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034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen

Posted on August 28, 2015 – 9:00 am

Achtuning is excited to announce the availability of 034Motorsport’s line of Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen vehicles, including the 8J/8P/8V Audi TT/A3/S3 (MQB) and MkV/MkVI/MkVII Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI/R32! These precision-machined inserts are designed to fill voids in the factory dogbone mount, and limit fore-aft movement of the engine and transmission under load, which in turn improves shift quality and power delivery.

034Motorsport’s engineering team went through numerous revisions of each mount insert to find the optimum profile for minimizing drivetrain slop without introducing excessive noise, vibration, or harshness into the cabin. As a result, 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen don’t place substantial preload on the factory dogbone mount, and allow for just enough movement to minimize NVH transfer while significantly limiting the unwanted movement of the torque arm.

These inserts were designed to be easy to install and completely reversible performance mods that offer noticeable improvements for discerning drivers.

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE FACTORY DOGBONE MOUNT

Through reducing the movement allowed by the factory mount, which is designed primarily to isolate the driver from the engine and transmission, these Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen refine your driving experience by giving you more direct feedback from gear changes and throttle inputs.

The slop reduction provided by these inserts results in faster, crisper shifts and launches, and ensures that you’re putting power down without all of the unwanted engine and transmission movement that the stock mount allows.

We highly recommend this upgrade for all enthusiasts with stock or modified cars!

BILLET ALUMINUM VS. POLYURETHANE INSERTS

Having experience with polyurethane mount inserts in the past, 034Motorsport set out to improve upon the traditional dogbone insert design to create a part that performs better and lasts longer.

Instead of simply filling all of the voids in the factory mount, (which is effective in reducing movement, but negates most of of the mount’s ability to prevent NVH transmission into the cabin) 034Motorsport engineers thoroughly evaluated the function of the factory mounts to see what improvements could be made without sacrificing comfort.

The resulting designs had very specific profiles which we machined from billet aluminum to ensure performance and longevity. Unlike polyurethane alternatives, these billet aluminum inserts do not deflect under load, nor do they pack and wear over time. This allows 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen models to offer life-long performance improvements.

APPLICATION GUIDE

Billet Aluminum MQB Dogbone Mount Insert, MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R & 8V Audi A3/S3

  • 2015 – Present Audi A3/S3 (8V – MQB)
  • 2015 – Present Volkswagen Golf/GTI/ R (MkVII – MQB)

 

Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert for 2009+ MkV/MkVI Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI & 8J/8P Audi TT/A3

  • 2009 – 2013 Audi A3 (8P)
  • 2009 – 2014 Audi TT / TTS / TTRS (8J)
  • 2009 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / GTI / Jetta / Rabbit (MkV)
  • 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / Golf / GTI / Jetta / R (MkVI)
  • 2009 – 2011 Volkswagen Passat (B6)
  • 2009 – 2013 Volkswagen CC

 

Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert for Early (Up to 2008.5) MkV Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI & 8J/8P Audi TT/A3

  • 2006 – 2008 Audi A3 (8P)
  • 2006 – 2008 Audi TT / TTS / TTRS (8J)
  • 2006 – 2008 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / GTI / Jetta / R32 / Rabbit (MkV)
  • 2006 – 2008 Volkswagen Passat (B6)

 

Pricing for the 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts are $42 each and will be available for purchase in our online store shortly. Meanwhile, contact the Achtuning sales team via email (sales@achtuning.com) or call 425-895-0000.


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APR DL501 S tronic TCU Upgrade for the 4.0 TFSI S6 and S7!

Posted on August 26, 2015 – 6:00 am

APR is pleased to present the ultimate transmission control unit (TCU) upgrade for the Audi S6 and S7 DL501 DSG and S-Tronic transmissions! APR’s TCU upgrade is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s TCU through the OBD-II port with user definable options select-able at the time of install.

APR’s TCU upgrade goes beyond the overly simplistic norm of raising a few limiters, and offers a wide gamut of changes designed to enhance the driving experience especially when combined with APR’s performance engine software and hardware. With an in-depth knowledge of the transmission’s inner workings and control strategies, APR’s engineers have improved many aspects of the transmission from acceleration performance to daily drive-ability, while also incorporating new features including several that are typically reserved for higher-end Audi Quattro GmbH RS models.

