Reason for this thread is to highlight my experience both negative and positive about the following:
- Companies I have dealt with
- Review of the products and where to purchase for the best deal
- Detailed instructions about the FT F23 install Link to Product
- Detailed instructions about WAVETRAC LSD Install Link to Product
- Southbend Clutch Stage II Endurance Install Link to Product
- Maestro Tuning Software - Eurodyne Link to product
I am not one to take shortcuts and cheap out on things because i'd rather get it done right the and not have to worry about things failing due to my own negligence.....(yes i am not going with rods, as my goal is to find the safest limits without having to split my motor....this will be future upgrade).
Well i finally got all my parts and i'm almost ready for the install aside from a few gaskets, washers, studs & nuts which i should have by Tuesday. I would of had these parts lined up if i knew i would have needed them and was aware of exactly which part numbers to order.
I dealt directly with Doug to find out more information about the F23 & F4 Turbo as i was unsure of which to buy. Doug was an excellent source of information regarding his products and he took the time to explain the benefits of each. In short, here are the best way to differentiate the two turbo's.
Price (according to FT website) - bosche 550cc injectors also included:
F4 turbo kit alone $1,149.00
F23 Turbo kit alone $1,647.00
The above prices do not include additional gaskets, washers, studs, bolts & nuts needed for the install.
The next question you should ask yourself is this:
Am i looking for a replacement turbo for my blown k03/k04 or am i looking to upgrade my turbo without getting into a Garret.
Now i am from Canada Eh! so i went through a dealer up here named Euroline Performance. I paid a total of 1950.00 CDN Cash to get the F23 Turbo which included the following:
I am not sure yet what the three bolts are for.....hopefully i will find out.
I will update this section once my dealings with Euroline Performance have concluded....
I originally went directly to Wavetrac for their LSD and they were a great help but it was advised/easier to go through one of their Canadian dealer JRP. Both companies were a pleasure to deal with and i highly recommend them to anyone.
Upon choosing an LSD, i had three to choose from:
The prices were all very similar so it just came down to which was best. With all my research it ended up being a no brainer. Although Quaife and Peloquin are reputable, Wavetrac was the best built and offered a superior product.
And as a bonus, their customer service was excellent and to get a great product and great customer service together is becoming pretty rare these days.
I will post up some before and after videos of driving with a comparison of stock vs Wavetrac.
I chose to go with a DXD Southbend SMF Stage II Endurance clutch & Flywheel. Again the customer service at Southbend was excellent and VAG Motosports as well....I dealt with Matt
Now this wasn't my first choice and it was because i wasn't aware of them but man was i happy when i was told about them...I was originally going to go with Unitronic.
The main decision on this was how i would be able to adjust and play with the tuning software....which could not be done unitronic. So example, if i did an upgrade, id have to pay more money.
Another key feature of the Eurodyne software package is it comes with 2 step which works great!
So upon reviewing what i received for the F23, i needed to order some additional stuff for the install. Some people will disagree with what i ordered but i find it necessary.
I went to my local VW Audi dealership with my turbo and manifold so we could fit on the gaskets to make sure they were the right ones. Here is the list:
1x Gasket between the turbo & exhaust manifold - waiting on gasket to make sure its the right
1x 058 253 039L -Exhaust Manifold gasket. You want to make sure its the metal one.
13x N 044 411 5 - exhaust manifold studs that go into the head
13x N 902 002 01 - exhaust manifold nuts
3x N 907 678 01 - Turbo outlet studs for exhaust Downpipe
6x N 903 690 01 - Exhaust down pipe nuts(3) Attach Turbo to Manifold nuts(3)
1x 058 145 757 A - Turbocharger Oil Line Gasket
1x 058 145 757 C - Turbocharger Oil Line Gasket
8x N 013 814 9 - SEALING WASHER for oil/coolant lines
4x N 013 851 4 - SEALING WASHER for oil/coolant lines - different size than above
1x - gasket between turbo and exhaust downpipe - waiting on part #
Total Price 172.18 cdn.
I know i will not need all of these but its good to have during the install incase some things need replacement. What ever i dont use, i will be returning.
I will come back to this part....
Here are just some random pics of the products...
I think this is how it goes together...
To be continued....