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Old 10-10-2009, 04:59 AM
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Soo....

Now Im getting to a point, where its time to start modifying the things I want too.

Number 1 thing. Stereo. For the life of me, I cannot find a good resource as to the wiring currently in the car. Non Monsoon system.. Does it have amps otherwise besides the headunit? (/kicks stupid Pathfinder audio system)

Then, EGR system delete. I see these fancy racepipe things and such.. *bleh* I dont need anything that far. I just want to disable the EGR system to help with the crap buildup in the intake.

Part of my frustration I think, as I attempt to read and learn what needs to be done, I keep running into terms that are unfamiliar to me, and even if I grasp it.. I dont know what the thing looks like, nor where its located..

In the end, Im sure there are other people out there, that like me, just need a good bump in the right direction, and we can take it from there..

Ive been all over TDIClub today looking for just a simple can I remove the EGR system, and I find all this racepipe stuff, or people hollowing them out, and complaining of engine codes, etc..

The stereo.. I dunno. The one in it, half the buttons dont work on it. I cant adjust bass, treble, balance, etc... I just want to toss in like a decent Pioneer or something, but cant find a straight answer whether there are stock amps on the stock (non monsoon radio)..

Sry for the post.. Hopefully someone can help point me in a direction.. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:23 AM
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Stereo I know nothing about. Stock is good enough for me.

EGR...best thing to do is chip it and be done with it. Rocketchip or Aligator, take your pick. Anything else will set a code. As an added bonus, you'll get more power and more MPG.

Be patient, read all you can on TDIclub...you'll learn lots. Also...keep an eye out for GTG's in your area. Networking is great for learning about your car and what can be done.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:16 AM
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As an added bonus, you'll get more power or more MPG.
Fixed it for you.

To the OP: With a chip, you'll get more power if you're hard on the car, better MPG if you're easy on it. IIRC, most of the chip tunes you can get have the option to disable the EGR without throwing a CEL.
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:43 PM
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Fixed it for you.

To the OP: With a chip, you'll get more power if you're hard on the car, better MPG if you're easy on it. IIRC, most of the chip tunes you can get have the option to disable the EGR without throwing a CEL.
So, chip it, and I can safely remove the EGR without ill effects? If I removed it otherwise, I would get the CEL, however, would this produce otherwise any ill effects in itself?

As well, after reading about symptoms of clogged up intakes, Im certain I will need to clean mine out as well. (Which brought up the possibility of removing the EGR system) Next spring perhaps for that work, its getting cold fast here in the NW.

The CCV system as well. Being new to turbo engines in general, (I know its environmentally unfriendly) Is it an acceptable practice to vent to atmosphere (ala' old hotrod style), instead of sucking this back in through the intake? Ive seen guys install filters inline to keep the clogging or buildup to a minimum, just wondered why they didnt just vent to atmosphere.. Like, is that ok to do with a turbo engine?

I'll keep browsing for as much information as I can. Just now wishing more and more to have a "buddy" or something to yak at in person (much like I have with my aircooled buddies) to learn some things and see modifications in practice. Just more mechanical that way to learn things.
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Is it an acceptable practice to vent to atmosphere (ala' old hotrod style), instead of sucking this back in through the intake?
Sent you a pm regarding my opinion.
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So, chip it, and I can safely remove the EGR without ill effects? If I removed it otherwise, I would get the CEL, however, would this produce otherwise any ill effects in itself?

As well, after reading about symptoms of clogged up intakes, Im certain I will need to clean mine out as well. (Which brought up the possibility of removing the EGR system) Next spring perhaps for that work, its getting cold fast here in the NW.

The CCV system as well. Being new to turbo engines in general, (I know its environmentally unfriendly) Is it an acceptable practice to vent to atmosphere (ala' old hotrod style), instead of sucking this back in through the intake? Ive seen guys install filters inline to keep the clogging or buildup to a minimum, just wondered why they didnt just vent to atmosphere.. Like, is that ok to do with a turbo engine?

I'll keep browsing for as much information as I can. Just now wishing more and more to have a "buddy" or something to yak at in person (much like I have with my aircooled buddies) to learn some things and see modifications in practice. Just more mechanical that way to learn things.
Asking the exact same questions I have. I'll be studying the responses to this thread.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:21 AM
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Reading back, I typed "as well" a lot..

My mind must have been wandering a bit. heh..

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Sent you a pm regarding my opinion.
Please don't do that. Any information we can get out in the open is for the benefit of all, and PM conversations about technical matters like this means the information is locked to whoever can see the PM.

Re Venting the CCV to air: It's possible, a lot of people do it. The way I wanted to do it when I had my TDI was to make a catch-can to catch all the oil and crap, then plumb the remaining air back into the intake. This keeps the oil out of your intake (really it's the oil AND CCV that cause the clogging, not just the EGR), at the expense of having to dump out a little can of oil once in a while.

Do a search over on TDIclub for "CCV catchcan" and see what you get.
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do a search on tdiclub for the "narf mod" it is a possibility if you have access to vag com to NOT setting the Check Engine Light (CEL). it involves rotating the MAF element the proper amount to fool the system and capping off the EGR port on the Exhaust manifold and the intake to delete the EGR/cooler system.

the buildup happens because of the Oil from the CCV & Turbo Bearings combines with the Soot from the Exhaust to form the buildup in the intake manifold. remove the Soot, remove the problem. this is why its not a big deal to have the CCV vapors plumbed into the intake after you cap the EGR.

the way I have my CCV system:


off my Valve cover I have a Dynaflow CCV unit (can easily be the factory unit) out of that I have a vinyl hose plumbed into a used G070 Gear oil container to catch the oil. it is then open to atmosphere.

I only did this because my new Turbo Inlet pipe does not have a hole in it for the CCV vapors. I could easily poke a hole in it if I decide this way won't work or gets too messy later. yes, some people just route the CCVs to the ground, but that is just wrong in my eyes to dump that oil on the ground on purpose when it can be avoided.

The factory turbo inlet pipe receives the CCV Vapors quite well. just keep using it.

many people have noted an increase in BOTH Power and Fuel economy with a chiptune.its all about how you drive the car. with more power available, you actually wind up using LESS throttle to do the speeds you are used to driving. this reduces fuel usage by not burying the pedal all the time..

granted, when you get on it, your economy suffers, but your GRIN factor increases to match..

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I really do like the changes you've made there.

Simple and clean looking, and I like that.
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As far as I know, the stock, non-moonsoon stereos, do NOT have any other amps in the car. I have a monsoon, and my amp is in the trunk. I've been told, the non-moonsoon have a build in amp in the headunit.

I'm kinda torn about the EGR delete as well. I want it, but I don't know if I want to chip my car just yet because I still have the auto tranny and plan to get a 5 or 6 speed in the future. Landon (TurbineWhine) on the TDIclub adjusted some things with the VagCom to make the car smoke a little more which I've been told will help with reducing the clogged intake and turbo (both of which I've already had cleaned once!). Might be something to look into until you can find what exactly you want to do with your EGR.
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