Features:

  • Faster acceleration through application specific optimized shift points.
  • Drive and Sport mode shift maps custom tailored to APR’s power upgrades.
  • User adjustable 3-step multi-launch control RPM limits.
  • User definable* max launch control RPM.
  • User definable* manual mode downshifts via the kick-down switch (on/off).
  • User definable* manual mode upshifts at max engine speed (on/off).
  • Launch control response enhanced for quicker launches.
  • Launch control limits raised from 200 to 3,000 launches.
  • Manual mode / TT mode paddle response time optimized.
  • Manual mode / TT mode shift time optimized.
  • Torque intervention limits raised while retaining critical protection routines.
  • Temperature management optimized.
  • Transmission coolant pump optimized during high temp scenarios.
  • Gear display enabled in Drive and Sport.
  • Downshift “lockout” disabled below previous gear’s max RPM.

*APR’s DirectPort Programming suite allows the end user to tailor the TCU upgrade to their needs at the time of installation.

Drive (eco) and Sport Mode:

APR’s calibration experts found the factory drive and sport modes to be less than ideal when raising power above the factory limits. In drive mode, the transmission aggressively seeks sixth gear, earlier than necessary, leaving behind an anemic and lack luster experience for the driver. Likewise sport mode leaves a lot to be desired considering its seemingly exciting name. Under both modes, maximum shift points remain optimized for the factory power levels, which vary greatly to those produced using APR’s world-renowned catalog of performance hardware and software. As such, accelerative performance suffers due to non-optimized shift points.

To rectify this situation, APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to custom tailoring the shift maps to sync harmoniously with APR’s performance upgrades and each platform’s gear-ratio configurations. While some may simply set wide-open-throttle, or WOT shift points to the vehicle’s max RPM limit, APR’s engineers chose shift points based on actual acceleration data. This result is gear dependent shift points typically below the engine’s max speed, but in doing so, the vehicle’s acceleration improves as axel torque is matched before and after shifts.

Under low-torque, low-rpm, part-throttle situations, both modes less aggressively seek the highest possible gear. Drive still has the benefit of economy, but stays within the power band more comfortably for a more enjoyable experience. Likewise sport mode has been optimized to provide a sporty feeling, worthy of its name. In both cases, the transmission seamlessly integrates with APR’s performance upgrades to provide an exciting driving experience.

Manual and Tiptronic Modes

APR’s user definable options allow the end user to configure how the transmission works while the gear selector is placed in manual mode.

The kick-down switch, which is responsible for an instant downshift, is enabled by default but can be disabled at the time of install. Likewise the auto upshift that occurs at the vehicle’s maximum engine speed can also be disabled at the time of install, allowing the engine to bounce off the limiter like a manual transmission. For safety’s stake, the auto first to second gearshift is still enabled.

The transmission does not lock out any manual downshifts so long as the shifting does not result in an engine RPM above the max shift point. In all situations, paddle delay is reduced, allowing for a more responsive shift to take place and furthermore, shift times have been optimized.

Shift Points

For use with the factory turbo:

Code:
     Gear       |  Drive   |   Sport   |   Manual  | Manual with Auto Upshift Off
First  to Second  Gear 6,275 RPM / 6,275 RPM / 6,550 RPM / 6,550 RPM
Second to Third   Gear 6,250 RPM / 6,250 RPM / 6,550 RPM / Never
Third  to Fourth  Gear 5,900 RPM / 5,900 RPM / 6,550 RPM / Never
Fourth to Fifth   Gear 5,425 RPM / 5,425 RPM / 6,550 RPM / Never
Fifth  to Sixth   Gear 5,375 RPM / 5,375 RPM / 6,550 RPM / Never
Sixth  to Seventh Gear 5,225 RPM / 6,550 RPM / 6,550 RPM / Never

Launch Control

APR’s 3-Step launch control is unlike anything else in the market. At the time of flashing, the user chooses a maximum launching RPM. When activating launch control, up to three launching RPM’s are available, allowing the end user to choose the best launching RPM based on the current conditions!

At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch engaged, the vehicle will select the highest launching RPM. At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch not engaged, a lower launching RPM is activated. Finally, at roughly 50% throttle the transmission chooses the lowest launching RPM. When properly dialed in, the user is left with incrementally higher launch points ideal for the street, track and sticky tires.

Utilization of launch control results in the transmission entering the maximum acceleration mode. During this mode, intervention between a shift is minimized, resulting in faster acceleration that keeps the driver planted to the back of his or her seat. The delay typically present after lifting the brake and beginning of the physical launch has been improved for a more immediate response.

