Vendor Spotlight: CTS Turbo means Big Power for your Audi or Volkswagen

The old phrase “there is no replacement for displacement” has met its match in today’s aftermarket performance world. The recipe for huge horsepower was to have the biggest bore, most aggressive cams, and a fuel economy that was measured in feet from the largest engine possible. While turbocharged engines are not a new concept, the reliability and potential for forced induction engines have become rivals to their naturally aspirated cousins. CTS Turbo is one of the foremost aftermarket manufacturers who capitalizes on the turbocharged Audi and VW engines and forces respectable power from small displacement forced induction platforms with their performance contributions.

Just like Simba’s reign covered everything light touched, CTS Turbo offers performance upgrades for everything air flows through and more. Their improved charge pipes, intercoolers, inlet pipes, outlet pipes, exhaust systems, and more open up the crucial airways that make forced induction effective. CTS Turbo’s focus is clearly turbo-related support, but their product catalog extends beyond those accessories.

Hardware like subframe inserts, transmission mounts, catch cans, and short shift kits broaden CTS Turbo’s reach into the VAG market and give a range of options for the performance-minded Audi or VW owner. Making big power, adding rigidity, and improving drivability are all key concepts involved in a well-rounded build, and that is just what CTS aims to provide. Their mounts allow for reduced deflection, which means the additional power from their K04 turbo upgrade, more efficient intercooler, and better flowing exhaust will actually be transferred to the wheels rather than lost in drivetrain flex.

CTS Turbo allows you to cover all your bases in your Audi or VW build by providing power, chassis, and drivability improvements without breaking your bank. Their accessible upgrades offer incredible performance upgrades to your forced induction engines and are designed for perfect fitment. Since technology has finally advanced in the forced induction community, we are starting to see outstanding horsepower output from small displacement engines thanks to companies like CTS Turbo. Give your Audi or VW that extra power you know you want with CTS performance parts, on sale now!

 

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Product Spotlight: MK6 GTI Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Induction System

The VW MK6 offers an excellent tuning platform across all its variations. The downsides of production cars are the sacrifices made in their design which favor comfort for performance. The brand new ECS Luft-Technik Intake System or Kohlefaser Carbon Fiber Intake will a bit of that power with improved airflow and the added benefit visual improvement.

The Luft-Technik Intake System gives HP and torque back to the impressively tuned powerplant of the MK6, adding more “punch” and an aggressive induction noise.    

Enthusiasts seeking satisfaction from a physical reaction under the hood from their throttle inputs will find enjoyment in the sharp whistle of the unrestricted tubing featured on the intake. Of course, there are other ways to get more fun out of your hot hatchback. If you haven’t, check out our MK6 GTI performance post to see what else we have available to add power and enjoyment.

While these performance gains are generally the initial appeal, the ECS Kohlfaser & Luft-Technik Intake Systems add more than power and noise. The kit’s silicone couplers are available in three attractive colors: the wrinkle black intake tube, and red pod filter, your boring stock airbox is replaced with a simple, clean, and color-coordinated alternative that gives a reserved style to your engine bay.

Performance-robbing heat soak, restrictive filters, and turbulent airflow are all downsides
to the stock airbox in the MK6. They are compromises to achieve a level of comfort and quiet the designers aimed for that would appeal to the largest market. Gain back the power, feel, and sound that makes the MK6 appealing to you with the ECS Kohlfaser & Luft-Technik Intake Systems.

 

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Best Ways to Spend Your 2018 Tax Refund on Your VW with ECS

Once again, the time of year where we are required to make a major decision is upon us: should we responsibly save our tax return, or does it become a race car stimulus package? Here at ECS, we expect you to make the proper decision. Naturally, we compiled a list of products on which to spend your government refund for your VW!

Wheels

Of course, the easiest way to spend your tax return is on a shiny new set of shoes. New wheels for your car dramatically change the look and give you a new appreciation for your car every time you see it. Whether you just want your VW to look fresh or you need lightweight options to eliminate unsprung weight, there are several trusted manufacturers we support to provide whatever you need. Check out some of these fine companies to give your VW a makeover:

BBS Wheels

Alzor

Mtechnica

Flush Kits

If stock wheels are your game, but you are tired of the sunken fitment, ECS has you covered, too. Our Wheel Flush Kits provide everything you need to give your VW a wider and more aggressive stance. The discerning VW driver will pair a Wheel Flush Kit with lowering springs to achieve a hunkered look and flush fitment. While this may require some fender rolling, it is an excellent way to drastically improve the style of your VW without running through the entire tax refund in one go! We really do have your best interest at heart.

ECS Wheel Flush Kits

Eibach Springs

H&R Springs

Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Intake System

Maybe all the visuals on your VW are taken care of already and performance is your game? The ECS Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Intake Systems are a perfect choice for any VW. These attractive carbon fiber intakes both look the part and put down measurable power. If you are making your first improvements to engine performance or need an intake system that actually produces power, this is the best choice on the market. Our engineers spent excessive amounts of time designing and developing these induction systems and our Dyno sheets reflect those efforts. Check out our fitment and the specific power gains for your car below.

ECS Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Intake Systems

Maintenance

For the extremely practical VW drivers, the tax refund may be more like free maintenance money. ECS carries the best in performance and maintenance parts alike for your VW, and we have a few recommendations on how you can make sure your car is ready to hit the back roads with confidence this summer.

Hawk Performance brake pads are designed for aggressive braking forces and provide exceptional pedal feel and stopping power. Their selection of street and track-worthy compounds give you a wide range to choose from based on your driving needs to give you replacement pads with fantastic performance. Pair these pads with a set of ECS Performance Rotors and take care of your service with funding from Uncle Sam.

