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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:11   #1
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Default recommended aftermarket upgrades?

Does anyone have a list of upgrades (parts, chips, vag-com) that are recommended as a consensus from the Passat TDI community?

From what I have read, I see that the best bang for your buck performance upgrade is the chip + nozzles. Which are the best? Which are the best balance of performance/cost?What about brakes?
What about filters?


Would one of the knowledgable old heads post a bunch of parts in a poll for each category and let the other knowledgable readers vote with comments?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:16   #2
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How much are you willing to spend?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:18   #3
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I don't know. It depends on the type of increase. I see that chipping costs between $300 - $500 and nozzles cost up to $800.

I know I probably won't need the most expensive parts but I am interested in middle of the road upgrade. Bang for my buck.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:29   #4
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I think VAGCOM should be your 1st purchase. In fact, VWoA should provide an automatic subscription to anyone purchasing a new TDi in NAmerica - - it would save a LOT of headaches!


I like the ECu upgrade by Rocketchips. That upgrade could be expanded to include nozzles at a later date.


Don't know about brakes, guess I'd check over at clubb5.5 for ideas.

Don't waste your resources on "filters" and "CAI"...apply your $$ where you can get some measurable payback.

Don't forget the auto trans re-program mod!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:49   #5
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I see that chipping costs between $300 - $500 and nozzles cost up to $800.
Is this right??????? Nozzles for the A4 are only $160 for the set! What is so special about the B5 nozzles to be a 500% increase?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:53   #6
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What is so special about the B5 nozzles to be a 500% increase?

engine technology and design is entirely different.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:58   #7
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one word : wow
or if you prefer: oww
either way, that cost really hurts.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 18:37   #8
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Avro Arrow
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Old August 8th, 2005, 18:59   #9
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ummm, that would be the part about "pm me"
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Old August 9th, 2005, 21:29   #10
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Default recommended aftermarket upgrades?

Here's my list for you:

1.Rocketchip (a must, I only have Stage 1 and am thrilled) forget the nozzles
2. Neuspeed rear sway bar
3. 1BE springs and Koni adjustable shocks (man does this improve the suspension)
4. Phatbox (for music) or satellite radio (I love my Sirius Starbase)
5. vw 3 spoke leather steering wheel and leather tip shifter (if you have leather package disregard the steering wheel)

Check out www.passatworld.com/forums
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Old August 10th, 2005, 15:00   #11
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Hey Kayak,
I believe that the nozzle price reflects the $500 that you have to deposit for the cores included, when you send in your old cores to Kerma then you receive the money back...check it out Kerma TDI
Good Luck...
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Old August 11th, 2005, 07:38   #12
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Kayak,
Would it be the supersonic Rockwell bomber from about 20-25 years ago?
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:41   #13
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bogstomper, pm sent
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Old August 11th, 2005, 18:18   #14
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Would it be the supersonic Rockwell bomber from about 20-25 years ago?
Take a look at his location and then ask him about the great conspiracy to stop the Arrow It's just a shame that they destroyed them so fast that they could only save the front end for the museum
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