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Old 05-27-2017, 12:23 PM   #1
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2017 CSG GTI Sport - "Grey Poupon"

Hello all,



So after owning my car for a few months and doing a few things to it I felt there was enough to start a build thread. The car is a 2017 DSG GTI Sport that I bought at the end of January. I got my first VW in college, had a MKV R32 that I regretted selling. I went through a few other cars, favorite being the BMW 1M and E34 M5, but ended up wanting the practicality of the hatchback, quality of VW community, affordability of the aftermarket and bought the GTI Sport. I looked at the car on a whim, drove past the VW dealer and stopped to see the Golf R but it is just not worth the cost to me, I always liked the GTI but could never do FWD but the salesman insisted on letting me take a real test drive around the backroads to see what the new diff could do and I was beyond impressed. I bought a GTI less than a week later. I will do my best to update the progress as the build continues.



As it sits as of March 2018.





Photos when I first picked it up.




Suspension/ Brakes

- Bilstein B16/PSS10 coilovers

- ST front and rear sway bars

- Whiteline front sway bar end links

- Superpro rear sway bar end links

- Audi TT-RS Brembo 4 piston calipers and 370mm rotors

- SS brake lines front and rear



Performance

- IS38 Turbo (rebuilt and balanced)

- Billy Boat cat back exhaust

- Unitronic downpipe

- eTuners custom stage 3 ECU and TCU tune (https://www.etuners.gr/)



Electronics and Interior

- VW Helix Subwoofer

- Auto folding mirrors

- Auto headlight conversion

- Two layers of sound dampening (butyl base layer for vibrations then foam layer for sound reduction like road noise)



Exterior

- Konig Rennform 18x9 et 45 w/ Firestone Indy Firehawk 500 235/40/18 tires (front 5mm spacer, rear 10mm)

- Suntek Carbon 25% window tint

- Aspherical blind spot mirrors

- (OLD) BBS SR 18x8 et45 Himalaya Gray w/ Firehawk 235/40/18 tires (put on my other car for now)



Future Plans

- Intercooler (Unitronic or IE), with addition of the IS38 this is the next priority, I initially wanted to do the IC first but came upon the turbo first and couldn't wait.

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Old 05-27-2017, 05:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum.
Congratulations on the GTI sport.
Like the mods so far.
Looks like you picked the right car!!!!!!
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:53 AM   #3
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One of the best new ones I have seen.EVERYTHING about your exterior is a home run.
Good for you.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:40 PM   #4
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2017 CSG GTI Sport - "Grey Poupon"

Windows were tinted to 25% with Suntek Carbon and I added 18x8 BBS SR Wheels with 235/40/18 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500. The Bilstein PSS10/B16s suspension was also put on.

Additionally I ordered ST Suspensions front and rear sway bars and Whiteline end links. I quickly found out the front sway links were a weak point on a lowered car.



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Old 06-26-2017, 08:41 PM   #5
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Bought a foam cannon to use with my pressure washer and did a little clay and waxing. I'm far from a professional but the paint looks decent now.

And go to the track (Lime Rock)


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Old 06-26-2017, 09:14 PM   #6
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Car looks good, but you got rid of the E34 M5? That is one of the cars I wish to own/restore in the future, plus the sound of an S38 is amazing. I had an E34 525i with a manual swap back in college, loved that boat.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:51 PM   #7
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Car looks good, but you got rid of the E34 M5? That is one of the cars I wish to own/restore in the future, plus the sound of an S38 is amazing. I had an E34 525i with a manual swap back in college, loved that boat.
I did sell my E34 M5 earlier this year, after I bought the GTI, I also currently have an E34 525 5spd. Great cars for sure. I had my fun in the M5 but decided it was time to let it go because it started to sit.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:40 PM   #8
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I did sell my E34 M5 earlier this year, after I bought the GTI, I also currently have an E34 525 5spd. Great cars for sure. I had my fun in the M5 but decided it was time to let it go because it started to sit.
Makes sense, they need to be driven. GTI is more fun since it doesn't weight as much.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:58 PM   #9
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2017 CSG GTI Sport - "Grey Poupon"

Picked up a few new things recently and updated the first post. ST Sway Bars with end links, Billy Boat Exhaust, Unitronic DP and TT-RS brakes.


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Old 08-29-2017, 11:56 AM   #10
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UPDATE:
I had the sway bars and end links installed, got ride of the clunks the came up after the coils went on and I took it to the track. Between the sways and the end links the car feels so much more planted. Going into corners the turn in is greatly improved and the way the rear rotates is too, really follows behind the car rather than feeling like it is being dragged. The car is also able to stay flatter through some high speed highway sweeping turns. Overall very pleased and would recommend them.

Also got the much anticipated eTuners tune. I know not too many people are running it on here because people either go for APR/Uni or COBB with a slightly better than OTS tune. But I must say the eTuners tune is AMAZING and I'm not sure why more people aren't running it. It is a true custom tune, the tuner takes a base file then has a custom tune made, they log the the car, analyze the logs and then send an updated file. I was able to get even more power, it is incredibly smooth and knowing the logs were run and analyzed to ensure it wasn't pulling timing or any other problems I feel much better about it. The car is undoubtedly faster, now spinning tires through multiple gears and really transforms the car. The accompanying DSG TCU tune also provides nice, snappy shifts and makes going through the gears even more fun. I will be getting this on a dyno soon to run stock vs Stage 1 and then have my DP installed and Stage 2.

Install of the DP

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Old 08-29-2017, 06:57 PM   #11
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Are you suggesting that the aftermarket links eliminated the clunking noise or was that noise fixed by something else? Just wanted to clarify for my own understanding as it seems that usually aftermarket links CAUSE clunking (spherical bearings, etc).
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:06 PM   #12
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Great mods list thus far! I love the wheels and the stance. You chose the right suspension for sure!
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Are you suggesting that the aftermarket links eliminated the clunking noise or was that noise fixed by something else? Just wanted to clarify for my own understanding as it seems that usually aftermarket links CAUSE clunking (spherical bearings, etc).
The aftermarket links did reduce the clunking noises. After a track session with the car rather low the sounds from the suspension became somewhat annoying. People have mixed experiences with the end links based on how low they are and how they drive.

That being said I specifically did not do spherical bearings because those do increase noise. People find increased noise with those in the rear, like the Neuspeed rear links for example. The SuperPro rears use a polyurethane insert instead. I highly recommend the SuperPro.

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Great mods list thus far! I love the wheels and the stance. You chose the right suspension for sure!
Thanks, I absolutely love the suspension, I recently raised the front a little and adjusted it to soften up because I was going on a few weekend trips and with it set to a softer setting it was extremely comfortable, even better than stock.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:20 AM   #14
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Finally got the Brembos completed and installed



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I also bought another set of wheels. Konig Rennforms in 18x9 that are under 20lbs. Will likely be running these next year.

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I also bought another set of wheels. Konig Rennforms in 18x9 that are under 20lbs. Will likely be running these next year.
Like the VW logo on calipers.
Nice set up.
Light wheels are nice.
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Unitronic DP

How do you like the Unitronic DP?

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-noticeable gains?
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