I have an opportunity to get a good deal ($60 with 15,000 miles) on an IS20 turbo. it is worth the time to replace the stock IS12 unit?
Replacing the Turbo is what? A 6-8 hour job? Then you need $600 tuning for it to work along with a couple supporting mods , intercooler, intake, down pipe , exhaust and clutch upgrade. Depending on your driving and expectations, this may or may not be worth it. I drive mostly for economy so in my case, the IS12 is perfect. That said for $60... I’d say if nothing is wrong with it buy that sucker, upgrade the clutch only after the stock one fails. $350 -$400 is the normal going price for a used IS20 Turbo in great condition.
Last edited by Phil37; 08-19-2019 at 01:55 PM.
The 1.8t has supposedly the same/roughly same volume as the factory GTI intercooler https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20329, so unless you're really ragging on the car for heatsoak to matter or you live in a really warm/hot area, not needed for daily driving with couple of pulls here and there. Intake upgrade isn't necessary unless for sound. Exhaust upgrade is also not necessary unless for sound. Downpipe isn't required unless you want more torque or going bigger than an IS20.
Last edited by Derussi; 08-19-2019 at 02:23 PM.
You’ll need the gasket kit that’s sold from ecs/usp or other online tuner for sure. $700 was the price from AWE tuning, That’s here in SoCal. At that point I would say you are looking at an Aftermarket tuner tune from Unitronic/apr/giac so add in another ~ $600. When you upgrade a major engine component the ECU can play a large role in taking advantage of it.
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk