a tube and do the same exact thing. go with the cheapest one you can get. i have the AEM, simply because it was on sale. 20vt has the cheapest ones out now that arent on sale.
http://www.aempower.com/
http://www.20vt.com/
6: upgraded side mout intercooler or front mount intercooler: evo is currently at the top of my list, but there are tons of opinions and threads on these, take a look.
http://www.goapr.com
http://www.evoms.com
7: exterior stuff: its all about the go, not the show

http://amimotorsports.com/main.htm
http://www.rpi-equipped.com
as you get more into it, you may or may not be wanting stage 3 kits and all that, then you in for some pretty price tags and a lot of upgrades all over the engine.
the only time youll need to 'beef up' any of the stock parts are if you go with the REVO 4bar program, youll need to upgrade your stock 3bar FPR with a 4bar, not a big deal....otherwise all the stock components will be fine.
oh yeah, dont worry about the auto tranny, theres someone(perfekt) on here running 270 crank hp on a tiptronic tranny, and someone else, i forget where hes from, running nitrous on a tiptronic tranny without a problem. in the near future i guarantee we'll be seeing a lot of aftermarket companies producing parts for tiptronic cars, theres a HUGE market for it in asia and it will catch on here.
good luck with the car and have fun. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


Modified by gti415 at 11:29 PM 7-1-2003
 

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Re: Where to start with mods? (ChrisIV)

Start with a chip, then dv, then intake, than exhaust. I think you would be happy for a while. But if you have automatic I would stop there because all the $$$ will be waisted because of the automatic transmission. So, if you are not satisfied with the power after all the mods - change the car to manual

All the mods above are plug and play and comparatevely inexpensive.
Re the engine code: open the hood and find a number plate, the answere should be there. Alternatively there is a sticker next to a spare wheel in a boot.
Good luck!
P.S. do somthing with that suspension too. brakes are crap as well - change pads at least.


Modified by borisu at 7:25 AM 7-2-2003
 

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Re: Where to start with mods? (borisu)

Quote, originally posted by borisu »
Start with a chip, then dv, then intake, than exhaust. I think you would be happy for a while. But if you have automatic I would stop there because all the $$$ will be waisted because of the automatic transmission. So, if you are not satisfied with the power after all the mods - change the car to manual

All the mods above are plug and play and comparatevely inexpensive.
Re the engine code: open the hood and find a number plate, the answere should be there. Alternatively there is a sticker next to a spare wheel in a boot.
Good luck!
P.S. do somthing with that suspension too. brakes are crap as well - change pads at least.

Modified by borisu at 7:25 AM 7-2-2003

just do what you think is right don't listen to everybody here...the kid two posts above gave you great advice and very detailed http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif and about the fact that your car is an auto...yes it will be a little slower than the 5spd. but who cares...as long as you enljoy your car...there is a guy on here that ran 13.5-13.9 with an auto and even lower with nitrous...his UN is Vwroom and the way that you tell what your car is (AWW AWD) it should be written everywhere...there is a stamp on the engine block, and there are a few stickers under there just look at them and it will tell you...GL let the modding begin...
 

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Re: Where to start with mods? (kilmer420)

My first mod was APR Stage III. I highly recommend it

Just noticed that you have an auto, just ignore my comment!


Modified by g pepper at 1:06 PM 7-2-2003
 
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