Neuspeed P-Flo Intake
I decided to replaced the factory box and engine cover with a simple filter on a stick. I found a smog legal intake by neuspeed for the job. In the photo below you can see the O2 sensor is still in place and there is a shiny C.A.R.B. sticker which apparently means something to someone at your local smog shop. I’m not due for smog for a bit but I believe this should pass fine. If not I can always yank it out and put back on the factor air-box for a day or two.
What I didn’t expect was the sound. The engine cover very effectively muffled the engine noise and that wasn’t really a bad thing. These VW motors are clacky and horrible sounding, to me they sound like little tractors. I don’t actually mind the clacking too much and I’m really happy that I can finally hear the turbo at work. It’s loud and whooshy as it gulps up air and there is a very satisfying hiss as the diverter valve recirculates unused boost. I imagine uninformed passengers will suspect there is something terribly wrong with my car but I’m enjoying the new vroom-hiss-blow-growl symphony.