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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 September 22nd, 2002, 18:43   #1
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Default How do I increase horsepower in TDI

I have a 2002 Jetta TDI 1.9 diesel, I would like to increase the horsepower in the Jetta without spending too much money but also keep the same gas mileage around 49MPG. Is there a way to do this? Any response would be gladly appreciated.
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Old September 22nd, 2002, 19:08   #2
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Chip it, you will be happy! Mileage is still great if driven sanely. www.upsolute.com
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Old September 23rd, 2002, 06:40   #3
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What Brian sez...seconded!
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Old September 24th, 2002, 13:10   #4
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Chip it, you will be happy!

AMEN TO THAT!!!! Just had my Jetta chipped and it's causing me great concern that everytime I get out of my car I look like some kind of grinning fool! Power increase is immediately noticeable and it's still easy to drive sedately, although that takes a great amount of will-power!
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Old September 24th, 2002, 13:17   #5
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UPsolute chip for $350. Factory specs are 90hp/155ftlbs to the wheels. With the UP chip you can expect 115hp/200ftlbs at the wheels. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old September 25th, 2002, 07:34   #6
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i just got myself a 2002 as well (a little under 3000 miles on her) ... i installed the power tuning box from speedtuning and shes like a bat outta hell ... the main reason i got it was so i could remove it if needed for warranty issues. its an incredible difference. id recommend talking to oli about it. i plan on chipping my car as well ... but not till ive done a little more homework and checked with the VW mechanics to see if theyre cool enough to let it pass if they did happen to catch it.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 15:46   #7
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New to this diesel thing and the site.. Very nice site too, I must say. Very informative. Anyway, I got myself an older 2002 Jetta with 144000 k on it. Lady driven and in great shape. Got lucky I suppose. Found it a wee bit sluggish untill I had the upsolute mod done and threw in a cold air intake to start. Maaaan, what a difference. Incredible what you can do to these small 1.9 engines so I,m learning, but the Upsolute is a great place to start. Highly recommend it. I live outside the greater Toronto and I can give you guys the contact information if interested. Good guy, decent shop too. He's in the Oshawa area. PM me if interested.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 17:14   #8
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Sweet, those cold air intakes are cool, what brand did you get?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 18:29   #9
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Old January 25th, 2012, 18:52   #10
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Holy Exhumation, Batman... No offense to anyone but, that's pretty funny. Things have come a long way since Upsolute and Wett were the only players in town.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 21:23   #11
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Give him credit for searching
I have VCDS and plenty of tools.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:44   #12
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Yup, credit where credit is due. Now to the frowny-faces:
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..threw in a cold air intake ...
You already had a cold air intake, and more likely you are sucking warmer air than you did. This time of year, it won't matter much (if at all) but in the summer it will, except the turbocharger will hide most of the problems you just caused.

Now for the kicker: what kind of pretend air filter are you using? In other words, care to wager on how long your new found performance will last before you find you have just fried your not-cheap-to-replace MAF sensor?
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Old January 26th, 2012, 15:31   #13
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