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Old 04-16-2002, 02:25 AM   #1
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Since there are a few Dubs browsing the forum, they need your help. What kind of parts are you guys looking for? I heard they're getting hooked up with New Dimensions and some others just for you. I used to browse their site and they had some good parts back then.

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Old 04-16-2002, 05:44 AM   #2
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It would be nice to get Aftermarket parts for my dub here in Alaska. But, there aren't to meny so its an as needed basis.
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Old 04-16-2002, 06:36 AM   #3
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Hey if they can get hooked up with ND, my wallet will seriously be tapped, lol. For one if they can become a APR dealer, I am going to switch my chip. Not for the fact that I think APR is better, just for the fact that there will be a local tuner, and if there is ever any updates on the chip I can just drive to the shop instead of FedEx'ing my damn ECU to the Lower 48. Ohhh yeh you also get to do AUDI, BMW, Porche, and others when you are a chip tuner, pretty freaking cool I think

And I would be highly highly interested in a APR Turbo-Back system.

Somthing I would not recomending stocking at all, is Neuspeed Chips, and the Neuspeed P-Flo for Any Mk4 either. Or K&N Air Filters, or Any Panel Filters for that matter for at least the MK4, I hear they do great on the MkIII's tho. The reason I say this, is the MK4's MAF is pretty damn touchy. Alot of people are having MAF faluries over at the Vortex because they are Using K&N Drop in's, and most any other Oil'd Filter. I say dont get the P-Flo because it actully drops your horse power. And the Neuspeed Chip is not worth it.

Clutch kits are good. Short shift kits are very very very good The Z-Engineering Motor Mount that they sell is awesome. If you do start doing chip tunning, I would HIGHLY recomend stocking Forge Divertor Vavles, we blow alot of Stock DV's when we are chipped. LSD's would be nice, all tho pretty damn pricey. Lowering Springs, I would recomend H&R over Neuspeed. Neuspeed Sway bars are very very good. I know MKIII guys like the Eyelids. KAMEI Sport grills would be smoking.

I guess I am just listing off stuff I would buy, lol. But seriously, at least on the Mk4 and 1.8T side of it, most of the products I have said are the ones people are always talking about on the Vortex.

If you want more specific information, get ahold of me. I would be more then willing to share what I know about the Dubs. But above everything I have listed I would recomend at least becoming a APR Chip Tuner. Just because you can do more then just the VW's. So its not like you are ordering a Exhaust or somthing that only fits one car. This is like a one size fits quite a few thing.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:50 AM   #4
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There only a few select parts you should stock for dubs. Turn2 Motor Mounts, K&N filters, and e-code light switches. That's it.

I don't really think its feasible to stock alot of dub parts. I mean most of the parts I wanted on my dub were Abt, Projektzwo, Oettinger, GIAC, KW and e-code parts. Very expensive, very 'exclusive' stuff. Even the normal Vw stuff is shipped from europe. European spec headlights, euro chin spoilers, euro bumpers, euro radiator supports, euro bumper rebars, etc. Only a few distributors can get them (namely, the Potterman! parts4vws.com) and RPI Equipped.

I mean there's nothing cheap about Vw parts, unless you want to go with the Nopi or Wings West crowd. Which is otherwise junk.

The only thing good that neuspeed makes for dubs are the exhausts and strut/sway bars. And even then I'd go with autotech strut/sways. Their exhausts rule. Their chips suck. The P-Flo is way too expensive for what it is.

I'll stick to mail order for Vw parts. They're in the same vein as BMW and Mercedes parts. Very design and specific oriented, built for the car. There's nothing really universal.

www.parts4vws.com is the best site out there for dubs. Nevermind what he has on his site, he can get you almost *anything*.

www.1552design.com is the best site for specific tuner parts like Abt, Projektzwo or Oettinger, though they charge a premium.
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Old 04-16-2002, 11:21 AM   #5
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Winslow posed the question because New Dimension is the US distributor for some other parts we will be selling and we were trying to gauge interest in getting VW parts through them as well. Basically if there are parts you might want from ND, let me or Winslow know and when we contact them we will see what kind of pricing break we can get....if any. We just wanted to gauge interest before we contacted them.

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Old 04-16-2002, 03:28 PM   #6
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I've read the same thing about the Neuspeed Chips.

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Lowering Springs, I would recomend H&R over Neuspeed.
I thought H&R made springs for Neuspeed.

I would love to be able to tune cars. When are we buying the dyno? Actually, who wants to invest in a dyno.

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I mean most of the parts I wanted on my dub were Abt, Projektzwo, Oettinger, GIAC, KW and e-code parts.
I wanted the same parts, too. We'll keep you up to date on what we find out.

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Old 04-16-2002, 04:07 PM   #7
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To the best of my knowledge Neuspeed are not H&R springs. I could be wrong, but there are a few posts on the Vortex about people ditching there Neuspeed springs for H&R. Honeslty I dont know if I would stock a bunch of Dub parts. But like I said I would seriously look into become a chip tuner. For the Turbo'd VW and AUDI guys that is usally the first mod we do. I think the main reason why there are not to many Chipped Dubs (I think I might be the only one, lol) is becasue people dont know about it. Either that or I am the only 1.8T into modding. lol.
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Old 04-16-2002, 04:17 PM   #8
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I don't think AKautoGEAR will stock many Dub parts but they will have the connections to get you what you want.

