Absolutely a no brainer, especially seeing as you only pay for the flash once and every upgrade is free.
However, I'd spend the extra cash now and get an HPFP...
I don't have a tune yet, but from what I've gathered there's a very notable difference between stock and stage 1.
Also, if you're going to do it, do it now while the sale is on. You save $100.
'13 CW Golf R 4dr w/ APR Stage 2+, Autotech HPFP, Forge Twintake, Scorpion Catless DP, Neuspeed Sport Springs, 20% tint all around, ECS 8mm spacers in front, and 15mm spacers in back.
I did mine to Stage 1+ back during APR's summer sale. And...agree...it's totally worth it. Car feels way better. Lots of people stating differences.
I guarantee you one thing...on the way back from the flash...you will smile ALL the way home.
And correct on the flash upgrades. Buy 1 now and you pay now. Get a HPFP later...and flash is free (and most dealers don't charge for labor to flash to 1+). At least that was my experience.
I don't know about stage 1 alone (it certainly can't be bad) but going to stage 1+ with an intake was like insane night and day, awoke the sleeping giant, holy crap this is fun, can't stop smiling when I drive levels of awesome.
If you can swing it I'd go 1+ and do the HPFP all at once. The stock pump is one of the weak links in making power with these cars so no matter what your future power plans are it can't hurt to get it out of the way all at once.
My local APR Dealer offered me a "Trial Run" for my car at no charge. He said to try it for a week and if I liked it I could pay him then or he would remove it I didn't want it. I took my car out on the Highway and returned 15 minutes later with a grin and my credit card. The difference was euphoric. The sound of a K04 in third gear gave me shivers. You will find your R to be very addictive and you will probably be smiling from ear to ear every time you drive it.
Its a great improvement. I highly suggest it.
APR Stage 1+ / APR HPFP / Forge TwinTake / Forge DV / H&R Sport Springs / H&R Spacers (rear) 15mm / OEM Beetle Turbo Mats / OEM Tinted LED Tails / Interior LEDs / Bold Sport R seat inserts / SunTek CXP 35% Tint / Thule Roof Rack (Aeroblades + 594XT Sidearm)
I'm in a similar conundrum. Do you just purchase a chip from APR and have it installed or do you have to buy it from a dealer and have them install it also?
I've got a bone stock '12R with only the Soundaktor removed and the DieselGeek shifter about to go in. Was considering a CAI next, but it sounds like I'd be better off spending some cash on Stage 1, then add a CAI, HPFP, etc (not enough $$ for multiple upgrades at once right now).
I had the Stage 1 flash for 4 days,,,, it was nice! Well worth it!
Then I added the VWR intake and HPFP. Re flashed.
I'm still smiling!!
As a matter of fact, I'm laughing!!!
Can't wait to see what a DP does to the equation.
2010 Mk6 GTI DSG SB; APR K04, Carbonio 1 & 2, UR catted/resonated DP, Eurojet FMIC, Billy Boat cat back Uni DSG flash 313 WHP!. Traded for;
2013 .:R! APR Stage 2+, HPFP, RFD. VWR springs & intake. UniBrace XB.
When does the APR sale end?
I initially told myself that I would be done after stage 1 but I know I will want more after I get a taste.
The only thing that's holding me back about going 1+ is the cam follower situation with the HPFP. I'm not a very mechanically inclined guy and I don't really want to worry about the cam follower too much.
Those of you who have had the HPFP for a while now, have you checked your cam followers? How are they looking?
I went stg1 at 3000 miles and now have 7600 still smiling....exhaust will be going on sometime in the next copl weeks, and probably stg2+ in the spring. Can't wait but I must....didn't realized when I bought this car that she would cost me almost a decent used car once I owned her...
But well worth it..!
Well the cam follower is a potential "issue" even with no tune, it's just obviously going to wear at a much slower rate if you stay with the stock fuel pump.
FWIW, I asked my shop and they said they charge ~$200 to change it. Obviously that is a bit high seeing as it's a 30 min job. But if life gets in the way and I just dont have the time to change it, I would have no problem paying that.
There were a few posts of replaced followers floating around with pics. My plan is 20-25k miles, kind of align it with cleaning the VWR filter
2012 Rising Blue Golf R
APR Stage 3 - RSC - HPFP - IC - RFD / DXD-3E / BSH PCV
Stage 1+ is terrific, worth every penny and the way the car should have come from the factory. If you want to unleash the beast within, stage 2+ will not let you down!!!
Just had stage 1 put on yesterday in anticipation of going stage 2+ when my down pipe and hpfp come in. Wanted to get the flash in while the sale was still going on since upgrades are free.
Gotta say I noticed a big difference. Loving it. Def gonna enjoy of the next week or so before upgrade to 2+.
If you are on the fence, don't be. Do it!