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EQT IS38+ Turbocharger - VW/Audi MQB 1.8T/2.0T


  • $ 925.00

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Whether you're looking for an Upgrade for your GTI, GLI, A3, or 1.8T Powered MQB Car, or have experienced a turbocharger failure on your Golf R or S3, the EQT IS38+ Turbocharger is a great option for you!

Save when you bundle an EQT Staged tune with your IS38+ Turbocharger!

Fairly priced and with multiple configurations to ensure you get the best value including;

  • Turbo Only - Bare Bones
  • Turbo with Wastegate (Charge pressure actuator)
  • Turbo with new Diverter Valve and Calibrated Wastegate (Coming soon)

All EQT IS38+ Turbochargers include installation hardware.

The OEM IS20 and IS38 are not exactly known for their reliability. EQT has taken similar technology as found in our Vortex Turbochargers and shared it with an OEM Sized IS38 turbocharger.

This EQT IS38+ features original size compressor and turbine wheels as found in the factory IS38 turbocharger which makes it an ideal replacement for your Golf R and S3 without any tuning changes required while gaining a reliability upgrade.

To add increased reliability over the original VW/Audi units we've upgraded the bearing system to include a 360° thrust bearing for optimal longevity and support while under heavy loads.

Thrust Bearing

Fitting a 360° Thrust Bearing increases the reliability of your turbocharger and allows a safer way of running high boost pressures. The thrust bearing is under heavy pressure when the turbocharger is operating, the larger surface area of a 360 thrust bearing (as opposed to a traditional 270°unit) is better equipped to cope with these axial loads

Thrust Bearing

Wheel Sizes

Compressor Wheel: 45.2mm / 58.0mm 

Turbine Wheel: 47.4mm / 54.7mm

  • Pairs great with our EQT IS38 Tune for Golf GTI, Jetta GLI, and Audi A3
  • Golf R / Audi S3 requires no custom calibration to utilize this turbocharger. EQT Staged tune results below

  • 1.8T Powered MQB Vehicles (Golf TSI, Alltrack, etc) will require custom tuning


Fueling Requirements


  • An upgraded HPFP is required for any amount of Ethanol
  • An upgraded LPFP is suggested. Only some vehicles require it.

    *Mileage, age and condition of your factory LPFP may mandate that you upgrade.

Golf R / Audi S3

  • An Upgraded HPFP is required for E85.

All EA888.3 Powered MQB Vehicles

  • Golf GTI
  • Golf R
  • Jetta GLI
  • Audi A3
  • Audi S3 

Installation Hardware

All of the necessary Gaskets, O rings, and hardware are included with every EQT IS38+.


If selected a brand new wastegate will be included with the turbocharger. Calibration will be required. Typically you'll want to set your voltage to 3.85-3.9v

Diverter Valve

If selected, a brand new Piston Style Diverter Valve will be installed

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Fast shipping and quality parts from a quality company!!!

A Equilibrium Tuning, Inc. Customer
Lance S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Upgrade Your IS38

Looked good in packaging. Bought it to replace the turbo in my Golf R. Great price as well. Put about 10,000 miles on it so far and it's flawless.

Alan C.
New Zealand New Zealand
I recommend this product

EQT IS38+ Turbo

I chose to upgrade the IS38+ Turbo because my stock IS38 blew its guts out!? I live in New Zealand and EQT got the part out to me surprisingly quick!? And so far so good! Seems a pretty solid turbo so far...

Jared P.
United States United States
I recommend this product


Night and day difference as far as top end power (of course you lose low end power). I would choose the is38+ again if I had to do it over again, as far as reliability/power ratio this is the best bet. I've driven the car 4000 miles since the swap and it still puts a smile on my face every pull. EQT has been nothing but excellent to me as far as service and professionalism. I'm glad I went through this company with all my tunes and the is38+ turbo. If you want a fun daily thats reliable and won't break the bank then do yourself a favor and swap out that is20 for the is38+.

A Equilibrium Tuning, Inc. Customer
Alex W.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Phenomenal Turbo!

Great experience with Matt on the tuning side - went custom with an OEM A3 downpipe, and she pulls really well! It should last me a long long while, I fully trust in the upgraded internals of this turbo. Absolutely recommend. Thank you!