If you're going to go ko4, then you might want to add a new clutch onto that list... otherwise it looks pretty good. I'd go APR on the ko4 kit though.
So I'm new to this whole tuning thing. My car is currently stock but that's all about to change. Whos K04 tuning kit would you recommend? I'm currently looking into the A.W.E K04 kit. I'm also looking into an A.W.E turbo-back exhaust, Blistein PSS-10 coil overs, an S3 front mounted intercooler, and an A.W.E stoptech big brake kit. What are all of your opinions? Please don't post anything negative in this thread. Like I said...I'm new to the whole idea of tuning my car.
APR is the standard around here. Most people bandwagon and they are basically the biggest name. They also have a lot to back the name up too.
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you should start with an apr stage1 flash and do coils and wheels
I hope you have saved your money. The parts alone without the BBK are over 4K & then there is labor. You don't have to do it all at once but it would be nice. Go apr.
| 2012 United Gray|Two door | MT | Eurojet Catless TBE | Carbonio Intake 1&2 | APR K04 |.APR Intercooler| BBS LM's | H&R Ultra Lows|VWR short shift | Southbend Stg.2 Endurance Clutch| Red Footwell lighting|Autotech Insert |Rear Wiper Delete | Vag-Com Tweaks courtesy of Mike |Podi boost gauge|euro switch|
Stay away from the AWE k04. I heard extra lines need to be ran during the install which only complicates things and it's very easy to spot by the dealer.
APR k04 is almost identical to your stock turbo, the dealer wouldn't even know it was there. You can't go wrong with APR.
Just some further comments:
AWE TBE: Not an expert, but from what I've been told you will very much want a 3" downpipe if you're going to run a k04. Running the 2.5" AWE catback with a 3" downpipe however will be perfectly fine. That's what I'm doing.
Bilstein PSS coils - Can't go wrong with em, great performance coils, but they aren't going to go low (which I'm sure you're not after if you're focusing on performance at the moment).
S3 intercooler: Will definitely be the needed upgrade from the stock IC in order to get good performance out of your k04, but you might want to run something slightly bigger like a eurojet intercooler or APR. Some of the tuners out by me have said you won't get every ounce of power out of the k04 with just an S3.
Last edited by prospal; 03-30-2012 at 08:29 AM.
Expect the clutch to wear out over time if you go stage 2. Sebastianjbauer went k04 and stayed on the stock clutch for about 8k or so, so you have some life in it, but it will begin to degrade and slip in high gears.