GOLFMK8
GOLFMK7
GOLFMK6
GOLFMKV

The “Greta” Build Thread - Rookie MK7 Owner Enters “Inexperienced Veteran” Phase, Learns How Tunes Work. Banana Button Utilized on “Left Lane Hog”

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
Semi-humble brag: Been driving around the neighborhood recently and the car has been snapping some necks. Wouldn’t give the credit to the intercooler in this scenario (Exhaust is a different story) but the Adams Guard and Gloss I used after a recent wash is working great, even with the amount of pollen we’ve gotten recently.

I’m planning on doing a FULL swirl removal detail after MDW. About four years overdue :ROFLMAO:
 

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
9C0A4E0D-67DF-43E1-80AE-DB13237CC583.jpeg


Heard a rumor that each sticker applied to your car equals 5+ horsepower. Very happy with how these came out :D
 

MonkeyMD

Autocross Champion
You need more stickers like this one

20220513_073558.jpg
 

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI

DSC808

Drag Racing Champion
Location
HI State
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE MT
If your going down the dark route of tuning you might want to consider APR's Direct Turbo Replacement for $1500. As others have stated; NEW AccessPort + tuning = $1450 and gets the EQT Stage 2 IS20 = 300whp ~ 340whp depending on fuel. APR's DTR gets 436hp/401tq. You also keep the stock downpipe (save some $$$) and dont have to worry about emissions. Forgot to add that this will also require install $$$$, which varies (I paid $600 at a independent shop) .
If this is a possibility I would buy a used used JB4 for ~$300, then sell it and upgrade to the DTR. Because, lets face it... you want to do it.....
 
Last edited:

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
If your going down the dark route of tuning you might want to consider APR's Direct Turbo Replacement for $1500. As others have stated; NEW AccessPort + tuning = $1450 and gets the EQT Stage 2 IS20 = 300whp ~ 340whp depending on fuel. APR's DTR gets 436hp/401tq. You also keep the stock downpipe (save some $$$) and dont have to worry about emissions. Forgot to add that this will also require install $$$$, which varies (I paid $600 at a independent shop) .
If this is a possibility I would buy a used used JB4 for ~$300, then sell it and upgrade to the DTR. Because, lets face it... you want to do it.....

I have a vague memory of tuning screwing around with the emissions on the Mustang. The Mustang was simple plug and play so before I brought it to get inspected, I’d switch it back to its default settings.

So now I have two questions:

- Are the GTI tunes more complicated than the one I owned with the prior car (SCT plug and play tuning)?
- Does anyone have rough estimates for the specs for stage one/ two tunes (or know where to find them)??
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
I have a vague memory of tuning screwing around with the emissions on the Mustang. The Mustang was simple plug and play so before I brought it to get inspected, I’d switch it back to its default settings.

So now I have two questions:

- Are the GTI tunes more complicated than the one I owned with the prior car (SCT plug and play tuning)?
- Does anyone have rough estimates for the specs for stage one/ two tunes (or know where to find them)??
If you buy an OTS (off the shelf) tune then it's basically just plug and play

specs (crank numbers)-
 

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
If you buy an OTS (off the shelf) tune then it's basically just plug and play

specs (crank numbers)-

So thats just numbers with the tune. Assuming the CAI, BORLA catback and FMIC should punch that number up from 310 a bit. I think I’d be comfortable with that.
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
So thats just numbers with the tune. Assuming the CAI, BORLA catback and FMIC should punch that number up from 310 a bit. I think I’d be comfortable with that.
That's on dumpy 91 too. The intake and exhaust might add some power but it mostly makes it feel much more explosive/responsive (spools quicker). The FMIC will help it run more consistently and the car won't pull assloads of timing during the summer heat
 

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
That's on dumpy 91 too. The intake and exhaust might add some power but it mostly makes it feel much more explosive/responsive (spools quicker). The FMIC will help it run more consistently and the car won't pull assloads of timing during the summer heat

Yeah that was kind of the objective anyway. Responsiveness is key, need to be able to set ECU to default without any complications (for emissions) and some added numbers on the specs (roughly in the 320-340HP area).

For now, this plan will do for this car.
 

El_bigote_AJ

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas
Car(s)
2019 GTI bunny
If your going down the dark route of tuning you might want to consider APR's Direct Turbo Replacement for $1500. As others have stated; NEW AccessPort + tuning = $1450 and gets the EQT Stage 2 IS20 = 300whp ~ 340whp depending on fuel. APR's DTR gets 436hp/401tq. You also keep the stock downpipe (save some $$$) and dont have to worry about emissions. Forgot to add that this will also require install $$$$, which varies (I paid $600 at a independent shop) .
If this is a possibility I would buy a used used JB4 for ~$300, then sell it and upgrade to the DTR. Because, lets face it... you want to do it.....
Yeah, honesty… for a car that’s not been tuned yet and doesn’t already have the funds spent on a downpipe - the APR dtr kit is a no brainer. for $1500 for the turbo and tune (plus APR TCU TUNE) really gets you a much better bang for buck than a Cobb AP with TCU enabled and OTS. Sure you will have to save and spend more up front… but you’ll have an emissions complaint car year around that’s a lot more powerful than at stage 1 and 2 gti on the stock turbo. And a stage 1 and 2 gti is very easy to get bored or out grow that power level when your just using the car as a fun hooning street car.
 

MuscleToMouse94

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Long Island, NY
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
Yeah, honesty… for a car that’s not been tuned yet and doesn’t already have the funds spent on a downpipe - the APR dtr kit is a no brainer. for $1500 for the turbo and tune (plus APR TCU TUNE) really gets you a much better bang for buck than a Cobb AP with TCU enabled and OTS. Sure you will have to save and spend more up front… but you’ll have an emissions complaint car year around that’s a lot more powerful than at stage 1 and 2 gti on the stock turbo. And a stage 1 and 2 gti is very easy to get bored or out grow that power level when your just using the car as a fun hooning street car.

Ok now this sounds like a much better idea…..
 
Top