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Old 08-25-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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From show car to sleeper to the new commuter

It's been 6 years since I told myself no more playing with cars. I guess you can't really change who you are. My history with cars is very up and down. My show car was stolen...so I built a sleeper. That got boring really quick (sold it to my brother then he crashed it). So now my new commuter.

With the price going up I decided to get rid of my truck and get something that was decent on gas. This is my first VW. Picked up July 10th at 9pm at an impulse. CSG DSG Base.

I know some people argue why get a base....I figured if I was going to get something fun again then I would start from the bottom and work up. But this is supposed to be my reliable daily driver. I put my first 1000 miles in two weeks. I drive a lot and LA traffic sucks.

This forum has been VERY informative and I am very excited to see what I can do with this.

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The show car

1994 Mazda Rx-7
Notable mods- XS Engineering T04s. HKS everything else from suspension to electronics. Wheels -Volk III ->Volk AV3 -> Volk Challenges -> Volk GTN -> Volk GT-C. Knightsports Japan full kit.

Sponsors- HKS-USA, Knightsports, XS Engineering, Volk (Mackin Industries), Koyo Radiators, ACT, Yokohama then Toyo




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Old 08-25-2011, 02:10 AM   #3
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The Sleeper

1991 240sx

Notable Mods- Complete swap 1994 S13 Black Top motor and LSD rear. HKS everything that would bolt on. Koyo Race Radiator. ACT clutch






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Old 08-25-2011, 02:21 AM   #4
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The Commuter




2011 4dr CSG DSG Base GTi

401.5whp/379.3wtq

Current Mods:

Performance:
FrankenTurbo F23T - Build Thread Here
Eurodyne Maestro Software F23T custom E85 tune (by AU Tuning)
Eurodyne DSG Software custom tune (by AU Tuning)
AEM- LPFP and pressure sensor
ZZPerformance- Opel HP 135 lb (1400cc) Injectors
RC - 1000cc Injector in Charge Pipe
MFactory Helical LSD
Unitronic - Cold Air Intake
Neuspeed- Charge Pipe with 5th Injector
Custom- TOP no VW spring clip or elbow coupler
Ultimate Racing- TBE w/ Titanium Tips
ATP- FMIC "600hp core" - Installation thread Here
TyrolSport - Race Radiator
VF Engineering- Motor/Transmission/Dog Bone mounts
OEM- R8 Coil Packs
034 - Catch Can
Defi- White Racer Boost Gauge
Deka- 17lb battery

Suspension:
KW- Clubsports with Camber Plates
Unibrace- XB/UB
Stern- Rear Brace
SuperPro- Lower Control Arms
SuperPro- ALK
SuperPro- Control Arm Bushings
Whiteline- Front/Rear Adjustable Endlinks
H&R- 28mm Front Sway Bar/24mm Rear Sway Bar
034 Motorsports- Street/Track top mounts
Tyrol Sports- Subframe collars

Wheels
Volk Racing- RE30 18x8 +38/+33 16 lbs (sold)

Track Setup:
Volk Racing- G25 18x8 +35 17 lbs
Hankook- R-S3 225/40/18

Daily Driven Setup:
Volk Racing ZE40 18x8.5 +44 17 lbs Custom Mag Blue
Michelin PSS 235/40/18

Volk GramLight 57C6 18x8.5 +45 sold


Braking:
Brembo- GT BBK 355x32mm Sloted rotors. 4 Pot 2 pcs calipers
Project Mu- G-four 335 brake fluid.
Project Mu- Club Racer F/R (Track)
Project Mu- HC800 F/R (Street)
Brembo- front/Stoptech- rear steel braided brake lines.
Stoptech- Rear Slotter Rotors
Audi TTRS Brake Ducts
TyrolSports - Master Cylinder Brace


Audio:
Alpine- PDX-5
Alpine- SWR-T10
Stealth Audio 10" box

Exterior:
Revozports- CF Sideskirts
35th Anniversary Front Bumper
Garage Vary- Rear Lip Spoiler
OEM BiXenon Headlights blacked out chrome with Switchback LED Halos
OEM- Golf R Tinted OEM Tails
LED Fog Lights
Color Matched Emblems
Color Matched Side Markers
Color Matched ABT style front grill

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
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Very cool, and understandable to me. I'm getting my GTI as a commuter in the next 2 weeks and I'm 99% sure I'm going base as well. I put about 30k miles a year on my commuter car, so even though I'd like the HIDs, I'm never going to use the NAV, I know where point A and point B are.

Adding $3-$5k to the price for loading it up seems kinda wrong since I will be selling/trading it in about 3-4 years anyway.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:36 AM   #6
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I feel you. I put so many miles on my car a year. I needed something that I'll feel comfortable being in hours a day. The GTi is a great quick car that fit what I needed.

I do wish I had HID but there are more and more alternatives coming out.

I'm sure as I modify the car I will tend to lean to what I know and use products from contacts that I still have. Should be interesting.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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Stuff in my garage...

Ultimate Racing TBE with metal cat, resonators and Titanium tips


ATP FMIC kit "600 hp core"
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:49 PM   #8
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Finally a build page...

That exhaust looks good!!! And didn't know you did more than just the sub, luv the focal speakers. My old BMW used to have CDT components up front with 120 rms going to each one and JL audio dual 10 inch w3's with 600 rms going to it, now my audio is in the house with a full B&W/ Rotel HT setup gonna have to do an audio demo for me sometime

I like how the sleeper was all torn up on the outside then you pop the hood and BAM!!! very nice...

Well looks like the mod bug never goes away does it
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:11 PM   #9
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No sadly it doesn't. Thought I was. We'll see. 2 months with the car and I've already gone crazy.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:26 PM   #10
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excited to hear more about the atp intercooler once installed...
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excited to hear more about the atp intercooler once installed...
Yea I'm trying to modify the stock intercooler end tanks to make brackets. That way there is no unused IC blocking the radiator.

PandaGTi and I were discussing uses for this new real estate.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:30 PM   #12
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I bet you had a lot of fun with that sleeper. Man...it looks like a piece of shit on the outside. Ultimate sleeper. Love it. Love the Mazda and GTI too
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Total POS! I loved it. Never had to worry about it stolen, dented, washed, or shopping carts.
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Yea I'm trying to modify the stock intercooler end tanks to make brackets. That way there is no unused IC blocking the radiator.

PandaGTi and I were discussing uses for this new real estate.
an oil cooler would fit nicely in that space. should be pretty slick when you've got it all done. i really like how those intercoolers look behind the honeycomb...
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