The DV+ options for VW and Audi models!
The T9381 is the latest addition to the DV+ range of diverter valves from GFB (Go Fast Bits). It is specifically designed as a complete replacement for the newer generation of Continental brand OEM diverter valves found in late-model VW and Audi vehicles.
Like all valves in the DV+ range, the new T9380 delivers the following benefits over the OEM diverter valve:
- Improved boost holding
- Sharper throttle response
- Faster boost recovery after a gearshift or brief throttle lift
- Unrivalled longevity, backed by our Lifetime Warranty
Improved Boost Holding
Since electronic OEM diverter valves first appeared in the mid-2000s, there have been many revisions over the years in an attempt to address reliability issues. Whilst the latest generation of OEM diverter valves have become more reliable, there is always a performance trade-off due to their operational method and plastic construction.
When GFB engineers performed boost leak testing on the OEM diverter valve in a VW Mk8 Golf R, they found the leak was significantly larger than in earlier generations.
This excessive leaking is due to the emerging trend of manufacturers mounting diverter valves remotely on plastic piping rather than directly on the turbocharger. A plastic valve mechanism closing onto a plastic seat resulted in the largest OEM diverter valve leak we’ve seen yet at 28L/min at 1 Bar of boost.
Even with the Viton face seal (featured on all DV+ pistons), the plastic OEM seat face was found to be so uneven that it was impossible to achieve a reliable seal. The T9380 successfully addresses this issue by incorporating an integral piston seat machined into its body. This design ensures a proper seal, even on uneven plastic OEM seats.
Sharper throttle response, faster boost recovery after brief throttle lift
Factory electronic diverter valves are binary in operation – they’re either open or shut. Your throttle, however, isn’t. When you make small throttle adjustments, the binary operation of the factory diverter results in abrupt changes in power delivery, which is the very definition of poor throttle response.
The DV+ patented “pilot actuation” system allows the piston to open and close progressively, thereby smoothing the power delivery during throttle modulation, and ultimately improving throttle response.
Unrivalled longevity, backed by our Lifetime Warranty
The combination of precision manufacturing, attention to detail, and robust materials mean the DV+ will last a lifetime. So does the warranty!
Additionally, in both cases, the solenoid on the OE diverter is directly connected to the valve mechanism, which is not ideal because neither it nor the return spring are strong enough to open and close the valve reliably at high boost.
With problems like this, you can see why other aftermarket manufacturers assume the best solution is to replace the factory diverter entirely. Unfortunately, though whilst their replacement kits might be stronger than the factory diverter, their slower response speed and lower flow do not justify the extra cost and complexity – more of a compromise than a solution.
GFB has taken a different approach to deliver a complete solution that solves existing problems and improves performance, without compromise or a hefty price tag.
The DV+ addresses the factory valve problems with a very simple and elegant solution. Keeping the factory solenoid retains all the benefits of the stock system, and replacing the valve parts with indestructible metal components ensures strength and reliability no matter how much boost you run.
That’s not all. Rather than using the solenoid to directly actuate the valve, we’ve introduced a unique “pilot-actuation” system. This means the solenoid controls the air pressure that is used to open and close the piston, so it doesn’t matter how much boost you push through it, the DV+ will open and close reliably without ever exceeding the solenoid’s capability.
This feature also improves on the factory system by opening the valve progressively in response to boost pressure, so it only opens as much as required to get the job done (the factory valve simply opens and shuts, it cannot partially open if boost pressure is low), resulting in better throttle response.