Hawk Performance

ECS Slotted Rotors

Finally, the ever important oil service rounds out our race car stimulus package. We highly suggest picking up a Schwaben Fluid Extractor to make fluid changes a breeze and changing your engine oil with LIQUI-MOLY oils and additives. LIQUI-MOLY has been named the best German oil for seven consecutive years for a reason: their unparalleled molecular friction control is the pinnacle of lubrication technology. Their additives are chemically and molecularly structured to safely de-gunk your engine during an oil cycle as well as restore overall performance to peak power. Make sure to include LIQUI-MOLY additives in your oil change, and give Molygen oil a try to spot those tough leaks thanks to the UV-reactive properties of this unique oil.

Schwaben Fluid Extractor

LIQUI-MOLY oils and additives

Whether you are expecting a quaint return or something grandiose, ECS is the right place to turn for exceptional products and vendors who can help you make that refund a go-fast package. Make sure your VW looks and drives the way it should this spring by taking the government’s returns and give your car the attention it deserves.

 

 

 

 

Best Mods for the BMW E36 3 – Series 1991-1999

If you have a BMW E36, you most likely have already begun to modify it in some way. The E36, which was produced from 1991 through 1999, was the successor to the highly-praised E30 chassis. The E36 featured a range of engines; the most desirable in America being the M5x line or the S5x line. The six-cylinder inline engines have been popularized by their steady power bands, high potential for modification, and incredibly balanced performance. We have devised a list of the best modifications you can make to get the most out of your E36.

Software

If you haven’t already, taking full advantage of your engine’s potential is as easy as a plug-and-play software chip for your ECU. The Shark Injector Performance Software is designed to raise the rev limit, improve throttle response, remove the top speed governor, and improve the overall power output. If you have a stock vehicle or if you have hotter cams and an M50 OBD1 manifold you can select an appropriate software tune to maximize the output of your engine.

Brakes

We highly suggest addressing the brakes on your E36, especially if you just purchased the vehicle. Our Performance Front and Rear Brake Service Kits adapts your E36 brakes to the floating 2-piece rotors and calipers found on the CSL E46 M3. These lighter weight rotors significantly reduce unsprung weight on each corner, which adds to the handling ability of your E36, while greatly improving your ability to stop effectively. Remember, more power means you need more stopping power, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to give your E36 beefier brakes.

Intake

The best way to make the most out of your Shark Injector Software is to equip your E36 with a high-flow performance cold air intake and switch your OBD2 Intake Manifold for the OBD1 version, which improves torque and horsepower dramatically. Both the addition of the OBD1 Manifold and the Cold Air Intake are taken into account with a specific tune and allow you to achieve the most reliable and consistent power from your modifications. The overall horsepower gains can be upwards of 30HP to the crank, so these are definitely highly suggested and inexpensive ways to improve your power drastically. We carry a range of intakes on the site as well as offering OEM manifolds and gaskets to ensure you are receiving the highest quality parts. DINAN has been the preferred choice by many to improve the induction capabilities of their BMW and bring years of excellence to the BMW tuning community.

Wheels

The biggest visual difference that can completely change the profile and stance of your E36. Our own Alzor Wheels brand offers several BMW fitments for improving the visual appearance of your BMW and lowering unsprung weight. With myriad styles, sizes, and offsets, Alzor Wheels offer a great upgrade to your car’s aesthetics while being relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, Apex Wheels are known for their dedication to providing lightweight and trackable wheels specifically designed for BMWs. The incredibly popular Apex ARC8 wheels are featured on many track and street BMWs and have been dubbed as one of the best wheel choices around to improve your BMW.

Exhaust

Without going into a full exhaust setup that can get incredibly pricey, the best way to gain some power and increase the volume of your engine is to equip a cat-back exhaust. UUC, a premier BMW performance company, offers a stainless, true-dual, lightweight dual exhaust that is 2.38 inches in diameter as opposed to the smaller diameter factory exhaust. This eliminates back pressure and allows the exhaust gas to be expelled more quickly, which increases your performance slightly. Paired with software tuning and supporting modifications, you can expect noticeable power gains and a throaty growl to put a smile on your face at any RPM. The System U Exhaust runs from the midsection all the way to the exhaust tips and includes a muffler that mounts identically to your factory exhaust to provide the easiest and most secure fitment.

Take-Aways

With the above modifications to your E36 complete, you can expect dramatic increases in both power and driving pleasure while enjoying a unique look with the aftermarket wheels and a more enjoyable exhaust note thanks to that UUC cat-back. The lighter weight components help increase what the performance gains will actually do for your acceleration, and the lower unsprung weight from the improved brakes will improve your cornering ability noticeably. Make sure to grab all this and more right here at ECS to build the perfect E36 for the street or track!

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A Month of VW MK7 Performance: Brand New Carbon Fiber Products

Winter has kept us indoors, but we haven’t been idle. Here at ECS, we have taken advantage of that time to produce a slew of parts for the MK7 platform. The MK7 Golf, GTI, and R are fantastic cars in their own right from the factory, but they can always be improved. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing our new line of MK7 visual and performance upgrades which will help take your stock hatchback and turn it into something unique. So what have we been developing, exactly? Let’s take a look at some upcoming products hot off the ECS design tables headed straight to your doorstep.

Front and Rear Adjustable Sway Bar End Links

The theme of MK7 Performance is continued with the addition of our Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bar End Links! For lowered MK7 owners, adjustable end links are an absolute must. Any performance-oriented MK7 will benefit from the ability to fine-tune suspension settings and more.

Our new end links help eliminate preload on the sway bar and assist in corner balancing, as the 11mm of adjustment can account for even the lowest of modified MK7s. These links improve your sway bar effectiveness and reaction times, which are translated through steering inputs. Best yet, these heavy-duty links are more resilient and durable than their factory counterparts so you can trust these links to be the weakest part of the chain!

Clutch Pedal Stop

To improve your driving experience this spring, get rid of all that dead pedal travel on your clutch! Our new Clutch Pedal Stop allows you to adjust the bottom position of your pedal so there is no more extra travel past engagement. This gives you faster shifts, quicker launches, and a more engaging driving feel. Confidently know each shift will be perfect when your pedal stops by never having to feel for that engagement again.

