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Old 08-15-2016, 11:38 PM   #1
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Quebster's 2015 GTI S 6MT IS38 Build

Hello all! I have finally reached too many mods to contain in my signature, so I suppose it's time to start a build thread! This will be for those curious about my build, as well as myself to keep records on my car.



This is the first car that I have actually bought, and the first time I've delved into the whole car scene and modding. It has been an awesome year of modding and learning so far. What a great car! I bought it in August 2014, and never touched it as far as mods until August of 2015, after I paid it off. I then went with Stage 1.5 Eurodyne, and after that I caught the mod bug, and have been upgrading ever since, to my wife's dismay I might add! It still blows me away how much power we gain with a simple tune in these cars.

My goal for this car is to be comfortable enough for a Daily Driver (because it is my daily) but mean enough to get out on the track and *reliably* do some good work. So I am constantly trying to find the right balance. So far I love it, and it has done great so far on the track! My money has first and foremost gone to (mostly) performance/supporting mods. I don't want to do anything too irreversible as I will want to strip it down and trade it in around when the Mk8's come out (EDIT: Maybe, thinking may hang on to it longer now). So that's the backstory.

Anyway, here's the list, which I will edit, add pics, and make everything look pretty as time goes on when I'm bored


2015 GTI S 6MT Deep Black Pearl - Non-PP, Non-LP, Base as base can be. Built to "PP+"


Current Performance Modifications:
  • IS38 w/ RS7 Spark Plugs
  • Eurodyne IS38 93 Oct Tune
  • Wavetrac LSD
  • Fluidampr Engine Damper
  • Integrated Engineering Cold Air Intake
  • CTS Turbo Inlet Pipe
  • Neuspeed HI-FLO Turbo Discharge Pipe w/ Turbo Muffler Delete
  • APR Intercooler
  • Spulen Throttle Pipe
  • Devil's Own DVC-30 Meth Kit w/ Progressive Controller
  • Circuit Werks New V2 Full Turbo-back Exhaust
  • Southbend Stage II Daily Clutch w/ Flywheel (Rated to 465lbs)
  • Diesel Geek Sigma 6 Short Shifter (replaces shifter bushings as well)
  • BFI Heavy Weight Shift Knob SCHWARZ - Golf Ball
  • 034 Motorsport Shifter Bracket Bushing Kit
  • HPA Full Dogbone Mount & Arm
  • TyrolSport DeadSet Rigid Subframe Kit
  • ST XTA Coilovers (DAP version)
  • SuperPro Front and Rear Endlinks
  • 034 Rear Sway Bar
  • 034 Density Line Engine/Trans mounts
  • Eurocode Front & Rear Chassis Brace
  • Golf R (PP) Front Brake Calipers which I Painted Red with Black "GTI" Stickers
  • Savage Chassis Engineering Brake Duct Kit
  • USP Stainless Front & Rear Brake Lines
  • Stoptech Slotted Front PP Rotors and non-PP Slotted Rear Rotors
  • Porterfield R4-S brake pads front and rear for daily/AutoX
  • Porterfield R4 Track compound front pads for track days
  • Enkei Ty-5 18x8.5" et 42 Pearl Black Wheels with Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 245/40/18 tires - REVIEW
Cosmetic Modifications:
  • RFB Headlight Replicas w/ Animated Turn Signal
    • RFB 6000k HID Bulbs
  • RFB License Plate LEDs
  • RFB Automatic Headlight Conversion Kit w/ Euro Switch
  • LLumar CTX Tint, 30% Front (Including the small triangle windows), 15% Rear, AIR 80% Windshield (Legal for Tx)
  • Emmanuele Design Lowering Springs
  • OEM Euro GTI LED Tail Lights w/ Wiring Harness for Amber Turn Signal
  • deAutoKey Color Changing LED Floor Lights (Love me some Ambiance, Set to Dark Blue, think it looks better than red)
  • Oettinger Grille w/ Normal VW emblem w/ glossy black badgeskin
  • Badgeskins for all VW and GTI emblems, including sides
Other Mods:
VCDS Mods:
  • Soundaktor off
  • Windows up/down with key fob
  • ECS off with long hold of button
  • Fogs as DRLs, and stay on anytime DRLs are on
  • Disabled lighting restriction so fogs stay on with high beams
  • Euro LED tails amber turn signal light programming
  • Carbon look on MFD
  • Side mirror dip on reverse
  • Changed comfort blinking to 4
Mods for 2017:
  • New Summer Wheel/Tire Set, still undecided on what I want. 8" or 8.5" wheel width with 235 or 245 tire width? - Check!
  • 034 Rear Sway Bar - Check!
  • Fluidampr - EN ROUTE!
  • Coilovers? - Need!
  • Bigger rear brakes? - Meh!

