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Old 01-15-2018, 02:34 AM   #1
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Will_s Night Blue GTI S DSG

Hi all and welcome to my build thread, I'll try and keep track of every mod I do here and we'll see where things go. I have lots of plans and ideas for this car but not sure what I'll actually end up doing.

My previous car was a white 1997 BMW 328i. Before that I drove a 1999 F150 5.4 Lariat. Safe to say, the GTI was quite an upgrade. I've loved it so far and don't imagine I'll sell it until it's paid off, so this will most likely be my daily driver for the next several years. Anyway, onto the car.

Current Mods (as of 6/22/2019):

Engine/Exhaust
APR Stage 1 ECU tune
K&N Drop in filter
Muffler delete
Vibrant 17950 Resonator
Majesty FMIC w/ Forge hoses

Suspension
APR Roll Control Springs
Bilstein B8s

Wheel Setup
Enkei Ty-5 18x8 et 45
5mm front spacer
10mm rear spacer
Continental Extreme Contact Sports 235/40/18

Cosmetic/Misc
35% tint all around
Rear wiper delete
Ed's Golf R replicas
PP grille w/ chrome strip
APR badge
Klii motorwerks front plate bracket
Klii motorwerks plaid rear view mirror cover
Aerofabb V2 Front Splitter

Planned modifications:
Rear sway bar
Base carriers bars
We'll see after that

As she sits now:






Pictures from when I first got it:













Hi-Res here: https://imgur.com/a/Opcjc
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:35 AM   #2
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Muffler delete cold start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmiuTUbDcPM
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:37 AM   #3
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Added some striping to the front valence and side skirts





Edit: as of 4/2 this is off the car...wouldn’t stick...going to reapply the front section but prep the surface better
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Old 01-15-2018, 04:54 AM   #4
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Those high res pics have given me new love for the halogens. Nice work.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:28 PM   #5
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Sitting at the dealership getting APR Stage 1 installed right now. Can't wait to feel the booost.

Edit: first impression, there is lots of boost now

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Old 02-20-2018, 05:50 PM   #6
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I love the way the red pinstripe looks on the side skirt and front lip. Did you do that yourself?

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Old 02-20-2018, 07:33 PM   #7
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Yes. I just used some tape I found on Amazon. I took it off though as it couldn't seem to be able to handle the abuse the front end gets. It didn't bond well to the rubber. Might try applying again with a heat gun.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:49 PM   #8
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Yes. I just used some tape I found on Amazon. I took it off though as it couldn't seem to be able to handle the abuse the front end gets. It didn't bond well to the rubber. Might try applying again with a heat gun.

No heat. Here's the trick. You must prep the surface first. I use this anytime I need a sticker or espically doubble side tape to really adhere. Rubbing alcohol is not sufficient. Make sure you wear a glove.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Here's a link to my bbuild, on the second page it shows my badgeless grill. I added the red stripe. It's handled a couple snowstorms with ice covering the whole thing. It held up perfectly.

http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39170

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No heat. Here's the trick. You must prep the surface first. I use this anytime I need a sticker or espically doubble side tape to really adhere. Rubbing alcohol is not sufficient. Make sure you wear a glove.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Here's a link to my bbuild, on the second page it shows my badgeless grill. I added the red stripe. It's handled a couple snowstorms with ice covering the whole thing. It held up perfectly.

http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39170
Thanks for that, just ordered some. Hopefully it sticks this time as I really liked the look.
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:36 AM   #10
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New rims today. Enkei Ty-5, 18x8 et 45, on stock 225/40 tires. Going to lower the car next I think.



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Old 04-03-2018, 06:01 AM   #11
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Picked up APR Roll Control springs today..gotta get some spacers ordered and then they’re going on.



Also sealed the car with M21 a few days ago...pollenpocalypse is upon us and I'm determined to keep the paint protected through spring/summer. The amount of pollen/pollutants in the air is terrible where I live (right in the middle of the central valley) so I'm hoping it'll survive until I can garage it full time.
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:14 AM   #12
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What did you seal it with ?
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:48 AM   #13
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What did you seal it with ?
"sealed the car with M21" It's a Meguiar's product I believe
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Just finished a 5 day, 2500 mile roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest. Here are some photos. Car is extremely dirty, can't wait to wash it.

https://imgur.com/a/nyeHOzR

My favorite photo from the trip:
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:35 PM   #15
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Had APR Lowering Springs installed yesterday. Have driven about 50 freeway miles with them so far. Ride is a bit stiffer than stock and seems to corner flatter, will need to go on a real drive to actually evaluate. I got about a 1.125" drop overall. Here's a before and after and a complete measurement table. My car is on 225/40/18 tires and 18x8 rim. Stock dampers, no spacers or any other suspension work.

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Also bought some touch up paint and water putty. Going to go remove front license plate.
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:19 AM   #16
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Haven’t updated in a while. New tires and spacers today. Finally have the wheel/tire setup I always wanted. Very happy with it. Up next is probably Golf R replicas or a new muffler. I’m getting quite sick of my muffler deletes drone and the resonance causes vibration which causes rattling. Fairly annoying. So probably going to switch to something a little quieter.

APR Springs with 235/40/R18 Continental ECS wrapped over Enkei TY-5 18x8 ET 45 with 5mm/10mm spacers.

Pics as she sits now.





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Old 01-04-2019, 06:53 PM   #17
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The wheel/tire setup looks spot on! Are they still 225/40? They look a little bit bigger.
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