Definitely check the grounds. The stock system was never adequate from factory.
When I swapped to a newer 3G unit I had to install new cables and realized how inferior it all was. I also made 2 new ground straps to make sure the system was working correctly.
2016 VW GTI 2.0 Turbo
1989 Sonic Blue LX Coupe, 349 ci, TW heads, TFS Track Heat Intake, 75mm Accufab TB, 80mm ProM, 30 lb. inj, TKO, 3.73, 31 spline w/ TruTrac, MAC 1-5/8" LT headers w/ H pipe, Flowmaster, electric fan Moates QH
391 rwhp & 424 rwtq...Mustang Dyno 11.5@122mph