Note: Both ASR and ESP must be fully off and the vehicle in Sport Mode to use Launch Control. This is accomplished by holding the traction control button for a length of time.

Adjustable Launch RPM Profiles

Code:
   Max    |   Mid     |   Min
6,000 RPM / 5,000 RPM / 4,000 RPM
5,500 RPM / 4,500 RPM / 3,500 RPM
5,000 RPM / 4,000 RPM / 3,000 RPM
4,500 RPM / 3,750 RPM / 3,000 RPM
4,000 RPM / 3,500 RPM / 3,000 RPM
3,500 RPM / 3,250 RPM / 3,000 RPM
3,000 RPM / 3,000 RPM / 3,000 RPM

Recommendation: When using launch control, excessive wheel spin will not improve acceleration and may cause undesirable behavior. APR suggests using lower launch limits under low grip situations. Maximum launch RPM is only ideal with drag slicks / radials on a well-prepped drag strip.

S Tronic Temperature Management

Temperature management is an important part of the DL501 transmission. While some may simply remove temperature protection routines all together, or mistakenly raise temperature protection torque limiters sky high and claim increased cooling performance due to zero transmission intervention, APR’s TCU upgrade only allows the maximum safe temperature levels before intervention. Under high stress scenarios, such as launch control, the transmission’s cooling pump runs at maximum speed until the desired transmission temperature is achieved.

Unlike the factory intervention routine, which allows for nearly no torque to be transmitted through the transmission at all after limits are crossed, APR’s over temp intervention allows for a limited amount of torque, enough so the vehicle can be safely driven off the track or pulled to the side of the road during intervention. In keeping the vehicle moving, airflow continues across the radiators, which in turn keeps coolant temps low and aids in removing heat from the factory DL501 oil coolers to restore full operation.

Torque Limits

Various factory torque intervention limiters are raised to their maximum value to eliminate unintended torque intervention, across the rev range, during normal and spirited driving. However, important and critical limiters are kept in place or only slightly modified, such as those related to temperature protection, to prevent premature damage to the transmission in dangerous scenarios.

Note: DL501 transmission software is not required to meet APR’s advertised torque figures.

Gear Display Indicator

In drive (eco) and sport mode, the vehicle’s multi function display will now indicate the currently selected gear rather than a generic D or S.

The APR Difference:

APR DirectPort Programming:

APR’s DirectPort Programming is now available for the Temic Tricore DL501 transmissions. Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, has direct access to APR’s latest TCU upgrades for installation directly over the vehicle’s OBD-II port. This completely eliminates the need to remove and open the TCU and can be uninstalled at any time!

APR TCU Upgrade Creation:

APR’s engineers have taken a direct and custom approach to calibrating the TCU. All too often others create a generic calibration that is forced across a wide range of different vehicles and transmission versions. Unfortunately this generic method of copy and paste tuning can result in some undesirable effects, such as slow up shifts and downshifts, torque interventions, stumbling, immobility and general incompatibility. In some extreme cases, damage to the transmission can occur. With many factory TCU variations available for the transmission, APR’s engineers have painstakingly ensured every TCU upgrade is created using the transmission’s original file to ensure the ultimate experience!

APR TCU Composer:

APR’s proprietary TCU Composer is used for altering the transmission management system. With full access to every table, map and variable within every TCU, APR’s Calibration Engineers are not limited to the handful of pre-defined maps.

APR TCU Assembly:

APR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the TCU. Through code-level changes, APR’s Engineers are able to add future features to the TCU otherwise impossible through calibration changes alone.

Application Guides

For best results, APR advises against mixing non-APR ECU and TCU Upgrades. APR cannot guarantee full compatibility with non-APR ECU Upgrades and as such offers a 30-day money back guarantee as outlined below.

Audi S6 & S7 (C7/C7.5 Platform)
4.0 TFSI Engine
7 Speed S Tronic Transmission

Price

$999.99

IMPORTANT AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
– Availability and TCU Compatibility: Some versions and features may not be available for all TCUs.
– TCU Revision Notice: Multiple TCU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied. We can check availability in person, or over the phone if the TCU boxcode/revision is known.

Box Codes Available at Launch
More will be added to our servers as they are discovered

4G0927166F S0004
4G1927166L S0004
4G1927166L S0006
4G1927166L S0007
4G1927166L S0008
4G1927166L S0010
4G1927166S S0007
4G1927166S S0009
4G1927166S S0010
4G1927166S S0011
4G1927166S S0013
4G9927166B S0005
4G9927166B S0007
4G9927166C S0006

No appointment is necessary for this install. Stop by between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. First come, first served!


