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Increasing BHP on VW Golf?

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Found 30th May 2014
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I have a MK6 1.4 TSI Golf, looking to increase the BHP on it as it is a bit slow. I've seen BHP Chips on ebay, and apparantly they're meant to be good. Any advice on this? Also, if i took it to an autotune garage, what should be the most i should pay? Thank you

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I would recommend looking at getting a remap rather than a so called "chip" as in my experience they just tell the ECU to chuck more petrol into the engine.

Regarding taking it to a garage...well not sure how much they would charge but for example you can buy the superchips bluefin remap for a couple hundred quid and you do it yourself.
Edited by: "j0nnymoe" 30th May 2014

New exhaust, up to 10 bhp
New intake , up to 10 bhp.
Ebay chip 0 bhp.

Its not easy nor cheap to get a bigger power out of your car. NOS is probably the cheapest big difference you will get. My experince to make it hamdle bettrer so you can go faster in corners. As straight line speed = points on your licence

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id say to avoid them ebay chips at all costs

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Ideally its just for a bit of a boost. Seems a bit slow going up hill and sometimes sluggish. just need some more power into it but dont want to fork out too much.

take a look at REVO Technik, the specialise in VW and Ford Tuning.

I have my car remapped by them and its great, a little pricey but they are well known for tuning.

If yours is the 160bhp 1.4 TSI then it will map up to around 200bhp but if yours is only the 120bhp 1.4 TSI then it will map up to around 140bhp.

Don't look too much around the headline figure it is more around the increased drivability during midrange etc.

revotechnik.com/

An average remap will be around £300 but you can pay more for better quality maps, stay away from ebay!

Another alternative is a Tuning box and a company that is well known for these is DTUK diesel-performance.co.uk/veh…2ps. But I would go remap all the way.
Edited by: "mds1256" 30th May 2014

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I hope you are going to notify your insurance company of any modifications you make.

Original Poster

its the 120BHP i think, but when i contacted a company they said it was only 90bhp

I've contacted the nearest remap company via REVO and waiting on them getting back to me. Thank you

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Musician

I hope you are going to notify your insurance company of any … I hope you are going to notify your insurance company of any modifications you make.



Well of course, notified them when i changed my alloys. Wouldn't want it going against me if anything was to happen.

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Faiza

Well of course, notified them when i changed my alloys. Wouldn't want it … Well of course, notified them when i changed my alloys. Wouldn't want it going against me if anything was to happen.



Awesome, if only everyone was so conscientious.

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Didnt realise it was even the smallest things ie car audio etc but better to be safe than sorry. Not everyone is like that though, i agree.

Faiza

its the 120BHP i think, but when i contacted a company they said it was … its the 120BHP i think, but when i contacted a company they said it was only 90bhp



According to wikipedia's list the Mark VI comes with 79, 120 and 158 horsepower 1.4L engines. 120 Horsepower is 90kW though, so maybe that's what the company was referring to.

120 horsepower doesn't sound underpowered for a golf. Are you sure it's all in correct working order?

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seems so yes, no issues and everything seems to be working fine. just a bit slow i find.

Change down a gear and rev it higher :-) problem solved!

120 bhp should be ample for that car.

Avoid the chips off ebay at all costs.
Only thing they will do (j0nnymoe said) is cause the engine to run richer. The only thing these chips will certainly do is cause your car to fail your next MOT on the grounds of emissions. Catalytic converters (in petrol cars anyway) only work sufficiently well within narrow air-fuel ratios and upping the fuel will cause them to under-perform (especially in NOx removal)

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vw are fast. like a audi a4.

think this ...... If you do it it will cost you more fuel

Are you sure the car doesn't just need a good service including fuel filter, Some cheap filters can make the car hold back like you are experiencing.

I would go down the changing your airbox with a K&N cone filter or similar to start with.

Probably better to start off high and work from there? I am in the same situation. Looking to 'boost' my Clubman Cooper S @ 175bhp to 200+. JCW is at 200/211bhp so should be achievable lol.

Decat Downpipe, cat-back, remap, AEM air filter, FMintercooler... so expensive though!!!

try branded super unleaded as an initial cheap first option

Be warned, Moding/remapping can cause all sorts of issues, Especially over time. More power than engine designed for = cracked cylinders, headgasket failures etc...

If you want more power get a more powerful car, Eventually they all feel a little slow because we become used to them.

I think you should learn to use all your gears properly,,, 120hp is a lot for a small hatchback - maybe it's because you carry a full car of people and weight of fuel / luggage

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shauneco

Be warned, Moding/remapping can cause all sorts of issues, Especially … Be warned, Moding/remapping can cause all sorts of issues, Especially over time. More power than engine designed for = cracked cylinders, headgasket failures etc...If you want more power get a more powerful car, Eventually they all feel a little slow because we become used to them.



the engines are usually designed to produce the power released by chipping/remapping which are just restoring the power removed by detuning to meet emissions etc

whatsThePoint

the engines are usually designed to produce the power released by … the engines are usually designed to produce the power released by chipping/remapping which are just restoring the power removed by detuning to meet emissions etc


No engines are designed to last for X amount of time under certain usage scenarios, remapping is only reducing that life..

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muzzzzzzzzzy

No engines are designed to last for X amount of time under certain usage … No engines are designed to last for X amount of time under certain usage scenarios, remapping is only reducing that life..



when you work out for yourself what you are on about don't bother telling me because I already know you are talking crap

darkstryder360

Probably better to start off high and work from there? I am in the same … Probably better to start off high and work from there? I am in the same situation. Looking to 'boost' my Clubman Cooper S @ 175bhp to 200+. JCW is at 200/211bhp so should be achievable lol.Decat Downpipe, cat-back, remap, AEM air filter, FMintercooler... so expensive though!!!



Wouldn't it just be easier to buy a new car?

whatsThePoint

the engines are usually designed to produce the power released by … the engines are usually designed to produce the power released by chipping/remapping which are just restoring the power removed by detuning to meet emissions etc



Yes usually, I agree with that, Lot's of engines are capable of more power etc.. Then you also have to take into account that you might have to use a different grade oil than standard as the properties change etc.. As well as extra stress on clutch, gearbox, driveshafts etc.. Lot's of factors people don't always take into account.

Tuning can improve an engines life and economy but they can decrease it as well.

Ok a 30bhp increase is probably not going to kill it, I just think the op should be aware that their are cons too.

sancho1983

Wouldn't it just be easier to buy a new car?



Yeh, but the point is to have that car lol. No Mini Clubman will come with those parts as standard, its about modification, not just getting a different car with higher BHP.

Original Poster

Thanks everyone. Some good advice here. Ill deffo weigh up and pro's and cons and take it from there. Thank you.

It's the clutch which you need to worry about the most if you plan to remap.
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