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Ok, so i got a 2004 Jetta GLI VR6 and i am wondering what is better to put on my car to get the most horsepower out of it. My friend keeps telling me to get a supercharger for it because it is easier to install, the engine internals could handle them and he said vr6's should have them. My buddy has a 337 ed. with alot of mods. But as i read on here people are all about turbo's even if it is a 24v vr6.

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superchargers are the easier way to go for sure, the problem with superchargers is they use engine hp to run. Also the nice thing about them is that are instant power there is no lag.

Turbos provide more HP however they require more than just a turbo to run up to full standards. Turbos are harder to install, and in order to get the most HP out of your motor you now will have to put in an exhaust, new intake manifold, and some others. With turbo you also have a spool up time, which is known as turbo lag. So of the line you will not feel the turbo working. However when the turbo kicks in the power is unbelievable

If you ever go to a race, 1/4 mile lets say. You look at the funny cars, drags, you will notice they all have superchargers on them, because they need the instant power, or off the line power. However you look at circuit races, many cars have turbos in them, basic reason they are already moving therefore the turbo has already kicked in providing the necessary on demand power to make a pass.

Basic thing is Turbo=LOTS of HP...+ Turbo lag, makes for bad off the tine.
Supercharger=Good HP Not as much as turbo...But provides instant results

I have been doing my research i hope that i have been getting it right. But i guess its all in what you want out of your car, how much money you have, and the mechanics you know
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You don't get your money's worth IMO with a super charger...go with a turbo set up. There are tons of options out there for turbo kits for a VR6
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As Music said Superchargers are good if you want instant power.

However, I personally wouldn't waste time/money on a Supercharger setup for a Jetta simply because the cost to power ratio vs the cost to power ratio of a turbo kit just doesn't compare.

Most turbo kits I have come across for Jetta's are minorly more expensive then a Supercharger kit and will put out much more power.

For example the Neuspeed Supercharger kit for the 2.0L runs at about $2500 and boasts an increase up to a claimed 130hp. Compare that to the Kinetic Motorsport's turbo kit for the 2.0L runs at $2700 and pushes you up to a claimed 160hp at the wheels.

The turbo kit will be a more envolved install but will still give you an overall better bang for your buck.

Now I realize that you have a 24v VR6 vs my research on my 2.0L but the numbers for the VR6 aren't that much different (price wise).
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ok, so i should not waste my money on a supercharger, great, one thing solved , now where would i find a realiable and fast turbo kit for a vr6?? internet or local stores?? any personal opinions and/or experience? and by the way, if i got a turbo, would i have to do any other addition modifications to the car ex. new hood (theres not much room in there), engine internals, exhaust??

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You can buy online, but stay away from sites like eBay. Buy from specialty shops (like ECS Tuning, MJM Autohaus, etc).

You can find some really good sales online but always remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.

A good turbo kit will come with everything you need and will usually run you around $2500-$3000. Hood mod's are not necessary at all, the kit should come with a new exhaust downpipe for the turbo and then sometime in the not so distant future I'd really look into a 2.5"-3" turbo back exhaust.
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They sell great kits for the VR6. 260whp is a good number for a stage I kit which is perfect for a daily driver. A lot of turbo kits for the VR6 have head gasket spacers to lower compression ratio so you can run more boost safely.
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C2 motor sports is an excellent site. It has everything that i am looking for, a complete turbo kit for a 24v, I cant afford these until i save up some more money, I was thinking of getting the stage 2 turbo kit in the near future or do u think it would be better off just sticking with a stage 1+?
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