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Old 07-12-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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State of the Car - 2013 VW GTI 4dr DSG Autobahn


This is my no-longer daily driver & first heavily modified car. I came from a 03 Infiniti FX35. I daily a Mk5 R32 now.





May 7, 2013 - 312 mi - Purchased car new. Milage from being driven down from Deerborn, MI to Columbus, OH. Then driven back up to Cleveland.
June 13 - PLACEHOLDER - Installed APR front and rear sway bars and VW DG springs @ HS Tuning.
June 21 - PLACEHOLDER - Tuned for APR Stage 1 and Stage 1 Carbonio intake @ HS Tuning
Placeholder - PLACEHOLDER - 10,000 mi service @ Ganley VW
Placeholder - PLACEHOLDER - Replaced right headlight, grill, hood, and repainted front bumper due to hit & run @ Ganley VW
July 28 - 8,6219 mi - Installed APR FMIC, TBE, Stage 2 intake, and APR Stage 2 software and R8 coilpacks @ HS Tuning
August 6 - 9,269 mi - HPA subframe mount and some new bolts and subframe shims installed
August 19 - PLACEHOLDER - XPEL Ultimate PPF installed
August 29 - 11,341 mi - Alignment and suspension check @ White Wheel
Placeholder - PLACEHOLDER - Oil Change at Ganley VW
September 10 - 13,582 mi - Original P3 Cars VIDI installed
September 18 - 14,213 mi - Vacar R20 LED Taillights installed
October 1 - 15,877 mi - 3M 55% FX Premium installed on 5 panels @ TintPros
October 7 - 16,168 mi - APR K04 installed @ HS Tuning
November 14 - 17,849 mi - UNIbrace XB, RB, and UB installed @ HS Tuning
January 3, 2014 - 19,319 mi - Blizzak LM-32s on 16in Steelies mounted
January 8 - 19,589 mi - VW Euro Blindspot Mirrors installed
February - 21,243 mi - 20,000 mi service @ Ganley VW
March 14 - 22,734 mi - Bilstein B14/PSS coilover system, 034 strut mounts+bushings, GFB DV+ installed @ HS Tuning
March 28 - 23,941 mi - Mounted 19x8.5 ET45 VMR v705 w/ Hanook Ventus R-S3s
April 14 - 25,462 mi - Reflashed to APR K04 ED30 V3.0 Testpipes files + updated other software @ HS Tuning
April 25 - 26,198 mi - APR v1.2 DSG tune
May 4 - 27,114 mi - Installed TT-RS brake system and oil change (Castrol). Used 660 Motul brake fluids also.
May 23 - 28,121 mi - APR v1.4 DSG tune
June 4 - 29,802 mi - Alignment @ White Wheel
June 17, - 30,512 mi - Rolled front fenders. Need to trim fender liners.
June 19 - 30,683 mi - APR v3.1 k04 tune
June 23 - 30,812 mi - New updated Red & White P3cars VIDI
June 24 - 30,881 mi - Stoptech Sport Rotors and Hawk HPS rear pads installed @ HS Tuning
June 25 - 31,012 mi - Double Apex USB charger and new Klii Motorwerks vinyl insert
July 10 - 32,578 mi - VW Euro Front Lip Spoiler installed
July 22 - 33,571 mi - APR v1.4 DSG tune - raised launch RFMs, disabled auto kick-up/downs