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Old 04-16-2002, 04:27 PM   #9
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Everything that I want Code-7 already listed. He and I were moding are VR6's together but now i'm alone . But, if I need a part I'll give you guys heads up so i can see if you can get it at a better price then I can. Tusin is right about the chips, its a good thing to stock, but then again there aren't that meny people moding Dubs here in Alaska. Like Code-7 seid, parts for the Dubs are not universal. Parts for Dubs are only for Dubs, so its kinda a loss if you can't sell the stuff. But, I will contact you guys Frist if I need something.
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Old 04-16-2002, 04:30 PM   #10
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****, I still got these springs sitting next to me that still need to be put on, lol.
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Old 04-16-2002, 07:12 PM   #11
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Hey, I said I would help. Let me know when you're ready.

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Old 04-16-2002, 08:45 PM   #12
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Yeh I know you did, I am just giving ya **** I wanted to try to do it before the meet. BUT I got a wild hair up my ass. And started doing more research on the differnt chips for my car and what not. And what I found out is all the chips make the same power on the dyno more or less. But for some reason GIAC is running quite a bit faster 1/4's then UPsolute (Which I have/had). And APR was in second place. So what do I do? lol. I yank out my ECU today, call up the GIAC dealer that I like, tell them my ECU is on the way. So now my car is sitting in my driveway and cant move. I "should" have the ECU back on friday, if not I am going to be really pissed. Because I will probably miss the meet.
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Old 04-17-2002, 03:36 AM   #13
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tusin - didn't you have the last company put in a socket for you? You can have that done so you can change the chips if need be. I'm lucky in the fact that mine is socketed and i can change the chip myself.
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Old 04-17-2002, 04:21 AM   #14
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Ah, GIAC. Excellent choice. The only chips I'd put in my dub.

Neuspeed springs are no longer made by H&R. They used to be years ago, but not any longer. The H&R cup kit is probably the best spring/strut combo you can buy for any dub, though I much prefer coilovers. (I HATED selling my KW's!!!) However, you couldn't pay me money NOT to go with the H&R cupkit if nothing else was available, though Konis are sweet as hell too.

You can't really *stock* chips for dubs, except for Mk3's. ('94-'99) The new 99.5+ jettas and golfs need their entire ECU sent to a tuning shop to get a chip installed, and it costs about $300 for a Mk4 VR6 chip, and upwards of $500 for a 1.8t. It all has to be soldered in. Nothing anybody up here really wants to mess with.
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Old 04-17-2002, 04:46 AM   #15
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Well if someone is good at soldering, OR if they can find a local electronic shop in town that can do it, then they are set.

The chip I "used" to have was UPsolute, they didnt offer any kind of socket setup at the time, I still dont think they do. But when I first got the car, I was all about getting a chip right away, and all the money I had was for a UPsolute. And people said they were killer for the money, which they are, $325.00 for 210HP and 240tq is pretty crazy. But after doing all my research latley, and looking at dyno's. The GIAC looks more refined at thier HP and TQ delivary. And I had the feeling, that after I do my Exhaust system and what not, and if I still wasnt running the numbers I wanted to. That I knew my weakness would be the UP chip. That is another reason I went with GIAC, I know I have the fastest Pump Gas chip on the market. There is a guy that ran a 13.7 on street tires, and his only mods are GIAC and DP with a Dumptube. And ohhh yeh. I do get to keep the UP chip, so now I have both
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Old 04-17-2002, 04:51 AM   #16
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Call me queasy, but I'd rather ship my ECU out and get it back in two days instead of taking the brain apart, soldering, and potentially ruining my $1000 ECU.
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:24 AM   #17
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Well No. If anyone actully becomes a dealer up here. It would be up to the dealer to do the work. And if the ECU gets messed up, then the dealer pays, lol. But seriously, the actull dealers are able to solder a chip on and everything is about 15-20 minutes, so I dont think it can be THAT hard. Just takes time and practice I am sure. Not really sure where someone would find a bunch of spare MK4 ECU'd to practice on tho
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:30 AM   #18
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Neuspeed springs are no longer made by H&R. They used to be years ago, but not any longer.
That goes to show how current I am on VW part development.

GIAC is where I would go, too. How is the AWE tuning chip?

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Old 04-17-2002, 05:55 AM   #19
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I think AWE does do GIAC (let me check, lol)......... Yup they do. I went with EVO Motorsports just because that is where I bought my CAI from, and they are awesome.
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:57 AM   #20
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Ohhh yeh, I also got $50.00 off because they originally quoted me the wrong price. Cant beat that.
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Old 04-17-2002, 06:05 AM   #21
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Sorry, I forgot the smiley after that statement.


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Old 04-17-2002, 02:59 PM   #22
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I bought my GAIC though AWE tuning. Those guys are great and have got customer service. When I first got my chip my car would Idial wierd. But, it turned out the Eero broke my Manifold temp sensor and didn't know it. I got that fixed and the car runs great now.

But out of all the chips that I looked at GAIC was the best. They have the best numbers.
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Old 04-17-2002, 04:40 PM   #23
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What kind of performance gain did you see with your VR6 and the Chip?
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On a VR6? Maybe 9-12 peak gain.
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Old 04-18-2002, 12:34 AM   #25
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On a VR6? Maybe 9-12 peak gain.
Also it runs smoother and now my peak Redline RPM is 7100. I can pull to 45mph in first and then to 70mph in second. I all got a turn 2 motor mount for better shifting (It really helps, get one), P-Flow cold air intake, and a MagnaFlow Exhaust. With it all together it runs real good.
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