This fully adjustable stop lets you position the clutch pedal travel to your liking in seconds. Simply install behind the clutch pedal at the factory clutch stop location, adjust the height for your preference, and that’s it! Simple and effective often make for the most enjoyable modifications, and give you instant gratification with a noticeable change in driving dynamics.

ECS Carbon Fiber Fuse Box and ECU Clamshell Cover

Our theme is very Carbon Fiber heavy, so the newest product is no surprise. We are proud to offer a Carbon Fiber Fuse Box Cover! Our ECU cover fits immaculately over the unsightly fuse box and clamshell to provide a congruent theme of tastefully modified goodness. Our exceptional quality, hand-laid carbon weave, and uniquely styled cover follows the factory contour lines for an unparalleled fitment and perfect finish. Complete your build with the subtle touches that set your car apart from the rest!

ECS Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Intake and Air Duct

Next, we have developed a pair of carbon fiber engine performance upgrades. The Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Turbo Inlet is designed to improve the airflow to your turbo and pair with your aftermarket intake and software tuning. The factory corrugated inlet fails to provide proper airflow to the turbo, especially under increased turbo suction. Our hand-laid carbon fiber inlet tube is a smooth tube engineered for maximum efficiency in delivering enough air to maximize the effectivity of your turbo.

This inlet was designed and engineered in-house for the best fitment and attractive styling to provide both an aesthetic upgrade to your engine bay and a smoother transition of air to your turbo. Thanks to our countless hours of research and testing, we have found this inlet to provide the most consistent airflow in order to maximize the potential of your turbo’s performance.

With the improved airflow through your turbo inlet handled, the new weak point becomes the Intake Ducting on the core support, which is the first site of air induction for your engine. For factory performance, the stock duct is adequate. Any tuning will require improved airflow. We designed our Carbon Fiber Dual Intake Duct to improve the airflow to your engine by increasing the volume by 285%. That massive size difference between our duct and the OEM duct provides a drop in intake air temperature up to 26 degrees (F).

 

Your MK7 will benefit from lower temperatures, more consistent airflow, and a greater volume of inducted air in order to let your engine breathe as well as possible. Improving your performance increases your engine’s demand for air, so this pair of upgrades are perfect to take full advantage of any supporting modifications and give your engine bay an attractive carbon fiber theme.

The performance increases and visual improvements from our carbon fiber Turbo Inlet and Air Duct are just the beginning. Over the next month, we will release a number of unique products designed in-house to personalize your MK7 and improve your driving experience. Stay tuned for each update to learn more about everything available to modify your VW MK7 Golf, GTI, or R.

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Aftermarket Cold Air Intake Mythbusted: Audi B9 A4 Luft-Technik Intake

If you have ever modified a car, then you are most likely well aware of the age-old argument “do aftermarket intakes add any real power gains?” Several YouTubers, bloggers, and self-proclaimed experts have weighed in on the argument. Despite miles of information regarding the subject, there is still a distinct divide between camps. There are those who insist the factory airboxes in vehicles perform identically to aftermarket intakes, and those who claim horsepower and torque are trapped in the restrictive factory designs. We at ECS have been drafting, designing, engineering, testing, and producing performance intakes since our earliest foray into aftermarket modification world, so we decided to share our data to settle the debate conclusively.

Our most recently developed performance induction system is the B9 A4 Kohlefaser & Luft-Technik Cold Air Intake. The 2.0T TFSI-powered B9 A4 produces a respectable 249BHP and a whopping 273 LB-FT of torque without any modifications and utilizing a factory tune. Our Dyno numbers confirmed those figures over an average of identical tests to determine a scientifically accurate baseline. While the B9 A4 2.0T pushes the upper limits of what should be possible from such a small displacement, we felt improvements to the induction system would provide power increases.

Our Objectives

The goal of this intake development and all other intakes we design is primarily oriented around functionality. We design our induction systems to function at optimal efficiency and demonstrate peak output for the intended use. In this case, our intakes are engineered to provide the highest power gains, most consistent pressure, and to minimize the temperature of induction air. These intakes are then tested in simulations, on the Dyno, and finally, on the street. Our combination of rigorous and thorough research and development procedures ensure the collection of accurate data in all situations, including the often unpredictable real world.

A secondary goal which shares nearly equal importance to functionality is the appearance of our intake system. A part that functions perfectly should also look as though it is the pinnacle of function. Our designs include a fit and finish to give the intake a functional, yet incredibly attractive, style. Even hardware and fastener locations are taken into consideration in order to grant easy access without compromising the aesthetics of the intake, heat shield, or beauty cover.

Of course, all our intake kits include every necessary nut, bolt, washer, fastener, and all other hardware for a complete and total installation out of the box. While this does not speak to our design, exactly, it does demonstrate our interest in ensuring your car is equipped with everything needed to improve performance without the headache of tracking down bolts or resorting to zip-ties in order to install your new parts.

Stock versus Luft-Technik

Returning to the question at hand, what did we find about our B9 A4 intake from all that development, simulation time, and testing?

Our final iteration of the intake post-development was put to the test against the stock assembly. We established yet another average between several successive recordings on the Dyno in order to guarantee accuracy in the factory figures with which we compared our intake. The next Dyno session, which immediately followed the previous stock runs, included our Luft-Technik intake. With the stock tune and otherwise stock engine, our induction system gained +11WHP and +10 FT-LBS WTQ when averaged with all recordings on the Dyno. Impressive numbers, to say the least, which can be observed on the Dyno sheet below.