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WE ARE HIRING AGAIN!!

Posted on August 7, 2015 – 9:00 am

ACHTUNING is currently looking for performance oriented, enthusiastic Audi and/or Volkswagen factory trained (preferred) technician to add to our growing team!  If you feel you qualify, please email your resume to jobs@achtuning.com!


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APR ECU & TCU: Combine and Save!

Posted on August 4, 2015 – 12:32 pm

The APR TCU Upgrade for the MQB platform DQ250 DSG / S-Tronic upgrade offers a wide gamut of changes to the transmission software that is designed to enhance the driving experience. This is especially true when combined with APR’s performance engine software and hardware. The TCU Upgrade is now available again at Achtuning and starting today through the end of August, we’re pleased to announce a bundle discount of $100 for those looking to get both the ECU and TCU Upgrade at the same time. This bundle applies to the new VW MK7 GTI & Golf R as well as the new Audi A3 & S3. No appointment necessary! Just roll through between 9am-4pm, M-F.


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APR Presents RS6/7 Turbo ECU Upgrade for the C7 S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI!

Posted on August 3, 2015 – 11:36 am

APR’s RS6/7 Turbo ECU Upgrade is now available for the S6/7 4.0 TFSI!

APR’s RS6/7 Turbo ECU Upgrade is designed for use with Audi’s high output RS6/7 4.0 TFSI turbochargers, which are a direct bolt on to the factory S6/7 4.0 TFSI Engine.  This upgrade offers 634 HP and 671 FT-LBS of torque on 93 octane fuel and 707 HP and 714 FT-LBS of torque with race fuel! The substantial increase in power and torque comes with lightning fast response and smooth daily driving that transforms the vehicle into a new class of enjoyment!

Working closely with our partners at NGP, who supplied the original test vehicle and offer the necessary hardware, APR’s Calibration Experts recalibrated the factory Bosch MED 17 engine management system to work seamlessly with the upgraded turbochargers, and offer a range of flexibility depending on vehicle modifications. Though the upgrade works well with with factory charge cooling, the ECU Upgrade is calibrated to take advantage of any cooling upgrades that are made. Additionally, the upgrade will work with the factory downpipes, though output will be less than advertised.

APR’s RS6/7 Turbo ECU Upgrade comes with all the benefits and features, including APR EMCS Program Switching and APR Mobile, as found on APR’s Stage I and II ECU Upgrades, and is conveniently flashed through the vehicle’s OBD-II port.

Pump Fuel

Race Fuel

91, 93, 100 and 104 octane graphs on APR’s website showing power at the wheels, crank and the gain over stock.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Turbochargers – OEM RS6 / RS7 Turbochargers are required.
  • Intake – A high flow intake system, or drop in panel filter is recommended.
  • Exhaust – APR’s upcoming Cast Downpipes are highly recommended and are required to meet the advertised power figures.
  • Cooling – Upgraded turbocharger air-to-water cooling is highly recommended.
  • Spark Plugs – APR’s software is designed for use with Denso IKH24 spark plugs gapped to 0.024″ ±0.002″ or 0.6mm ±0.05mm with a change interval of 10-15,000 mi or 16-24,000 km.
  • Transmission – APR’s upcoming TCU Upgrade is highly recommended and is required to raise the factory rev limiter to achieve the advertised power figures.

Application Guide

Audi C7 S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI S-Tronic

Pricing

PRICING IS FOR SOFTWARE ONLY.

$1,249.99 – Existing APR 4.0 TFSI Stage 1 or 2 ECU Upgrade Customer
$2,249.99 – New Customer

No additional charge for a fully loaded ECU, including APR’s EMCS Program Switching!

IMPORTANT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
– Program Switching: A fully loaded ECU includes up to 4 program modes. (stock mode, performance modes, valet, etc).
– Availability and ECU Compatibility: Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.
– ECU Revision Notice: Multiple ECU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied. An APR dealer can check availability in person, or over the phone if the ECU boxcode/revision is known.

Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee

30 Day Money Back Guarantee:
All APR ECU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason the owners is dissatisfied with the APR ECU Upgrade, they may return to the place of purchase for a full refund, provided they are within the 30 day period from the time of the initial purchase. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the guarantee and are at the discretion of Achtuning.

