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Old 07-18-2011, 11:37 PM   #1
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$3k...

Say I have $3k to spend on some stuff for my currently stock CSG GTI DSG w/ Detroits (which I like). What do you guys think?

Suspension - $250

H&R Sport Springs - $200
8-12mm Wheel Spacers - $50 (added)

Performance - $2,000
APR Flash - $600
Carbonio Intake - $300
APR Downpipe - $600 (fixed)
S3 Intercooler - $500 (added)

Cosmetic - $550
Window Tint - $250 (35% Rear and 50% Front)
Body Color Bumper Side-marker Signals - $50
Lower Lip Spoiler - $250 (not too sure this is worth $250...)

TOTAL = $2,800.

Anything missing?

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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Instead of buying the APR catback exhaust I'd go with a downpipe instead. That way you can go straight to stage 2 and with the extra money you have and will save from buying a downpipe instead of catback I'd buy an intercooler. Maybe an s3 intercooler.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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Could do engine mounts: VF Engineering engine and upper-transmission mount for $400 ($200 each), and a BFI or BSH torque arm insert for $35.

Alternatively, maybe a rear sway bar, which would run you $200-$300? (this'll be my next mod)

Or - perhaps a catch can setup? Forge's is real nice looking, and will eat up your left over $450 no problem
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:44 PM   #4
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Basically exactly what I got going on but DP instead of exhaust..

You're missing an intercooler
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Instead of buying the APR catback exhaust I'd go with a downpipe instead. That way you can go straight to stage 2 and with the extra money you have and will save from buying a downpipe instead of catback I'd buy an intercooler. Maybe an s3 intercooler.
What would be the advantage of doing an aftermarket intercooler? They seem awfully expensive at $800+...
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Downpipe.

And there's no way I would spend $900 on a catback.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #7
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Instead of buying the APR catback exhaust I'd go with a downpipe instead. That way you can go straight to stage 2 and with the extra money you have and will save from buying a downpipe instead of catback I'd buy an intercooler. Maybe an s3 intercooler.
x2... the big performance gains are in the dp.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #8
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Could do engine mounts: VF Engineering engine and upper-transmission mount for $400 ($200 each), and a BFI or BSH torque arm insert for $35.

Alternatively, maybe a rear sway bar, which would run you $200-$300? (this'll be my next mod)

Or - perhaps a catch can setup? Forge's is real nice looking, and will eat up your left over $450 no problem
I considered a rear sway bar as well but I don't want the ride to be too stiff. I have a 65 mile daily commute and still want a decent daily driver.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:46 PM   #9
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Say I have $3k to spend on some stuff for my currently stock CSG GTI w/ Detroits (which I like). What do you guys think?

Suspension - $200
H&R Sport Springs

Performance - $1,800
APR Reflash - $600
Carbonio Intake - $300
APR Catback Exhaust - $900

Cosmetic - $550
Window Tint - $250 (35% Rear and 50% Front)
Smoked Bumper Side-marker Signals - $50
Lower Lip Spoiler - $250

TOTAL = $2,550.

What am I missing?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:46 PM   #10
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Magnaflow can be had for under $500.

What color is your car? why smoked sidemarkers?

You don't "need" an upgraded intercooler - it is a popular mod and it is something I may do down the line, but you definitely don't need it. I was just fine at normal temps today in 95 degree weather in traffic for an hour and my car has been fine on a race track because heeeeyyyy, it's a front mount and lots of air is moving through it when you are doing 110mph But seriously, your list looks good!
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What would be the advantage of doing an aftermarket intercooler? They seem awfully expensive at $800+...
They help you retain the power you will be making after getting your car reflashed. Especially now that it is summertime the after market intercooler will help prevent your car from getting heat soaked. Also why waste 900 on a catback exhaust? They add no power. Unless all you want is sound I'd spend that money elsewhere. The downpipe will give you a nice new growl an you add about 20-25hp with the stage 2 reflash which you could do right away if you buy the downpipe instead of the catback. Plus it's cheaper.
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Magnaflow can be had for under $500.

What color is your car? why smoked sidemarkers?
Is Magnaflow decent? Could I get a Turboback Magnaflow for under $1,000? That would get me the DP, Midpipe, and Catback setup. That would be ideal. The APR Turboback is $1,500+.

My car is CSG. Body color is fine too. Just not amber and not clear.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:51 PM   #13
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I bought my s3 intercooler for $200. Pretty cheap for an intercooler. You'll have more benefits from the intercooler as opposed to the catback. Just keeping performance in mind I'm giving you my advice on that. For me personally I'm go before show. Lol
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Magnaflow only makes a catback.
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