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Old 05-16-2012, 10:47 PM   #71
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As one of the newbies I have to say this is a great place to start. I can't wait to spend more time digging into each of the individual threads.

As a newbie to VW, but not forums and cars, may I make a suggestion I have seen on other threads similar to yours; rough HP numbers would be helpful for each of the mods (exhausts would be a great example). Your knowledge base gives significant credibility to your work and suggestions.

Thank you from the newbies!
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:22 AM   #72
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As a newbie to VW, but not forums and cars, may I make a suggestion I have seen on other threads similar to yours; rough HP numbers would be helpful for each of the mods (exhausts would be a great example). Your knowledge base gives significant credibility to your work and suggestions.
I 100% understand. However, most of the power gains are within the actual tuning which is directly correlated in the "Which Tune do I choose" thread. I can put some basic peak numbers, but ultimately noone knows what they're really making unless they have a stock comparison dyno.

I'll look into it today and see what I come up with. Maybe just a little blurb in parenthesis would help?
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:41 AM   #73
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You just need a downpipe to go K04.

If you want to go beyond K04 to Stage 3(+) then make sure you get an APR or Billy Boat DP, since their midpipes are compatible with the APR Big Turbo Kits.

You actually don't even need a downpipe for k04. APR has a stock downpipe k04 file. While it obviously isn't optimal, it wouldn't be a bad stepping stone for someone going from stock/stage1 directly to k04.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #74
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You actually don't even need a downpipe for k04. APR has a stock downpipe k04 file. While it obviously isn't optimal, it wouldn't be a bad stepping stone for someone going from stock/stage1 directly to k04.
This is true. They are the only ones I know that offers just regular K04 tuning with stock downpipe and stock intake.

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:09 AM   #75
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This is true. They are the only ones I know that offers just regular K04 tuning with stock downpipe and stock intake.

Boom, ED35 series
I wish I didn't read this, if I can hold off on not getting a stage 1 tune, I may just jump straight to k04...I was really hoping my stock turbo would make it to at least 4k miles
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:59 PM   #76
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I 100% understand. However, most of the power gains are within the actual tuning which is directly correlated in the "Which Tune do I choose" thread. I can put some basic peak numbers, but ultimately noone knows what they're really making unless they have a stock comparison dyno.

I'll look into it today and see what I come up with. Maybe just a little blurb in parenthesis would help?

I think just basic peak numbers would work and give the viewers an idea of direction to go. It still is the end users responsibility to do their research to confirm the numbers and see which application works for their needs.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:52 PM   #77
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Great thread! Thanks for consolidating some useful information.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #78
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Grambles, please add something about all tunes being detectable.

This is a common question asked here about stage 1 flashes.

VW knows these cars are likely to be tuned especially if you show up dropped or with a CBE or intake.

Plus if you get OBD checked there is an asterisk next to your VIN.

We need something like: no tune is truly invisible and VW can find the tune if they are looking. Best case is to mention nothing about the tune unless asked then give full disclosure.

Otherwise don't mod your car if you can't afford to maintain it without a warranty.
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Grambles, please add something about all tunes being detectable.

This is a common question asked here about stage 1 flashes.

VW knows these cars are likely to be tuned especially if you show up dropped or with a CBE or intake.

Plus if you get OBD checked there is an asterisk next to your VIN.

We need something like: no tune is truly invisible and VW can find the tune if they are looking. Best case is to mention nothing about the tune unless asked then give full disclosure.

Otherwise don't mod your car if you can't afford to maintain it without a warranty.
Thats a very very good point. I'll look into it. I dont want to place a definitive statement and mislead users without some sort of explanation. I totally agree with you though.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:21 AM   #80
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Otherwise don't mod your car if you can't afford to maintain it without a warranty.
I just want to say that will all the 'you gotta' pay to play' comments on this forum that this is the most intelligent and sensitive way to put it that I've read.

Nicely stated.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #81
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This thread first post is great .... but the nonsense after really needs to be clean out and made to stick to the point.
Threads like this and VCDS coding one for example and many others should not be discussions threads.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:42 AM   #82
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This thread first post is great .... but the nonsense after really needs to be clean out and made to stick to the point.
Threads like this and VCDS coding one for example and many others should not be discussions threads.
First, I second this ^, but nevertheless, I'm glad I could post my thanks here.

And second, Grambles, THANK YOU for taking the time on this most-valuable post. Anything, for me, that summarizes a huge body of research/knowledge into a nice, tight, well-distilled format is a huge time saver and really beneficial.

-- just a humble VW/GTI noob here, paying respect and offering appreciation for your time/effort and for sharing your passion/knowledge/experience.
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This is incredible, thank you!
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Thanks for the info. Extremely helpful
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