These noteworthy gains were consistent across the usable power range on stock management, as well as an APR tune. The APR software tune alone significantly increased the horsepower and torque at the wheels on our Dyno, but there was more left to squeeze from the little turbo four-cylinder. After successive back-to-back runs on the APR tune with the factory airbox to establish our baseline average, we switched to the Luft-Technik intake and were once again presented with average gains of +5 WHP and +9FT-LBS WTQ with the APR Stage 1 ECU upgrade. You can observe our Dyno figures for these runs below.

Pressure Drop Data

With the most pressing question of power increases measured and accounted for, we believe we have seen definitive, empirical, and surprising evidence in favor of a properly designed intake which utilizes improved flow, decreased induction air temperatures, and a more consistent atmospheric pressure across the intake filter. While all intakes and engines perform slightly differently, these figures are within the range of consistent averages found on all our Luft-Technik intake systems across all supported models. Of course, there are distinct differences in performance where some outliers produce comparatively low power increases, and some offer relatively high power gains, but on average, consistently improved figures on our products match closely to the Luft-Technik Intake System designed for the B9 A4 2.0T TFSI.

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Best MK6 GTI Mods and Upgrades to Increase Power and Performance – The ECS Tuning Guide

The VW MK6 GTI, which ran from the 2010 to 2014 model years with the 2.0T TSI engine, is incredibly popular among tuners for its availability and potential for some incredible power. With the newest update just hitting dealerships and the last iteration showing up more frequently in used car markets, the MK6 GTI has just entered that sweet-spot for affordability. The earliest model years are less than a decade old, which means even the highest mileage examples of these cars are still realistic to purchase with a hope for reliability and minimal required maintenance. If you are one of the number of enthusiasts jumping to capitalize on the MK6 GTI bubble, chances are high the modification itch will begin shortly after purchase. Thanks to our knowledgeable Volkswagen team here, we have some ideas to help get that modification process started for your MK6 GTI that will make the question of ‘where do I begin’ much easier.

An effortless and affordable modification to make your MK6 more livable and unique is to update the interior lighting with our Ziza Interior Lighting Kits. These LED kits are incredibly popular because they install in minutes with nearly zero required skill while giving the interior a much more modern feel. Luxury vehicles with standard LED interior lights have a soft illumination that is neither too harsh nor too dim. Our kit will give your MK6 GTI a similar feel.

While interior lighting kits on their own are less than impressive in terms of actual modification, you will find the brighter interior more convenient on dark mornings and evenings with added enjoyment from the modern color bathing your interior. Among the simplest of our suggested modifications addressed, we can move on to more fun improvements sure to add enjoyment to your driving experience.

Induction systems are quite common initial performance modifications. They are a simple way to add some power and noise at a low cost and are incredibly available. Nearly every performance company with VW parts has an intake system with their name on the box. What makes the ECS Luft-Technik Intake System your optimal choice is our dedication to providing proven power results and equal attention to aesthetics and fitment. We take pride in our incredible commitment to precision in all of our kits. This and every other ECS kit include all mounting accessories and hardware to make your afternoon in the garage that much easier.

Our Luft-Technik Intake System boasts a hefty maximum power of 31 WHP on APR Stage 2 software and some simple supporting modifications. The intake will make an unimaginable difference in performance as you modify your engine and software accordingly. Initially, you will find the noise, appearance, and power amplification are incredibly satisfying. Further down the road as you improve your exhaust and software tuning, the performance difference will be more noticeable thanks to your induction system choice. Before making further power additions, however, key suspension upgrades should be made to optimize the efficiency, and enjoyment, of your future modifications.

While suspension modifications do nothing for your actual power output, they allow you to use your power more effectively by keeping your tires in contact with the road longer. This will allow fewer horsepowers to escape as a result of the vehicle’s shifting weight through corners. By upgrading the rear sway bar of your MK6 GTI you can assure less body roll and experience a more planted rear end. The ECS Ultimate Rear Sway Bar Upgrade Kit is a 23mm sway bar and a set of billet mounts and polyurethane bushings attached to adjustable end links.

The bar itself is more rigid and grants you a stiffer feel. Paired with those polyurethane bushings, the sway bar gives up the supple feeling rubber bushings and makes the increased rigidity of the sway bar more effective. Our adjustable end links included in the kit are incredibly important as well. Not only are they sturdier than the factory links which they replace, but they allow you to adjust the position of the sway bar to clear driveline components when you alter the vehicle’s ride height. The adjustability to account for ride height conveniently brings us to our next area of improvement.

Car modification tends to lean toward either form or function. Ideally, the form will follow function. When lowering your MK6 GTI, important aspects to consider are how you will drive the car most often and whether looks or drivability are more important to you. Most would recommend improving a daily driver with lowering springs and possibly changing the dampers. This cuts down on cost and gives you a more ‘flush’ look, but does not improve your handling to the degree we would prefer.

With affordability and performance considered equally, we have found the Solo-Werks S1 Coilovers to be the best choice. They carry a 3-year limited warranty, offer ride height adjustability improved handling, and demonstrate significant benefits over stock suspension components. Additionally, Solo-Werks S1 Coilovers are not any more expensive than replacement OEM parts. Since your second-hand MK6 GTI will be due for refreshed suspension, this kit and our Ultimate Sway Bar Upgrade kits will increase your performance, give you a more enjoyable driving experience, improve your car’s stance, and take care of some necessary maintenance concerns all at once. If you want to check out an installation for these, we have a convenient document outlining the whole process in a downloadable .pdf!

After taking care of some early modifications, the best way to tie everything together for a good first stage is to improve your engine management software. COBB Tuning is the preferred choice in nearly all forced induction cars for their highly successful Accessport. The V3 AP is their most recent update and features a larger screen for displaying a range of customizable gauges. By using their off the shelf mapping, drivers are able to determine the optimal software tune for their fuel octane level, existing modifications, and make overall efficiency changes in the total function of the system.

The COBB AP is more than just a chip; it is a handheld device that has an incredible amount of power while also simple to use. Being a standalone system, the AP gives you total control over the vehicle’s computer should you want to make any changes to your tune, monitor system functions, troubleshoot issues, and optimize the overall performance of your car with a few clicks on the device. Your first modifications should certainly include this powerful device.

