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Old 01-17-2017, 12:37 AM   #1
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Should I get an intake or exhaust for sound?

Hey guys,

So I am about to buy a 2012 GTI Manual Trans. One problem I had with it when I drove it, was how quiet it was. I practically have to stare at the tach to properly rev match. I like to be able to hear exactly what RPM my engine is running at. I would also like to be able to hear the turbo more. I like blow off sounds but I hear that BOVs mess with the MAF sensor.

My current car has a loud catback exhaust. I like the sound, but it has too much drone. I was pretty much set on getting a catback for the GTI, but now I am thinking about an intake.

Here's what I'm thinking:
A catback would provide the fairly deep tone I like, but I want to be able to hear the turbo more, and a catback doesn't help with that.
An intake may give me more turbo noises and just enough engine sound to hear the RPMs, but it will be quieter overall (which I might be okay with).

So what do you advise that will give me the sound I am looking for?

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Old 01-17-2017, 01:01 AM   #2
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Exhaust and open intake. Best of both

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Old 01-17-2017, 01:03 AM   #3
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I would also like to be able to hear the turbo more. I like blow off sounds but I hear that BOVs mess with the MAF sensor.
Get an open filter intake, preferably Unitronic or Integrated Engineering, and have all the turbo and blow off noises imaginable.
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:30 AM   #4
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Cat backs are pricey with little to no benefit but sound. Go with an intake and DP and a stage I tune. You will get sound and power. If you go stage II you likely need to upgrade the clutch.
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Old 01-17-2017, 02:57 AM   #5
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Get an open filter intake, preferably Unitronic or Integrated Engineering, and have all the turbo and blow off noises imaginable.
Will an open filter intake also give me enough volume to not have to look at the tach?


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Eventually I might do both but as a college student I don't have the money to do both right now.

I am specifically thinking about the Neuspeed P-Flo for an intake or a Beluga Catback.
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:05 AM   #6
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Unitronic intake (or similar open-filter style intakes) paired with a catted DP. Nice tone, no drone, plenty of turbo noise.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:00 AM   #7
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On second thought the Unitronic or Integrated Engineering intakes seem way better than the Neuspeed P-Flo.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:41 AM   #8
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If I had to get one first i'd go for the intake. The change in initial sound was more dramatic than when I added my catback after. You can really hear the turbo. I have a BSH intake
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:26 AM   #9
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DIY intake, EBay catless DP, R8 coil packs/spark plugs, stage 2 tune and custom exhaust

That's all you really need if you don't intend to go K04.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:45 AM   #10
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I went CTS intake got nice turbo noises from it.
Then got a beluga racing catback. (you can get them for ~$300 from their website.

I agree having both if your not going to get tuned is the best because you get the turbo noises and then some pops and gurgles from the catback.


But if you plan on getting tuned a downpipe would provide more power and noise vs a catback alone.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:59 AM   #11
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I have a Ramair intake, GFB DV+ and soon to have a resonator delete when the shop I go to gets the pipe in stock.

I have a video of the intake, I have a stage 1 tune too which made the turbo sound louder due to doubling the pressure from 0.6 to 1.2 bar!

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You want front end sound it seems like. Open element intake.

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Old 01-17-2017, 11:54 AM   #13
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Intake for sure, exhausts get annoying in my opinion. Open filter intake will make all the noise you hoped for.
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Old 01-17-2017, 12:07 PM   #14
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Intake for sure, exhausts get annoying in my opinion. Open filter intake will make all the noise you hoped for.
And beyond the dp, any real benefits are marginal at best
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