Limited Lifetime Warranty:
All APR ECU Upgrades include a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the software, and to provide free updates and reflashes as they become available. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the warranty and are at the discretion of Achtuning.


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APR Presents a Free Stage I & II Update for the SQ5 3.0 TFSI!

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 10:00 am

Product Page

APR is pleased to announce version 2.0 Stage I and Stage II ECU Upgrades are now available for the SQ5 3.0 TFSI platform. This is a free update to existing APR ECU Upgrade customers! The latest updates offer a wide gamut of enhancements to our already stellar performance packages and come in the form of smoother operation, increased torque and increased horsepower across the entire power band! As much as an additional 27 horsepower and 22 ft-lbs of torque can be seen over the previous version as illustrated below.

Stage I v1.0 vs v2.0

Stage II v1.0 vs v2.0

The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is designed to work without requiring other changes to the vehicle’s hardware. With the ECU Upgrade alone, APR’s Calibration Experts measured higher peak figures of 449 horsepower and 388 ft-lbs of torque with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 98 horsepower and 98 ft-lbs of torque. The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle.

For those demanding more torque and power, The APR Supercharger Pulley Upgrade is the answer. Spinning the supercharger faster increases air flow allowing for higher boost levels and more power. The gain in torque is felt immediately, but the results are present across the entire powerband. Expect 455 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque on 93 AKI octane fuel! Software is included as a free upgrade for APR Stage I customers with the purchase of an APR Supercharger Pulley Upgrade.

Available Octanes:

  • 91
  • 93
  • 100
  • 104

Available ECU Box Codes / Revisions at the launch:

  • 8R0907551C S0002
  • 8R0907551D S0003
  • 8R0907551G S0004
  • 8R0907551G S0005

Please note that while the ECU update is free, we do charge for installation.  No appointment is necessary whether you are coming in for a new flash or a reflash.  Roll through any time between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.  First-come, first-served!

Visit us today!


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Hartmann Wheel Container Arrival

Posted on July 23, 2015 – 11:23 am

Our first (long over-due) ‪Hartmann Wheel‬ container of the season is here! We will be unloading 850+ wheels today with more containers to follow that will finally replenish inventory. We also have a new SKU to add to the Hartmann Wheel line-up. Now available is the HRS7-163-MA:M (matte-anthracite/machined) in a 20×9 with a +29mm offset.

Have a set of wheels on backorder? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can finalize your order. Otherwise, expect a call from our sales department as soon as we get done putting all of these wheels away!


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Presenting AWE Tuning’s Audi A6/A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake

Posted on July 22, 2015 – 9:00 am

It’s a fully enclosed carbon fiber intake for the Audi A6/A7 that increases power, and looks good doing it. Presenting the AWE Tuning Audi A6/A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake:

  • Fully sealed carbon fiber box and filter combination
  • Featuring the AWE Tuning S-FLO Filter
  • Max gains of 13 hp and 12 ft-lbs of torque at the crank
  • Perfect integration with OEM inlet ducting
  • Retains stock mounting locations
  • UV stabilized resin and clear coat prevents yellowing from heat
  • Filters are durable, and washable
  • No Check Engine Light – Guaranteed
  • Perfect Fitment – Guaranteed

The carbon fiber air box

The AWE Tuning Audi A6/A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake boasts a fully enclosed carbon fiber air box with inlet, and lid, that has been engineered to mount securely in the stock locations and match up perfectly with factory air inlet pipes. Using high grade 2×2 weave carbon fiber with a UV stabilized resin and clear coat to help prevent the yellowing that occurs from heat under the hood.

The S-FLO Filter

The included AWE Tuning S-FLO Filter is designed specifically for this air box to be easily serviceable and to maximize airflow. This increased air flow unlocked maximum gains of 13 hp and 12 ft-lbs of torque at the crank. The combination of carbon fiber airbox and included S-FLO Filter makes for a more aggressive intake note. The AWE Tuning Audi A6/A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake is the perfect sophisticated performance enhancement, delivering power and looks in one proven package.

Unlock Confidence

The AWE Tuning Audi A6/A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake comes standard with AWE Tuning’s industry leading No Check Engine Light Guarantee, and their Fitment Guarantee.

What’s in the Box

The AWE Tuning S-FLO Carbon Intake includes the carbon fiber airbox itself, the AWE Tuning S-FLO Filter, and all necessary mounting hardware.