This list includes our top recommendations to take your MK6 GTI from completely stock to unbelievably fun, engaging, and interactive. With these modifications, you are able to address performance output, handling, some maintenance, and convenience features that will completely change how you drive (and admire) your MK6 GTI. Stay tuned for more tips on modifying your MK6 GTI in the near future and please let us know in the comments if you have any questions, concerns, or advice!

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DIY: MK6 Kohlefaser & Luft-Technik Intake Installation

 

Required Tools:

Flex Driver For Screw Type Hose Clamps*

Phillips Screwdriver

Torx T25 bit

Torx T30 bit

3/8” ratchet

1/4” ratchet with 6” extension

5mm Allen socket

Spring clamp pliers (or locking plier)

Schwaben VAG connector tool*

*Available at ECStuning.com

Before Installation, familiarize yourself

with the ECS Tuning MKVI 2.0T Carbon

Fiber Intake Kit

(1) Carbon Fiber Airbox

(1) Carbon Fiber Lid

(1) ECS Tuning High Flow Air Filter with clamp

(1) Carbon Fiber Air Filter Tube

(1) Carbon Fiber Turbo Inlet Tube

(4) Stainless Hose Clamps 65mm-89mm

(2) Stainless Hose Clamps 59mm-83mm

(5) 6mm Bolts with nylon washer 10mm long

(1) 6mm Bolt with large stainless steel

washer 15mm long

(2) Airbox grommets

(1) 3” Straight Coupler

(1) 3” Hump Coupler

(1) 2-3/8” Straight Coupler

(1) 4mm short Allen key

*Kit for CBFA adds:

(1) Filter for Secondary Air Pump

(1) Filter Clamp

  1. ECS Tuning Aluminum Filter Adapter

1 Carbon Fiber Air Box and Lid

2 ECS Tuning High Flow Air Filter with clamp

3 Carbon Fiber Air Filter Tube

4 Carbon Fiber Turbo Inlet Tube

5 3” Straight Coupler

6 3” Hump Coupler

7 2-3/8” Straight Coupler

Step 1

Remove the engine cover by

pulling up on the front two corners until

the front grommets release, then pull

up on the rear two corners until the rear

grommets release. Lift the cover off and

set it aside.

Step 2

Remove the two T25 Screws that

secure the original intake duct to the

radiator core support.

Step 3

Separate the intake duct from the adjoining

intake tube by pulling the two pieces apart.

Step 4

Disconnect the mass air flow sensor by

releasing the locking tab on the connector.

Use the Schwaben VAG connector tool

(ES2628676) to release the clip.

Insert the tool into the MAF connector as

shown, and gently pull back on the tool to

release the connector.

Step 5

Pull the mass air flow wiring harness out

of the retaining clip on the back of the

intake connecting pipe.

Position the harness out of the way.

Step 6

Fully loosen the 8 Phillips head screws

that hold the original air box lid to the

original lower air box.

Once loosened, these screws will remain

in the airbox lid. It is not necessary to

completely remove them.

Step 7

Remove the injection intake pipe by

squeezing the two tabs together

Step 8

Pull the air injection pipe off of the air box

lid, and set aside away from your

workspace.

Step 9

Using the special spring clamp pliers,

release the tension on the spring clamp

holding the connecting pipe to the main

intake tube. Slide the spring clamp onto

the connecting pipe and leave the spring

clamp pliers in place.

Tech Tip: If you do not have spring clamp pliers, you can use

channel locks or standard pliers to release the tension on these

clamps. If you do so, be very careful. The clamps can spring off

and cause serious personal injury or damage to your car.

Separate the connecting pipe from the

main intake tube by pulling it off the tube.

Step 10

Lift the airbox lid up and remove it with the

mass air flow sensor and connecting pipe

still connected.

Remove the spring clamp along with this

assembly, then carefully slide the spring

clamp off of the end of the connecting pipe,

and using extreme caution, release the

tension on the clamp.

Step 11

Using the same caution and method from

page 8, release the tension in the spring

clamp holding the connecting pipe to the

mass air flow sensor.

Step 12

Pull the connecting pipe and spring clamp

off of the mass air flow sensor.

Carefully slide the spring clamp off of the

connecting pipe, and using extreme

caution, release the tension in the spring

clamp.

Step 13

Using a T25 Torx bit, remove the two

screws holding the mass air flow sensor to

the original airbox lid.

Pull the mass air flow sensor out of the air

box lid.

Step 14

Using a 5 mm Allen bit on an extension,

remove the bolt holding the lower air box in

place.

Step 15

Using both hands, lift up on the lower air

box to release the two insulating grommets.

Step 16

Pivot the lower air box around the coolant

air bleed hose and remove it from the car.

Step 17

Using a T30 Torx bit socket, remove the

bolt holding the main intake tube to the

heat shield in the rear of the cylinder head.

Step 18

Remove the crank vent hose on the main

intake tube by pinching the release tabs

together using your thumb and forefinger,

then slide the hose off of the main intake

tube.

Step 19

Using the spring clamp (or locking)

pliers, release the tension on the clamp

holding the main intake tube hose to the

turbocharger.

Note: This clamp is difficult to access. This picture shows

the main intake tube removed for reference.

Step 20

Remove the main intake tube and hose by

pulling upward on the main intake tube.

Remove the clamp with this assembly.

Using caution, remove the spring clamp and

release the tension on the clamp.

Step 1

Slide the 2-3/8 straight coupler onto the

turbo end of the carbon fiber turbo inlet

tube.

Step 2

Install one of the 59mm-83mm hose clamps

on the top of the 2-3/8 coupler and tighten it

using a flex driver for screw-type hose clamps.

Use caution not to overtighten.

