There aren’t too many posts out there talking about the VW Golf models modification feature and parts hence the reason I jolted this one down for all owners and fans. The VW golf models are popular vehicles in the town streets as well as on the race track. But there is a huge difference between the two in terms of features and parts.
But what if a town streets VW golf is willing to upgrade its features and parts into what a race track VW golf has? Well, this is the right place to be.
Generally the VW Golf models are high performance cars with a reasonable engine CC size. Remember that the engine CC size affects the fuel consumption in so many ways. But the amount of fuel a car consumes is controllable if you adopt a number of essential guidelines.
Regardless of how manufacturers make the VW Golf to adopt high performance, there are a number of restrictions that are in place. Hence hindering the race track experience for all VW Golf model drivers. For example, installation of a factory clutch delay valve.
The second among the VW Golf models modification features and parts that we could explore is the exhaust. Well, not necessarily with the aim of altering performance but based on the angle of sound alteration. While still focusing on manufacturer specifications, the VW Golf cars leave the factory quiet and timid looking but they’re voracious vehicles.
For some people a quiet engine is one of the most attractive attributes of a car. But there is a choice to be made if performance is considered. Whether to keep the quietness or to adopt a new sound. Remember that tuning all the VW golf models won’t only focus on performance.
The VW golf is usually a really attractive car brand. With that in mind, here comes the other type of vehicle tuning that exists alongside performance. That is tuning the VW Golf aesthetics. Today, we explore the ins and outs of tuning the VW for performance and aesthetics.
VW golf modification for performance.
When referring to performance tuning, there are a number of performance upgrades that may be in considerations. Before considering the upgrades, there is a need to focus on the specific performance you are aiming at.
Several things can move into performance, such as engine, weight handling and drivability. For most of these modifications, they work at their best when you couple them with others. For example, the engine performance modifications work together to produce optimum performance. Because installing one VW Golf engine performance modification and leaving out the other will limit the results.
VW Golf models engine performance modifications.
These modifications are readily available in the market. Most popular car part stores have these modifications. According to the manufacturer, there are some modifications that wouldn’t adopt to the engine. That is because of governing laws put in place that restrict the manufacturer. Hence the reason for our first mod.
Remember that some of the modifications you adopt might affect your insurance. Regardless of whether they’re aesthetics or performance upgrades.
Additionally, a high value modification might possibly increase the resale value of the car.
1. VW Golf ECU tuning.
If you are seriously considering to increase the engine’s performance, this is where you’re going to start. It involves the tuning of the VW Golf engine control unit in order to improve specific performance areas.
The ECU consists of programmed software that ensures specific attributes are performed accordingly to accomplish a specific goal. For example, the throttle body performance is often times under manufacturer restrictions. This is probably due to specific governing laws that manufacturers have to follow.
An ECU tuning will alter the restrictions and it’s as simple as installing a module ( Modern modules are currently wireless ). Now the throttle body restriction in place will no longer be a problem. Hence allowing you to get more gas pedal responsiveness.
Further, reducing the occurrence of reduced engine power warning. Because the aftermarket ECU tuning will instill new software to manage engine operations better. This is a VW Golf performance feature I would consider.
2. Intake Modifications.
The factory air filter is effective at preventing air, dirt and dust from flowing into the engine. The filter may become clogged or dirty as time passes. Hence restricting the free flow of air. The whole air intake system works when it’s air filter and air box are replaced.
On the downside, the air intake modifications do not work well on their own. In fact, their level of performance upgrade isn’t highly noticeable. Unless they are paired with other modifications.
3. VW Golf high flow downpipe cat.
The exhaust of the VW golf models has a few restrictions towards the flow of fumes. Performance downpipes usually allow high flow even without the cat. But with the cat in place, the performance exhaust pipes usually result to better fume purification.
Additionally, the downpipe changes the note of the exhaust sounds. That’s an extra offer that accompanies the improvement in performance. Without a doubt, installing this upgrade will affect performance positively but not significantly. Match it with some other modifications like the following two engine performance upgrades.
4. Forced induction performance upgrade parts.
Forced induction aims at increasing air pressure in comparison to surrounding atmosphere. Whereby the air pressure is higher than the surrounding atmosphere. In the VW Golf factory engine setup you will find that the air pressure going into the engine is equivalent to the surrounding atmosphere.
