My modest build


Drag Race Newbie
So just over four years ago I bought a 2012 GTI with the most basic of basic packages. Growing up building muscles cars the only thing i cared about was the drivetrain and engine. I got my car on the cheap with only 127 miles on it; and a hidden advantage I would discover later is I saved a TON of weight by going with a 3dr w/o a sunroof.

I remember telling the salesman that I would never chip it; that I really liked it exactly how it was. This is still true for the most part.

Im not making the car a track car... nor am i making it a show car. I just like fixing things i see to be issues (eg. understeer; power; tq steer; aesthetic issues etc). Most of all I am not trying to go beyond the limits of the car/engine/drivetrain. I am a big believer of balance in all things... but mostly in cars.

This car is juvenile but capable; its outlandish but oddly tamed; its unassuming but with a heavy right foot will embarrass you in any kind of race.

This is my girl Radical Ed

At a glance & maintenance:
Stage 1 (Apr): 1500 miles
Stage 2 (Apr): 8000 miles
Southbend Stg 2 Daily "silent:" 27000 miles
Transmission oil change: every 30000 miles
APR K04 + NGK plugs (.028 gap): every 10k miles
Fuel filter changed: 34500 miles/ 57000 / 75k / 125k miles
Brake Fluid: Motul 600
NGK BKR8EIX (.024gap): 105000 miles
Cabin Air filter changed: 115000 miles
Oil changes every 5k miles with Motul 300V 5w40
Accessory belt changed: 49000 miles
Battery change: 47EXTJ (32lbs)
Carbon Cleaning: 57.5k miles / 125000 miles
Coolant Flush: 67k miles / 133000 miles

New Intake manifold: 60.5k miles
R8 Coil Packs (22000 miles/ 65500 miles)
New Intake manifold 2.0: 127000 miles

New Headgasket 133000miles
New Waterpump 133000 miles

Apr K04 Turbo V3.1
AEM V2 Water Methanol Kit
Integrated Engineering cold air Intake
Apr dp
Bosch 3bar map sensor
42DD catback
VWR Sport shifter
034 Motorsports shifter bushings
42DD shift bracket bushings
R8 coilpacks
NGK BKR8EIX spark plugs
Neuspeed TBP
Fluidampr Pulley
GFB DV+ Diverter Valve
Fumoto drain plug
ARP Head Bolts

Southbend Stage 2 Daily

Pirelli P Zero Nero GTs (on OZ wheels)

Federal 595RSRR (on Enkei wheels)
Viking Contact 7 (on Achung wheels)
VWR Poly front bushings
B6 Passat Aluminium Control Arms
Tyrol Sport rigid collar set
034 street density engine mount
034 street density transmission mount
034 Billet Dogbone mount
Stoptech ST-41 BBK
Drilled Rotors
SS lines
Stoptech Street brake pads
HPA 75a Puck
Whiteline rear Endlinks

ST XTA coilovers
Enkei GT7s (track)

OZ ultraleggra (summer)
Achtung DM11s (winter)

Unibrace UB/XB
KMD Tuning front subframe brace
KMD Tuning rear subframe brace

Rieger R type front bumper

Golf R LED tails
Rennline Heal Toe Extention
Rennline Pedal seat
BFI Alcantar shifter boot
Ecs Tuning Carbon Fiber Hood
EDs option 3 headlights
EuroKreations rear seat delete
Raceseng Heavy shift knob
Custom sound deadening
Golf front grille
Red LED cockpit lighting
Plaid Vinyl wrap
LED License plate lights
Redline Boost gauge
Some vag tweaks on other random stuff

APR stage 1&2 CAI
ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber front lip
Ed's LED headlights/tailights
OEM Bumper
Koni Yellows
H&R SS Springs
SPM Engine/Trans mounts
BFI stage 1 dogbone insert
Stern RB
MKV R32 Belly pan
Avant Garde M310 wheels
Conti DWS Extreme Contact Tires
Neuspeed Springs
DG Springs


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Drag Race Newbie
one of the cleanest blacks I've seen!

Thanks man. I will say it has been absolute work to keep it clean. A year in alabama without a garage where it rains every other day. And now germany and their love for rock salt :/

Havent gotten a chance to dyno it yet manny. i really want to because ive seen similar setups run 270+ on 93; but ive also seen them run 250. Ill get around to it once the car is "complete" to me. (if that time will ever come)


Drag Race Newbie
So today i took out these cheapa$$ metal braces:

And replaced it with a Unibrace UB :)

My initial reactions are pretty similar to what you may have read from this mod. An exceptional resistance to body flex; and a certain "tightness" around the bends.

But what i was most impressed by is how much it helps the suspension overall. Bumps, turns and even fwd acceleration. Until i get my coilovers I have to suffer through the stiffness of my H&R springs. While the unibrace certainly doesnt soften anything it does make the car feel more composed going over bumps. The car feels like it wants to be a straight line all the time.

Im really anxious to get this out on some B roads here in Germany and stretch her legs :)


Ready to race!
dig that license plate holder..


Drag Race Newbie
Looks great. How did you get the KM/H speed in your center display? I'm trying to do this with the VAG-COM. Thanks