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Old 12-27-2018, 02:27 AM   #169
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From now on I'll definitely be recommending breaking out the screen to everyone that has the cam bridge out.

When I saw the metal on the drain plug my first thought was that my balance shafts were going...so I was happy to find the cam bridge screen broken. The lesser of two evils.
Thanks good tip.

I could be wrong but I thought there was another screen mentioned in other documentation that I saw.
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Old 12-27-2018, 08:29 AM   #170
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Thanks good tip.

I could be wrong but I thought there was another screen mentioned in other documentation that I saw.
There's a screen on each balance shaft but to get to them you have to pull the balance shafts out. So that means pulling the lower timing cover, timing chains, and then pulling the shafts out. As far as I can tell it's much less common to blow those screens out. Or at least the screens are less accessible and therefore less people are aware they blew the screens. Either way I'm going to leave things be and assume only my cam bridge screen has blown. I've already done all that work once (up to the point of pulling the balance shafts out) and am not keen on doing it again unless absolutely necessary.

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Old 01-10-2019, 05:07 PM   #171
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Hey Tony got a few questions for you:


1. Just want to confirm that you only need to pull the upper timing cover to remove/inspect the Cam Bridge, correct? No need to lock timing or mess with the tensioner?


2. If you don't mind me asking, how much was shipping/port/polish/coat on the K04 with SoCal? If you prefer, send me a DM. I had emailed them from their website a while back, but never followed up after they didn't respond.


I must say our cars are damn near exactly the same in mods. Good work!
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:07 PM   #172
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Hey Tony got a few questions for you:

1. Just want to confirm that you only need to pull the upper timing cover to remove/inspect the Cam Bridge, correct? No need to lock timing or mess with the tensioner?

That is correct. Getting the upper timing cover and cam bridge off with the engine mount connected is a bit tight but it can be done. You have to flex the oil dipstick guide tube a bit to pull it up between the block and the engine mount support bracket but I've managed to do it a few times without anything bad happening. You do need a special tool (T10352) to remove the N205 valve, and don't forget that it's reverse threaded. Other than that nothing special and it all makes sense when you're looking at it. Let me know if you run into any issues.

2. If you don't mind me asking, how much was shipping/port/polish/coat on the K04 with SoCal? If you prefer, send me a DM. I had emailed them from their website a while back, but never followed up after they didn't respond.

Ruben is very busy and doesn't typically respond quickly but I assume that's because he's working so hard! I bugged him with a ton of questions about wastegate cracking pressure calibration and he answered them all and kept me updated.

Port/Polish: $250.
Ceramic Coating: $50.
Return Shipping: $50.

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  • The Port/Polish price includes calibrating the wastegate cracking pressure to Borg Warner spec. This has to be done anytime the wastegate is taken off. SoCal Porting knows what they're doing and took care of it. I trusted them and didn't bother to check cracking pressure myself.
  • The ceramic coating comes fully cured so you don't have to do any kind of heat cycling when the turbo is installed.
  • Return shipping was pricey from California to Maryland. Ruben offered to provide some quotes but I told him just use whatever service he typically uses.
  • SoCal Porting had my turbo for 7 business days between receiving and shipping out. Ruben kept me updated along the way and apologized for taking so long. He said they were very busy when I had my turbo work done. I found that time frame perfectly reasonable.
  • Overall I'm satisfied with the experience and would recommend SoCal Porting.

I must say our cars are damn near exactly the same in mods. Good work!

Sounds like you have good taste

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Thanks for the quick response. I'm sitting at 96k miles on a late 2013 build, and i'm hoping i have all the revised timing parts. Won't know for sure unless i check, so thanks for your notes. Looks like the tool can be had fairly cheap along with a new timing cover gasket.


As for the K04, you have any concerns about valve float? Since it's caused by back pressure in the turbo itself, my theory is that porting/polishing and coating the exhaust side will eliminate or greatly reduce that issue. I also like your idea of wrapping the upper part of the dp, which will increase flow as well.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:35 AM   #174
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Thanks for the quick response. I'm sitting at 96k miles on a late 2013 build, and i'm hoping i have all the revised timing parts. Won't know for sure unless i check, so thanks for your notes. Looks like the tool can be had fairly cheap along with a new timing cover gasket.

As for the K04, you have any concerns about valve float? Since it's caused by back pressure in the turbo itself, my theory is that porting/polishing and coating the exhaust side will eliminate or greatly reduce that issue. I also like your idea of wrapping the upper part of the dp, which will increase flow as well.
You should take a quick peek at the cam chain tensioner via the inspection hole (late '13 build should have the updated tensioner) and use OBDeleven or VCDS to check chain stretch. I believe all MK6 GTI's have the older revision chain which is prone to stretching.

I figure I'll deal with valve float if it becomes an issue. I'm only on the third revision of my Stratified Protune and just starting to dial things in. Perhaps porting/polishing will help with the issue, not sure but your theory makes sense. Check out this post by APR that has some info on identifying exhaust valve springs that are known to allow valve float.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:45 PM   #175
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Thatís the plan for when I check the bridge. VCDS timing was ok before I went stage 2. I need to check it again though.

Checked my valves a few months ago based on that post. Results were inconclusive. Lol. My valves werenít listed. I might reach out to apr to see if they can identify mine.




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Thatís the plan for when I check the bridge. VCDS timing was ok before I went stage 2. I need to check it again though.

Checked my valves a few months ago based on that post. Results were inconclusive. Lol. My valves werenít listed. I might reach out to apr to see if they can identify mine.




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Kinda figured that would be the case with the valve springs. In that post APR alluded that are many other color band options without conclusive data. Further along in the comments people mentioned valve springs potentially changing after the 2011 model year...don't know if that's true or not. Either way, sounds like APR is the best resource for this and hopefully they have more data points for a variety of color bands since that post in 2012.

Let me know what you find out. I'll have to check my exhaust valve springs soon...hopefully with conclusive results.
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