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TDI Power Enhancements Discussions about increasing the power of your TDI engine. i.e. chips, injectors, powerboxes, clutches, etc. Handling, suspensions, wheels, type discussion should be put into the "Upgrades (non TDI Engine related)" forum. Non TDI vehicle related postings will be moved or removed. Please note the Performance Disclaimer.

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Old February 21st, 2018, 04:17   #331
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Was The turbine upgraded at all ? Any fancy ceramic ball bearing cartridge in it ? Take no offense but the welds on that manifold do look like they were made by a beginner...hence why I asked if they were made with the fronius ! If it works well then, it did serve itís purpose...I have friend with a vklr turbo fitted on a dark side manifold and that cracked a short while after being installed. In the end we made a cantilever bracket with rose joints in order to stop it from cracking. Dark side advised against it but it did work although Vlad bought an m3 twin turbo so the 2.0 tdi doesnít get used much !
Dont forget the manifold broke WITH the bracket against my advice
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Old February 21st, 2018, 08:09   #332
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To be completely fair to Ryan and Darkside, I have had a Darkside manifold for what, 3 years?
Mounted with a 2260 and now my VKLR and I've had no issues with the manifold at all.

It's very, very well made.
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Old February 21st, 2018, 08:16   #333
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hmm, not really, half of the bolts u cannot acces, and you need to put a bolt instead of stud sometimes (not done practice imo) and on top of that it like to warp like a banana after a few heatcycles so it becomes leaky at the head flange.

Chance is also 100% if after some use you want to remove the plug in the EMP port it will break off and leave u with half a day of work to fix it.

also it provides totally no clearance to confortable set stopscrew

I had to turn people away with leaky manifold as I cannot waste my time on it anymore.

Imo a cast mani with properly welded turbine housing is still way superior. its cheap (free), easy acces, low volume, doesnt warp, lets you use front egr port location for EMP on oval port heads and retains stock studs and easily flows over 350hp. win-win
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Old February 21st, 2018, 08:26   #334
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Maybe it's a pain to work with, that's why I pay other people for the dirty work
I just know that mine has been fine, had a few issues with studs but aside from that...no cracks etc.
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Old February 21st, 2018, 10:39   #335
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Totally agree with Rubem on this.
We are making it now so we can have better acces to the nuts. Stops crew is difficult to acces, a PITA.
I havent any issues with gas leak with mine. At least that was done well by the bulgarian.

I wanted to go with bmw vband version but its just too big to fit there. Maybe cut vklr housing and put vband on it would be a good option.
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 23:15   #336
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Dont forget the manifold broke WITH the bracket against my advice
Hi Ryan, I am not dissing your product but I am just talking my experiences. The manifold broke first before making the bracket. Vlad asked me to weld it for him but in the end we decided to send it back to you for warranty purposes. To be fair, it held fine since then but he has 2 more daily cars and after having another baby, he did not drive it much ! The moral of the story is pretty welds donít usually last...I too built a few manifolds and when you factor in high EGT and diesel vibration the weakest link itís showing itís ugly face- usually cracks by the flange and runners. This can be influenced by materials used (I had a mixture of bends some Chinese and some Taiwanese ) and filler choice- 306,309 or 316 rods..
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 23:23   #337
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Totally agree with Rubem on this.
We are making it now so we can have better acces to the nuts. Stops crew is difficult to acces, a PITA.
I havent any issues with gas leak with mine. At least that was done well by the bulgarian.

I wanted to go with bmw vband version but its just too big to fit there. Maybe cut vklr housing and put vband on it would be a good option.
Cheap V bands are a pain in the ass to seal properly, I had stainless steel flanges cut on a Cnc mill and they held fine however I prefer using high quality bolts and copper nuts- they stand better the test of time ! As the thread starts to steer of its course I suggest we go back to discussing improvements that work !
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Old March 11th, 2018, 12:12   #338
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Took advantage of a nice day to make some upgrades:
-custom valve springs
-turbo-ic piping
-upgraded the bolts that hold injectors
Tomorrow i see if i can make an adapter for the mocal sandwich plate since they sent me the wrong adapter.







Anybody know which is the good adapter? see below
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Old March 14th, 2018, 13:05   #339
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You can use that adapter if you grind it little and put it upside down.
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Yes i solved it my way. This is the position the sandwich plate on the engine, heat exchanger sits below the plate.
Hex part was too tall and the sandwich plate did not seat on the rubber seal.






I'm gonna make a radiator to seat central above the IC
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Why external, still running into heat issues even with the big oil/water exchanger?
B6/B7 has a big plate heat exchanger for the trans cooler, mounted for easy access in the junkyard, maybe use one of those for your oil.
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Old March 15th, 2018, 00:45   #342
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Jamie is saying it gets quite hot, i haven't logged oil temperature to be honest.
I will do a test.
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Old March 15th, 2018, 10:29   #343
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Where did you get that sandwich cooler adaptor? I have one that is getting bad seals i could buy a second one for my spare race engine ;-)

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Yes i solved it my way. This is the position the sandwich plate on the engine, heat exchanger sits below the plate.
Hex part was too tall and the sandwich plate did not seat on the rubber seal.






I'm gonna make a radiator to seat central above the IC
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Old March 15th, 2018, 11:01   #344
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Part is Otsp1 on ebay.co.uk or from merlin motorsport in uk.

Since i dont have the manifold to put turbo i did a test with the lightest wheels i could find 6.3kg/piece Oz Alleggerita

Not happy. Brake upgrade to the RS3 calipers with 340mm discs next.

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Old March 15th, 2018, 13:01   #345
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Very nice wheels. How much did you have to pay for them? 17"? width?
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