I know itís all down to personal opinion, for me, if you are looking for a big gain, say over an additional 50bhp. I would look at the boosted route rather than spend on cams, followers, oil pump, manifolds bigger TB etc. as that will mount up to what you could get a boosted kit for, especially second hand. Unless you want to stay NA, which isnít an issue for me but others do like to keep NA. If you looking for anything around 250 NA then cams I would do yes. Like I say, if you looking for big power then SC or if just more power than standard the NA.
This is it, the Manifold (thanks again
), exhaust and intake; plus map made a huge difference, light and day. The Meisters did the same for the handling. Somewhere on here is a graph from back in the day from TDi comparing FN2s to FD2s - I found it the other day, yes there's a difference, yes they're more aggressive, but I don't know if it's really worth £600ish on top of the delete and chain etc for what at the end of the day is marginal - I appreciate for £400 more you can get TDi's or Drag Cartels etc but if I do that I figure you may as well uprate the tensioners etc and go full-on. Likewise, with the TB and intake, I've got a Grams 72mm sitting here waiting to have something done with it, but again, if I just put it all towards a charger later in the day it's certainly more cost-effective.
I haven't done anything to the car to chase figures, in fact, I can only guestimate what she's making right now, however, she drives absolutely superbly and easily out handles say an S3, not as quick mind.
I was absolutely set on getting them, but I'm having buyers remorse in advance, plus there's a chance I can buy a place locally and that has to come into it too!