1 of 22
1 of 22
1:Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it?: The story is starts out pretty simple actually. I just wanted a good reliable car that looked good and was fun to drive. The best part about its story is that it is well traveled. I took it to Germany with me where it lived for two years. Nordschleife and Worthersee... this car has seen both; as well as numerous tracks and canyon roads out in southern California. It is 6 years old and has 82k miles. Its my daily driver track car. 2: Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, whats the most recent mod and what motivated its? I am a performance guy at heart. With Volkswagen most of the shows center around the "stance" community. I enjoy these shows because the owners have amazing attention to detail and passion; but I never fit in. My focus has always been about handling and speed. I started down that road with basic upgrades like tires, tune, and sway bars. When i moved to Germany I really adopted how so many car enthusiast modify their cars there. People always talk about the autobahn but the real fun is on the bendy B roads that cross all over Bayern (where i lived). I began to really respect how a chassis feels when it is better connected to the ground. My most recent modification is indicative on this. Light weight lower control arms w/ poly bushings and r comp tires. 3: Of all the mods you've made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Tires. If you're modifying your car for performance and haven't bought a proper set of tires you're not really modifying your car for performance. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? LOTS of research, scouring the forums and reading reviews. Germany was a great source because so many mechanics I knew personally had been working on these cars for decades. With three big exceptions (clutch, turbo, water meth) I have done most of the installations myself. Biggest advice is that there is a tool for every job. It REALLY helps to have that tool. 5. Whats been the biggest challenge with this build? I would say riding the line between "track car" and "daily driver." Its easy to gut the car in the name of weight reduction but then you have a miserable ride to work. Keeping the creature comforts (AC, Bluetooth and carpet) but removing the excess (back seats, spare, going carbon fiber hood); keeping the suspension easy to manage from street to track; having two sets of wheels and tires; telling myself that 392 crank tq is enough for a FWD car etc. That line is one modders are terrible at walking; I think ive done okay so far. 6. What are you planning next? Honestly the pace at which ive been added modifications to the car has been settling down a bit. I would like to install a new LSD and potentially taller 5th & 6th gears better suited for the increase in power. That being said the biggest thing is a road trip im planning in a year or so; I wont go into too many details but it should really test the reliability of car.
See whose at the top of the Wheelwell GTI Leaderboard