In our last installment we brought our project car back to the dealership where we painted the front lip and upgraded to a new fixed rear spoiler.
This time around we are going to spend some time replacing and upgrading some of the little things that make up more of a big picture. Way back in our second installment, we swapped out quite a few items with the intention based on research that suggested these changes would benefit one area or another of the build. We are doing the same thing here with the few remaining areas of the car that still need attention or strengthening based on the new dynamics of our augmented TTS.
RedLine Oils and 034 Motorsport
Now running a Stage 3 TTS, we needed to make sure that the vital fluids in our augmented 2.0T FSI could cope well with all the added power. As such, we contacted Red Line oils when it was time for our first oil change, after APR had finished their work last spring.
Since 1979 Red Line has become known throughout the industry for their exceptionally engineered motor oils and fluid additives. Red Line formulates fully synthetic oils and chemically advanced additives using the world’s finest base stocks, rather than cutting costs by blending in petroleum products.
I thought it would be wise to make the trek across the Bay to visit the monstrous power makers at 034 Motorsports in Fremont, since they are an official Red Line Oil dealer. Anyone who keeps up on the European car magazines here in the US knows what Javad and the boys at 034 are capable of. These are the guys who created the 650hp B5 A4 and 550hp Mk4 GTI that have beeen dominating tracks all over the west. Needless to say, I knew these guys knew their stuff when it came to high-powered Audi engines. As it turns out, 034 is also a big proponent of the Red Line Oil products and they were happy to share their knowledge, which ultimately influenced my decision to run the Red Line range of fluids. It also helped to research the company online and learn some things about the Red Line 5w 40 that I picked up to put in the car.
• It is a fully-synthetic ester formula for passenger cars and performance vehicles applications
• It improves fuel economy and ring seal for more power while offering superior high temperature stability
• It has a high natural viscosity index, providing thicker oil film in the bearings and cams
• There is less evaporation in the Red Line Oils than other synthetics for improved efficiency and ring seal
I was also keen on trying their Water wetter which, according to their website, is a unique agent for cooling systems that doubles the “wetting” ability of water. Additionally, it improves heat transfer and reduces cylinder head temperatures. So this was an inexpensive and effective maintenance item that can be used alongside their S-1 Complete fuel system cleaner. S-1 cleans injectors, valve and combustion chamber deposits with a concentrated blend of powerful high-temp and low-temp detergents.
Black Forest Industries Motor Mounts
Cary, North Carolina has been the headquarters of Black Forest Industries (BFI) since 2001. BFI is an interesting company with the specific goal of providing high-quality affordably priced parts to the very healthy Audi and Volkswagen aftermarkets. With the growth of the scene, the guys at Black Forest have expanded their parts inventory of OEM replacement, performance and cosmetic parts to serve the community. I’ve been fairly public in my praise of companies that support the scene from a grassroots level and these guys do it with heart!
With the additional horsepower that is pumping through the TTS’ veins it’s important to keep in mind the added stress placed on other components inside the engine bay. The TTS’ factory engine mounts do a sufficient job of holding the motor in place at stock power levels, but once the boost is turned up the 2.0T motor seems as if it’s trying a bit harder to escape the car’s aluminum engine bay. Fortunately, BFI has developed a complete motor mount solution to help secure the engine and ensure that precious horsepower reaches all four wheels, while also improving shifting feel at the same time.
The easiest and most cost effective way to prepare your engine for more power is with the addition of Black Forest’s Torque Arm Insert. This pressure injected molded insert is made of 90A durometer polyurethane and is designed to fill the voids in your factory rubber torque arm insert, effectively creating a more solid mount and thereby limiting engine movement. To lock the mount in place, a laser cut stainless steel washer and upgraded 10.9 cad plated bolt are included. Installation is simple and can be completed in under an hour using basic tools.
