This thread is devoted to converting my Golf MK6 naturally Aspirated to Turbocharged. This is my 1st Vortex thread, and I figure it'll be somewhat of a diary (to start), but I'm also looking for conversations. I have a lot to learn and appreciate anyone with wisdom or well-intended opinions.
Please be civil.
Fall 2011 - Bought used 2010 Golf MK6, and installed a Carbonio CAI, AWE Catback, and a few other small mods. Love the way the car sounds and pulls. No dyno. Had a tune from Speed Tuning in MD - waste of money.
Jan 2012 - Visited C2 in KY, drove the bunny, and spent a lot of time w/ Chris Collier. 1) The car was a monster! It was also beautiful. 2) Chris is the bomb. Very, very smart. Does amazing engineering work. He is very patient and an apt teacher. Would do business w/ him blind.
Feb 2012 - Moved East and found AP Tuning in PA. They sold / installed HEP SRI & UM Tune. Brought car and did the work. Took 4 days! (First MK6 & funky ECU...) But the craftsmanship at the APT crew is tops! They do serious work, are passionate, charge very fair rates. Dyno pull @ 180 / 165. Pulls strong and steady, and sounds like Frankenstein in a cave. Love that SRI.
June 2012 - Dropped my car off @ APT for a BW Turbo / UM Tune. Car's been there 3 weeks this Sat. Can't wait to see / drive it again.
Here's the setup on the install:
Bluewater Performance T3 Manifold: In-house / Made from Sch. 40 steel
Turbocharger: Precision T3 (was not given model #)
Turbo Intake Piping: 2 – 2.5” Stainless (medical grade)
Side Mount Intercooler (SMIC): BW SMIC / Treadstone Core.
Includes all necessary piping:
Tial 38mm Wastegate: Tial Sport F38 Wastegate (recirculated to DP)
Wastegate set to 10 psi
No Boost Controller *
Bosch 550cc High-Impedance Injectors
Forge 007 Diverter Valve
* I don't need a boost controller because, even if I could, I do not want to run more boost (yeah, you read that right). The 2.5 engine is supposedly OK to 300 wHP (according to: Blue Water, United Motorsports, AP Tuning, and Integrated Engineering). As you'll read later, power is only one part of the larger picture / objective.
In addition to the turbo installation and tuning, we added a Blue Water Oil Cooler kit and gauges (pods) for Boost, Oil Pressure, and Oil Temperature. We also added a Treadstone turbo blanket ** and heat wrap for DP to mitigate heat contagion to the engine bay and filtering into intake temps.
** Yes, I did a lot of research on the pros & cons of any turbo heat reducing equipment. The final logic was that reducing ambient charger heat was better for all other components (including the compressor) including oil. Speaking of oil, this blanket is designed to reduce central oil temps between the turbine and compressor. The only risk is coking (cooking) the oil in the turbine housing. But if the turbo is cooled down properly and not driven w/ insanity, it should be OK. (Hope the gauge reads oil temp relative to turbo area.) Worst case... I simply take the blanket off (when it's cool).
There are other mods we're doing such as upgrading the brakes to cross-drilled & slotted rotors, better pads, and SS lines. (I'm also having a large hole drilled out near the pedals in case I have to stop the car w/ my feet.)
Lastly, we're upgrading some bushings to try and firm the car up under heavy acceleration.
That's it for openers.