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Old 06-12-2018, 07:30 PM   #1
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$600 for Mods, 3,000 Mile Roadtrip

Rough estimates for both, but figure I'll be going from NM to Denver to TN to Myrtle Beach before heading back to Jersey, so a tunes out of the question as I don't have enough for a clutch as well

What comes to mind that'll enhance the trip this August, since I'll stockpile em and bring them to whatever shop has an opening while we're in Denver.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day!

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Old 06-12-2018, 07:51 PM   #2
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I am a little confused. You have $600 for parts and labor and want to know how to best spend that money to make your 3000 mile trip better?
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #3
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I’d set aside at least half of that for gas.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:56 PM   #4
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If that's right, then OBD11, aspherical mirrors, and tint would be my recommendations before a long road trip. Might be able to get a rear sway bar in there too if you installed it yourself. Not if you paid for labor.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:03 PM   #5
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I am a little confused. You have $600 for parts and labor and want to know how to best spend that money to make your 3000 mile trip better?
Oh, meant more what mods, stock piling a little $$$ for the parts, labor I'm sure I'll have taken care of as well

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I’d set aside at least half of that for gas.
Gas is part of the main budget, this as mentioned above is a side one

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If that's right, then OBD11, aspherical mirrors, and tint would be my recommendations before a long road trip. Might be able to get a rear sway bar in there too if you installed it yourself. Not if you paid for labor.
Hmm, does sound good, maybe throw in SS clutch line or brake line as well if the budget allows, whichever will be better.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:04 PM   #6
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You can do all the shifter mods well within that budget and it's well worth it, this thread has it covered: https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37719


May not want to do all of them, but getting rid of the delay valve is a must at the very least.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:26 PM   #7
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Personal opinion here, I wouldn’t do anything until I get back home, what I mean by it is that once I change something There is always a chance that something was not install correctly, comes loose in the middle of nowhere, I remember a forum member that went on long trip and the ECS delay valve came loose and kind of ruined a bit of his trip , just be careful and test your mods for a few hundred miles before you take off


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Old 06-12-2018, 11:08 PM   #8
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Personal opinion here, I wouldn’t do anything until I get back home, what I mean by it is that once I change something There is always a chance that something was not install correctly, comes loose in the middle of nowhere, I remember a forum member that went on long trip and the ECS delay valve came loose and kind of ruined a bit of his trip , just be careful and test your mods for a few hundred miles before you take off


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This is absolute truth here. Coming from experience as well. You don't wanna mod before a road trip, especially if your car is already running perfectly fine. Do it after.

Wanna make your road trip better? Get some podcasts, a big gulp, and jujyfruits.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:59 AM   #9
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Piggy back module.
JB4 or Neuspeed Power Module.
The extra power is great for passing and on ramp runs.
Great for catching up or staying with faster groups.
NPM can sometimes come up for sale between $200-250
if you have time to watch. That leaves money for LED upgrades or toward a radar detector. If you had a DSG then I suggest paddle shift extensions.

The piggy back changes power and sound more than you think.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:08 AM   #10
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Definitely install BEFORE leaving. Never want to be xxx miles away from home when something goes wrong.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:08 AM   #11
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Better answer.
$600?
Full window tint before trip.
3,000 miles is a lot of sun.
35% on doors.
20% on rear hatch.
70% on windshield and sunroof. Visor strip 20-35%.
Thank me later.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:11 AM   #12
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Piggy back module.
JB4 or Neuspeed Power Module.
The extra power is great for passing and on ramp runs.
Great for catching up or staying with faster groups.
NPM can sometimes come up for sale between $200-250
if you have time to watch. That leaves money for LED upgrades or toward a radar detector. If you had a DSG then I suggest paddle shift extensions.

The piggy back changes power and sound more than you think.
...and sound? I am interest to hear how you can elaborate on that. (Future jb4 owner here - pretty sure that's what I'll go with anyways)
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:37 AM   #13
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Radar detector

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Old 06-13-2018, 04:29 AM   #14
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To tint the whole car will be around half your budget fyi. Most places charge 30-35 a window being there is 9 windows on the car is adds up. I would say do just this. Then mod more when you get back.


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Old 06-13-2018, 11:57 AM   #15
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I will also recommend the tint if you haven't already. There's no escaping the highway sun without it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:34 PM   #16
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If you have passengers (more than 1) I’d recommend first getting a roof rack and a cargo box...the GTI is roomy but loaded with gear can feel a little tight. It’ll be over budget but may not be too much more if you pick up used.

If you got that...tint as others mentioned and or the vw window shades in the back. I plan on taking a trip of similar distance and will pick some up.

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Old 06-13-2018, 02:06 PM   #17
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My vote is ceramic tint all around ($350) + shit that won't cause potential issues on a road trip ($250). Maybe harmless stuff like front strut brace/rear chassis brace (although you won't really feel the difference on the road), rear sway bar, or intake (if you just want the extra noise). For the tint, I'm at 20% all around and enjoy the privacy but would not go lighter than 35% if I was you.

Not enough in the budget for the important big stuff like tires so just throw on something safe. You'll enjoy the car regardless. Have fun!
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