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New project car - MK6 Golf R

kevbass52

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Bought a 2013 Golf R a little over a month ago. Little over 100k miles on it.
Haven't done much other than basic maintenance and flushing the fluids; replaced the oil twice already as the previous owner let it run 15k miles without a change..., changed the cabin filter and air filter (swapped to a neuspeed intake shortly after, eyeing an enclosed setup to take advantage of the actually cold air lol), swapped front and rear end links, replaced spark plugs/coils, and will be replacing the cam follower soon as the shipment comes in. Inspected the brakes, brake fluid is clear and pads are more than 80% so won't be replacing those anytime soon (thoughts on going to a big brake kit?)
Still need to do: haldex service, tranny flush, coolant flush, replace diverter valve, replace OEM discharge pipe and charge pipe along with swapping the rear sway bar (can't do my front until I find a shop to lower the subframe).
Want to do: coilovers, downpipe, and stage 1 tune (modular, as I have lifetime powertrain warranty. Will go stage 2 once the clutch wears out and I upgrade a few more items, any help on what to upgrade before going to stage 2 i would appreciate). Not sure if I want to replace the stock catback as I am going more for performance than how the car sounds but open to ideas.

Does anyone know whether the wheel fenders can be bent upwards to widen the body of the car? Main issue I am having is during this 1-2 weeks of rain we get in Cali, the side of my car is caked in dirt/debris from the road as my front tires (between 1-3 o'clock) are kicking up and shooting everything towards the side of the car. See pic below (mudflaps were installed after the mud seen, did not improve much however. Seems to be when turning and the wheel is exposed)

Have done a few aesthetic interior/exterior mods but nothing huge. If anyone is selling a front bumper for cheap lemme know as I dislike the license plate in front:/. 4 huge holes its covering up tho from the license plate cover so going to leave as is for now.
Any other tips of mods to do let me know, cheers!

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A4X4

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This is a great primer for getting a fun used car dialed in. I just got a 13R as well and am stoked. Whats the story with the warranty? Aftermarket? Thanks.
 

Thumper

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Have done a few aesthetic interior/exterior mods but nothing huge. If anyone is selling a front bumper for cheap lemme know as I dislike the license plate in front:/. 4 huge holes its covering up tho from the license plate cover so going to leave as is for now.
Any other tips of mods to do let me know, cheers!

Didn't see you had this posted twice, I replied in your other one so why not here with something I forgot? lol

For the front bumper, an option until you find a replacement would be plugs. I used this place for my Touareg and they are a bit pricey (I needed four, so two sets) but they do match almost perfectly. Not perfect of course but still better IMHO

https://bumperplugs.com/bumperplugs/bumperplugs-for-volkswagen
 

kevbass52

New member
This is a great primer for getting a fun used car dialed in. I just got a 13R as well and am stoked. Whats the story with the warranty? Aftermarket? Thanks.
So far I’m loving it! The dealership I got it from offers lifetime powertrain warranty for any car under 100k miles. This one was at 100,230 so they still offered the warranty as it was the service managers old car.
The only thing that’s bothered me as I’ve been doing maintenance on it is the oil that came out black when I first changed it. Prior to the 1st time I did it, it had gone 15k miles without a change...
everything on it is stock tho so this will be my first project car:)
 

kevbass52

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Didn't see you had this posted twice, I replied in your other one so why not here with something I forgot? lol

For the front bumper, an option until you find a replacement would be plugs. I used this place for my Touareg and they are a bit pricey (I needed four, so two sets) but they do match almost perfectly. Not perfect of course but still better IMHO

https://bumperplugs.com/bumperplugs/bumperplugs-for-volkswagen
Hahaha yeah I posted twice for more coverage/exposure.
Awesome thanks!! I’m silently hoping, *knocks on wood*, that I get into a light fender bender that magically involves my front fender so I can get it replaced😂😂 but I’ll live with it for now.
 
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