August 9 - 34,454 mi - Audi TTS/RS3 Master Cylinder / rebleed brake system and top off fluids
August 12 - 35,440 mi - Replacement windshield installed @ VitreTech, MTL
September 2 - 37,331 mi - Ran 100 octane file for the first time
September 19 - PLACEHOLDER - DSG service and oil change @ HS Tuning
October 13 - 39,628 mi - New spark plugs; stock specs
October 23 - 41,271 mi - Yokohama iceGuards mounted on VW Serrons; not on the car yet; oil change, tires rotated
October 27 - 41,534 mi - 2 new Hanook R-S3 mounted on the rear VMR 705s. Alignment also.
November 6 - 42,231 mi - Winter wheels mounted with spacers
February 27, 2015 - 47,011 mi - oil change
March 9 - 47,541 mi - New wheels acquired - BBS CFs custom powder-coated
March 21 - 47,928 mi - Conti DW tires mounted on BBS CFs
March 25 - 48,211 mi - New wheels mounted on car; H&R 28mm FSB / 24mm RSB + new spark plugs installed @ HS Tuning
March 26 - 48,301 mi - Raised rear coils 10mm because rubbing; alignment for all four wheels
April 26 - 50,121 mi - Refinished VMR 705s and remounted on car
May 19 - 52,452 mi - Oil change @ HS Tuning
May 24 - 53,112 mi - 3M Vinyl wrapped black B pillars
June 1 - 54,321 mi - Double Apex mute button and Valentine One installed
June 17 - 55,505 mi - new filter for Carbonio intake; full exterior clay + wax
July 15 - 57,503 mi - Podi enclosure and VEI remote display installed; coolant topped off
August 22 - 60,345 mi - machine buffed/waxed/polished
August 26 - 60,680 mi - DSG service; new fuel and cabin filters; painted sidemarkers
August 31 - 61,412 mi - Oil change, R32 undershield, SuperPro ball joints, tires rotated
September 4 - 62,013 mi - Alignment w/ Joey @ -1.9 front/-2.4 rear
September 25 - 63,123 mi - VW European headlight switch, Euro aluminum glovebox handle & DEI Reflect-A-Gold
September 29 - 63,345 mi - new set of Hankook RS-3 mounted on VMR 705s
October 21 - 65,991 mi - 034 mounts + oil change @ HS Tuning
March 25 - XX,XXX mi - removed fenders; need new bumper cover as well
May XX - XX,XXX mi - Added modified fenders / new bumper cover
August 2 - 72,232 mi - Oil + DSG change; SuperPro LCA/ALK
August 23 - 72,683 mi - Bilstien PSS10 installed @ HS Tuning + alignment @ White Wheel
February 18 - 74,243 mi - Fluid Film sprayed on all coilover parts to prevent seizing
February 25 - 75,363 mi - Replaced intake manifold, carbon clean, and 42DD O2 sensor
March 18 - 75,500 mi - 17z rear BBk installed w/ brake fluid flush. Front pads/rotors replaced.
May 27 - 76,102 mi - Fixed ebrake pads & countersunk caliper bolts
June 11 - 77,475 mi - oil change
July 8 - 78,543 mi - stock fog bulbs back in (warranty process for LED bulbs)
July 19 - 81,973 mi - oil change @ HS Tuning

