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Product description

The Volkswagen/Audi 2.0T FSI engine has a weak point: Its counter-rotating balance shafts wear out prematurely. If your friends went through this, you already know the shafts are stupid expensive to repair, up to $1,800. USP Motorsports has an alternative to cut the cost of eventual shaft and oil pump replacement.

The USP FSI-to-1.8T oil pump conversion kit eliminates the problem parts and replaces the oil pump with an affordable, durable, bigger unit that will save weight and improve performance. The kit costs a fraction of what a balance shaft replacement does and it sure is cheaper than a 1.8T engine swap.

What is an oil pump? Quite simply, it’s the single most important mechanical component in making sure every crucial moving part of your engine is properly lubricated, no matter how hard you drive. Getting oil to your engine’s moving parts reduces friction to an all-but-harmless level. There’s always some friction, which is why engines wear out – eventually. But without proper oil flow from a quality oil pump, your engine is toast before you know it – very expensive toast.

Replacing oil pump components by going from the FSI to a 1.8T type adds durability, and it reduces the cost to replace an oil pump. It uses a larger oil pump designed for the older 1.8T, which has no balance shafts. Your 2.0T FSI will work perfectly with the more effective 1.8T pump after you remove the balance shafts, which are part of your engine’s original oil pump assembly. USP recommends installation by experienced mechanics.

One other effect of this oil pump replacement is that your oil pan will now hold about six quarts of oil, instead of five. That encourages oil life and improves lubrication.

The kit contains:

  • Oil pump
  • Oil pickup tube and O-ring
  • Oil pump chain
  • Oil pump tensioner
  • Oil pump bolts
  • Oil pan baffle
  • Crankshaft gear
  • Chain tensioner
  • Helicoil tap
  • Helicoil
  • Crank sprocket
  • Mounting bolts

This kit will work with any car equipped with an FSI engine, including some GTI, GLI, Passat, and Golf R models.

Among the tools you’ll need are basic hand tools, ratchets with metric sockets, metric Allen key sockets, Torx sockets and a torque wrench. You’ll also need a three-jaw puller, a way to lift the vehicle (lift is preferred), an M7 tap, and a 21/64-inch drill bit. Check out the oil pump chain tensioner drill guide kit. This includes the required drill bit, tap, and a crafty template for drilling a required hole. Of course, you’ll want to replace the oil. Might as well do the oil filter, too.



Installation Instructions

Customer feedback

Terry Naber
Dec 20, 2018
Customer brought kit to us to upgrade his 2006 Audi 2.0 BPY engine oil pump. His old balance assembly had a worn out shaft, which was leaking oil around the worn balance shaft housing (typical for BPY VAG engines).

We installed this kit and went well. Hardest part was removing the old oil pump drive chain gear as it was a tight press onto the crankshaft, but a special puller removed it.

Advantages: Replaces the VAG style balancer assembly with a more reliable unit. Very little difference in engine vibration with the USP kit. Holds oil pressure well now.

Disadvantages: No oil pressure bypass. We installed a mechanical oil pressure gauge and upon startup, at 65 degrees shop temperature, the oil pressure exceeded 120 psi with the recommended VAG approved 5w40 synthetic oil.

USP Tech support did not know how to install an oil pressure bypass and said they heard of people using a 1.8 oil filter adaptor, but did not know which 1.8. I have been investigating several different various 1.8 VAG engines, but see no easy way to adapt the oil cooler/oil filter assembly from a 1.8 to fit the 2.0.

I cannot let the car leave the warm shop here in Colorado (was negative 19 degrees Fahrenheit two days ago) without an oil pressure bypass as it likely would blow off the oil filter housing or do other damage. Oil is used as a hydraulic fluid and without a bypass who knows what kind of pressure it could hit on a cold day.

All factory engines have oil pressure bypass, and unless you are driving only in warm or hot temperatures, every vehicle absolutely must have an oil pressure bypass installed. The 2.0 uses an oil pressure bypass in the oil pump/balancer assembly.

We experimented with trying to take a 1.8 oil filter/oil cooler adaptor which also contains and integral oil pressure bypass, but find no easy way to convert to this 1.8 oil filter assy.

We are open for all ideas of how to overcome this problem, but have not solved it yet. The original oil feed hole is helicoiled to 8mm so that the 1.8 oil pump can be installed and a 8mm bolt installed in place of the original 7mm bolt that holds the new 1.8 VAG oil pump.

As a certified Mechanical Engineer, I am toying with trying to manufacture a 10mm bolt with an integral spring loaded ball oil pressure relief valve in the bolt that would vent such over pressure out of the center of the bolt when pressure exceeds 90 psi.

This seems to be the easiest way to create an absolutely essential (for any street driven car where temperatures may drop below 60 degrees) oil pressure relief function. I'm not sure however that a machined out 10mm bolt could flow enough oil to relieve excess oil pressure under all temperatures.

Any help or other's experiences would be greatly appreciated.
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Matthew Strelko
Sep 3, 2018
This customer purchased the item at our site.
A great replacement for the factory pump, seeing as it adds more volume and costs 1/3 less than an OEM unit. HOWEVER.... the fact the the oil pump chain tensioner guide kit isnt included with this kit is pretty crappy. The $79 price tag for two bolts, two washers, a piece of aluminum and a drill bit and tap is also outrageous.... raise the price of the conversion kit $15 and throw that stuff in with it USP, You'd be doin g a solid for anyone that buys this kit.

Advantages: Cheaper alternative to the factory oil pump and increases oil capacity while deleting balance shafts

Disadvantages: Doesnt come with the nessacary tools to instal, and you;re forced to spend an extra $80 for $12 worth of stuff.
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Jan 4, 2018
Car was losing oil pressure and was ready to junk it. Install this and now the runs great and I can chase my ho's

Advantages: Able to chase more ho,s without losing oil pressure

Disadvantages: Ho's are not cheap, so I gots to work .... bitches be needing money and stuff
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Anders Pinslund
Apr 5, 2018
Hi. After browsing every page on the internet, today I finally found "The Answer". After installing a oil pump conversion kit i got the oil pressure lamp when driving on the highway at about 80km/h and the car geared up to 6th - when the rpm dropped.... If I shifted into Sport mode the lamp would go away until rpm dropped again. But the funny thing was, the engine was silent and smooth, no noises at all! But the oil lamp was persistent. Then I found out the oil pressure switch for the tfsi engine shorts out between 1.2 -1.8 bar but the 1.8T switch shorts at 0.55 - 0.85 bar. Today I got 1x 038919081K oil pressure switch in the mail, replaced the old one and VOILA.... no oil pressure lamp.
I am happy now but I would prefer someone could have given me this advice a month ago...

Advantages: Price

Disadvantages: Oil lamp
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Jul 15, 2018
nice kit saved me thousands

Advantages: 70 $ kit was well worth it
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USP Oil Pump Conversion For FSI to 1.8T

Replace your factory oil pump for a fraction of the price
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  • Eliminates factory balance shaft assembly
  • A less expensive alternative to a factory oil pump
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