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I know, I know... automatic transmission but it’s what I have.

I’m starting with a short RAM intake filter to replace the OEM box filter. Is this the only performance upgrade I can expect with this model? Amazon has lots of toys but I’m unsure if my beetle would be if it from any of them and I’d hate to decrease anything in the process. Thanks! 😁🤘
 

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I haven't heard of anybody actually buying a upgradded performance automatic transmission from these guys but they do seem to offer them:

 

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A short ram isn't really going to get you anything other than a lot of noise.

Best thing is to first make sure the car (and transmission for that matter in this case) is up to date on maintenance. Then I would look into a tune. That is going to be the best bang for your buck. I don't know that I'd go much more than a Stage 1 tune because of the transmission, but it will give you more power for sure. An upgraded diverter valve would be good as well.
 
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I haven't heard of anybody actually buying a upgradded performance automatic transmission from these guys but they do seem to offer them:

I guess I was meaning more of an aftermarket add on or replacement to improve the performance if any. It’s crazy that they make upgraded performance trannys, but interesting to know. 😁
 

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A short ram isn't really going to get you anything other than a lot of noise.

Best thing is to first make sure the car (and transmission for that matter in this case) is up to date on maintenance. Then I would look into a tune. That is going to be the best bang for your buck. I don't know that I'd go much more than a Stage 1 tune because of the transmission, but it will give you more power for sure. An upgraded diverter valve would be good as well.

I was just looking at diverters, since blow off valves aren’t feasible with this setup. Do you recommend any that are moderately priced that would possibly add performance? I was checking this one out:

PQY 1.8T 2.7T Precision machined Diverter Valve Compatible with VW & Audi MK4, B6, B5, C5 1998-2005 Red Amazon.com: PQY 1.8T 2.7T Precision machined Diverter Valve Compatible with VW & Audi MK4, B6, B5, C5 1998-2005 Red: Automotive

I’m also looking at the Spectre line of washable cine filters. Or possibly this guy here:

PERFORMANCE SHORT RAM AIR INTAKE KIT FIT 1999-2005 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE/JETTA/GOLF with 1.8L, 1.9L, 2.0L, 2.8L L4 ENGINE (BLUE) Amazon.com: PERFORMANCE SHORT RAM AIR INTAKE KIT FIT 1999-2005 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE/JETTA/GOLF with 1.8L, 1.9L, 2.0L, 2.8L L4 ENGINE (BLUE): Automotive

Please stop me if I’m Making a mistake lol. 😁
 

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Are you talking about 1.8T engine performance improvements with upgrades: beefing up the automatic transmission or both? Substantial performance improvement, will increase stress on the automatic transmissions and probably end up destroying it.

Most 1.8Ts are not running correctly; I would go through the whole car, which will typically require testing, a decent amount of new replacement parts (ignition, fuel, turbo, boost control system related, etc) and get it running in top performing condition in stock form.

A continual problem in the vw "mod scene", is people throwing a bunch of "performance parts" or a "tune", on a poorly running 1.8T and wonder why it runs so poorly (some times hardly drivable). Increasing performance; just exacerbates, any problems; the car already has.

If substantial increased performance is your primary goal; a better platform/foundation, would probably be recommended. I would recommend, getting into a Turbo S, the best performing new beetle; sold in the USA market. At the bare minimum: I would start with a 1.8T car with a standard transmission and avoid the failure prone automatics.

Discuss the year, model, condition, milage of your current new beetle, which auto transmission it has 01M 4 speed or 09G 6 speed). Then, what your performance improvement, horsepower goals are, what your budget is and how much you have in the car at this time.
 

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As to the above two parts mentioned; I would skip the ram air system; just get a drop in (50$) K&N panel filter for your stock air-box, if you want improve airflow.

For a performance diverter valve; i highly recommend the latest Forge Performance 008 diverter valve, I'm very happy with mine.


 

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Here is where I stand with this Beetle. It was given to my by my grandfather after wis wife died (it was hers) and it was kept in a garage for 8 years after she passed. When I got it, it fired right up. I changed the oil and that’s as it. Drove like a dream for about a year, coldest air I’ve ever had in a car, really zippy. Yes I should have done some tuneups sooner but time got the best of me. The air stopped working, could just be Freon? Who knows, I don’t have a capable mechanic. Then I noticed when I take hard turns or ones with the wheel turned all the way, I hear a popping/clunking noise like maybe some bushings need to be replaced, I’m not sure, could be the struts. But my point is the engine is strong and only has 90k miles, I’d like to slowly replace everything that may have rotted or gone bad in the 20 years it’s been around. But would also like to add some things to boost performance if possible and make it more unique along the way. I plan on adding usual items to somewhat “Rat” it out a bit to be used as a film production vehicle. I’m more than likely redoing the entire interior as well as raptor painting the outside with textured bed-liner. My next beetle will most likely be a Turbo S and manual transmission at that, the last ones they made look so nice! This one is special though and will be a bit of a monster.
 

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Again, you need to start by fully going through the car and get it running in top form. A solid investment, would be a factory level scaN tool; like vcds by ross tech or OBDEleven, so you cN start scanning for codes, testing things, viewing live data and perform adaptations, like a throttle body alignment.

If the vw world and the 1.8T is new to you; you have much to learn, testing to pejdorm, work/wrenching to do and maintenance parts to buy, replace.

If you are up for the challenge and are; willing to spend the time, effort and money, it can be done, by you at home. This experience, will expand your understanding of how modern cars work and it is very satisfying, taking a neglected, poor running car, then getting it running in top form, condition! Are you game?:)
 

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And yes I do plan of getting to the bottom of and fixing the front end turn pop noise and the non COLD AC. 😔
 

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I’d kill to be more mechanically inclined, I love tooling with things and cars would be most rewarding. I have a 1961 Pontiac Tempest that needs new brake drums and I’d like to modernize the brakes because this is a pretty rare car and the engine is strong! Unrelated to the forum but related to my aspiration to be better at working on these things.
 

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I wouldn't be doing any modification on the car until you get the timing belt and water pump job done. I'm assuming that hasn't been done based on what you've described. Any performance additions will cause added stress on any parts that aren't in good working order. Which is why Billymade is suggesting to get the maintenance taken care of first. You can throw more power at it all day long, but if things aren't maintained, you'll end up with bigger problems.
 

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Everything can be fixed, improved upon; it just takes time, effort and MONEY! :) Expect to spend a minimum of $1500 to $3000+ to go through mechanical aspects of things and get it in good reliable, fully serviced condition. This typically involves replacing, a wide range of many worn out, old parts, fluids, filter, timing belt kit, etc; (more or less $; depending in if you do the work yourself). It is very easy, to dump mire money; into these old VW's then it worth; the car was free, so that help! :)

If you are new to working on VW's; it maybe worth it to take it to a VW specialist and have a full top to bottom inspection done on-the vehicle. Then, with this evaluation, repair recommendations, you can decide; if it is worth fixing up and use their list, to decide what to fix first. In particular, you would want to make sure the automatic transmission is ok; along with the engine, turbocharger etc.
 

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I do not know or trust any mechanics in my area so... I will be doing all of these maintenance jobs on my own. Thank God for youtube. I guess I will return perhaps with my same questions after I’ve done all the mundane stuff. 😁 See ya when I see ya!
 

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Is one more accurate than the other. I’d prefer to spend in the $69 range but I’m iOS not android.
 

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We discussed the two pretty heavily here:

 
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