While the flex-driver is the preferred tool for

this step, a 7mm socket on an extension will

suffice. Take extra caution to avoid marring the

carbon fiber surface.

Flex Driver For Screw Type Hose Clamps

ES5013

Step 3

Place the other 59mm-83mm hose clamp

over the 2-3/8 coupler and install the turbo

inlet tube/coupler assembly onto the

turbocharger.

Step 4

Tighten the lower hose clamp using the flex

driver.

Tech Tip: Some brackets may be in hard to reach

places. You may wish to use a small socket or flex

driver tool for screw type hose clamps.

Step 5

Connect the crankcase ventilation hose by

pushing it into place on the turbo inlet tube.

Step 6

Install the bolt holding the carbon fiber

turbo inlet tube to the heat shield on the

rear of the cylinder head.

Note: For Jetta GLI it may be necessary to adjust the

mounting tab on the heat shield approximately

20 degrees for proper clearance.

Step 7

Tighten the bolt using a T30 Torx bit socket

and ratchet.

Step 8

Place one of the 65mm-89mm clamps over

the end of the 3” hump coupler and push

the coupler onto the carbon fiber turbo inlet

tube.

Do not tighten the clamp at this time.

Note: Pay attention to the location/direction of the clamp

screw. All 4 clamps should be installed with the clam

screw in the same direction for ease of access as well

as uniform appearance.

Step 9

Connect the mass air flow sensor

connector to the mass air flow sensor by

pushing it on until you hear the faint “click”

with the connector locking tab engaging.

Step 10

Place one of the 65mm-89mm clamps over

the remaining end of the 3” hump coupler.

Push the mass air flow sensor into the 3”

hump coupler. Do not tighten the clamps

at this time.

Note: Pay attention to the arrow on the mass air

flow sensor to make sure it is installed in the correct

direction. The arrow points in the direction of air

flow (to the engine).

Step 11

Insert the secondary air pipe adapter into

the air pipe filter and tighten the clamp.

Step 12

Attach the air pipe filter and adapter to the

secondary air pipe, and secure

underneath the air box.

Note: You must choose an optimal location for the

secondary air pipe filter – the unit should be

supported such that it does not move around freely

in the engine bay, and has some access to air flow.

Our filter was secured under the airbox with a

zip-tie, proving to be an adequate location.

Step 13

Install the 2 grommets into the bottom of the

carbon fiber airbox.

Step 14

Align the carbon fiber airbox and duct, and

push down on the carbon fiber airbox

until the grommets are seated in place.

Step 15

Using a T25 Torx bit, install and tighten the

two screws that secure the carbon fiber air

box duct to the radiator core support.

Tech Tip: A small amount of grease placed on the tip of

the Torx bit will hold the screws in place and keep them

from falling off.

Step 16

Slide the ECS Tuning high flow air filter

element with the clamp in place onto the

carbon fiber air filter tube.

Hold the air filter and tube in place in the

carbon fiber airbox to adjust the position

of the filter. Do not tighten the clamp at this

time.

Note: Use the mounting tab of the air filter tube as a

reference point in determining the correct location of the

filter. Make sure the air filter seam is at the bottom of the

filter.

Step 17

Lift the air filter and carbon fiber air filter

tube out and fully tighten the clamp on the

air filter.

Step 18

Install the 3” straight coupler onto the end

of the mass air flow sensor.

Step 19

Place both remaining 65mm-89mm hose

clamps over the 3” straight coupler.

Do not tighten the clamps at this time.

Step 20

Insert the carbon fiber air filter tube into

the 3” straight coupler.

Step 21

Be sure the Air Filter Tube to Air Box seals

remain in place during installation.

Step 22

Loosely install the 15mm long Allen bolt that

secures the carbon fiber air filter tube in

place.

Step 23

Carefully adjust the carbon fiber air filter tube,

the mass air flow sensor, and both couplers

so everything is aligned nicely and both

couplers are properly seated.

Tighten all 4 hose clamps, paying attention to

the alignment of the clamps in order to obtain

a clean and neat appearance.

Step 24

Tighten the air filter tube securing bolt and

stainless steel washer using a 4mm Allen

socket. A ratchet extension can be helpful

here.

Step 25

Place the carbon fiber airbox lid on top of

the carbon fiber airbox.

Be sure the Air Filter Tube to Air Box seals

are still properly in place during installation.

Step 26

Remove the battery cover by pushing the

release tab in the direction of the arrow on

the cover and lifting upwards.

Note: Removing the battery cover will allow you to more

easily access to the 2 screws on the back side of the

carbon fiber airbox lid.

Step 27

Loosely install all 5 Allen screws

with black nylon washers through the holes

in the carbon fiber air box lid, into the air

box.

Step 28

Using the included short 4mm Allen key,

hand tighten all 5 screws, securing the

carbon fiber air box lid to the carbon fiber

air box.

Be careful not to over tighten these screws,

or you risk cracking the carbon fiber or

stripping the threads.

Step 29

Re-install the upper engine cover, and if

you have removed the battery cover,

reinstall the cover.

The Installation is now Complete!

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Tyler’s B8 A4 Daily Monster

Modifying cars for many enthusiasts is not only a hobby, but a form of expression you take with you everywhere. More accurately, this form of self-expression takes you everywhere. For our friend Tyler that was exactly the purpose behind this B8 A4 build.

Tyler sat down with me at a small sandwich shop in Ohio to give me a better idea of what he wanted his Audi to be. An avid enthusiast, Tyler is not new to modifying cars. Since his DC2 Integra GSR in 2001, Tyler’s car history is filled with Subaru and Honda enthusiast vehicles. All of his builds have been heavily modified. Specifically, most of his previous cars included big turbos, extensive performance modifications, were intended for dedicated ‘spirited’ driving: both on tracks, or back roads.

Alzor 349 19×9.5 square sets on 235/40/19 tires finish off Tyler’s stance with an aggressive, yet classic look.

