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Forgive me if the answer is obvious, but I cannot figure out the practical reason for knowing how much boost you have. Does it clue you in to when to shift, or tell you if you are going to hurt the engine. I want one because I think it looks really cool but I cannot, in good concience, purchase something if I have no clue as to its purpose.
 

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It makes most sense to use a boost gauge if you mod your car in such a way (i.e. chipping) that the stock levels of boost will be altered. This is for two reasons. 1.) It tells you exactly how much boost you're pushing and when (don't want to push too much) 2.) You can see if boost levels are abnormally low, which might mean a leak somewhere. The second reason could be used whether or not you have mods.
 

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Thank you. That does make sense. I am going to install a neuspeed intake and APR chip, 93 octane (most coservative from what I've read) At what point should I let off the gas. (when is the boost too high) I am very concerned about doing dammage to the car, but not concerned enough to prevent me from unveiling her true potential.
 

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You won't need to let off the gas. The APR program will regulate how much boost is pushed and when. APR, from my understanding, has made their software conservative enough to be within the standards of VWs engineering. This is my opinion, and when we do start modding, there is a chance of abnormal failures caused by the mods...it's just the nature of the beast.
 
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