Pricing
The AWE Tuning Audi A6 S-FLO Carbon Intake, SKU: 2660-13042 – $1099.95
The AWE Tuning Audi A7 S-FLO Carbon Intake, SKU: 2660-13044 – $1099.95


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APR A3 and S3 2.0T S Tronic DQ250 TCU Upgrade Now Available!

Posted on July 17, 2015 – 9:00 am

APR is pleased to present the ultimate transmission control unit (TCU) upgrade for the DQ250 DSG and S Tronic transmissions! APR’s TCU upgrade is available for MQB platform vehicles and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s TCU through the OBD-II port with user definable options selectable at the time of install.

APR’s TCU upgrade goes beyond the overly simplistic norm of raising a few limiters, and offers a wide gamut of changes designed to enhance the driving experience especially when combined with APR’s performance engine software and hardware. With an in-depth knowledge of the transmission’s inner workings and control strategies, APR’s engineers have improved many aspects of the transmission from accelerative performance to daily drivability, while also incorporating new features including several typically reserved for higher-end Audi Quattro GmbH RS models.

Feature List

  • Faster acceleration through application specific optimized shift points.
  • Drive and Sport mode shift maps custom tailored to APR’s power upgrades.
  • User adjustable 3-step multi-launch control RPM limits.
  • User definable* max launch control RPM.
  • User definable* manual mode downshifts via the kick-down switch (on/off).
  • User definable* manual mode upshifts at max engine speed (on/off).
  • Manual mode / TT mode paddle response times optimized.
  • Manual mode / TT mode downshift time optimized.
  • Launch control response enhanced for quicker launches.
  • Torque intervention limits raised while retaining critical protection routines.
  • Temperature management optimized.
  • Gear display enabled in Drive and Sport.
  • Downshift “lockout” disabled below previous gear’s max RPM.

*APR’s DirectPort Programming suite allows the end user to tailor the TCU upgrade to their needs at the time of installation.

Drive (eco) and Sport Mode:

APR’s calibration experts found the factory drive and sport modes to be less than ideal when raising power above the factory limits. In drive mode, the transmission aggressively seeks sixth gear, earlier than necessary, leaving behind an anemic and lack luster experience for the driver. Likewise sport mode leaves a lot to be desired considering its seemingly exciting name. Under both modes, maximum shift points remain optimized for the factory power levels, which vary greatly to those produced using APR’s world-renowned catalog of performance hardware and software. As such, accelerative performance suffers due to non-optimized shift points.

To rectify this situation, APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to custom tailoring the shift maps to sync harmoniously with APR’s performance upgrades and each platform’s gear-ratio configurations. While some may simply set wide-open-throttle, or WOT shift points to the vehicle’s max RPM limit, APR’s engineers chose shift points based on actual acceleration data. This result is gear dependent shift points typically below the engine’s max speed, but in doing so, the vehicle’s acceleration improves as axel torque is matched before and after shifts.

Under low-torque, low-rpm, part-throttle situations, both modes less aggressively seek the highest possible gear. Drive still has the benefit of economy, but stays within the power band more comfortably for a more enjoyable experience. Likewise sport mode has been optimized to provide a sporty feeling, worthy of its name. In both cases, the transmission seamlessly integrates with APR’s performance upgrades to provide an exciting driving experience.

GTI / A3 (North America):

Golf R / S3 (North America):

Manual and Tiptronic Modes

APR’s user definable options allow the end user to configure how the transmission works while the gear selector is placed in manual mode.

The kick-down switch, which is responsible for an instant downshift, is enabled by default but can be disabled at the time of install. Likewise the auto upshift that occurs at the vehicle’s maximum engine speed can also be disabled at the time of install, allowing the engine to bounce off the limiter like a manual transmission. For safety’s stake, the auto first to second gearshift is still enabled. Both of these features remain active while pulling the paddle to temporarily enter manual mode, meaning the driver can manually select a gear, but the transmission will still auto upshift at the ideal shift point.

The transmission does not lock out any manual downshifts so long as the shifting does not result in an engine RPM above the max shift point. In all situations, paddle delay is reduced, allowing for a more responsive shift to take place and furthermore, manual downshifts times have been optimized.

Launch Control

APR’s 3-Step launch control is unlike anything else in the market. At the time of flashing, the user chooses a maximum launching RPM. When activating launch control, up to three launching RPM’s are available, allowing the end user to choose the best launching RPM based on the current conditions!

