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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-24-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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2018 EGTS DCT Tuned & Modded - An Owner's Review



Howdy everyone, I'm a proud owner of a 2018 EGTS who spent the last 5 months modding & tuning this amazing vehicle. I've finally reached a point where I could look back and reflect on the entire process, and figured I'd share the adventure with the community as well. Before I get started, here are the full list of all the mods done.

Engine: Tork 3.5" Big Gulp Intake, Tork 3" Downpipe, Tork IC Resonator Pipe, SR 63mm Big Bore Throttle Body, JunBL Axle-Back Exhaust
Suspension: Neotech Front +3mm/Rear +5mm Stabilizer Bars, HSD Type FT Monotube Coilovers
Others: SYSTEM Blow-Off Valve Conversion Kit, SR Noise Suppression Red Molding Kit, Chrome Door Handle Overlays, Tork Dual Oil-Catch Can, HKS M40XL Iridium Plugs, Tork Electronic Boost Control Solenoid.

First mods I've done were the Tork's Big Gulp Intake, Dual Oil-Catch Cans, and SYSTEM Blow-off Valve.





Keep in mind that Tork's intake does not have any inlets for breather hose, as well as diverter valve hose. Breather hose will connect instead to the dual oil-catch can, and diverter valve was completely removed then replaced with SYSTEM blow-off valve. Without BOV, you will end up with a diverter valve hose that will vent directly to the atmosphere, which isn't recommended.

While installing these, I upgraded the throttle body with Shark Racing's Big Bole Throttle Body (58mm to 63mm) and installed JunBL's axle-back exhaust after welding the pipes back together (came in multiple pieces from Korea to save shipping).



Next, installed Tork's 3" downpipe along with a straight pipe replacement for intercooler resonator.



Moving on to suspension upgrades. The stock tires were inadequate in all measures and immediately swapped out with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+. Also, installed both front and rear Neotech Stabilizer bars (Front +3mm / Rear +5mm) and HSD monotube coilovers.



Vehicle dropped to 1 finger gap length all around.




Applied red noise suppression molding all around the trims. Fantastic reduction in external/wind noises.



M40XL spark plugs, Tork's electronic boost control solenoid, and port flash bundle kit for Stage 0+ tuning.



All these modifications were to prepare for Tork's stage 0+ tuning, which were completed last week after months of planning. I have dyno scheduled in two weeks to get us hard numbers, but I can assure everyone that this vehicle is an absolute beast in both power and handling. I mainly post all my updates in another forum, so you might not see more from me here but feel free to ask me for any questions regarding the modding & tuning process and I will do my best to get back to you.


2018 EGTS-T Stage 0+ Tune Tork Big Gulp 3.5" Intake, Tork Downpipe, Tork Pipe, SR 63mm Big Bore Throttle Body, SR Front/Rear Stabilizer Bars, HSD Coilovers, JunBL Axle-Back Exhaust, System BOV, and SR Windblock / Noise Suppression Molding Kit.
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For the actual review!

What I love the most about this vehicle is its smoothness. Even at stock, I distinctly remember how pleasant the throttle responses were and fortunately, it hasn't changed after all the mods. Currently, the vehicle feels like it weights nothing due to how responsive it is and accelerating is incredibly smooth while packing ridiculous power. Pre-tune, the turbo lag was very noticeable but it has been reduced to almost nothing with stage 0+ tune and it has been an absolute joy to drive it.

The vehicle did not handle particularly well with stock tires in my opinion. While it was perfectly fine for daily driving, I felt like it lacked stability during highway speeds. However, once the tires and sway bars were installed, I was blown away by the difference in handling. It literally felt like the vehicle was stuck to the ground and entered exits with ease at high speeds, unnervingly so. It improved further once I lowered the vehicle a bit, and I couldn't be any happier.
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What you've done to your car is awesome. Really is. I just recently picked up a 6MT Sport, and I'm just about at 2K miles. Haven't had the car a month, yet. All pleasure driving. I don't commute.

Can't wait to see some video of yours. Whether here, or the other forum.
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The touches that you made on the car is awesome man. I like that you shared your experiences for us that down the road who are looking to do some tuning and mods. Great job and I look forward to seeing you post any more future projects you have with your car. Once you get the results on the dyno do you mind posting? I would love to see how much more power you got.
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Cabin noise is what I have noticed more of in more entry level vehicles like this, glad to see you took one measure to minimize it. If I get serious about owning the GT, getting sound proofing done throughout the interior might be a consideration.
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The touches that you made on the car is awesome man. I like that you shared your experiences for us that down the road who are looking to do some tuning and mods. Great job and I look forward to seeing you post any more future projects you have with your car. Once you get the results on the dyno do you mind posting? I would love to see how much more power you got.
Thank you for your kind words and you can count on seeing the official dyno numbers on April 8!
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I want to give shout out to John, Matt, and Gina from Tork Motorsport for their amazing customer support, who kindly answered all of my questions and addressed every single concern I had about modding and tuning from day one. In all honesty, I would've never went through with all my modding and tuning without the professional assurances provided by Tork, since I'm completely new to all of this. Also, their port flash tuning service made the process extremely simple and convenient due to the ability to flash tunes at your leisure, no more shipping out PCM to get it flashed by the vendor.

Like most people, I was extremely hesitant to mess with the ECU at first, mainly due to all the misinformation surrounding the warranty & tuning issue. However, I've since educated myself on the realities of tuning and how it actually works, enough to feel confident about proceeding with it. If you are on the fence about tuning, please DM me and I will do my best to provide you with accurate information needed to make the best decision for your vehicle, because the performance gains are astonishing. I have dyno scheduled in two weeks to get us hard numbers, but I can assure everyone that this vehicle is an absolute beast in both power and handling. I hope you guys are as excited as I am to find out where we are in terms of whp/wtq and please feel free to ask me for any questions.
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Bonus sound clip.

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Any word on the official Dyno numbers? Been curious to see what you got from your tune and mods.
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Interested to ask about the exhaust. The one on their website has twin tips and looks like it's for the sedan, not the hatch? Can you confirm?
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