After undertaking forced induction, the amount of air that enters the combustion chamber increases. Thus improving the burning of fuel to turn it into power. Some of the upgrades you can choose for this role include.
They are mechanically powered by the engine’s crank shaft. Superchargers usually compresses the intake air into the combustion chamber to increase engine power. Basically applying the same process as we have spoken about while discussing forced induction.
They are not connected to the engine. That’s what makes the difference between the turbocharger and the supercharger. The later uses kinetic energy from the exhaust fumes to power the air pressure that pushes air into the combustion chamber.
5. Front mount intercooler.
The function of the intercooler is to dissipate the heat it absorbs from the turbo. You see, this is another mod that interlinks with the others. So, the factory installed intercooler heats up faster than it cools off. Alternatively, an aftermarket intercooler has an accelerated cooling capacity. An intercooler upgrade would involve the installation of a thicker one. This provides the engine with cooler and denser air which is richer in oxygen for power production.
Tuning the VW Golf handling.
These are VW Gold models modification features that affect the vehicle’s stability when driving over different terrains.
Further, these modifications ensure that the ride is comfortable by equally distributing weight amongst the four wheels. The performance parts that you may use to upgrade a VW golf weight handling are inclusive of;
1. VW Golf suspension tuning.
This is the adoption of springs or coil overs. The type of suspension system springs that are in use affects the height of the vehicle. One sure way to improve the VW Golf handling is to lower the vehicle. Another fact is that a vehicle’s ground clearance is one of the factors of consideration when looking at its handling.
Springs or coil overs are a sure way to attain height adjustment. The manufacturer springs are not set to accommodate the height adjustment you wish to attain. Hence, the reason why aftermarket springs are an essential installation.
Coil overs are also very effective at adjusting the vehicle’s height. Their prices vary depending on the quality you’re getting. Some coil overs are more effecting at enhancing the vehicle’s handling and weight distribution. Further depends on the manufacturer’s capacity to offer a high quality product. However, the capacity to adjust height is a common factor among the majority coil overs.
2. Engine mount or torque arm insert.
This arm is responsible for controlling the back and forth movement of the engine. It helps to keep the engine in place especially during acceleration after a launch. Once the vehicle starts moving after ignition, the engine usually wants to torque backwards. Similarly, this happens when you accelerate abruptly after driving at a particular speed.
Manufacturer installed engine mounts may be effective at this task but not in comparison to aftermarket engine mounts. The factory mounts may feel the effect of torque which affects the wheel’s turning capability negatively. Especially if the vehicle is a front wheeler.
3. Rear Sway Bars.
They are very effective at improving a vehicle’s stability. Especially when navigating corner bends and driving over uneven road terrain in the country side. It’s one of the most affordable ways of improving the vehicle’s handling in this list.
VW Golf models facelift exterior modifications.
Make a good first impression.
The VW Golf cars are very attractive. Their exterior is creatively made with all the right curves in place. So, for you to undertake a facelift is just icing on the cake. By undertaking simple installations on the car’s exterior, you will be able to change a lot about its appearance.
1. LED lights.
They are eye catching depending on how you install them. For example, strips being used for turn signals is really attractive. Further there is the old fashioned under-glow LED lights. When installing these lights you have to be very careful about wiring. Especially if you are a DIY type of person.
2. Headlights and taillights.
The headlights and tail lights play an important role in the attractiveness of any VW golf. There are a number of aftermarket head and taillights that are suitable for each model of the golf. Ensure that you specify the vehicle’s year of manufacture to the vendor. That’s because of the varying vehicle control unit that is responsible for lighting. It will make installation much simpler.
3. Front and rear bumper VW Golf models modification.
This is a called for facelift especially after changing the head and taillights. In some cases, you will have no choice but to change the bumpers. This is so that they can match the head and taillights. Manufacturers make certain changes to each new model that they release. In some cases you won’t have to make too many changes during the facelift.
4 VW Golf body kit.
Each VW Golf model is manufactured to be unique to a certain level. For example the way the grill looks from one model varies from the next. Further this also changes for each model whenever the manufacturer launces another variation depending on the year.
But there are a few things you can incorporate from the body kit upgrade. The type of body kit you go for should be suitable for the model you’re driving. But there are other body kit parts that can easily fit onto the different VW Golf models. Not everyone is a stylist, so, some will end up overdoing a little. This is where things become a bit tricky.