Updated on 7/6/20 – I really like the car as it currently sits. This started as a list of mods that I wanted to make. Now it’s a is a list of unlikely improvements that I may make eventually. I moved items from this list to an appropriate submenu page as I completed them. Here’s what is left:
IS38 Turbo w/APR Tune – This upgrade that may never happen because it increases maintenance needs and removes some of the low-end torque that I really enjoy. BUT, if my stock turbo gives me any trouble or fails, I will instinctively see it as a good time to upgrade since I’d have the turbo removed and shelling out money anyway. The IS38 is the factory turbo found on the Golf R and Audi S3. With an APR tune and the downpipe that I have with my Stage 2 setup, this turbo will support 396 hp and 385 ft-lbs, or ~17% over Stage 2! My output would be a little less because I probably won’t upgrade my airbox (I’m not a fan of cones or oiled filters). But I can live with that.
VWR Springs – I like the way my GTI looks and rides. Still, I think about lowering it “just an inch.” These springs would lower the car 1.2 inches, work with factory dampers, and allegedly keep the factory ride. The car’s current settled look is right where I like it. I don’t think I want to ruin that; plus, the alignment is perfect!
That’s it. Isn’t it enough? What do you think?