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If you are or have been stage 2 ...

virpacalis

Ready to race!
Location
near Philly
Ride
'17 R DSG
do you regret not being stage 1? Why or why not?

I'm stock and fewer than 100 miles away from being out of warranty. I like quick reliability. Please advise.
 
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GTI Jake

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Stage 1 is the best bang for your buck by far (provided you don’t care to keep your warranty).

With that said I’ve never regretted moving on to stage 2, nor have I heard of anyone who has.

With the exception of people who cheap out and buy inferior hardware causing issues.
 

virpacalis

Ready to race!
Location
near Philly
Ride
'17 R DSG
Thanks for your credible reply. As an aside, my stage 2 hardware would only be a Unitronic intercooler and an AWE resonated downpipe. Of course, there are other good ways of doing this.
 

JerseyDrew77

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Virginia & NC
I didn't bother with stage 1. I went from FBO to stage 2 and then to a BT setup. Why even bother with stage 1 if your end goal is to have a stage 2 car? I say just skip stage 1 and save up for stage 2.
 

CarlosCanizares

Go Kart Champion
Agree with JerseyDrew.

I went from stock to Stage 2 in my 2015 GTI through Eurodyne. After riding in a 2015 GTI, but Stage 1 Eurodyne , it felt very similar sans I had a stronger top end. Had I gone Stage 1 first then 2, I would've felt disappointed.
 
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virpacalis

Ready to race!
Location
near Philly
Ride
'17 R DSG
Thank you all for the replies. Hoping it'll be worth it, I'm going stage 2. (By the way, my stage 3 WRX and stage 2 STI both went 1OOK+ miles trouble free and passing NJ emissions tests.)
 

virpacalis

Ready to race!
Location
near Philly
Ride
'17 R DSG
Leading Edge Autosport (West Chester, PA), a Unitronic's authorized shop, is most outstanding in terms of its expertise, customer service, and value. It's the real deal. Thanks to them, I'm loving my stage 2 R.


2019 pre stage 2 pic a.jpg


2019 pre stage 2 pic b.jpg

new exhaust installed a.jpg
 

virpacalis

Ready to race!
Location
near Philly
Ride
'17 R DSG
Deeper, but surprisingly subdued. Due to heavy traffic and wet roads -- I've only had it modified for one day -- almost all my driving so far has been at partial throttle. Can't wait to let it rip.
 

ATR

Go Kart Champion
Location
Baltimore
Ride
'17 Golf R 6mt
I went from stock straight to stage 2. I knew my warranty was done as soon as I went to stage 2. Need a clutch or a DSG tune to take full use of the tune however. Had all that covered prior to the tune 😎

Funny thing is I have had zero problem with the engine and transmission. My infotainment system just started to flake the heck out so I am currently at the dealership getting that taken care of 🤣
 

George Ab

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Pacific NW
I initially regretted going Stage 2 due to downpipe drone. I sold the downpipe and tried a downpipe that had a large inline resonator (ultimate racing) that also allowed me to keep the factory resonator, problem solved.
 

mattkosem

Ready to race!
Location
OH, US
I haven't owned a gas-powered VW that hasn't been at least Stage II. It's such low hanging fruit for so much performance - a DP + a flash. Stage III is even more of a hoot ;)

I initially regretted going Stage 2 due to downpipe drone. I sold the downpipe and tried a downpipe that had a large inline resonator (ultimate racing) that also allowed me to keep the factory resonator, problem solved.
Really? Was your first DP catless or something? I've got an AWR downpipe and have no drone whatsoever, and drive with the exhaust in race 24x7x365. Stage II drone is generally more of a GTI problem. The R exhaust deals with that pretty well.
 

moarhorsepower

Ready to race!
Location
New Jersey
Ride
Mustang GT, Golf R
Drone is so subjective. Personally I hate the drone with AWE resonator/switchpath system running Stage 2. I'm trying to figure out if adding another resonator or replacing the AWE one is the best way to go.
 

Thurnis

Ready to race!
Location
Las Vegas
At last. Welcome OP...
I imagine that right now you're feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole? I can see it in your post. you have the look of a poster who accepts his lack of warranty because he is expecting to have fun. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.

Do you believe in OE?

No.

Why not?

Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my vehicle's life.

I know EXACTLY what you mean.
Let me tell you why you post. You post because you know something. What you know you can't explain. But you feel it. You've felt it since you bought the car. That there's something wrong with the car. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?

The Performance?

Do you want to know what IT is? The performance is everywhere. It is all around us, even now in this very message board. You can see it when you look at your speedometer or when you turn off your traction control. You can feel it when you go to turn, when you go to brake, when you get an oil change. It is the performance that has been detuned over your warranty to blind you from the truth.

What truth?

That you are a slave, OP. Like everyone else you were sold a stock car, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your speed.... Unfortunately, no one can be told what performance is. You have to drive it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this there is no TD1 un-flag. You take the Stage 1, the story ends, you wake up in your driveway and believe whatever you want to believe. You gap chargers and mustangs and surprise a few Porsches. You take the Stage 2, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the modding hole goes.... Remember, all I'm offering is the Tune, nothing more....
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Newbie
Location
Phoenix
Ride
2018 SE DSG
At last. Welcome OP...
I imagine that right now you're feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole? I can see it in your post. you have the look of a poster who accepts his lack of warranty because he is expecting to have fun. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.

Do you believe in OE?

No.

Why not?

Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my vehicle's life.

I know EXACTLY what you mean.
Let me tell you why you post. You post because you know something. What you know you can't explain. But you feel it. You've felt it since you bought the car. That there's something wrong with the car. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?

The Performance?

Do you want to know what IT is? The performance is everywhere. It is all around us, even now in this very message board. You can see it when you look at your speedometer or when you turn off your traction control. You can feel it when you go to turn, when you go to brake, when you get an oil change. It is the performance that has been detuned over your warranty to blind you from the truth.

What truth?

That you are a slave, OP. Like everyone else you were sold a stock car, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your speed.... Unfortunately, no one can be told what performance is. You have to drive it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this there is no TD1 un-flag. You take the Stage 1, the story ends, you wake up in your driveway and believe whatever you want to believe. You gap chargers and mustangs and surprise a few Porsches. You take the Stage 2, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the modding hole goes.... Remember, all I'm offering is the Tune, nothing more....
Are you high right now? 😂
 

ATR

Go Kart Champion
Location
Baltimore
Ride
'17 Golf R 6mt
I initially regretted going Stage 2 due to downpipe drone. I sold the downpipe and tried a downpipe that had a large inline resonator (ultimate racing) that also allowed me to keep the factory resonator, problem solved.
Wow, really? I have the stock catback (including the resonator). It's a bit bassy when you uncork the downpipe. Especially with the flaps open. But if you put it in comfort or normal it completely eliminates the humming bass note of the exhaust.

Honestly I would like a bit more/louder zoom zoom noises, but also would like to have the ability to shut things up in normal mode.

Drone is so subjective. Personally I hate the drone with AWE resonator/switchpath system running Stage 2. I'm trying to figure out if adding another resonator or replacing the AWE one is the best way to go.
Facts 💯% 😎👍


Are you high right now? 😂
ROFLMAO 🤣
I was wondering the same thing 😂
 
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