If one wants even greater performance, a similar insert is available for the transmission mount on the TT. This insert replaces the pre-existing factory rubber part. Black Forest’s transmission mounts are offered in two hardness levels, Stage 1 65A durometer, and Stage 2 made from 85A durometer polyurethane. Both offer solid construction vs. the factory’s perforated design, with Stage 1 offering a compromise between comfort and performance, while stage 2 is slightly more aggressive.
To complete the package, an engine side replacement mount is available in both Stage 1, and Stage 2. Unfortunately the factory design does not allow for a simple upgrade, as it utilizes hydraulic fluid in its construction rather than a rubber insert. To solve this, Black Forest Industries has created a full assembly utilizing both 301 stainless steel and 6061 machined aluminum that integrates proprietary pressure injection molded polyurethane inserts that specifically maximize bushing area and minimize vibration where possible.
Tempe, Arizona as been home to Evolution Motorsports aka EVOMS since 1997. Located in a 25,000 square foot facility, EVOMS_innovates, designs and manufactures the Performance Systems that take beautifully engineered vehicles from “that’s nice” to “HOLY SHIMLETTES”. As far as design aspects of the intake, the most notable features are that it is made up of a 6″ inch injection molded venturi Based Airflow Design. The tray portion is a heat resistant powder-coated airbox that seals against hood when it is closed. Of course it eliminates the more restrictive OEM airbox and as an added bonus offers a nice intake growl under wide-open throttle. According to their website you can expect gains of 8-10 horsepower and torque gains in the neighborhood of 7-10 lb-ft.
I decided to use this solution based on the advice of Fourtitude forum member alva8193, who is running this set-up on his TTS with nothing but praise for it. So far I have to say that he was right on the money. One hour of my time to install this with very basic tools and the car is breathing easier thanks to his suggestions. Two big thumbs up!
NOTE: Some other forum members have already asked me where I found this intake on the EVOMS site, so just use the search tab for this SKU number: INTKVFMK5-R32
Okada Projects Plasma Direct Ignition Coils
OKADA PROJECTS was started in Japan in 2003 with a goal to develop innovative products for today’s advanced ignition systems. Okada saw the need for much stronger ignition system to optimize engine performance with lower emissions and improved fuel consumption. Due to their technological innovations, OKADA PROJECTS is the leading ignition manufacturer in Japan today. Now they have a new branch in America located in Southern California.
The reason why I was looking into the Okada Plasma Direct ignition coils, is that a friend of mine who is in the BMW M3 community had said that some of the guys in that world who had challenges with cold starts on their Stage 3 turbo builds had started using the Okada products and were getting really good results. Almost any Stage 3 turbo swap is going to result in cold start issues. For me the problem was that I would have to hold the key in the turn-over position for up to 7 seconds for the ignition to catch. Directly after I installed these ignition coils, the problem completely and totally disappeared. Now the car behaves as a normal non-Stage 3 2.0T. From first hand experience I would highly recommend looking into a set for your Stage 2 or 3 Audi.
The Plasma Direct is an ignition coil with a high power amplifier built in to it, that produces four times more spark energy than stock coils and also generates an ultra fast multi spark discharge of 10 sparks up to highest RPM. The spark amperage is increased 100%, allowing the spark to reach many more molecules and therefore accelerate the ignition and combustion process. This makes a very noticeable improvement in forced induction applications but also improves the performance of normally aspirated engines.
The Plasma Direct will increase horsepower and torque throughout the entire rpm range. This upgrade will also reduce fuel consumption. Even the smoothest of engines is said to be further refined with the OBD II compliant Plasma Direct upgrade. Installation was a simple five-minute process that only required a screwdriver. The part was a direct bolt-in process with no splicing or cutting into stock wiring. Simply replace the stock coils with the Plasma Direct Coils and go.
Tune in to the next webisode airing here on Fourtitude in two weeks when we will be fitting the car with a new custom-built Meisterschaft GTC valved exhaust.
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