Project Car First Steps – Maintenance Time!

There’s nothing more exciting than picking up a new project car, especially if it already runs and drives. Even if it doesn’t, often, what’s kept it off the road is something simple enough. However, regardless of whether it’s been sitting derelict for a long time or has just seen better days, there’s a reason why [...]

2021-08-29T10:13:18-04:00August 26th, 2021|Project Cars|Comments Off on Project Car First Steps – Maintenance Time!

Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

With all the fun that happened this weekend at Dubs at the Lake in McHenry, Maryland, it would be a shame to condense it all into a single article. While the meat and potatoes coverage will be released this Sunday in our ongoing Tuned In Weekly series, we thought we’d spend a bit of time talking about [...]

2021-05-28T09:52:04-04:00May 28th, 2021|Audi, ECS Show Nation, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

VW Atlas and Tiguan MQB Performance Upgrades

Some years ago right before I started working here at ECS, I had always associated our products with typical performance platforms. The rest of the models offered by European automakers just didn’t have that ‘enthusiast’ owner base that others do, like the GTI, M3, or S4. However, we offer more than just support for those [...]

2021-01-25T10:06:13-05:00January 25th, 2021|Volkswagen|Comments Off on VW Atlas and Tiguan MQB Performance Upgrades

How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

The MK7 Golf R is VW’s best-performing out of the box hot hatchback solution. It draws enthusiasts to its 292hp turbocharged version of the MQB Gen3 engine, all-wheel-drive system, available manual transmission, and practical 5-door hatchback layout. While it is still new, the MK7 R has not posed too many reliability concerns in the first [...]

2020-11-16T15:47:19-05:00November 16th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

We’re cranking out the hits lately. First, the MK5/6 2.0T FSI/TSI fabricated aluminum intake manifold drew tons of attention from big turbo builds. Now, we’re helping you reach those goals to reduce weight and increase efficiency. The new in-house designed MK5, MK6, and MK7 GTI/Golf R OEM Intercooler Delete Brackets are the best way to [...]

2020-11-13T11:34:45-05:00November 13th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

The Volkswagen MK4 GTI with the 1.8T engine is one of the most commonly modified platforms available. Thanks to its availability, affordability, and the aftermarket support offered for this engine, it’s more of a question of where to start rather than what to do. Everyone knows bolt-on upgrades paired with a software tune are the [...]

2020-11-10T15:31:15-05:00November 10th, 2020|Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

The MK4 platform is one of the best-selling VW models of all time, especially if you include all the possible variants. The Jetta, Beetle, and Golf all shared the MK4 platform from 1998-2005 (give or take, some versions started later, others ended later). With several engine options, layouts, and even models to choose between, it's [...]

2020-11-09T16:19:57-05:00November 9th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

Big Power: 2.0T FSI/TSI Fabricated Aluminum Intake Manifold Upgrade

The 2.0T FSI/TSI engine has the potential for substantial power. Despite its small displacement, the power ceiling is fairly high for even simple bolt-ons. An intake, turbo-back exhaust, coil packs, software upgrade, and a K04 turbo make the 2.0T an absolute weapon. However, in the process, weak points that would otherwise not be an issue [...]

2020-10-26T12:11:06-04:00October 26th, 2020|Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|2 Comments