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Old 01-12-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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CW Mk6 GTI Daily Driver, my First "Practical" Car


2012 Golf GTI 4 Door - DSG - Candy White

Current Mod List (Last Updated 17/02/04)

• APR stage 2 93 tune
• APR intake (Stage 1)
• CTS catless downpipe
• Audi R8 coil packs
• Suitcase muffler delete
• 034 Motorsport dogbone insert
• SPM Lowering Springs
• Hardwired Escort Passport radar detector
• LED Interior Lights
• 30% tint on Rear Windows
• PIAA yellow Fog Bulbs
• Ebay euro style front lip
• Rear wiper delete
• GTI rear badge removed
• Winter wheels: 18" Audi "Avus" wheels, 225/40, 10mm spacer rear
• Summer wheels: 18" Stock Serron wheels, 225/40, 10mm spacer front, 15mm rear

Hey guys, long time lurker, just getting into posting as I become more familiar with the car and start to modify it a bit. This is going to be my build thread for my 2012 Golf GTI daily driver, I purchased it a few months ago and have a ton of plans for mods, though I work a little slower I have always really enjoyed documenting my builds and wanted to start up a thread for the new GTI. I'll warn you in advanced this thread will be VERY photo heavy as I love taking pictures of my car, and I personally enjoy scrolling through photo heavy build threads.

First, A little about me. My name is Harrison and I spend the summers on Vancouver Island B.C. in Canada, and go to school in Calgary Alberta. The GTI is my second long term car and my first Volkswagen. My love affair with Volkswagen started this summer when I worked sales at my local VW dealership and fell in love with how well put together and tight they feel, their mod-ability, and how darn practical they are despite all that sportiness. The first VW I drove was my drivers ed car, a manual City golf, and the first GTI I drove was a good friends MK7.

My current impractical car, is a 1991 Mazda Miata, which was my first car. I purchased it over 5 years ago before I even had my licence. Its the car that made me fall in love with driving, introduced me to the world of modifying, and taught me how to work on my own car. At the moment, I could never see selling it, this car has brought me into the automotive world where I now hope to make my career, and has introduced me to fellow car nuts who now make up nearly all of my current friends. I have a thread documenting that build for anyone who may be interested in more pictures over on the Miata forum where I am quite active.

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?p=7287122#





Enough about my Mazda though, onto the Volkswagen!

I purchased my GTI July 2017 from the dealership I was working at at the time Comox Valley Volkswagen in Comox B.C. The car is a Candy White 2012 with the cloth interior, and is the exact spec I wanted. Upgraded audio and Nav, DSG, Cloth, and no sunroof. The car had a few power modifications done just a few 1,000km's before I purchased it but visually was 100% stock.





Mods the previous owner had done include a APR Intake, CTS Catless Downpipe, a suitcase muffler delete, R8 Coils, and APR Stage 2 93 Octane Tune.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVjP8IcZUVk

The first things I had done to the car where window tint, a rear wiper delete, rear GTI badge removed, and spacers for the OEM wheels. Theses little touches though small where the first step to making the car mine!



Next step was getting some wheels and tires for the Calgary winter which was fast approaching. For those who dont know, Calgary has some pretty harsh winters, which was a large part of the reason I ditched the Miata for something more capable in the snow and less prone to rust. I picked myself up a set of used 18" Audi Avus wheels, like would have been original on a B6 S4, and wrapped them in a set of brand new 225/40r18 Michelin X Ice 3's, and put them on with my 10mm spacer in the rear. I also added some PIAA yellow fog light bulbs for the winter months.





That gets us updated to just about current! I have a few more things to photograph and on order and will be back to update soon! Like I said this build may be slow, but I love documenting my progress with each car I own and sharing it with the community. Thanks for taking the time to pop by and read!
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Been waiting for a warm day to take my car to the wash so I could finally take a picture of my newest addition. Car is still disgusting and was mud covered by the time I got home, but here it is:



Euro Style GTI lip, this one was a cheaper eBay one, not OEM. Lip took some work to fit, having to file down tabs and having a few tabs break, and had to source my own hardware. Thats what I get for going eBay and not forking out the extra cash for real quality, but in the end it looks great! Choose to keep the lip unpainted at least for now, I kinda like the look over painted, looks very subtle and really pulls the whole front end together a little more. I may choose to paint it or attempt to texture it like the GTI side skirts in future, not sure yet.

Also put in some orders for a few more parts this week, should start slowly showing up in the coming months!
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:35 PM   #3
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Looking for more cheap fun mods to make the car mine while I wait for bigger stuff. Painted the engine cover today, I have never owned a modern car with so much crap and covers under hood, so I have been trying to clean it up as best I can to make it look a little nicer. Ran no engine cover up until now, but I think the cover actually cleans it up a little, even though I dont usually like plastic under the hood. Engine cover is Tornado red paint match with matte clear coat over it. Turned out okay but I may try redo it a little smoother or with a satin clear rather than matte.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:13 PM   #4
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Installed my SPM lowering springs a few days ago and just got car aligned. Fronts where a major pain as I didn't have any of the specialty tools, rears where an absolute breeze! So far very happy with them, car rides like stock over smaller bumps, and though it is a little more jarring over larger bumps it does not feel overly bouncy or unstable. Overall they are a little better than I expected lowering springs (especially non linear) ones to be on a stock damper! I do not think stock damper paired to them will be permanent, but it will be perfectly comfortable for a while.I rub a little in the front but I think a fender screw mod will fix that for the most part. Height looks AWESOME! Its very snowy out at the moment, and it looks a little higher with the wheel wells glowing nearly as white as the paint, but the height is dead on in my opinion. With the way our roads (and my garages approach angle!) are, its exactly the height I would set an adjustable suspension to.







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Old 02-08-2018, 12:26 PM   #5
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Nice! I also came from a Miata. I some days regret selling it, but, it was worth it to get another one day. I'll make it better than the last.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:08 AM   #6
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Sweet upgrades so far!
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