At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch engaged, the vehicle will select the highest launching RPM. At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch not engaged, a lower launching RPM is activated. Finally, at roughly 50% throttle the transmission chooses the lowest launching RPM. When properly dialed in, the user is left with incrementally higher launch points ideal for the street, track and sticky tires.

Utilization of launch control results in the transmission entering the maximum acceleration mode. During this mode, intervention between a shift is minimized, resulting in faster acceleration that keeps the driver planted to the back of his or her seat. The delay typically present after lifting the brake and beginning of the physical launch has been improved for a more immediate response.

[b]Recommendation:[bb] When using launch control, excessive wheel spin will not improve acceleration and may cause undesirable behavior. APR suggests using lower launch limits under low grip situations, especially on FWD vehicles. Maximum launch RPM is only ideal with drag slicks / radials on a well-prepped drag strip.

Note: Both ASR and ESP must be fully off and the vehicle in Sport Mode to use Launch Control. This is accomplished by holding the traction control button for a length of time.

Temperature Management

Various factory torque intervention limiters are raised to their maximum value to eliminate unintended torque intervention, across the rev range, during normal and spirited driving. However, important and critical limiters are kept in place or only slightly modified, such as those related to temperature protection, to prevent premature damage to the transmission in dangerous scenarios.

Note: DQ250 transmission software is not required to meet APR’s advertised torque figures.

Gear Display Indicator

In drive (eco) and sport mode, the vehicle’s multi function display will now indicate the currently selected gear rather than a generic D or S.

The APR Difference:

APR DirectPort Programming:

APR’s DirectPort Programming is now available for the Temic Tricore DQ250 transmissions. Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, has direct access to APR’s latest TCU upgrades for installation directly over the vehicle’s OBD-II port. This completely eliminates the need to remove and open the TCU and can be uninstalled at any time!

APR TCU Upgrade Creation:

APR’s engineers have taken a direct and custom approach to calibrating the TCU. All too often others create a generic calibration that is forced across a wide range of different vehicles and transmission versions. Unfortunately this generic method of copy and paste tuning can result in some undesirable effects, such as slow up shifts and downshifts, torque interventions, stumbling, immobility and general incompatibility. In some extreme cases, damage to the transmission can occur. With many factory TCU variations available for the transmission, APR’s engineers have painstakingly ensured every TCU upgrade is created using the transmission’s original file to ensure the ultimate experience!

APR TCU Composer:

APR’s proprietary TCU Composer is used for altering the transmission management system. With full access to every table, map and variable within every TCU, APR’s Calibration Engineers are not limited to the handful of pre-defined maps.

APR TCU Assembly:

APR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the TCU. Through code-level changes, APR’s Engineers are able to add future features to the TCU otherwise impossible through calibration changes alone.

Application Guides

For best results, APR advises against mixing non-APR ECU and TCU Upgrades. APR cannot guarantee full compatibility with non-APR ECU Upgrades as outlined above and as such offers a 30-day money back guarantee as outlined below.

Audi A3 / S3 – (MKIII / Typ 8V) – 2.0 TFSI – 6 Speed S Tronic – DQ250
Volkswagen Golf / GTI / R – (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G) – 2.0 TSI – 6 Speed DSG – DQ250

Price

$699

IMPORTANT AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
– Pricing: Please contact an APR Importer for pricing outside the USA.
– Availability and TCU Compatibility: Some versions and features may not be available for all TCUs.
– TCU Revision Notice: Multiple TCU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied.  Achtuning can check availability in person, or over the phone if the TCU boxcode/revision is known.

How to purchase

Roll through to Achtuning between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.  First-come, first-served.  No appointment necessary.

Please note vehicle manufacturers issue many TCU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some TCUs may be temporarily unavailable as new parts and/or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s TCU part number and revision is known, availability can be checked at Achtuning.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee:

All APR TCU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked.  If for any reason the owner is dissatisfied with the APR TCU Upgrade, they may return to Achtuning for a full refund, provided they are within the 30 day period from the time of the initial purchase.  Labor or shipping charges are not included in the guarantee.

Limited Lifetime Warranty:

All APR TCU Upgrades include a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the software, and to provide free updates and reflashes as they become available. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the warranty.


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APR Presents the Oil Catch Can for MQB platform 1.8T and 2.0T

Posted on July 13, 2015 – 12:51 pm

APR is pleased to present the ultimate Oil Catch Can system for MQB platform 1.8T/2.0T engines.

