There has to be an easy way to make power on a reasonable budget. Any ideas?
If I were you I would get a tune specific to the k04 with certain sized injectors, I believe Unitronics has a 380cc tune for the k04. Get a FMIC and an exhaust to make the most of it
“A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster.” - Jeremy Clarkson
As for intake I'm running stock box with 1 1/2 inch holes drilled throughout. Filter is speed by spectre. Cats are hollow and exhaust is stock cant find one that sounds quite right. Ko4 was good investment I think and probably a good start but indefinitely need a good ecu. I really appreciate all the feed back. I wanna post pics but having all kinds of problems doing it.
The air intake is the LAST place you should be looking for performance. This isn't a 70's Dodge - or a Honda.
A bigger intercooler (front-mounted or not) can have some downsides, too. The idea of it is to reduce heat soak and loss of charge air density. This would happen on hot days with sustained high-RPM operation. Rarely happens with the stock turbo, or in street use. What you WILL get in ALL circumstances is a lack of throttle response - it takes longer for the turbo to pressurize all that piping. It's only a reasonable compromise with a larger turbocharger and/or for track use.
And as noted, this will all be going into a 3300lb. family sedan. If you weren't kidding about autocross, you really, truly have picked the wrong car.
I'm more looking into entry level not full competition. Just something that can handle well and preform but off the course have fun on the back roads I live on.
Naturally this is not gonna be a car that is gonna be an instant winner I'm just saying that I plan to make this car auto cross ready.
I'd like to be able to compete but at the same time I understand that a four door passat is NOT typical to this type of racing.
So yes maybe a gti or a Mazda would be better suited but I'm more less saying that the suspension necessary to compete is what I'm looking for.
Or (and take no offense, please) do you just want to be able to talk about your "autocross car" without it actually being legal to compete?
Hell yeah that is what I'm talking about. The idea is to have fun with it. I don't plan on being the fastest thing there I just wanna have fun. I'll be checking those out. I have a friend who competes using his BMW and it looks like alot of fun. Plus his car handles like it's on rails. That is what I want.
With alot of the guys around where I live all they want is stance but I want a more useful ride. Don't get me wrong stance is cool as hell but not practical. That is why I want to try an autocross style set up. Plus running a few meets would be nice too. To me looks aren't everything. I would rather be able to drive the guts out of it.
Skip the ko4s they are still baby turbos get the gt28 they are only few more $ and you will be happy still nice daily driver and you will be in 300+whp range, but you have to pay to play
Burnouts are for losers in high school. Front wheel drive burnouts are gayer than aids. Whoever started the "burnout meet" should go deepthroat a cactus