Charge Pipe Performance Replacements For The VW/Audi EA888 Engine 17-128 &17-129
March 08, 20222 min read
The Volkswagen Group introduced its Audi designed EA888 engine in 2007 as a 1.8L turbo engine before adding a 2.0L version in 2008 to power many of its mainline vehicles. The third generation of this award winning engine comes lighter while producing more power with less fuel consumption over its predecessors. Because of its capabilities, enthusiasts have made modifications to push out even more power with tunes and upgrades for this popular motor. With a wide range of vehicles under the MQB platform, aftermarket parts for the EA888 are a common find.
The Weakest Link Our expertise in engineering induction system enhancements led us to open up the hood of an Mk7 Volkswagen GTI and see what this iconic engine was all about. After much research and time driving the hot hatch, we found that one downside is how brittle the factory plastic charge pipes were and the negative effects it can have on the engine -- reduced power output, check engine light illuminating, plastic shrapnel entering the engine, getting stranded on the side of the road.
Comparison between OEM and HPS hot side charge pipes
Comparison between OEM and HPS cold side charge pipes
Product Development We got to work on developing more durable replacements that could withstand more boost without cracking, leaking, or bursting. We utilized 2 ½” mandrel bent aluminum tubing to allow for maximum air delivery whereas the stock restrictive charge pipes acted as bottlenecks. The cold side charge pipe also features a ⅛” NPT bung to allow the addition of sensors, gauges, and water injection. The HPS Charge Pipe Kit features aluminum tubing bead rolls at each end to keep the 4-ply oil-resistant silicone couplers from slipping off under boost. Paired with the included stainless steel embossed hose clamps, boost leaks are now a thing of the past.
Hot Side Intercooler Charge Pipe (17-128)
Cold Side Intercooler Charge Pipe (17-129)
No matter how many miles you have on your EA888 powered vehicle, it’s never too early to consider upgrading your charge pipes. Our hot side and cold side kits are made to ensure consistent boost time after time. Our 17-128 (hot side) and 17-129 (cold side) Intercooler Charge Pipe kits are rated 3/5in installation difficulty and install in 60 minutes each side. Both video and online instructions for each kit are linked below.
Hot Side Fits (17-128): 2015-2018 Audi A3 1.8T/2.0T/A3 Quattro 2.0T 2015-2017 Audi S3 2.0T 2016-2018 Audi TT Quattro 2.0T/TTS Quattro 2.0T 2019-2021 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T 2015-2021 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T (except 7-DSG transmission) 2015-2019 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0T (except 7-DSG transmission) 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 1.8T 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8T 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8T, AWD 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 2019-2021 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T (except 7-DSG transmission)
Cold Side Fits (17-129): 2015-2018 Audi A3 1.8T 2015-2020 Audi A3 2.0T/A3 Quattro 2.0T/S3 2.0T 2015-2021 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 2015-2019 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0T 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 1.8T 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8T 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8T, AWD 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 2019-2020 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T
To order 17-128 (hot side), click here. To order 17-129 (cold side), click here. To view our hot side video installation instructions, click here. To view our cold side video installation instructions, click here.
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