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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've loved Volkswagen Golfs for a long time. I was fortunate enough to live and work in an area where I didn't need a car, but I would still keep an eye out for any that caught my eye. I saw this one randomly while searching through dealer inventory and fell in love with the color. After some shrewd negotiating, I walked away with a beautiful car that's only gotten better for me. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? My modifications have been all about fun, fast, long drives in a subtle package. my first few mods were police countermeasures to keep me out of trouble and lighting upgrades inside and out. I've added a full suspension upgrade, some weight savings, and lots of little quality of life upgrades inside. My most recent mods have been streamlining and updating the interior electronics wiring and adding an android head unit and a subwoofer behind the driver's seat, making my car a killer ride for solo or 2 person road trips. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? I think that adding the subwoofer was the cheapest mod that added the most to my driving enjoyment. $200 for a big boost to my music is pretty hard to beat. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I usually find a mod that catches my eye, spend a long time comparing and contrasting options, convince myself it's what I want despite the price, then get frustrated with myself that I won't be happy until I get that exact thing. I've had people try to talk me out of the rear brace, the radar detector, and a few other things, but I'm not happy unless I get the perfect item. Installation has been pretty easy for me in this car. There's not tons of room, but with some tidy wiring and thoughtful placement, there's a lot of stuff you can add to make it yours. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge has been the fact that this was a base model. There's been a lot of upgrades I've wanted to do but had to scrap because I'd have to upgrade multiple other components that would double or triple the project cost. The radio is like that, as are most engine upgrades. This has been a big learning experience for me in why a base model isn't the best start to a car. 6. What are you planning next? I'm not sure. I'm pretty happy with it as is, but I might do sway bars or fabricate a floor in the back to make it more usable. Right now, it's pretty perfect for road trips and spirited driving in the mountains.
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