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GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
No one was surprised by this.

By the way, my downpipe has been on for 500 miles now, Stage 1 EQT with no spacer/defouler. I still don't have a CEL.

Awesome!

I really feel good about the Gen2 cats being good to go. The Gen1 is hit or miss and normally needs one defouler, but I think fuel quality and driving habits (letting the car warm up before getting on it hard) also play a role in it.
 

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
I'm traveling back to Huntsville from Albuquerque so being stuck in the airport, all I'm able to do is dream, so I have. Got the ShopDAP wish list loaded up.

Anyone know/have an opinion on if you go Stage 2+ without any sort of differential upgrades on a 2.0 GTI if you can put all that HP down or will you just be smoking the tires all the time? Asking for a friend ;)

Some videos to answer your questions in over the top detail:




The first one is just me talking, like a podcast, since there was a ton of information to get through I made it that way so audio only was an option to take it all in while driving or whatever.
 

okMK

Drag Racing Champion
Location
USA
Car(s)
Gti
Anyone know/have an opinion on if you go Stage 2+ without any sort of differential upgrades on a 2.0 GTI if you can put all that HP down or will you just be smoking the tires all the time?
You'll smoke the tires for a little while, and eventually the clutch. Stage 2 in Huntsville Summer is going to be nasty on your car with a stock intercooler too. Start with a stage 1 map my friend, it's plenty of power.
 

battle.munky

Ready to race!
Location
Huntsvegas
Car(s)
Tornado Red 2017 Mk7
You'll smoke the tires for a little while, and eventually the clutch. Stage 2 in Huntsville Summer is going to be nasty on your car with a stock intercooler too. Start with a stage 1 map my friend, it's plenty of power.
I dropped an IC in the wishlist to be prioritized prior to or in concert with the turbo back exhaust. We are making it progressively nastier so the wishlist will come in time but not before a new IC just because of the swamp ass factor for sure.
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
As soon as I hit post, I thought I should reword it and figured naaa... No ones going to take it like that. I was wrong 😂

Jim's nickname is literal Jim.
 

averyislost

Go Kart Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Car(s)
2020 GTI S
Spent the day in the shop yesterday getting a locals car ready for EQT stage 2.

Installed the first ever GESI GEN2 EPA 400 cell DP, OEM Fitment MP, FMIC (with ACC relocation bracket), a full set of BFI stage 1 mounts, an H&R 26mm RSB & a set of RS7 plugs.

He’s out and about logging some miles to confirm it’s CEL free today, I figured 200 miles will be plenty to know (a drive cycle is 100-150ish) and then it’s tune time. I’m sure it’s hard to resist the extra power, but he’s taking one for the team and putting in miles for science (which I really appreciate!).

Anyway, here’s the photo dump. Had the AC set to 74* and wow what a game changer (it was upper 80s and humid yesterday).








Sweet! So this downpipe, in theory, should be CEL free running a Stage 2 map that doesn't suppress O2 sensor readiness?
I know NC gives you a few years on new cars before needing an emissions inspection, but it'd be nice to go with an option that doesn't throw CEL's when the time comes for that inspection
 

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Sweet! So this downpipe, in theory, should be CEL free running a Stage 2 map that doesn't suppress O2 sensor readiness?
I know NC gives you a few years on new cars before needing an emissions inspection, but it'd be nice to go with an option that doesn't throw CEL's when the time comes for that inspection

Correct!

He ran this setup 200 miles prior to tuning to make sure the cat was up to the task.

So while longer term testing would be ideal it’s hard to hold off on the extra power with the EQT file ready to go, so I totally understand his excitement to throw the tune on (he held off exactly 202 miles haha).

The sample size will continue to grow as I’ve got several people on the waiting list for these already. Eventually I’m sure someone who doesn’t plan to tune immediately will grab one and give long term feedback, but for now this is a great start!

Here’s some quick sound clips

 

Keehs360

Autocross Champion
Location
Denver
Car(s)
Mk7.5
Sweet! So this downpipe, in theory, should be CEL free running a Stage 2 map that doesn't suppress O2 sensor readiness?
I know NC gives you a few years on new cars before needing an emissions inspection, but it'd be nice to go with an option that doesn't throw CEL's when the time comes for that inspection
Solid question
 

CaptainRatty

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
Sweet! So this downpipe, in theory, should be CEL free running a Stage 2 map that doesn't suppress O2 sensor readiness?
Is that a thing? I thought all stage 2 maps (from all tuning companies) prevented the car from being able to set 02 readiness.
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
I curbed one of my RSE16's. Almost made me cry. First time in 35 years driving I've curbed a wheel. Luckily it was the set I use for my autocross tires. No damage to the tire. The set I have for the street tires are still good.

Anyone know if the RSE16 in satin bronze is the light or dark version? Neuspeed sells touch up paint, but lists 2 different satin bronze.
 

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
I'm gonna need some more info on the ACC relocation bracket.

I took some notes while building it, but it’s a really tight fit and as it sits now it’s not functional (faulting, because it’s out of calibration).

Honestly it was kind of a pain and probably not worth the hassle in hindsight since it’ll still need tweaked a bit. We did a whole laundry list of mods & maintenance that day, 8 hours worth actually, so he needed to get going and further adjustments will have to wait.

Solid question
Most stage 2 tunes do turn off the downstream o2, which is why we tested it before tuning the car.
Is that a thing? I thought all stage 2 maps (from all tuning companies) prevented the car from being able to set 02 readiness.
Not all, but most. I believe APR (RIP) & UNI both offered tunes with it still enabled, but as you know UNI isn’t exactly up on their own tunes and often screws up which is which somehow (I’ve seen that be a issue for a bunch of people).

Anyway the real solution is flash back to the stock map before testing
 

Keehs360

Autocross Champion
Location
Denver
Car(s)
Mk7.5
I took some notes while building it, but it’s a really tight fit and as it sits now it’s not functional (faulting, because it’s out of calibration).

Honestly it was kind of a pain and probably not worth the hassle in hindsight since it’ll still need tweaked a bit. We did a whole laundry list of mods & maintenance that day, 8 hours worth actually, so he needed to get going and further adjustments will have to wait.


Most stage 2 tunes do turn off the downstream o2, which is why we tested it before tuning the car.

Not all, but most. I believe APR (RIP) & UNI both offered tunes with it still enabled, but as you know UNI isn’t exactly up on their own tunes and often screws up which is which somehow (I’ve seen that be a issue for a bunch of people).

Anyway the real solution is flash back to the stock map before testing
I’m just sitting here. Looking all sexy for no damn reason. Cuz there still isn’t a carb approved gesi cat 😂

saw the video on your channel. She sounds great dude! Too bad it was wet out. Would’ve loved to hear it at 110%
 

averyislost

Go Kart Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Car(s)
2020 GTI S
Is that a thing? I thought all stage 2 maps (from all tuning companies) prevented the car from being able to set 02 readiness.

AFAIK there are maps you can go with that don't touch any of that stuff. I *think* the Cobb OTS maps don't touch anything emissions related. I imagine any of the major tuners could set you up with a custom map that wouldn't touch O2 readiness, even if their OTS options do.

But also don't listen to me.. my car is still on the stock tune LOL

EDIT: Everyone above me has a better reply for ya
 
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