Feel free to PM or post below with any questions! I have learned a ton working on this car and would be happy to share my knowledge.

Cheers!

I will add more pics as I take them here:





Phone Charger:


Brakes before and after:






LED Floor Lights:







Bass Level Knob (Before I installed my other phone charger):


One of my favorites. During this session, shop installed IS38, Clutch, Intercooler, Wavetrac, CTS DV, Charge Pipes, flushed out/cleaned engine, and more:


New CircuitWerks Exhaust:











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Old 08-15-2016, 11:51 PM   #2
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Impressive list.
What front lip spoiler are you thinking about?
Post up pics as you work on the outside.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:00 AM   #3
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Thanks, Sandman, will do! Honestly, I'm undecided as far as lip/spoiler. I do like the Oettinger stuff though, especially the spoiler.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:12 PM   #4
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I propose an edit:
DIY PP
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:56 AM   #5
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I propose an edit:

DIY PP



Is that better?


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Old 08-18-2016, 02:38 AM   #6
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PP+
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:36 PM   #7
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I said good-bye to the RocEuro CAI last night, sold it off and am currently running stock air box with a drop in VWR filter. I'm planning on purchasing IE's CAI whenever it is released. I loved the sound of the RocEuro, but I am wanting a closed intake due to IATs, and IE makes quality stuff.

Also had the HPA Dogbone installed yesterday, and man, what a difference. Feels much better than just the 034 insert, which actually cracked (early revision) and my engine was very jerky lately, until installing this HPA dogbone. It's nice and stiff/responsive now, but there is definitealy some added NVH (my whole car shook for a few seconds at first) and you can feel it in idle with the A/C on. Honestly I like the feel. Makes me feel like I'm in a super car But also, I am sure the NVH will decrease dramatically as the mount is broken in.

EDIT: NVH decreased dramatically after a "break in" of a few hundred miles on the HPA Mount. I don't notice it at all anymore, it definitely isn't rough like it was on first start up after install.

Should also be buying the Diesel Geek Sigma 6 short shifter today.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:30 PM   #8
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Request for a full IS38 review after it's broken in!
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:08 AM   #9
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Request for a full IS38 review after it's broken in!
Will do, unfortunately there don't seem to be as many consistent cruises out here like there were in Cali, and there is no canyon run at the end of every month that really let me put her to the test. She's finally ready to rip, but I haven't had a chance to rip it yet. I think next month I am going to get myself a helmet and start trying to get to some autocross events, and start gonig to hopefully at least a couple of track days a year.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:58 AM   #10
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It's an exciting time for the cosmetics of the car. While I swore to finish the performance and reliability mods first, I got carried away one night and bought all sorts of little cosmetic things. I've decided to have all of my emblems be black with chrome outline (because I still love the chrome). So I've ordered the GTI emblem like this for the front and back, I've ordered some "badgeskins" for the front and rear VW that will make it like this, and I've also ordered some red side badges with black lettering and outline instead of chrome. I've also ordered an Oettinger grille. Lots of stuff!

Of course, what I'm most excited about are my RFB Replica Headlights that came in the other day. This is why I got the Oettinger grille as well... because the red stripe in replica headlights doesn't match up with the OEM non-LP grille's red stripe. Not sure when I'm going to get the headlights installed... the bulbs come in Thursday, but I have family over this weekend so it will likely have to wait.

My grille and GTI emblems will probably take a few weeks to arrive. Exciting times! Also, I'm still waiting for 034 to release their engine and trans mounts.