The Audi he most recently built tells something of a different story. A few years ago, Tyler made the switch to German performance with the purchase of an Audi B7 A4. One of two automatics he has ever owned, he enjoyed the B7 for its comfort and reliability. While he is not looking for something to put earthquake-inducing power into, an important factor in his driving experience was to be able to enjoy the car every time he drove it.

His B8 is exactly that: a beefed up, mature, and comfortable daily driver. With a new Frankenturbo, new pistons and rings from Audi, aesthetic changes like the ECS Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler and Engine Cover, and a few bolt-ons, Tyler took his run-of-the-mill A4 and turned it into something special. This car is an extension of his personality. He is as much an outdoor enthusiast as he is a car enthusiast, as you can see by his bike and kayak racks. The Audi checks those boxes perfectly.

“The car was supposed to be something I could drive every day. That could take me kayaking, hiking, or snowboarding. Something I could rely on year-round and still enjoy”

This idea is apparent when one hops in the rear seat and looks over to see a Recaro baby seat. Tyler and his wife are expecting shortly, and have already purchased things like the seat and VW clothing to indoctrinate their new son as quickly as possible into the way of the car enthusiast. The inclusion of his new family addition is exactly what the Audi was ready for.

While His B8 makes significant power over a stock equivalent, the car remains comfortable over bumps and is never excessively loud. Even more surprising is the traditional manual transmission equipped with the Quattro rather than the now favored automatic. The signs of an enthusiast are all there, coupled with the reliability and panache of a classy every-day utility vehicle.

ECS Carbon Fiber beauty and performance pieces accent the natural beauty of the Audi under-hood, and do more for performance than just sit pretty.

Overall, Tyler is able to drive a well equipped and comfortable Audi that is still able to satisfy his enthusiast bug without making hardly any sacrifice. Isn’t that what tuning is about?

Tyler’s B8 A4:

ECS Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler
ECS Luft-Technik Intake
ECS Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
Maxton Gloss Font Lip
Honeycomb Grille
Alzor 349 19×9.5 et+40 square sets on 235/40/19
Black Forest Industries Shift Knob
ECS Boost Gauge and Vent Pod
Frankenturbo Upgraded Turbo
ECS FMIC
CTS High Flow Cat
Malone Stage 3 Software
Recaro Baby Seat!
SoloWerks Coilovers
Prosport Oil Pressure Gauge Red/Blue
ECS Exhaust Swivel Tips
ECS Wheel Spacers (8mm rear)
ECS Billet Aluminum Oil Dipstick Upgrade
Mishimoto Intercooler Charge Pipes
Carista OBDII Dongle
ECS Billet Boost Tap Kit
42 Draft Designs 4-Way Oil Pressure Splitter

 

Audi B8 A4/A5 2.0T Charge Pipe/Intercooler Kit Install

Every engine craves cool air: Lots of it. In order to produce as much power as it can, cool air is what every engine needs.  From the factory, your Audi’s intake system is designed to work in perfect harmony with the rest of the stock engine operating systems, but we all know there is a lot of untapped performance potential with the 2.0T.  Whether this is your starting point, or just another addition to your list of performance upgrades, our Audi B8 A4/A5 2.0T Charge Pipe/Intercooler kits are a perfect modification.

The charge pipe kit fits with your stock intercooler and boasts mandrel bent aluminum charge pipes, smooth flowing silicone couplers, a CNC machined aluminum turbo outlet adapter, and stainless steel T-bolt clamps.

The complete kit with a high flow intercooler yields maximum performance while also adding a sleek yet menacing look through the grille.  The increased air flow and reduced turbulence of this system will boost your stock performance, and allow you to get the maximum benefit from any additional performance modifications.

Attractive and easy to install, you can have this system in place in just a few hours or less.  Whether you have purchased the charge pipe only kit or the complete kit with our ECS Tuning intercooler, you’ll have everything you need for a trouble free installation. Thank you for looking to ECS Tuning for all your performance and repair needs.  We appreciate your business!

Step 1:

Safely raise and support the vehicle

Never get underneath a vehicle that is supported only by a jack.  Always make sure that the vehicle is securely supported on jack stands or an automotive lift.

Step 2:

Remove the LF wheel.  Here we are using a wheel hanger to support the weight of the wheel when we remove the lug bolts and use of a Protecta Socket will prevent damage to the wheel finish.

Wheel hangers are especially helpful for cars that use lug bolts and they make wheel spacer installation much easier too.  The Audi A4 requires a 14mm x 1.5 thread hanger, available on the ECS Tuning website as ES2636260.

Step 3:

Remove the lower insulation panel or skid plate, whichever you have installed.

For an in depth installation guide and fastener location chart for B8 skid plates, refer to our ECS Street Shield Skid Plates, ES2771379 or ES2771912

Step 4:

Locate the plastic guard above the LH CV shaft.  Remove the two securing nuts, then pull it forward, pivot it around the CV shaft, and remove it.

Step 5:

The LF fender liner needs to come out next, and it’s held in place by a number of different fasteners.  We’ll point them all out over the next few steps.

In this step, remove the two forward screws

(1) at the edge of the fender, then using a pick remove the two clips

(2) just to the right.

Step 6:

Remove the expanding rivet that holds the fender liner to the body.  It’s located just forward of the CV shaft.  The expanding rivet will come out in two pieces, center pin first, then the rivet body.

Step 7:

Remove the two clips on the top side of the fender liner, forward of the suspension strut.

Step 8:

Finally, remove the three rearward fasteners consisting of one nut and two clips.  Now carefully pull the fender liner out from the lip of the fender, then downward, and remove it from the car.

Step 9:

On the RH (passenger) side, remove the two forward fender liner screws at the edge of the fender.  It is not necessary to remove the fender liner or the wheel on this side.

Step 10:

On both sides, reach in behind the bumper and disconnect the fog lamps (LH shown).

Step 11:

Remove the four screws along the rear edge of the lower radiator shroud.

