Well if your starting from something that doesnt run then yes.... otherwise ive learned to disagree hhahawhats the worst i could do?
Bravo, sir for tackling it yourself! I did the same thing almost 3 years ago when a friend blew up the motor in my newly purchased 20th ae gti.
Needless to say, I have not put a wrench down since, and rebuilt the car top to bottom on my own. Motor, Big Turbo, yada yada yada...yawn...