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:53 AM   #11
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Damnnnnnnnnn... U went from no mods to modded out!!! Very nice, and very expensive

Is that shop in Dallas that did the work for you? May have to check it out. Would be awesome to see/hear about a direct comparison between a PP and your non-PP .....well that didn't come out right.. U know what i mean ...lol

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:32 PM   #12
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Damnnnnnnnnn... U went from no mods to modded out!!! Very nice, and very expensive

Is that shop in Dallas that did the work for you? May have to check it out. Would be awesome to see/hear about a direct comparison between a PP and your non-PP .....well that didn't come out right.. U know what i mean ...lol
Thanks! Yeah I changed quite a bit at once... and yep! Shop that has been taking excellent care of me is called ZinkWerks in the DFW area. They are top-notch, and look out for their customers, I couldn't recommend them enough. I let them do all the big stuff

The thing about my "non-PP" though, is that it is basically "PP+" since I do have the same PP brakes, but I do have a better LSD. The mechanical Wavetrac is better than the PP's electronic torque-sensing LSD.
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:36 AM   #13
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Quick update, installed Diesel Geek Sigma 6 short shifter. It feels great, but still not where I want it, mostly because I can't get a good alignment because the shifter alignment locking mechanism thingy is broken in the engine bay. So that sucks. I also preordered a BFI weighted shift knob of the golf ball design, pretty excited about that.

My wonderful wife bought me my RFB replica headlights that I've been wanting, she is awesome. I ended up getting the RFB 6000k HID kit instead of those shitty Amazon LEDs... The LEDs have a fan, and installation instructions said to keep the dust cover off the headlight fixture so they could properly vent. I said ef that and sent them back, not ruining my headlights by leaving it exposed to the environment. The RFB bulbs come with a rubber grommet with the wires pre-ran through for perfect fitment and sealing. Hopefully I'll be installing the headlights this week. Also got a euro switch and auto headlight conversion with them.

Uhhh what else... Installed an Oettinger grille, I think it looks slick. I went ahead and got it in preparation for matching the red line of the headlights. I put a matte black VW emblem on it and put a badgeskin on it, so the actual V and W are glossy black. I'll attach a better pic when the car is clean also put on the rear badgeskin sticker on the rear emblem, and it looks really slick. Waiting for them to come in for the sides, rear and front GTI emblems to complete the look. The only thing is, the front emblem doesn't match since its glossy black VW with matte black outline, while the rear and all other emblems will be glossy black with chrome outline. We'll see once I finish with the emblems and get the headlights installed what I think.



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Old 09-20-2016, 03:05 PM   #14
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Would also like to add that the HPA Dogbone NVH decreased dramatically once it broke in a bit. I don't notice it anymore, but it does give a slight vibration to the cabin that isn't uncomfortable, in fact, I'd say it's desirable. It makes you feel more connected with the car. So two thumbs up for the HPA dogbone!
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:55 AM   #15
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RFB headlights and bulbs are officially installed!! Just did it tonight, man they transform the look of the car.

I started by removing the bumper, which I would later find wasn't necessary, but the DAP vid told me to!


Halogens off!


RFB's on! Out of daylight!!


Awwww yeah!
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:41 PM   #16
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Installed the new CircuitWerks Turbo-back this past Sunday, and man it sounds pretty beastly. Will have to update with pics/vids soon. From what I can tell, it's pretty comparable to the AWE Track TBE, but I would say it's not quite as loud at cruise and not near as 'droney' thanks to the resonator that is in place of the cat. It's 3" all the way through, with a single muffler in the middle, and fully adjustable 4" tips. It looks very nice and clean, and there is a small resonator where the cat would be (I went catless). It's also made from T304 stainless, which means zero rust. I need to readjust the rear, I installed the back piece a tad bit uneven so I have one tip higher than the other, and I need to tuck the tips in a bit more. This new TB has ZERO of the fitment/install issues that were present with the original CircuitWerks downpipe (which I had on until installing this). CircuitWerks has released 10 of these for now, with official release coming around January time frame. They're only $899 shipped catless, an insanely low price for a full turbo back system. I highly recommend this product. If anyone happens to read this and is wanting one, I believe they have about 5 left of the "early release." You will NOT find a better priced full turbo-back exhaust system with as great of quality as this one. You're basically buying a full TBE for the price of a catback or a downpipe, because you're not paying for a silly name brand. When I want to pay for name brands, I take my wife shopping for clothes. Also planning on getting some drive-by recordings at some point, I will update when I do... for now, here's a clip of the first cold start:

https://youtu.be/en8iJ9GdTEo

I have also applied badgeskins to the front and rear VW emblem, the two side badges, and am waiting for one more to come in for my front GTI emblem. I have a whole new black w/ chrome outline GTI emblem for the rear that I stuck on. Again, will have to post pics soon.

EDIT: Here's a pic:
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:45 AM   #17
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who do i contact for the turbo back?!!! just seen a youtube video and sounds a lot better than my magna flow i want one!!
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