IE Customer Spotlight with Noe Garcia's K04 MK6 GTI

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Noe Garcia has been around the car scene in Salt Lake City for years. Everyone knows the white 2014 GTI from local European Facebook groups, meet and greets, and even the Rocky Mountain Raceway drag strip. He’s one of the founding members of High West Euro and actively attends several NUVW (Northern Utah VW) meets, regularly attends Car and Coffee by Sweet Country  and is always active on BurnAllTheMK6s Facebook group.

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Noe wasn’t always a VW fan though. We were surprised to learn that he came from the JDM world with his first car being a 1996 Acura Integra GSR (which had a few bolts on and nitrous). Later down the road he had 2002 WRX and then a 9th generation civic. Noe explained, “I love Hondas, especially older ones because it’s like Legos. There are so many mix and match options that give you a lot of freedom to modify your car”. CO3A98351 When asked Noe he got into cars his response was one that is bound to resonate with many automotive enthusiasts. Noe Said “What got me into cars was the rush of going fast, freedom of the road, and seeing the fruits of labor after hours of wrenching with friends. We spent A LOT of our free time working on each others rides”. CO3A99531 It wasn’t until 2014 when he purchased his first VW. He purchased the MK6 GTI due to it’s combination of overall performance, DSG transmission, and upscale interior. Within 1 week of being new it was already starting to receive bolt-ons and stylizing upgrades. CO3A99271 The IE team had a chance to meet Noe at a company BBQ during the summer. He expressed his love for his GTI but wanted more power. After speaking with our sales team and engineers we had narrowed it down to either our up and coming TSI big turbo kit or a K04. CO3A98721 Noe added at the BBQ, “I really want something that offers a great power upgrade without the huge price tag of a big turbo kit”.

The IE K04 Build

Enter the K04 turbo upgrade. The K04 is genuine turbo manufactured by Borg Warner. It’s known in the VW scene as offering a nice upgrade over the stock K03 turbo, while still offering OEM reliability. CO3A9664 It is worth mentioning that one cannot simply buy a K04 from Borg Warner and Install it on MK6 GTI. To make the turbo plug-and-play like the IE kit, machine work and custom hoses are required. IE machines the compressor housing in our CNC machine shop to accept the diverter valve on the turbo. CO3A9650 Noe Agreed that the K04 based turbo kit, while putting out less power than IE’s big turbo kit, was still going to be a very quick car. It would also be far more affordable. For about $2800 in parts and IE K04 software the car should produce a nice bump in both horsepower and torque. A few other parts are also required such as an efficient intercooler and turbo back exhaust system. In Noe’s case he already them so that wasn’t a big deal. CO3A9689 Months later we got his car into the shop and started the install on his IE K04 kit. It also happened to be the first production IE K04 kit, serial number 001, if you will. The install was quick on the hardware side and took about 4 hours or so. CO3A9799 With the hardware all buttoned up we transferred his GTI from the lift to our chassis dyno. One perk of being a local customer to IE is that you get a custom dyno tune. Peter Blais, our lead engineer and software guru, spent the better parts of couple days dialing things in on the software side. Afterall, the software was going to be released in the near future as part of the IE K04 kit; so it had it be perfect. The end results were quite impressive from a relatively small turbo: 386 WHP @ 5542 RPM, 411 FT/LBS @ 4480 RPM on GT 260 PLUS 104 Octane 104 381 WHP @ 5250 RPM,  407 FT/LBS @ 4250 RPM on GT 260 100 Octane 100 362 WHP @ 5560 RPM , 392 FT/LBS @ 4450 RPM on 91 Octane Pump Fuel 91 The new K04 tune is as smooth as factory tune and can be driven aggressively or to the grocery store without issue. Power comes on smooth and then rips the tires off when you’re least expecting it (Keep in mind it’s winter in Utah, so the car currently has snow tires equipped). There’s no throttle hesitation or any sort of weirdness of any kind. We expect our future customers to be extremely satisfied and we are proud to stand behind the product. CO3A99151 If we had any recommendations it would be to considering purchasing a sticky set of street tires and possibly a set of slicks or drag radials for the drag strip or race track. The addition of a limited slip differential would also help dramatically in putting the power down.  Those items will make a big difference at the track and will help put the power down. While burnouts may look cool the downside is you aren’t actually going anywhere fast! CO3A9636 Now it’s up to Noe to see what kind of times he can put down at the track!

Engine/Performance

Body/Visual

  • Euro Golf R Front Bumper Conversion
  • Badgeless R Grille
  • Hood Notch Fill
  • Votex Sideskirts
  • 4D Carbon Fiber Wrap on Roof & Mirror Caps
  • Ziza Euro R LED Tails
  • Tinted Rear Side Markers
  • IE Door Skirt Vinyl Decals

Suspension/Brakes/Wheels

  • Koni STR.T Struts
  • H&R Super Sport Springs
  • 034 Motorsport Rear Sway Bar
  • HPA Core Interlock Performance Motor Mount
  • 18x8 ET48 Sparco Assetto Gara in Graphite Gray weighing 20.00lbs (winter)
  • 225/45 18 Falken EuroWinter HS499 Tires (winter)
  • 17x8 ET45 Advanti DST Storm S1 in Matte Black weighing 16.75lbs (summer)
  • 235/45 17 Michelin PSS Tires (summer)
  • ECS Crossed & Drilled Rotors & OE Calipers

Interior

  • New South Boost Gauge
  • JL Audio StealthBox
  • Alpine PDX-M6 Amplifier with custom setup (Photo Attached)
Would you like to have your ride featured in an IE Customer Spotlight? If so, email us at spotlight@performancebyie.com for more details!

7 comments


  • Cannon

    I’m running a OEM K04 kit now with custom software and i run 98 octane here. I am just curious how to make it to 380 whp. Mines feels like only got around 300 whp…….. with maximum 1.8 Bar. Please advice !

    My List:
    OEM K04 Kit
    Custom K04 Tune
    IE Cold Air Intake
    NGK Coil Packs
    OEM Plugs
    IE Oil Catch Can Kit
    TurboSmart DV blow off Valve
    Titanium 3" Sport Cat Exhaust (All Straight Pipe)
    Forge Motorsport Intercooler
    Setrab 16rows Oil Cooler
    Kate 13rows DSG Oil Cooler


  • Admin

    Georgios,

    Without building the bottom end we’d recommend keeping the HP/TQ under or around 350. At that level you should be able to have a pretty strong setup for quite awhile.


  • Georgios

    Hi, I’m going to upgrade my 2010 GTI to a K04. And the IE K04 power is impressive.
    I do a lot of trac days, and I’m not interested in upgrading the engine internals. What hp/torque wold you recommend. I live in Sweden we are blessed with 98 octane fuel here.


  • Admin

    Rob,

    These are the WHP numbers from our in-house tune, yes.


  • Rob

    Are these numbers literally just from the custom tune? I’m running a CTS k04-64 kit now with Unitronic software and I guarantee it’s nowhere near that 91 octane number (and i run 94 octane here in Canada). Is your k04 turbo customized in anyway to flow more or? Im just curious because if that is the result of custom tuning Im so unbelievably sold lol….. I have all the same hardware as this build almost exactly…. but I def dont make 362-380whp…..


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