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Old 02-13-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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eldiablo's 2013 GTI

2013 VW GTI 4 door with Convenience and Sunroof package
Purchased October 2012 from Cherry Hill VW

Here she is soon after I bought her.



Engine / Exhaust
• Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4 (CBFA variant)
• APR stage 1 tune
• APR Carbonio intake
• R8 coilpacks
• Vanguard CBE
• AWE Tuning boost hose & vacuum tap

Drivetrain
• DSG (six-speed dual-clutch automated manual) 

Brakes
• StopTech street pads
• ATE SuperBlue Racing fluid
• TyrolSport caliper bushings
• Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Cryo-treated rotors

Suspension
• H&R Sport Springs
• Koni FSD struts / shocks
• 034 Motorsports strut mounts
• SuperPro adjustable front endlinks
• H&R 24mm rear sway bar
• Whiteline anti-lift kit (WALK)
• UNIbrace UB
• UNIbrace RB

Wheels & Tires
• Winter
o 18x7.5 VW Laguna alloy wheels with 225/40R18 Pzero Nero tires
• Summer
o 18x8 Konig Oversteer wheels with Michelin PSS 225/40/R18 summer tires

Exterior
• Volkswagen lip spoiler (painted black)
• black / chrome GTI emblems
• Depo dark cherry LED tail lights
• 30% tint on rear windows
• Red Lamin-X side markers
• B-Pillars wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl
• Black mirror caps
• ECS blue-tinted aspherical blind spot mirrors
• ECS jack pad kit
• Fumoto drain valve

Interior
• AWE Tuning vent mounted boost gauge
• Double Apex USB charger
• DSG paddle shifter extensions
• GTI door sills
• 35th edition golf-ball shift knob
• GTI Monster mats

Audio/Visual
• Volkswagen RCD 510, Premium 8 Radio

Future Mods:

Maintenance records: for my reference
• 5k tire rotation (self) – 3/3/13
• 10k service - Oil Change / tire rotation / afe filter install (self)– 7/26/13 @ 9,050 miles
• Brake system upgrades (self) – 7/27/13
• 15k service - Oil Change + tire rotation / filter clean (self) – 11/16/13 @ 13,200 miles
• Installed H&R RSB (self) - 11/16/13
• Exhaust installed - 12/23/13 (14,945 miles)
• 4-wheel alignment - 12/23/13 @14,945 miles (Flanagan’s Auto)
• Installed summer wheels / tires- 4/12/14 (17,750 miles)
• Installed H&R Sport Springs - 5/2/14 @ 18,750 miles (Die Werkstatt)
• 20k service - Oil Change / filter clean (self) – 5/10/14 @ 18,865 miles
• 4-wheel alignment - 5/23/14 @ 19,400 miles (RS Worx)
• Tire rotation / cabin filter change - 7/18/14 @ 20,800 miles (self)
• 25k service - Oil Change / filter clean (self) – 9/21/14 @ 23,200 miles
• APR loaded ECU tune & APR Carbonio intake – 10/31/14 @ 24,200 miles (Redline Speed Worx)
• Installed R8 coilpacks 11/6/14 (self) - 4/12/14 (24,600 miles)
• Installed OEM all-season wheels / tires - 11/15/14 (25,750 miles)
• 30k service - Oil Change / tire rotation (self) – 2/8/15 @ 27,700 miles
• Installed Konig summer wheels / tires- 4/21/14 (30,150 miles)
• Oil Change (self) – 6/7/15 @ 32,200 miles
• Replaced oil pan (and oil), lubricated caliper bushings (self) – 7/6/15 @ 33,200 miles
• Installed Centric cryo-treated rotors (self) – 7/12/15 @ 33,300 miles
• Installed W.A.L.K. (self) – 7/26/15 @ 34,300 miles
• Front-end alignment – 8/4/15 @ 34,400 miles (Brother to Brother)
• Cabin filter change - 8/11/15 @ 34,800 miles (self)
• 40k service: DSG service, Oil Change, fuel filter (self) – 10/18/15 @ 38,200 miles (self)
• Installed OEM all-season wheels / tires - 1/3/16 (39,300 miles)
• Oil Change (self) – 4/10/16 @ 42,200 miles
• water pump replacement (recall campaign) @ 44,000 (Burlington VW)
• intake manifold replacement (covered under warranty) @ 44,000 (Burlington VW)
• recharged intake filter @ 44,100 (self)
• installed Koni FSD shocks and 034 strut mounts@ 45,400 (Die Werkstatt)
• 4-wheel alignment – 6/17/16 @ 45,400 miles (Goodyear)
• Oil Change / tire rotation (self) – 7/30/16 @ 46,700 miles
• Oil Change (self) – 8/30/16 @ 50,100 miles
• Installed OEM all-season wheels / tires - 12/11/16 (53,750 miles)
• Oil Change (self) – 1/21/17 @ 54,500 miles
• Oil Change (self) – 5/6/17 @ 59,500 miles
• Installed summer wheels w/ new Michelin PSS tires - 5/9/17 (59,750 miles)



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Old 02-14-2014, 12:00 AM   #2
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Very nice! I just ordered a vanguard CBE myself, how do you like yours?
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:08 AM   #3
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Nice car!
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:58 AM   #4
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Very nice! I just ordered a vanguard CBE myself, how do you like yours?
Thanks! The Vanguard exhaust sounds pretty good. Loud enough when you get on it but civilized enough for my taste. No highway drone, but the cabin will buzz a bit in the 3k rpm range when under throttle. My only issue is that 1 tip sticks out further than the other, but this is not the norm so I hope yours will be fine... I hope to resolve this once the weather improves.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:51 AM   #5
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Lowered on H&R Sport Springs.

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Old 03-10-2015, 12:14 AM   #7
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How long have you been running the springs on stock struts? Are they bouncy at all?
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:31 AM   #8
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How long have you been running the springs on stock struts? Are they bouncy at all?
I've been on the H&R sport springs w/ stock struts for 10k miles (almost a year). Still feels great. Less bouncy than stock.

I may replace the struts with Koni's over the summer if I'm looking for a project. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this set up.
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I've been on the H&R sport springs w/ stock struts for 10k miles (almost a year). Still feels great. Less bouncy than stock.

I may replace the struts with Koni's over the summer if I'm looking for a project. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this set up.
Nice I like the drop. I want the konis too lol just can't decide if I wanna hold off for now ... Need wheels first!

Have you hit any decent sized potholes with the enkeis? Trying to figure how they will hold up
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Enkeis were great. Light and strong. I wish I hadn't sold them.

Even while wearing run-flat tires with stiff sidewalls, there were never any issues dealing with potholes.
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Enkeis were great. Light and strong. I wish I hadn't sold them.

Even while wearing run-flat tires with stiff sidewalls, there were never any issues dealing with potholes.
Good to know. I'm having a really hard time deciding what to go with now that people were saying don't get em on my other thread.. Glad to finally have some first hand experience. Some potholes around here are just unavoidable and I can't be buying new wheels all the time haha
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Put on the summer wheels / rubber last week.



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Had to do some required maintenance over the past 2 weekends.

First, I had to replace my oil pan after I dented the original on a pothole while getting on Rt 81 in PA.

Replaced with a new OEM pan.



I also replaced the corroding front rotors with some Centric blanks. Hard to believe how gnarly the originals had become after 33k miles. I also cleaned up and lubed the rear brakes and painted the rear rotor top hats with some high-temp black paint.



New rotors

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