Ok , I just wanted to let yawl know especailly the newbies or those hesitant to modding etc. that my car is 4 1/2 yrs old been modded since day 6 and is going strong. I take care of my car but I sure don't baby the gas pedal. <p> I'll give you a brief history of my mods, and things I should have done better. (so you can do it right the 1st time) <p>1st week ... lowering springs . mild 1.3" drop , looks nicer BUT had abnormal inner tire wear for 1 1/2 yrs ... YES , those Vivaperformance adj. rear arms for like $159 DO help! <p>235 40 18 tires.... some fit (continetal, Falken) some don't (Eagle A/S) didn't want to roll fenders ...so I now play it safe with no larger than 225 40 18.<p>fall 2005 , BSR stage 3. I'm going on almost 4 yrs /70k miles with this mod. Got a CEL... O2 sensor spacer fixed it. like $13 <p>Typhoon ... K+N claims a 14.61 hp gain (personally I don't feel more than 14.6 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) you'll actually hear your turbo , it sounds nice. <br>There has been a lot of contriversal about the lack of ECU/battery cooling when having a Typhoon installed. Do we really need that ECU/battery cooling? good question.... Mine has been on for over 3 yrs. 90 F+ in traffic no problems. Don't forget to connect the 2 vacumm hoses and the MAF sensor plug (or you'll get a CEL fast) <p>Bell intercooler.. a little over a year. easy , 4 hr installation. Take your time trimming the inner front bumper. I cut a tad too much , not noticable to anyone but me. but still wished I did it perfect. <p>Shift knob... you really have to push down hard then turn to remove. it's easy but if you don't push down enough and just turn it won't come off.