The APR Oil Catch Can System is designed to prevent excessive crankcase oil vapors from entering the intake system while the engine is under boost. In doing so, the system helps reduce oil pooling in the intercooler hoses, carbon buildup on intake valves, and the decrease in octane caused by oil vapors.

Quick Facts:

  • Drains in seconds No need for tools, removal/disassembly to drain the can.
  • Four-stage baffling system Excellent oil droplet capturing properties.
  • Compact, two-piece billet design Easy disassembly for recommended annual cleaning.
  • Abrasion resistant Buna-N lines Resists oil degradation, kinks and abrasion with an OEM appearance.
  • OEM Norma fittings Makes install and removal simple with an OEM appearance.
  • Discrete hose routing Hoses are routed out of sight for an attractive install.
  • EA888 MQB Compatible Fits all 1.8T/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 MQB vehicles equipped with APR’s Carbon Fiber Intake System.
  • Catches oil Oil pools in the can, not in the intercooler piping.
  • Reduces carbon buildup Fewer oil vapors entering the intake tract helps reduces carbon buildup on the back of intake valves.
  • Increase performance Helps to reduce airflow restrictions and octane robbing oil vapors.


 

System Overview

During an engine’s combustion process extreme cylinder pressure is created. Some of this pressure ultimately becomes “blow by” gasses when it escapes the seal of the piston rings. As a result, crankcase pressure is generated and to prevent damage this pressure must be vented. Thanks to boost pressure, turbocharged engines produce more cylinder pressure than naturally aspirated engines. In turn, the requirement to effectively manage crankcase pressure is increased. More so, an increase in horsepower over stock comes through an increase in cylinder pressure, exacerbating the issue even further.

The factory system alleviates the pressure through a positive crankcase ventilation system, or PCV. Under light engine load, the PCV uses vacuum to help draw the gasses out of the crankcase and utilizes a cyclonic separator to draw the oil out of the gas. During heavy engine load, when boost pressure is present, that portion of the PCV is blocked off via a check valve and the gasses are sent directly to the inlet of the turbocharger. During this stage, little separation occurs and significant oil vapor is allowed to enter the intake tract which can cause the following:

  • Reduction in performance caused by a decrease in octane from oil vapors mixing with air/fuel mixture.
  • Reduction in performance caused by a decrease in airflow from excessive carbon buildup on intake valves.
  • Pooling of oil in the turbo, intercooler, intake tract hoses and manifold.

NOTE: Despite the popularity of deleting it, APR’s Oil Catch Can retains the factory PCV. Pulling vacuum on the crankcase is ideal as it helps ensure that all necessary gases escape. However, the factory unit incorporates a check valve that sees boost pressure. If that valve fails a boost leak would occur, decreasing engine performance until the valve was replaced. To date, APR has not seen a PCV check valve failure on any Gen 3 TSI engine. With the factory valve in place, it is also possible that some oil enters the intake tract through the cylinder head. However, most goes the way of the catch can and is subsequently captured. Though APR has had positive results retaining the factory PCV, the desire to replace it is understood and APR will be releasing a factory PCV delete that connects flawlessly to our catch can.

The APR Oil Catch Can System:

APR’s Oil Catch Can system installs between the PCV’s outlet and the inlet to the intake system and is designed to catch unseparated oil vapor. The supplied bracket and scratch resistant gasket allow the system to be installed on the required APR Carbon Fiber Intake System. This enables compatibility with all applicable MQB platform 1.8T/2.0T engines. The supplied hoses then connect and route out of site, for a clean and attractive install.

Unlike many catch can designs on the market, the APR system utilizes a track-proven four-staged baffling system. The baffles cause oil to pool at the bottom of the can, rather than the intercooler hoses. APR’s brutal track testing has proven the system works as designed, catching oil in the can and leaving the return hose clean to the touch!

Removing the oil is a cinch! No tools or can removal/disassembly are required thanks to a quick drain valve and hose conveniently located at the bottom of the can. Furthermore, servicing the can is simple, thanks to the billet two piece design.

The APR Oil Catch Can is a must have for customers interested in maintaining peak performance and keeping their intake tract and valves cleaner for the life of their vehicle.

Requirements: The APR Oil Catch Can system requires an APR Carbon Fiber Intake System for install.

Application Guide

Audi A3 / S3 – (MK3 / Typ 8V)
Seat Leon / Cupra – (MKIII / Typ 5F)
Skoda Octavia / vRS – (MKIII / Typ 5E)
Volkswagen Golf / GTI / R – (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G)

1.8T & 2.0T

MS100100

$399.99


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