VF Stage II
So yeah, I did it. I'm officially part of the FI family. I went with the VF
Engineering Stage II Supercharger Kit.
VF Stage II is awesome and amazing. I drove QBNR32's car back
when it was Stage II'd and loved the boost of power that the car had
over stock. I commented then that it was definitely "$6000 faster"
and I absolutely stand by that statement. The car just pulls and
pulls. I find myself feeling I should let off the accelerator at around
5,000 RPM because I'm not used to the power yet and it doesn't
seem like there could be more, but you can just keep going all the
way to redline and it's quite the thrill.
As with our cars in stock-form, there is power everywhere... just a lot
more of it. I love to slowly accelerate in 3rd gear to about 3000 RPM
then just gently depress the gas pedal more and more till WOT... it
just keeps going like (insert overly used cliche) a freight train. Even in
6th gear, you can just accelerate so easily. I can best describe it by
saying that I need a 7th gear... you know, the one that is meant for
cruising but not really passing? 6th gear is now very responsive and
suitable for passing, soooo much more so than before.
And another thing that I loved today was how it drove on the 405
freeway on my commute to work. I was in stop and go traffic for an
hour today, rarely reaching over 20 MPH and the car felt completely
stock. The power of Stage II is there when you want it, but it doesn't
alter the smooth driving of everyday life when you can't use it, which is
I wanted to try supercharging my R32 for a few reasons. One of the
main goals being that I wanted to preserve the driving characteristics
of the R32 in stock-form. When I first got my R32, I missed the
turbo "kick" of my VW 20th AE GTI. However, after a year or so, I grew
to love the linear power of the 3.2L V6 and when I went back to drive
my old 20th AE (sold it to my bro-in-law), I realized the virtues of a
strong V6 and linear power. Seeing the VF Stage II dyno plots showed
me that their kit doesn't really change the car's characteristics, it just
raises it up a notch, or four!
I'm very happy with the kit, the install was superb (thanks Eli and
Nik). VF's kits come with molded plastic tubing for the intake,
intercooler, etc... but I specifically requested the older aluminum
tubing because I like the looks of that better. The plastic tubing (I
think) is pancaked just before it goes into the intercooler, requiring
less bumper cutting. So, my grills are on the car, but not perfect...
yet. I think a tad bit of trimming and tinkering will make it near
perfect. The "whirring" sound is new for me (never owned a car with a
supercharger) and I'm still getting used to it. It's not too loud, but
you know it's there. You're not going to fool anyone that knows about
cars that you're still naturally aspirated.
Oh yeah, the intercooler really works! Simple test of putting my hand
on the entry side piping after a hard drive showed the air going in was
warm/hot, the pipe after the intercooler was cool to the touch! Neat!
I was also really impressed to find out from Nik that they are still
continuing to develop and perfect this kit. I think it's really cool that
even though they sold well over 200 kits, they continue to work on
their product. Especially since it's the kit for the R32, a limited
They just got in some new "hard metal piping" to replace the once
hard rubber hoses for the oil lines. You can see the new pieces here.
They're really quite impressive to look at, even for a novice like me.
Updated 100 octane race program
Also, VF just finished updating their software for the 100 octane
program for Stage II. Not sure of the exact numbers but I think that
they found another 14 horsepower and just under 20 ft. lbs. of torque.
See the image below that compares 91 octane and 100 octane on the
VF Stage II. Anyone have some 100 octane fuel for me to test with? I
think Josh and I are the only ones running this version of the file right
EuroCullen HID Kit no longer fits
PS. My EuroCullen HID Projector kit no longer fits with the Stage II
installed... SUCKS! I'm back to crappy OEM, I hope the Hella CELIS
lights fit, but I'm not holding my breath.
Thanks Team VF, I absolutely love it!!!
OK, enough of the chitter-chatter... here's my trademark "too many"
Here are pics of the new metal piping and fittings, neat eh?
Here is the 4Wheel Dyno Chart showing the power at the wheels for
the 91 octane program versus the 100 octane race program. I love
the fact that GIAC develops the softare for VF, solid partnership! This
is wheel HP on a 4 wheel dyno, not crank.
Here are the pics of the installed it, enjoy!!! There's a new hidden
mod in there, can you see it?
Modified by nebuchadnezzar at 10:14 PM 3-24-2005
Modified by nebuchadnezzar at 7:52 AM 3-25-2005