Engine
  • APR Stage ED30 K04 V3.1 Tune (Stock/91/93/100)
  • APR v1.4 DQ250 DSG Tune
  • APR Carbonio Stage 1 CAI
  • APR Carbonio Stage 2 CAI
  • APR 3" Downpipe
  • APR 3" RSC Catback Exhaust
  • APR Traverse 2.0T Intercooler
  • APR K04 Conversion
  • Audi R8 Ignition Coilpacks
  • NGK PFRS7EG Double Platinum
  • HPA Lower Motor Mount HVW-904-75
  • 034 Motorsport Engine Mount - Billet Aluminum (SKU# 034-509-5016)
  • 034 Motorsport Transmission Mount - Billet Aluminum (SKU# 034-509-5016)
  • HS Tuning Subframe Shim and Bolt Kit
  • GoFastBits DV+ (w/ bolt b/c APR k04: McMaster #92290A338)

Suspension/Chassis/Wheels
  • UNIbrace RB (Black)
  • UNIbrace UB (Black)
  • UNIbrace XB (Black)
  • Audi TT-RS front 4 piston calipers (Blood Red custom powder)
  • Audi TT-RS 370x28mm 2-piece cross-drilled rotors (Front)
  • Audi TT-RS 23.81 mm master brake cylinder
  • Audi TT-RS brake line brackets (Front)
  • Hawk HP+ brake pads (Front)
  • Bilstein B16/PSS10 Coilovers
  • Audi Q7 17z rear 4 piston calipers (red)
  • Fabless Manufacturing rear brake carriers
  • Wilwood spot calipers for parking brake
  • VW Mk4 R32 parking brake cables
  • 034 TT-RS Stainless Braided Brake Lines (Front)
  • StopTech 17z Stainless Braided Brake Lines (Rear)
  • Audi TTS strut mounts & bushings
  • 310mm (Golf R) Stoptech Rotors (Rear)
  • Hawk HP 5.0 brake pads (Rear)
  • ARP extended wheel lugs (20x)
  • H&R 5mm hub-centric spacers (Front)
  • H&R 28mm front anti-sway bar
  • H&R 24mm rear anti-sway bar
  • Motul RBF660 brake fluid
  • SuperPro Roll Centre Adjusting Ball Joint (#TRC0003)
  • SuperPro Roll Control Aluminum Lower Control Arm (#ALOY0001K)
  • SuperPro Roll Control Anti-Lift Kit (#ALOY3273-80K)
  • VW R32 Engine Undertray (#1K0 825 237 P)
  • VMR V705 19x8.5 ET45
  • Hanook Ventus R-S3 235/35/R19
  • BBS CF custom powder-coated 19x8.5 ET35
  • Continental extremeContact DW 235/35/19

Winter Mode
  • VW Serron 18x7.5 ET51
  • Yokohama iceGuard52c 225/40/R18
  • ARP extended wheel lugs (20x)
  • 42 Draft Designs 12mm spacers (Front)
  • 42 Draft Designs 15mm spacers (Rear)

Cosmetic/Exterior
  • XPEL Ultimate Paint Protection Film
  • Klii Motorwerks Candy White Hatch Insert
  • Ed's Vacar R20-Style LED Tail Lights
  • VAGCOM Tweaks
  • OEM-look widebody front fenders
  • 3M 55% FX Premium Tint
  • DeAutoKey LED Reverse Light Bulbs
  • DeAutoKey 6k LED Fog Light Assembly
  • VW European Blind-spot Mirrors
  • VW European Front Lip Spoiler
  • VW side markers (extra set) painted Candy White
  • Audi black lugbolt caps
  • BBS color matched stems and carbon fiber caps
  • 3M black vinyl wrapped B pillars
  • Scotch Vinyl Mastic Roll 2210 rain tray swap
  • DEI Reflect-A-Gold underhood/intake/intercooler/etc.

Interior
  • Autobahn Trim Package
  • VW Mojo Mats
  • VW Monster Mats
  • VW CarGo Heavy Duty Trunk Liner and Blocks
  • WeatherTech Digifit All Weather Mats (4 door)
  • Ebay Stainless Steel GTI Seat Lever Inserts
  • P3Cars VIDI Boost Gauge (Red & White)
  • APR Mobile Dongle
  • Double Apex USB Charger
  • Double Apex Valentine1 Mute Button
  • Podi Steering Column Pod
  • VEI V1 Series Valentine1 Remote Radar Display
  • VW European aluminum glove box handle
  • VW European headlight switch + trigger wire
  • Uberstealth Underfloor Sub Enclosure
  • AudioControl LC2i 2-Channel Line Out Converter & Sub Control
  • AudioControl Remote volume control know in custom enclosure
  • Pioneer TS-SW2501-S2 10-Inch Shallow Subwoofer
  • Rockford Fosgate PBR500X1 Punch 500W Mono Rail Amp
  • DeAutoKey LED Interior light kit

Removed:
  • VW Driver's Gear Lowering Springs [Sold April 2015]
  • P3Cars VIDI Boost Gauge (All Red) [For Sale - PM]
  • VW Tiguan Center Wheel Caps [For Sale - PM]
  • Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S 225/40/R18 [Sold Oct 2014]
  • Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 [Sold Oct 2014]
  • Steel Wheels 16x6.5 ET50 [Sold Oct 2014]
  • APR Front 27mm Anti-Sway Bar [For Sale - PM]
  • APR Rear 27mm Anti-Sway Bar [Sold March, 2015]
  • NGK PFRS8EG Double Platinum Spark Plugs
  • Bilstien PSS/B14 Coilovers
  • 034 track density strut mounts & bushings
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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It's been two months since I've gotten the car, but I've beent taking a bunch of phone pictures and I would like to document travels and wrenching as I go. Sorry about the backfilling of postings! Feel free to comment if you got anything to add, recommend or say! I'm always looking for more advice.

