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      03-30-2012 12:41 AM #1
      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.

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      03-30-2012 01:20 AM #2
      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.
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      03-30-2012 01:40 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by gravis86 View Post
      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.
      Will the K04 kill my clutch over time? And why do you recommend the APR K04?

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      03-30-2012 02:16 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_all_the_way View Post
      Will the K04 kill my clutch over time? And why do you recommend the APR K04?
      Yes, basically anything stage 2 and up(with a few stage 1 cases) has killed the stock clutch because it cannot handle the increase torque. Though this is also dependent on how you drive.

      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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      03-30-2012 02:18 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by wasim12 View Post
      Yes, basically anything stage 2 and up(with a few stage 1 cases) has killed the stock clutch because it cannot handle the increase torque. Though this is also dependent on how you drive.

      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.
      So what kind of clutch would you recommend?

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      03-30-2012 02:38 AM #6
      you should start with an apr stage1 flash and do coils and wheels

    7. 03-30-2012 07:31 AM #7
      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.
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      03-30-2012 08:24 AM #8
      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.

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      03-30-2012 08:27 AM #9
      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.
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      03-30-2012 09:06 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by wasim12 View Post
      Yes, basically anything stage 2 and up(with a few stage 1 cases) has killed the stock clutch because it cannot handle the increase torque. Though this is also dependent on how you drive.

      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.
      FALSE.


      i have been stage 2 for almost 25k miles.... and my clutch hasn't slipped once.

      i know a few people who ran k04 on stock clutch for awhile..
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      03-30-2012 09:08 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by LowerThanZimmy View Post
      FALSE.


      i have been stage 2 for almost 25k miles.... and my clutch hasn't slipped once.

      i know a few people who ran k04 on stock clutch for awhile..
      Okay, let's relax. It depends on your driving style for the most part and how aggressive you are on the clutch.

      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.

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      03-30-2012 09:13 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by prospal View Post
      Okay, let's relax. .
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      03-30-2012 10:45 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by ina04gli1.8t View Post
      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.
      Eventhough I'm only 18...I have saved enough money to do this. And I did the math on it. It comes out to about 10K

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      03-30-2012 10:52 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_all_the_way View Post
      Eventhough I'm only 18...I have saved enough money to do this. And I did the math on it. It comes out to about 10K
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      03-30-2012 11:31 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by prospal View Post
      Man, hook me up with whatever you're selling
      I don't sell anything. I just grew up in a fortunate family and earned every dollar I have. I put in many summers of work to raise enough money to buy this car and to now buy all of these tuning parts.

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      03-30-2012 11:46 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by prospal View Post
      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.
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      03-30-2012 11:46 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_all_the_way View Post
      Eventhough I'm only 18...I have saved enough money to do this. And I did the math on it. It comes out to about 10K
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