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Sub-to-Dub's 2017 GTI Sport

Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
Sub-to-Dub's Build Journal
2017 GTI Sport 6MT



This certainly won't be the most adventurous build journal around but I think it'll be fun documenting my OEM+ mission for the GTI.

I picked up this '17 GTI Sport from Stohlman VW in October 2016 for $22k. This is my first new car and my first Volkswagen. I've always been a Subaru guy (previously drove a '94 Legacy Turbo and a '06 Impreza 2.5i wagon) but the GTIs perfect blend of sport and comfort was too hard to pass up as my daily driver. I've never owned a car with so many aftermarket options and I'm looking forward to the adventures ahead!


Mod List

Engine/Intake/Exhaust
aFE dry filter + snow guard delete
OEM intake block-off plate

Suspension/Chassis/Brakes
VW DriveGear (DG) springs
Bilstein B8 dampers

ST 25mm rear swaybar + MOOG endlinks
ECS swaybar mounts
A3 rear subframe harmonic damper
Centric PosiQuiet pads + Zimmerman rotors

Drivetrain
BFI stage 1 engine mount
BFI stage 1 trans insert

OEM euro short shifter
ECS solid shifter cable bushings
Powerflex dogbone insert (red diesel version)
Diesel Geek super slider
Diesel Geek shifter shaft bushing kit
Burger Motorsports clutch stop
Clutch pedal spring delete

Wheels/Tires
BBS CO 18x8 +44
BF Goodrich Comp-2 A/S Plus 225/40-18

Exterior
OEM euro blindspot mirrors
Color matched mirror caps

Interior
8" EDM infotainment display
OEM auto dimming mirror
Garmin Mini dash cam
VW Monster mats
TravAll cargo mat

Utility/Protection
Evolution Import Ares skid plate
EcoHitch trailer hitch
Yakima roof rack

OBDEleven Tweaks
Vibration reduction - Deactivated
Reverse mirror dip - On
Soundaktor - Off
Hill start assist - Early
Seatbelt warning - Off
Windows up/down with remote - On
Front amber side marker/white dot - Off
Rear sidemarker - Off


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Past Mods / Reason for removal
Diesel Geek Sigma Six short shifter prefer a less notchy shift
Boomba shift knob got tired of the shape and appearance but do miss the weight
VW Laguna Seca wheels replaced with other wheels
DAP wheel spacers (15mm/20mm) not required on new wheels
H&R OE Sport springs - bouncy w/ stock struts, reverse rake w/ TT pads+spacer
Burger Motorsports JB1 - too much clutch slip
Clubsport S muffler - didn't sound good enough of the time
Boomba short shift adapter - pin broke, replaced w/ OEM Euro shifter
Roc-Euro stabilizer bar - issue w/ bolts backing out, replaced w/ OEM
ECS pendulum arm - bearing wore out, replaced w/ OEM
ECS dog bone insert - replaced w/ Powerflex red for reduced vibrations
OEM metal cable shift bracket - fitment issues, replaced w/ OEM
034 dog bone insert - deformed and became less effective, replaced by Powerflex red
 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
October 2016

I picked up my '17 GTI Sport from Stohlman VW in Tysons Corner, VA with 18 miles on it. So excited to start the journey.

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
November 2016

I was thankful the dealer asked if I wanted the bumper drilled. Naturally I decided on using a tow hook mount. I ordered a US Millworks quick release mount and couldn't be happier!

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
November 2016

The Sport's Nogaro wheels were nice but I preferred the Austins found on other years/trims. I sold the Nogaros to a very nice local Tiguan owner and picked up a set of used Austins for $400 and put on some Continental ExtremeContact DWS06s.



 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
November 2017

Just installed a Boomba Racing short shift adapter. Great price, very easy to install and a great improvement to shift feel; the best kind of upgrade!

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
January 2017

Not really an upgrade but I prefer the size and feel of the standard Golf shift knob. It's certainly not as cool as the golf ball but the materials match others in the cabin and it feels much nicer in the hand. I had to pick up an EDM model since our Golfs only had a 5-speed.

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
March 2017

The garden center proved to be a good first test of the GTIs practicality.

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
August 2017

I love my current DWS06s but found the grip under hard acceleration inadequate. I bit the bullet and picked up a set of used Laguna Seca wheels and Continental ExtremeContact Sport summer tires.





 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
August 2017

Installed a V2 034 dogbone mount adapter. It added some vibration at lower RPMs but feels more solid, helped reduce (but not eliminate) wheel hop, and added back a little "sport" to the GTI equation.



 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
August 2017

Installed an OEM metal shift cable bracket and Integrated Engineering solid bushings. It was a royal pain getting access without removing the battery but it's possible.

These parts make a very slight improvement in shift feel but it's also nice to know they'll never wear out and are no longer a weak link in the system. I also installed a Sigma shift kit but found it a little too notchy for me so I'm sticking with the Boomba adapter for now.

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
September 2017

Just hit 7,000 miles and have had no sutstantial issues (knock on wood!) Ok, maybe a few noises here and there but that's just part of getting used to a new car I suppose.

The only noteworthy thing is that the car occasionally flashes the "key not detected message" even though I can unlock and start the car just fine and the fob has a fresh battery. Also, the 1-2 shift can grind a little during quick shifts.

So far, so good and I am loving the car!

 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
September 2017

I realized the other week that the dealer had drilled the rear license plate holes almost an inch too far to the right. I don't know how my OCD didn't catch it sooner!

I ordered a mount that uses two screws to secure the mount to the bumper and the four screws for the plate screw into the mount. It's a similar style to the Volvo one some other MK7 owners have used. This one was about $20, fits great, and feels more secure than before.



 
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Sub-to-Dub

Go Kart Champion
Location
Arlington, VA USA
Car(s)
'17 GTI Sport 6MT
October 2017

I have since uninstalled this mod because the bolts securing it to the tranny came loose and bent. See the post here.


I decided to continue my quest to tighten up the drivetrain with a Roc-Euro stabilizer bar. This replaces the OEM part with the rubber bushing.

Installation was incredibly simple and took about 10 minutes including setting up the ramps and getting out the tools.

Not a massive difference but it seems to have lessened and smoothed out the vibrations introduced by the 034 insert. I've also noticed that starting smoothly in first seems slightly easier. However, I'm not sure if it would make more or less of a difference for someone without a dogbone insert.

Overall I am satisfied: it made a positive improvement to the driving experience and seems like a very well made product.



 
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