Super Street Network

 |   |   |  VW Mk3 1.8T Conversion Kit by Black Forest Industries

VW Mk3 1.8T Conversion Kit by Black Forest Industries

1998 Volkswagen GTI receives 1.8T upgrade

Annette Carrion
Dec 6, 2013

After many months of R&D, Black Forest Industries, a company that specializes in Volkswagen/Audi aftermarket parts, developed an Mk3 1.8T Drop-In Conversion Kit ($799). The company’s test mule was a clean 1998 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 ABA with 107000 miles on the clock.

2016 Volkswagen GTI
$24,995 Base Model (MSRP) 25/34 MPG Fuel Economy

Many power-lusting Mk3 owners watched the project unfold on the vwvortex.com forum that chronicled the build, with eager anticipation of the kit’s release. Forum member Hurt had this to say about the build, “If this works, I will be buying one.” The build was set up in three stages, with a core concentration on the powerplant.

Stage 1 involved the basic drop in kit utilizing the K03 turbo, which included C2 Motorsports’ custom software, BFI custom machined and modified distributor, and additional custom hardware items such as: ignition plug wire, charge plumbing, and downpipe. Stage 2 offered a K04 turbo upgrade, with an upgrade to a 02A transmission if necessary. Stage 3 featured a 02A conversion if the 020 had not already been popped.

In the end, the build was successful and the kit, which works with all 96-99 MK3 VW OBDII 2.0 ABA (Golf- Jetta), was released to the public. A few changes were made prior to the release, which included the addition of a 3.5 bar fuel pressure regulator, as well as some tweaking to the original distributor design. The company also put together an installation guide, which can be viewed here.

VW MK3 1.8T Conversion Kit Includes:

  • Proprietary modified distributor
  • Custom ignition wire set
  • CNC machined throttle cable bracket
  • 3.5 bar fuel pressure regulator
  • Custom performance software (developed with C2 Motorsports)

Photos provided by Black Forest Industries

By Annette Carrion
124 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE HOW TO

Our favorite brand-spanking new parts that we probably can't afford.
Jofel TolosaFeb 11, 2016
We're starting project builds on two separate Porsche 944s—an '86 Turbo and an '89 S2.
Rory JurneckaFeb 11, 2016
One of the best things you can do to improve the handling of any car from the '90s is to add a set of modern-day coilovers.
Mike SabounchiFeb 5, 2016
CLICK TO PLAY WITH AUDIO
Air Lift Performance's latest delivers new levels of low for the Honda S2000.
Bob HernandezFeb 4, 2016
We test our long term GTI with the latest mods on the dyno and at the track
Michael FebboFeb 2, 2016

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
TO TOP