Updated on 8/12/17 – This is a list of improvements that I hope to make eventually. I move items from this list to an appropriate submenu page as I complete them.
Window Tinting – This is not a high priority, so the date is a bit soft. I think the car looks fine without tint, but I may still add a 50% film to improve heat rejection. Temperatures near 100°F, sometimes higher, are common in my area during the summer.
Emmanuele Designs eMMOTION Springs – I like the way my GTI looks and rides. Still, I think about lowering it “just an inch.” These springs lower the car 1.2 inches, work with factory dampers, and allegedly keep the factory ride. The car’s settled look after 30,000 miles is right where I like it. I don’t think I want to ruin that; plus, the alignment is perfect!
South Bend Stage 2 Clutch – The stock clutch is a weak point in the driveline. It may not last long with 381 lb-ft putting it through its paces. This clutch will hold 465 ft-lbs, a limit that I don’t ever expect to exceed.
APR Stage 2: Downpipe and Tune – This upgrades the engine output to 336 hp and 404 ft-lbs. The low-end grunt is diesel-like, with 350 ft-lbs available at just 1900 rpm! I drive mostly in the low-to-mid rev range. So this is perfect! Fuel economy will even increase a tad if I can practice some self-control. What’s not to like about THAT? This seems like a perfect place to stop if the “mod bug” doesn’t bite too hard. 😉
17″ Wheels of Some Sort – The 18-inch Nogaro wheels have grown on me. I’ve become accustomed to the firm ride in my GTI. However, I think I might like the car more if I could take the edge off some bumps with 17″ wheels. I’ve considered many wheels, but I like the looks of Neuspeed’s new RSe16. This is not important enough for me to chase immediately. But I’ll be looking harder when it comes time to replace my tires.
APR Intercooler – The APR intercooler is far larger than stock and is a solid upgrade for someone who drives in hot climates. This is pretty far down the list for me because I don’t expect to use maximum horsepower on a regular basis. Still, it’ll have to happen if I want the most out of my GTI.
IS38 Turbo w/APR Tune – This upgrade that may never happen because it increases maintenance needs and removes some of the low-end torque I’m sure to love. 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’d have with a Stage 2 setup, this turbo will support 386 hp and 403 ft-lbs! 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.
Exhaust? – I had listed an exhaust upgrade at one point. However, I like my car to be QUIET and discrete looking. What better way to do that than to stick with the factory part? Anything else is either going to be louder than I want to simply eye candy. I prefer my car to be a SLEEPER! 🙂
That’s it. Isn’t it enough? What do you think?