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What did you do to your mk7 today?

okMK

Autocross Champion
Location
Utah
Car(s)
gti
and everyone strives to prevent it from becoming the next vwvortex
I don't think you have much to worry about. As long as the advertising here is a full-screen, browser-redirect, overbearing mess, we aren't going to be seeing much organic growth. Your average person does not have adblocker on their phone.
 

galavanter13

New member
Got a quote from APTuning to get the South Bend Stage 3 Daily kit done, as well as mounts and clutch delay valve delete. Ordered the BFI engine/trans mounts from USP, once I have those in hand it's getting scheduled to get the clutch done, I've done a number of mk4 clutches in the past but for once it makes more sense to just have a shop do it and use the time for other things -- midlife is a weird time. But I think with that all done, I'll have the GTI of my dreams, and be happy for a while. Very excited. I know this isn't quite in the spirit of the thread, but I'm excited and just wanted to say something.
Keep us updated on the clutch install. I was thinking of getting a quote from APtuning for my clutch also.
 

Nineeightyone

Drag Racing Champion
Location
USA
Car(s)
19 GTI 04 JSW 10 MZ3
Keep us updated on the clutch install. I was thinking of getting a quote from APtuning for my clutch also.
Will do. I was quoted $650 ($100/hr x 6.5 hours) for labor, and when I told them I'd be supplying the clutch, they asked what I was looking at. Turns out they keep the South Bend Stage 3 Daily in stock, and offered me 10% off of retail if I bought through them. I'm additionally having them do the BFI mounts and clutch delay valve delete, so with fluid and everything I believe I'm going to come out around $2900. It's expensive, but labor is way cheaper than the ~$1200 the dealer wanted.

I've not had shops do much work on my cars in the past, but in this instance/with a car this new, I'd rather have someone experienced do the job. Additionally, it means I can just drop the car off and go to work, and then pick it up later, which is nice.
 

swcrow

Autocross Champion
Location
Virginia
Car(s)
7.5
I don't think you have much to worry about. As long as the advertising here is a full-screen, browser-redirect, overbearing mess, we aren't going to be seeing much organic growth. Your average person does not have adblocker on their phone.
I was more referring to the absolute douchery that was inherent there
 

El_bigote_AJ

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas
Car(s)
2019 GTI bunny
Will do. I was quoted $650 ($100/hr x 6.5 hours) for labor, and when I told them I'd be supplying the clutch, they asked what I was looking at. Turns out they keep the South Bend Stage 3 Daily in stock, and offered me 10% off of retail if I bought through them. I'm additionally having them do the BFI mounts and clutch delay valve delete, so with fluid and everything I believe I'm going to come out around $2900. It's expensive, but labor is way cheaper than the ~$1200 the dealer wanted.

I've not had shops do much work on my cars in the past, but in this instance/with a car this new, I'd rather have someone experienced do the job. Additionally, it means I can just drop the car off and go to work, and then pick it up later, which is nice.
650 is very reasonable!

I paid a vw dealer tech to do mine on the side (at the dealer still, just his day off) and I paid 500 for the labor including him installing a front sway bar and doing an alignment and sensor calibration… 6 months later when I destroyed that clutch he charged me the same to do the job again 😂😂, and 5 months after that when the DKM TOB decided to goes and cover my clutch with fluid - I figured it was time to save a little and do it myself ( its a highly unpleasant single man diy )
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
650 is very reasonable!

I paid a vw dealer tech to do mine on the side (at the dealer still, just his day off) and I paid 500 for the labor including him installing a front sway bar and doing an alignment and sensor calibration… 6 months later when I destroyed that clutch he charged me the same to do the job again 😂😂, and 5 months after that when the DKM TOB decided to goes and cover my clutch with fluid - I figured it was time to save a little and do it myself ( its a highly unpleasant single man diy )

I'm debating whether to pay someone or do it myself. Did you use a youtube guide to do it?
 

El_bigote_AJ

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas
Car(s)
2019 GTI bunny
I'm debating whether to pay someone or do it myself. Did you use a youtube guide to do it?
First time I did (when I dropped the trans to inspect the dkm and open the actual transmission to check for bent forks, cause I was having real issues with getting into gear) I used the FCP guide - it’s really good - second time when I put in the ringer clutch I used memory 😂. Both times where with the car on the quick jack too. Sucked lots both times.

My opinion - if you have a shop that you are comfortable with and they give a reasonable price, 100% pay someone
 

Wastegate13

Autocross Newbie
Location
SoFla
I’ve done everything from rebuilding engines and transmissions to bolting on parts but now that I’m older with more responsibilities I’ve left some of the tougher things to a professional. Did my downpipe, intake and fmic myself but everything else besides maintenance was done at Corr Motorsports.
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
First time I did (when I dropped the trans to inspect the dkm and open the actual transmission to check for bent forks, cause I was having real issues with getting into gear) I used the FCP guide - it’s really good - second time when I put in the ringer clutch I used memory 😂. Both times where with the car on the quick jack too. Sucked lots both times.

My opinion - if you have a shop that you are comfortable with and they give a reasonable price, 100% pay someone

I have access to a lift at the base hobby shop. I might try to tackle it with a buddy that done it.
 

Nineeightyone

Drag Racing Champion
Location
USA
Car(s)
19 GTI 04 JSW 10 MZ3
I’ve done everything from rebuilding engines and transmissions to bolting on parts but now that I’m older with more responsibilities I’ve left some of the tougher things to a professional. Did my downpipe, intake and fmic myself but everything else besides maintenance was done at Corr Motorsports.
Yeah, this is where I'm winding up. I'm 31 and decently established, so while I have a decently equipped garage the cold weather and relative new-ness of the car make me a little gunshy on the larger jobs. With that said, I've been doing pretty much all the other work on the car myself. If it were warmer outside I'd probably give more weight to the DIY option, but <$700 to not have to lay on the cold concrete for 8+ hours arguing with a car that I can't afford to simply manhandle into compliance is a pretty good deal.

I've been told by other trusted mechanics that if you can do a mk4 clutch job, you can do the mk7 just as easily. I just don't have the appetite for it with the weather being as cold as it is.
 

shorty_cz

Go Kart Champion
Location
CZ, Europe
Car(s)
Golf 1-7
Fill the trunk with last dose of apples and brought it to local distillery...liquor is loading 🥃

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Daks

Autocross Champion
Location
Toronto
Car(s)
GTI PP
Apple brandy?
 

Wastegate13

Autocross Newbie
Location
SoFla
Yeah, this is where I'm winding up. I'm 31 and decently established, so while I have a decently equipped garage the cold weather and relative new-ness of the car make me a little gunshy on the larger jobs. With that said, I've been doing pretty much all the other work on the car myself. If it were warmer outside I'd probably give more weight to the DIY option, but <$700 to not have to lay on the cold concrete for 8+ hours arguing with a car that I can't afford to simply manhandle into compliance is a pretty good deal.

I've been told by other trusted mechanics that if you can do a mk4 clutch job, you can do the mk7 just as easily. I just don't have the appetite for it with the weather being as cold as it is.
When I was younger my father was a mechanic and I always had access to a lift and his tool box with everything I would ever need. Now I’m lucky enough to have a best friend who runs a 4x4 shop with anything you could ever want. Hard part now is scheduling, he has 2 kids and I work an unconventional schedule. Doing maintenance and light stuff we know we can get done in an afternoon isn’t bad but when my motor went I went to the experts.
 
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