Updated on 5/3/2021 – Finally, what started as a list of mods is now an empty page because I’ve accomplished my tuning goals.
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Instead of a list of plans, I’ll make this a list of mods that some may expect to see, but they’re also mods that I have no plans to do.
Brakes – There are a lot of “upgrades” that people chose, but don’t really improve much. The stock GTI Performance Package brakes (same as Golf R) are more than adequate for my driving style. Need another opinion and have an hour? Watch this video.
Engine Mounts – I don’t spin the wheels often. When I do, I don’t overdo it to the point of inducing wheel hop. I’ll stay stock, which avoids unwanted noise and vibration.
Intake – I’ve done minor upgrades, but have chosen to keep my stock airbox. Exhaustive intake testing by MyGolfMk7.com has shown that even the stock intake will flow 336 cubic feet per minute. That amount of airflow will support 484 horsepower! The stock airbox will flow even more through a larger turbo. In short, the TURBO INLET is the restriction!
Other Mounts – I like the stock feel of the car. When a mount fails, regardless of its location, I will replace it with a stock part.
Suspension – I like the way my GTI looks and rides. I think about lowering it “just an inch.” But the car’s current ride and settled look is right where I like it. I don’t think I want to ruin that; plus, the alignment is perfect!