In our previous installment we upped the ante with a methanol injection kit by AEM. We also upgraded the brake pads to Hawk ceramics, and changed out the OEM brake lines for the Neuspeed stainless steel braided lines.
This installment we wanted to do something totally different. I had a trip planned to visit with some friends in Palm Springs, which is fairly close to LA. I had also got the mod itch really bad and wanted to get some work done at the same time. It seemed like good timing so we used the TTS for the trip.
In Camarillo, CA is a tuner with quite a bit of heritage and a reputation for producing nothing short of the highest quality for aftermarket bits for Audi and Volkswagen automobiles. I’ve known of Neuspeed for many years before I even owned my first VAG car. My first real experience with their parts was back in Autumn of 2005 when they introduced the first A3 tune with their optican flash. I liked that flash very much and experienced many problem free years with it. I always kept tabs on their website to see what was on the horizon and now, with their brand new website, I was able to find out that they have five very intriguing parts for the TTS.
The guys at Neuspeed had been open to the idea of me stopping by there and actually filming their facility while they did some install work at the same time on the TTS. I like seeing how tuners operate, so it was pretty cool to be a fly on the wall and watch these masters at work.
Being obsessively focused at times, my attention was really to dial in the suspension for this car. I wanted a perfect stance, but I also wanted this in addition to perfectly tailored handling. For the most part, I want my cake and I want to eat it too.
Audi at times is as famous for understeer as it is for quattro! One way to deal with understeer is to firm up the rear of the car with a more rigid rear sway bar. Not only is the outer diameter of the Neuspeed RSB greater than stock, but it is also thicker. One of the things I had not really thought about was how much of a difference the 4mm wall thickness of the Neuspeed would make in contrast to the noticeably thinner 3mm wall thickness factory piece. 1mm does make a big difference in the rigidity of the back end of the car.
It was suggested by the guys at Neuspeed that I also swap out my rear sway links (RSL) with aluminum Neuspeed RSLs. According to their website, the RSLs transmit suspension movement to the sway bar. I know that if I am given the option for any reinforcement to the suspension, I will take it. The Neuspeed piece is remarkably well made. Made from aluminum, they are lighter than the stock steel part. Lighter is always better on a car with these kinds of power ambitions.
The ducting on a high-flow engine needs to be as smooth as possible on the inner-diameter. Air must flow freely and without restrictions. If you look closely at the diameter of the stock turbo discharge pipe (TDP), you will notice that it appears to bottleneck around the elbow and it kinks there as well. Neuspeed manufactures a piece advertised to offer superior flow compared to the stock OEM item. Neuspeed’s website says that the new adapter piece reduces turbulence and reversion. This along with most of the other pieces, were put on in only 1.5 hours total, by only two men. So when you add in easy to use instructions as they do, this set of Neuspeed mods really does the trick for guys who prefer to do this kind of work themselves.
Finally, I had them throw on one more mod that has always piqued my curiosity, the power pulley. If you hold the stock crankshaft pulley in your hand and then pick up the Neuspeed piece you will instantly notice how much heavier the OEM piece is. I would guess that the difference is close to 4 lbs between them! According to Neuspeed, the heavier, larger diameter pulley draws horsepower from your engine unnecessarily. The strong CAD designed smaller Neuspeed power pulley kit restores that previously lost horsepower, which can now be directed to propelling your car instead of propelling your alternator and A/C. More freed up horsepower, found!
Also watch it HERE.
NEXT INSTALLMENT: The first Stage on the down-low!