Look, kid. I'm actually going to be serious with you.
Just buy a 1.8T 5 speed swap. Really. Then you have a 180hp starting point instead of 115hp autotragic. It'll be much cheaper than turboing a 2.0. You don't seem to be able to change a battery, let alone install a turbo kit. A shop will screw you when it comes to labor to install a turbo.. For a 1.8T swap I think you need:
pedals (for standard swap)
exhaust (the stock 2" system will choke it)
...and more I'm sure I'm forgetting..
Please, just save the money and buy a 4 door with a 1.8T already in it. If you have to travel a little, so what? It's worth it. If you plan on daily driving a 2.0T, expect to have some reliability issues.
PS: Have you thought about a Neuspeed SuperCharger? They nearly double the HP to the wheels on low boost. If you can change a serpentine belt, and an intake manifold, you can install the Neuspeed charger. Really. Go that route, and save yourself the cash. A neuspeed kit is around 2500 new, you can find them for around 1500 used. Easy, cheap, reliable power. Especially paired with a bigger exhaust, maybe a 260/256 camshaft. The auto may be able to put up with it for a while, but a 5 speed swap is a much, much better way to go.
End of story. You want to go fast? No more bullet proof motor, it's expensive, and you can't be an idiot about engines (unless you have deep pockets). And dumping a bunch of money into a 2.slow is going to get you a slightly faster 2.slow.
I think your options are realistically:
Sell it for a 1.8/VR
Swap for a 1.8/VR
Neuspeed Charger (and yeah takes power to make power but you make more power going from < 100whp to ~ 140whp is huge)
Forget about going fast and build a show car
You've made it clear you don't have deep pockets for a legit, solid, reliable turbo build. For the sake of saving your VW, don't get some cheap Chinese-made plastic turbo kit. You don't go that route for the same reason you wouldn't bungee jump with a nylon rope "just because it's cheaper"
Last edited by amotion578; 04-25-2012 at 12:34 AM.
Just because it's a 4 cylinder doesn't mean it isn't meant to be supercharged. That statement makes no sense. At all.
With 135whp with the stock pulley, you can upgrade to around 10psi with Neuspeed's smaller one. You can buy a 268/260 camshaft, bigger injectors, bigger exhaust, a C2 tune, and put out around 170whp.
Just because you find a 1.8T and you don't know if the timing belt has been changed doesn't mean anything. Like really. Think about that statement for a while. If you're worried about it, change it.. What's the problem? If the timing belt snapped before, and valves are bent, you'll hear it.
All in all, there is no big difference in a Lysolm, a neuspeed kit, or a turbo kit. You're just getting more air into the cylinder for more power. If anything, the superchargers are a better route because they offer so much more power down low.
"Slept in?! It's like, the middle of the night man!! Why were you sleeping in?"
"uhhh, Because i drank three bottles of champagne, and hung out all night with a stray dog under a bridge, ok? it was sweet."
Is the supercharger rough on engines more than 180K or more?
This guy is seeking power. I mean I know he'll never actually bite a bullet and do anything with his engine but still. That's something you're not going to get when you combine FI and a run of the mill "catback" exhaust, unless it's MBS.
3" Turboback Ftw.
I even got that exact exhaust from that site for cheaper- it's cheaper in the morning for some reason. $430 (I think it was) and they have free shipping to the continental U.S.