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1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? I was driving down auto parkway, it’s a row of car dealerships and I saw this 4 door Volkswagen, I’ve never seen it before. At the time I was driving a 2002 Volkswagen GTI, 1.8t. The looks drew me to the car, its low slung roof line and how aggressive the front fascia looked. I pulled over and had to take a closer look. It was sitting on the other side of the dealership, so there were no sales people nearby, so I had time to take a long look by myself. And OMG it was a manual! When I got home, I did a little bit of research, YouTubed the car, watch a few reviews and check out what kind of modifications people were doing to these cars. I didn’t find much, but the engine is based off the MK6 GTI and it had a lot of potential. That weekend, I went to the bank to get a loan and buy the car. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Right off the bat, I knew I wanted it tuned by APR. Not even after a month of owning the car, she went Stage 1. Tint came on next, coilovers and a rear sway bar were next in line. After lowering the car on coilovers, wheels and tires. I was still not satisfied with the power, so I skipped Stage 2 and went on to APR K04 turbo upgrade from an Audi S3 a direct bolt on, this would be a Stage 2 Plus, since the turbo isn’t much bigger than the K03, but it gave me more power up top. Next up, Neuspeed’s FMIC, Neuspeed Charge and Discharges pipes, and a Neuspeed P-Flo Intake system came on. The exhaust I went with APR’s 3” downpipe and high flow cat with custom 3” stainless steel piping with Magnflow mufflers in the back. Satisfied with the power level, I began thinking about supporting mods, Audi R8 coil packs and NGK plugs. About a month after going K04, the clutch gave out. On came HS Tuning’s RSR Clutch, good for 480 ft-tq, I wanted to keep the stock clutch feel and kept the stock flywheel. To help keep the power to the ground, I installed Neuspeed Engine Torque Arm Insert and 034 Motorsport motor mounts, I didn’t feel any extra vibrations from these mods which was awesome. Along with the increase in power, I needed better stopping abilities, enter StopTech BBK kit with steel braided brake lines. One of the last mods or most recent mod I did was the Neuspeed short shift kit, shorter throws when shifting gears. I did all this, well, this car looks like a sleeper, from the exterior and inside the engine bay. Other than the red Neuspeed intake the car looks bone stock. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Going K04 is easily one of the best mods. This kit is rated at around 350hp on 91 octane from APR's website. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? A lot of it is research and talking to friends about what they have done. Going to car shows and talking to vendors. Install secrets, well, I am comfortable doing most things, but this build, was way out of my comfort zone. I’m fine with oil changes, spark plugs, air filters, brake pads and rotors, but this was way above what I’m ok with. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Doing the research and how big my wallet was at the time. 6. What are you planning next? HPA intake manifold.
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