May 7, 2013 - Pulled the trigger and traded in my 2003 Infiniti FX35 Premium for a 2013 VW GTI DSG 4dr Autobahn. Literally flipped a coin between Candy White and Deep Black Pearl. You can see the results of that toss. Worked about 10 dealers across three states. Ended up with a solid deal from Hatfield VW in Columbus. Drove down one weekday, traded in the FX, and drove back up with the new GTI. It was hard to let that FX go, after driving it since 2003 and putting on over 170k miles. I drove it through blizzards, a broken rear axle, lots of repairs and wrench time as well as through several major phases of my life.

Parting images of my FX:

Finally home (Car was delivered from MI, I bought it from Hatfield VW in Columbus, and drove to Cleveland.) The ~150 or so miles on the way home was a great trip. Drove on a lot of country roads and OH-13 instead of I-71 just to get a feel for some more interesting roads.



These were taken very quickly the next day.

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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I'm curious to see how the clear bra comes out. I probably should have done it a while ago, but I think there's still time to finish it before I hit any more cones (or buckets).

Please provide any info on the clear bra you can so that I can understand the process better.

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Well, I got XPEL Ultimate Film and I plan to wrap the front bumper, extended hood and fenders coverage, about 22", a strip around the windshield, then the front headlights/fogs and the door handles. Contemplating doing rear fenders as well, but probably won't. Apparently this film doesn't discolor as long as you avoid petroleum-based cleaning products. We'll see though, I don't plan on this for a few more weeks... it'll be a pretty time consuming process.

I was going to avoid it entirely, since it ain't cheap, but after driving for 2 months & grinding out 8k mi, I have a large chip on the hood, a small one above the windshield and two or three small chips on the front bumper. Highway driving and driving around country roads in southern Ohio is killer for paint integrity. I actually just bought some touch up paint pens from the dealer today and I'm going to spend tomorrow washing those areas so I can fill them in. It won't look perfect, but as long as I get the surface even again I won't be grimacing every time I try to wash this car.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:29 AM   #5
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May 18, 2013 - Stopped by HS Tuning for the first time. It was Saturday, they were closed but the garage was open and Ken and his friend were working on a Jeep's brakes. Ken was nice enough to say hi, check my vehicle out (bone stock at that point) and make a few fast VAGCOM changes. Horn on lock turned off @ 1218 mi. Went through some part lists and general chit chat.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:32 AM   #6
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May 29, 2013 - Finally got my real plates to replace the temps. Also bought a Swift Hidden License plate holder (google it). It showed up... and then two weeks later another one showed up. I only got charged once, so now I have two Swift plate holder kits sitting around. Never installed either of them, because it extends nearly an inch below the front bumper and also sticks out about .75 in, which is hideous on a GTI facade. If anyone wants a brand new un-touched Swift hidden license plate holder PM me for details. I've got two of these kits just sitting around. For a clean install, you'd have to start cutting into the bumper, which I would not do. I've got zips and my front plate ready to stick on if I need it, but I'll keep that plate off for now.
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June 13, 2013 - Finally the Sway bar set came in. Installed both DG Springs and front/rear sway bars. That drop feels perfect and the combination of both springs and bars makes the car feel so much more planted. Makes me wonder if I still want/need Unibraces. Well, I've got a 1500 mile trip ahead of me, so we'll see how it feels.

Springs and bars installed - still lifted.


Right out of the box.


Shot.


OEM exhaust is the next thing to come out... New car and it's already showing rust spots. Do not like. Especially with the salty CLE winters.




Overexposed to show the tire. Nice settled drop.


Stock bar is black.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #8
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Well, this is taking too long and damned if I'm going to write this all out. Short hand just for my own records.

The month of June was spent installing the Stage 1 software, Stage 1 intake, DG springs, and both front and rear sway bars. No complaints at all, other than the fact that my trunk lid is lined on both sides with plastic and sometimes rattles. May invest in some adhesive-backed felt and try and quiet that down.

