This is a non-scientific review. I don’t have drag strip run data, it’s only about my thoughts and impressions.
I removed the JB4 last night. I’ve driven just 20 miles without it today, and here is my review of the Burger Tuning JB4.
I think getting a read on the JB4 is made easy by removing it, just as much as it is installing it. The absence of the unit — after using it for 3.5 months — makes a difference felt just as strongly as adding it.
Without the JB4…
- The midrange kick is gone – 2500 to 3500 RPM, of course
- But the kick made the throttle touchy right where I set higher-than-stock boost levels (2k-3k RPM)
- You know what? The stock VW 1.8 is pretty good the way it is!
I ran the JB4 with its stock settings for a month before increasing the boost at certain RPM levels… custom map.
See my brief comment about life with the JB4 here.
I’m going to leave it off for a few weeks to get even more of a gauge on how much power is missing and how fuel economy is affected. While I had the JB4 installed, I didn’t notice a significant loss or gain in my Alltrack’s fuel economy.
After a few runs to Castle Rock to get some data on MPG, I’ll make another JB4 post, this one specifically MPG apples – apples with actual numbers.