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Old 01-07-2018, 01:03 PM   #15
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Stock to Stage 2

Definitely get a limited slip differential when you have the clutch installed. This is my biggest regret, I would be a hell of a lot happier now. Letís face it, if you can afford it you will have a ko4 or bigger on the car sooner than you think. I refuse to do it now knowing how much cheaper the labor would have been.


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Old 01-07-2018, 05:41 PM   #16
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Thanks for the responses, and yeah I really think about just going stage 1 any day every day. I haven’t yet because I keep telling myself don’t do anything that could ruin the warranty ha yet here I am with a downpipe on the way.

Also I had decided on APR because I live 15 mins from the headquarters, but I’ve been looking more and more into a Cobb port with a stratified tune. It’s the only other tune I’m really considering. Still doing my research, but it seems like APR puts more power down. The access port really does seem appealing however.


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Look into APR’s APR+ warranty. It covers all of the tuned components on the car. Only reason I didn’t do it was because they didn’t offer it at the time.

http://www.goaprplus.com/#golf_gti

Edit: looks like it might only match the term length on your factory warranty, I’m not sure if that includes a cpo warranty. Couldn’t hurt to ask though.
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Old 01-07-2018, 05:58 PM   #17
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Look into APRís APR+ warranty. It covers all of the tuned components on the car. Only reason I didnít do it was because they didnít offer it at the time.

http://www.goaprplus.com/#golf_gti

Edit: looks like it might only match the term length on your factory warranty, Iím not sure if that includes a cpo warranty. Couldnít hurt to ask though.


I briefly looked into this, I thought it only was offered on new vehicles purchased through those dealers. Not sure, but Iím leaning towards a stratified tune now because of all the drivability issues the APR guys are talking about.


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Old 01-07-2018, 06:49 PM   #18
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I was Stage2 on stock clutch with no slippage for about a year before my stock turbo blew.

The worse part was I then decided to go straight to K04 upgrade instead of replacing stocker and then I had to put out more upfront because I never upgraded the clutch for Stg2. I mean honestly, it helps in the long run if do have any K04 plans crossing your mind because that is 1 less part to buy/install during the K04 process, lol.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:58 PM   #19
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I was Stage2 on stock clutch with no slippage for about a year before my stock turbo blew.



The worse part was I then decided to go straight to K04 upgrade instead of replacing stocker and then I had to put out more upfront because I never upgraded the clutch for Stg2. I mean honestly, it helps in the long run if do have any K04 plans crossing your mind because that is 1 less part to buy/install during the K04 process, lol.


Yeah, told myself I wasnít gonna go K04. Now after having the car for a year.....possible future plans eventually ha.


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Old 01-08-2018, 10:01 AM   #20
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I told myself i was gonna go k04 when i got the car... now 4 years later and im "only" stage 2... and honestly dont see myself spending more money on this car besides maintenance and maybe suspension/wheels.

Im not so much into the race mentality anymore... but i would be willing to spend that 3k on a k04 kit/install on some coilovers and wheels to look good while riding around now a days. (no i dont mean stanced just lowered and some nice wheels)



That being said i came in to this car not being able to wait to go k04 or big turbo and talking all this trash to my friends about getting a k04 before them.... then as it happens i was the slowest to start modding lol... I mean i can "afford" it but at the same time its not really a smart investment for me personally... i already get enough smiles to miles with the stage 2.
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:45 AM   #21
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Yeah Iím still not sure what Iíll end up doing eventually. Iím still driving stock, so stage 2 might just give me enough without going ko4. One reason I can see if I plan on keeping the car for a long time and get used to a stage 2 tune


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Old 01-08-2018, 06:41 PM   #22
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Yeah Iím still not sure what Iíll end up doing eventually. Iím still driving stock, so stage 2 might just give me enough without going ko4. One reason I can see if I plan on keeping the car for a long time and get used to a stage 2 tune


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Iím stage 1+ and was in the same boat as you. Didnít want to tune because of the clutch eventually I said F it and got it. So upset I didnít do it before. I really want to go stage 2 but I know for a fact Iím pushing the clutch now and stage 2 will definitely make it slip. And also donít want to deal with inspection with an aftermarket DP.


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Old 01-23-2018, 12:49 PM   #23
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I know this topic has been beaten to death quite a bit, but trying to see if anybody with CBFA has had any more luck with using spacers to cheat the downpipe cat code. I installed the RAI motor sports spacer with the middle jet pointing towards the rear of the car, cleared the code and was fine for 250 or so miles. CEL came back this morning, assuming itís for the cat code again.

I know the best thing is to get a tune, but currently donít have the cash to pay for tune plus clutch. Probably gonna go with stratified and see if they can get me a low torque tune so the OEM clutch can handle it but also code out the last o2 sensor.

Anyone else have luck with using a difference size jet or putting a spacer on the pre cat o2 sensor??


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Old 01-23-2018, 01:56 PM   #24
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Don't know about CFBA, as I'm CCTA, but Stratified can turn the CEL off.
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Ran the $30 spacer off UroTuning, never threw a code
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Old 01-24-2018, 08:39 AM   #26
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Did you run it off the last o2 sensor??


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thats the only one you should be.. The first one is important for Air fuel ratio....IIRC
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thats the only one you should be.. The first one is important for Air fuel ratio....IIRC


Technically the middle one for CBFA right?The first is on the turbo right? And yeah I remember reading that the pre cat sensor is actually responsible for doing stuff, yet I also read that people had spaced it. Iím not gonna run the risk of screwing with it. Probably just gonna save for an access port with a stratified tune with a low torque output for the clutches sake and have them code out the sensor.


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