July has been a very busy month. Two trips to Montreal from Cleveland, with assorted smaller trips tossed in around the end of June as well. Overall, 8000 miles before settling back into the work weeks. Of course, someone driving a maroon SUV backs into my car, thinking that the spot was empty and tries to reverse into it. Then hits my little car and drives off. Really? That's cool man. Real cool. Luckily, between my insurance and Ganley (Collision Center in Middleberg Heights) I got that sorted out within a week. Of course, this little incident meant replacing a hood, right headlight, grill, and repainting the front bumper. Sloppily, of course. Well... at least it's back to me and I can clean it up in a few weeks when this new paint cures.

Of course, it cost me because I'd scheduled an appointment with a tinter, who showed up @ my house... forgot to re-schedule and the car wasn't around. We'll get it done eventually... That and the clearbra. I can't wait to have this all in.

In the meantime, I've finally installed all the parts ordered and this APR Stage 2 is sitting real nice. Got convinced to install an APR Intercooler too... so that's there. Some mounts and the k04 and I might finally start investing in the interior a bit. Those cubbies are looking real nice. Or a p3. Saw one in person @ HS Tuning and it's a lot better in person that it is in pictures. Looks very clean and not nearly as gimmiky as I'd feared. I'm not in love with the digital display, but it does have the advantage of ease-of-installation. Cell phone pictures of everything once I manage to get them off my phone.
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Nice car! I also traded my 2004 FX35 for my '13 GTI
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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Thanks!

It was hard letting my FX go, but there was a ghost in the ECU - it kept refusing to start, would sometimes go into limp mode during rush hour traffic, and after 170,000 mi, all the mickey mouse repairs were getting in the way of the enjoyment of driving it. Broken driver side seat engine, failed AC compressor, exhaust welding needed to be redone, ECU acting up, road rash and general cosmetic wear, etc.

I loved driving it though. It was time for a change to a much smaller car though. @ Stage 2, this little GTI is is getting 29.7 mpg and I'm not holding back my foot at all.
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i miss my FX.. i had the Black on Black and the 20's. such a fun Crossover vehicle.
i only had 100K on mine. but it was starting to show some wear.. some rust on the subframe.. didnt do the belts yet.. oil leak. trans pan rusting (it was a ticking time bomb) but interior was 9/10 exterior was 8/10. i loved my FX. but it was time to move on and get back into the car tuning world again. after getting cofee one day, i stopped at a VW dealer and bought my car 2 days later. havnt looked back since. oh, and the gas saving is a huge plus.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:43 AM   #12
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how do you like the front and rear sways with the dg springs?
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how do you like the front and rear sways with the dg springs?
It definitely isn't a unique set up, but I really enjoy it. The springs stiffen enough from the stock ride that it makes a noticeable difference. A week or so after I installed, I test drove another 2013 mk6 4 dr from the dealership and you can feel the difference in the turns with both sways and springs. Even passing or a pothole swerve feels a bit crisper? I'm not good at describing these terms. In combination, these bars on medium make it feel extremely planted.

I do feel like something is missing though. A lot of conjecture would have us believing that some mounts and unibraces help and I'm inclined to believe it, but we'll see. I think in terms of daily drivability and longevity for the interior components like plastic body panel clips etc, I might hold off on anything more than a dogbone and a xB-like brace.
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i miss my FX.. i had the Black on Black and the 20's. such a fun Crossover vehicle.
i only had 100K on mine. but it was starting to show some wear.. some rust on the subframe.. didnt do the belts yet.. oil leak. trans pan rusting (it was a ticking time bomb) but interior was 9/10 exterior was 8/10. i loved my FX. but it was time to move on and get back into the car tuning world again. after getting cofee one day, i stopped at a VW dealer and bought my car 2 days later. havnt looked back since. oh, and the gas saving is a huge plus.
The crossover vehicle that helped jumpstart the trend! Now every manufacturer has one in their line up, but I still find the first gen FXs the best looking. Those clean sheet metal lines are so nice.

I started out looking at the mazdaspeed, volvo c30, and the a3, but they all weren't very great fits. I definitely wanted a change to something small and lighter than a SUV though. The C30 I think is an amazing looking car, but its all show no go. The interior is also extremely dated - my 10 year old FX interior felt newer that a 2013 c30's with all options.

I've been getting about 100 more miles out of the same quantity of gas I put into the FX vs the GTI, give or take. I still fill weekly, but I'm averaging about 360 miles with a 1/4 left in the tank.
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