Step 12:

Inspect the side view of the bumper cover/fender on the right.  There is a bolt on each side that secures the bumper cover to the fender.  We have overlaid the bolt in this illustration so you can visualize its location.

Step 13:

Remove the bolt on each side that secures the bumper cover to the fender (see the illustration in step 12).  On the RH side, you can access the bolt by pulling back the edge of the fender liner.

Depending on model and production date, your vehicle may have two bolts on each side that will have to be removed prior to pulling off the bumper cover.

Step 14:

Pull out on both rear edges of the bumper cover as shown to release them from the clips on the fender.

Step 15:

Remove the four upper radiator shroud screws.

Step 16:

Lift up on the rear edge of the radiator shroud, then pull it rearwards to unhook it from the grille, and remove it.

Step 17

Look down between the grille and radiator and disconnect any components that are attached to the back side of the grille.

Depending on model, you may find the following:

  • Homelink Transmitter
  • Ambient Air Temperature Sensor

Step 18:

Remove the two screws at the top corners of the grille.

Step 19:

Remove the bumper cover by pulling it straight forward.  It’s not heavy but slightly awkward.  If you’re careful you can balance it in the middle, but it’s much easier if you have a friend help you with it.

Step 20:

With the bumper cover removed, we’re ready to start on the charge pipes.  Let’s start with the turbo outlet pipe.  Loosen the hose clamps on the original turbo outlet hose at the turbo damper on one end, and the intercooler inlet on the other.  Pull the hose off and remove it.

Step 21:

Remove the three screws on the original turbo damper, and remove it from the turbo outlet. Be careful not to lose the small o-ring seal between the two.

Step 22:

Thoroughly clean the o-ring and the seal groove, then install the o-ring into the groove on the turbo outlet, using light grease to hold it in place.

Step 23:

Install the new turbo outlet adapter using the original screws.

Step 24:

Now let’s move on to the intercooler outlet and throttle body pipes on the LH side of the vehicle.  Look down in front of the ABS pump, locate the MAP sensor (on the top end of the intercooler outlet pipe) and disconnect it.

Step 25:

Pull the power steering hose out of the clip on the top end of the intercooler outlet pipe.

Step 26:

Loosen the hose clamp on each end of the original throttle body hose.

Step 27:

Pull the throttle body hose off each end and remove it from the car.

Step 28:

Loosen both hose clamps on the original intercooler outlet hose, then pull it off both ends and remove it.

Step 29:

Pull the power steering hose out of the clip on the side of the intercooler outlet pipe.

Step 30:

Remove the three mounting nuts, then remove the original intercooler outlet pipe from the car.

Step 31:

Remove the three mounting bushings from the original intercooler outlet pipe in the following manner:

  1. Slide out the metal sleeve washer from each one
  2. Pull the rubber bushings out of the intercooler pipe bracket

Each of the three bushings is a different size and only fits in its corresponding location.

Step 32:

Install the original bushings and sleeves into the new intercooler outlet pipe bracket.

Note the different size and shape of the mounting holes in the bracket.  Make sure each of the three bushings is installed in its correct location.

Step 33:

Remove the two screws, then carefully remove the MAP sensor from the original intercooler outlet pipe.

Step 34:

Install the MAP sensor into the new intercooler outlet pipe using the new screws provided with the kit.

If you have purchased the complete kit and are installing a new ECS Tuning intercooler, skip to Page 35 to install the intercooler at this time.

If you are installing the charge pipes only, continue on the next page.

Step 35:

Loosely place a hose clamp onto each end of the correct silicone coupler for the intercooler you are using (see below), then push the coupler onto the intercooler outlet.

Stock Intercooler:

Coupler: 2.5” to 2.25” Reducing, small end located on intercooler.

Clamps: 60-68mm located on intercooler side, 67-75mm located on pipe side.

ECS Intercooler:

Coupler: 2.5” Straight.

Clamps:  67-75mm on both ends.

Step 36:

Install the new intercooler outlet pipe into place, pushing it into the coupler on the bottom and over the studs on the frame.

Step 37:

Install and tighten the three nuts on the intercooler pipe bracket.

Step 38:

Tighten both the T-bolt clamps on the silicone coupler.

You may position these clamps as desired to achieve the look you want.

Step 39:

Reconnect the MAP sensor.

Step 40:

Loosely place a 67-75mm hose clamp over each end of one of the silicone hump couplers, then push it onto the top of the intercooler outlet pipe.

Step 41:

Push the straight coupler onto one end of the new throttle body pipe, then loosely place two 67-75mm clamps over the coupler.

The throttle body pipe is the same on both ends and can be installed in either direction.

Step 42:

Install the throttle body pipe into place.

Step 43:

Make sure both silicone couplers are aligned properly, then tighten all four T-bolt clamps.

You may position these clamps as desired to achieve the look you want.

Step 44:

Now, moving back to the turbo outlet pipe, loosely place a hose clamp onto each end of the correct silicone coupler for the intercooler you are using (see below), then push the coupler onto the intercooler inlet.

Step 45:

Inspect the new turbo outlet pipe and identify the ends. The turbo end has a 60 degree bend on it while the intercooler inlet has a 123 degree bend.

Step 46:

Slide the remaining hump coupler over the “turbo” end of the turbo outlet pipe, with two 67-75mm clamps loosely installed.

Step 47:

Install the new turbo outlet pipe into place, routing it over the core support brace.

Step 48:

Push the turbo outlet pipe up into the hump coupler, then tighten the clamps. make sure that the pipe does not hit the brace.

Step 49:

Tighten the two T-bolt clamps at the intercooler.

Step 50:

Reassemble the vehicle:
Reinstall the bumper cover.
Reinstall the fender liner
Reinstall the skid plate/insulation Panel
Install and torque the LF wheel to 120 Nm (89 Ft-lbs).

Your Charge Pipe installation is complete!

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