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Fluidampr Harmonic Damper Crankshaft Pulley - VW/Audi EA888 1.8 / 2.0T Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 TSI

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Fluidampr Harmonic Damper Crankshaft Pulley - VW/Audi EA888 1.8 / 2.0T Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 TSI

Fluidampr performance dampers are engineered for superior, long lasting crankshaft torsional vibration control. Improve long term optimum performance and durability by upgrading the stock elastomer style crank pulley to a Fluidampr performance damper during the early stages of engine modifications.

Benefits in Volkswagen / Audi TSI Applications:

  • Decreased engine vibration. No more flywheels, crank trigger wheels, or timing gears falling off of the crankshaft. This is unavoidable when revving past 8000rpm without an engine damper.
  • Decreased "Clutch/Gear Box Chatter" which is caused by lightweight single mass flywheels.
  • Reduction in rpm drops when shifting in a competitive environment.
  • Gains of 3-10whp and 5-13ft/lbs. torque depending on your level of modification.


Development testing of this Fluidampr for the Volkwagen TSI engine was done in conjunction with INA Engineering and showed a release of 5 peak horsepower over the OEM crank pulley on a stock Audi A3 Sedan. Further testing with USP Motorsports on a Dynojet chassis dynamometer indicated 9 peak horsepower and 16 peak ft-lbs torque gains over the stock crank pulley when tested on a 2012 Jetta GLI equipped with a performance downpipe, intake, upgraded throttle and turbo outlet pipes, and an APR Stage 2 tune on 93 octane. The broad rpm range, vibration protection and smooth power delivery a Fluidampr performance damper provides allows for future engine upgrades, including common single mass flywheel kits, without the need for a costly damper re-tune or replacement common with elastomer style harmonic dampers.

What Is A Harmonic Balancer, aka Crankshaft Damper?

A harmonic balancer reduces destructive crankshaft torsional vibration, which is the end-to-end twisting/rebound motion, that is naturally generated during each power stroke.  A harmonic balancer contributes to greater valve train and timing efficiency, plus reduces wear of critical engine components such as main bearings, oil pump and the crankshaft itself.

A harmonic balancer often incorporates the main drive pulley and by appearance is often overlooked as having no essential function to the life of the engine. If the drive pulley is incorporated with the harmonic balancer, removing or changing it to a lightweight design, or using a low quality product MAY BE THE SINGLE BIGGEST COSTLY MISTAKE YOU CAN DO TO YOUR ENGINE.

Why Do I Need A Performance Harmonic Balancer, aka Crankshaft Damper?

Performance parts that increase torque, such as intake, exhaust, cams, and ECM changes typically cause an increase in torsional vibration magnitude, but keep frequency the same.  Evidence that your stock harmonic balancer is not performing adequately will be cracked, bulging or missing rubber between the hub and outer ring.  This is caused by excessive heat retention, over stretching and age.  A common failure will be the outer ring separating from the hub causing damage inside the engine bay.  Most race sanctioning bodies require a SFI 18.1 spec damper as a safety caution.

Performance parts related to the rotating assembly, such as rods, pistons, crank, flywheel/flexplate usually changes both torsional vibration magnitude and frequency.  A stock harmonic balancer typically is only tuned for a 50hz peak variance.  Move beyond its parameters and it may leave your critical engine components unprotected when torsional vibration is at its peak.

Due to the countless combinations of performance upgrades the simplest and more effective solution is to install a Fluidampr performance damper.  By design, Fluidampr protects across a broad frequency and can become more effective as magnitude increases.  The earlier a Fluidamper performance damper is installed, the more you’ll benefit from the protection, performance and durability in the long run.

High Quality Construction

The new Fluidampr performance damper for Volkswagen and Audi TSI applications is a direct replacement and accepts the OEM crank pulley removal tool.  A four M8x1.25 pre-drilled bolt interface also accepts accessory drives, such as a dry sump system.  Constructed from high tensile strength steel, components are precision CNC machined and high speed computer balanced during manufacturing.  Finished in a corrosion resistant black zinc chromate finish and engraved timing mark.  SFI 18.1 certified for professional motorsports.

Made in the USA.

Please note: Your old crank pulley bolt is a torque to yield item and must be replaced once removed. Failure to do so can lead to engine damage.

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