JoshDank
JoshDank New Reader
7/11/08 10:31 p.m.

Well, it was finally time to get rid of my escort. I picked up this MK4 GTI Tuesday. I'm extremely pleased so far and can't wait to drive it after I've done a few mods.

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Volksroddin
Volksroddin New Reader
7/12/08 5:59 a.m.

looks nice. what mods do you plan on doing?

JoshDank
JoshDank New Reader
7/12/08 9:13 a.m.

Nothing too major. Downpipe/exhaust, APR re-mapped ecu, intake, turbo timer, suspension, maybe a fmic. It's really a fun car already...

yo vanilla
yo vanilla New Reader
7/12/08 9:15 a.m.

I'd work on the suspension and tires first in that car, and check out vwvortex.com forums for all the info, good and bad mind you, you'll ever need.

p.s. don't listen to the vortex yahoos who will just tell you to "slam it" ;)

petegossett
petegossett GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/12/08 11:18 a.m.

I'd avoid the Bilstien PS4's(or whatever they're called). They're certainly a high-quality unit, but Bilstiens - in general - just have way too much compression dampening. I installed a set on a friends MkIV Jetta, then when he sold the car, I removed them & installed them on another friend's Turbo-S Bug. We never could get either car dialed-in the way we'd hoped, especially considering how much they cost.

Of course, if you wanted to have them custom valved, they would likely rock.

Travis_K
Travis_K New Reader
7/12/08 12:26 p.m.

Regular Bilstien shocks seem to work well on the older VWs. The PSS9 isnt really worth the money in my opinion. Id be inclinded to look at the shine racing stuff for that car.

92dxman
92dxman New Reader
7/12/08 6:42 p.m.

On the Mk IV's, doesn't the geometry of the suspension get royally wacky if you lower them?

EricM
EricM Reader
7/12/08 7:15 p.m.
petegossett wrote: I'd avoid the Bilstien PS4's(or whatever they're called). They're certainly a high-quality unit, but Bilstiens - in general - just have way too much compression dampening. I installed a set on a friends MkIV Jetta, then when he sold the car, I removed them & installed them on another friend's Turbo-S Bug. We never could get either car dialed-in the way we'd hoped, especially considering how much they cost. Of course, if you wanted to have them custom valved, they would likely rock.

I know that Turbo-S bug. As much as I iked it then, i don't really miss it now.

By the way, the vw 1.8T is a sweet engine.

2.0dohc
2.0dohc New Reader
7/12/08 7:21 p.m.
EricM wrote: I know that Turbo-S bug. As much as I iked it then, i don't really miss it now. By the way, the vw 1.8T is a sweet engine.

hey, so do I, I seem to remember it was slower then a certain purple neon

at some point I will own a gti, drove a 20th anniversary gti and once on boost it was quick, but had some lag in stock form

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/12/08 8:24 p.m.
2.0dohc wrote:
EricM wrote: I know that Turbo-S bug. As much as I iked it then, i don't really miss it now. By the way, the vw 1.8T is a sweet engine.
hey, so do I, I seem to remember it was slower then a certain purple neon at some point I will own a gti, drove a 20th anniversary gti and once on boost it was quick, but had some lag in stock form

Then get the MKV it's got none of the lag issues :D.. But 1.5 times the mass..

They did however fix the throttle cut issues that the Turbo S had. I can Hold the brake and accelerate on boost at will.

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