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Sean's Shadow Blue GTI

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just realized this section would be more fitting for a built thread than the technical section so i'm reposting here.

I decided to document the build of my 2011 GTI. I bought it bone stock besides a subwoofer with 90k miles. I'll update the main post as I do stuff, although it will be a rather long build since I don't have the biggest budget at the moment.

Engine:
42dd 3" Turboback exhaust no cat no resonator
Turbosmart Plumb Back DV
Unitronic DV Relocate
IE Intake
IE Intercooler
Cobb Accessport
Stratified E30 Tune (93 also for when E85 isn't available)
R8 Red top coil packs
VWR Motor Mounts
iAbed Billet RMS
Unknown Brand Turbo Outlet Pipe
BSH Integrated Throttle Pipe
CTS Turbo Muffler Delete
Fluidampr Crank Pulley
Latest Revision Vaico PCV
RKX Tech PCV Diaphragm

Suspension/Handling:
Brembo 18z Brake Kit 6 Pisont Front 4 Piston Rear w/ MKV R32 Parking Brake Caliper
TyrolSport Front Subframe Deadset Kit
TyrolSport Rear Subframe Deadset Kit
YCW Aeris Series Coilovers
H&R 26mm Front Swaybar (Soft Setting)
H&R 24mm Rear Swaybar (Firm Setting)
034 Motosport Adjustable Rear Endlinks
Powerflex Black Series ALK
Powerflex Black Series Front LCA Bushings
Passat Aluminum Control Arms
KMD Tuning Front Subframe Brace

Transmission:
DieselGeek Sigma Six Short Shifter
42DD Solid Shifter Bracket Bushings
ECS Dogbone Mount
HPA 75a Red Puck
Delay Valve Deletes (Bleeder block and near Master Cylinder)
Stainless Steel Clutch Line
SouthBend Stage 2 Endurance
Peloquin LSD
Steel Shift Forks with Brass Inserts 1-4

Exterior:
DeAutoKey LED Foglights
Uro Tuning rear wiper delete
Osram Xenarc Black Edition Headlights
Depo Dark Cherry Tails w/ rear fog
Motegi Racing MR133 18x8.5et45
Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s 255/35/R18
Stud Conversion
Gloss Black Rear Valance
Custom Gloss Black Diffuser
Shadow Blue OEM Front Lip

Interior:
JL Audio 10w6v2-D4
Alpine MWP-M500 Amp
DeAutoKey Interior LED kit with red Footwells
Soundaktor Delete


Pretty much the same as I bought it on the exterior besides the tails and slightly bigger exhaust tips.




As it sits now:

Coming soon: Finishing up suspension work and then some aesthetic mods before real power.
 
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smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just did a slight shave of the rear end. I'll post a better picture after hopefully washing it this weekend. I love the symmetrical look though without the wiper or GTI badge.

 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just got my IE intake yesterday and got it put in. I replaced the Cobb one with it because the Cobb intake wasn't compatible with the eventual Unitronic DV relocate i'm gonna be getting, also a lot more noises from this intake than the Cobb one which I like. Really happy with the quality of the intake and the install wasn't too bad, although there were some small clearance issues near the turbo inlet with the stage 2 pipe and some metal lines.

Here's a pic of it in my filthy engine bay:


As a bonus, my gf's co-worker stopped by in this with a whopping 60 miles on it:
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
After about a month of waiting, my headlights finally showed up from Germany. Installation wasn't too bad, only hard part was getting the tabs on the bottom of the lights to get into the channels on the car due to the ballasts. Love the way they look and while they were expensive, I think they are definitely worth it.

Parking Lights:


Low Beams:


DRLs:

 

KITEWAGON

Passed Driver's Ed
After about a month of waiting, my headlights finally showed up from Germany. Installation wasn't too bad, only hard part was getting the tabs on the bottom of the lights to get into the channels on the car due to the ballasts. Love the way they look and while they were expensive, I think they are definitely worth it.

Parking Lights:


Low Beams:


DRLs:

Awesome. I am definitely considering these lights. Please keep us updated on how you like them after using them. I keep waffling between these and the OEM HID retro-fit. My feeling is that the lights are probably higher quality with OEM, but the installation seems way more complicated. I like that these are made to be plug and play.

Where did you purchase from and how much if you don't mind me asking?
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Awesome. I am definitely considering these lights. Please keep us updated on how you like them after using them. I keep waffling between these and the OEM HID retro-fit. My feeling is that the lights are probably higher quality with OEM, but the installation seems way more complicated. I like that these are made to be plug and play.

Where did you purchase from and how much if you don't mind me asking?
Yea, install was a breeze pretty much. Just the OEM plugs then one wire from each light going to the positive terminal to the battery. I got them during a special offer from a german company called MyTuning24 for $880 shipped. I have yet to use them at night but I think they will have good output, definitely better than the stock halogens.
 

KITEWAGON

Passed Driver's Ed
Yea, install was a breeze pretty much. Just the OEM plugs then one wire from each light going to the positive terminal to the battery. I got them during a special offer from a german company called MyTuning24 for $880 shipped. I have yet to use them at night but I think they will have good output, definitely better than the stock halogens.
Thanks. That kind of deal is what I need to push me off the fence. I think I'd pull the trigger and try them out for that price. Right now they are listed on that site at 800 euro which is like $935, plus whatever shipping costs.

I'll definitely stay tuned to hear how you like them. I've heard good things. The main negative has been that some report that they shake somewhat when going over bumps...and our roads are not very good around here. Plus at 25W vs. 35W for OEMs they won't be as bright, but probably good enough and a huge upgrade over halogen. Plus the DRL's really look great on this car. I like that they have an OEM style look...upgrading the MK6 to a MK7.5.

An no module changes, wiring, coding, etc is a huge plus. I've wasted way too much time on the interwebs just trying to figure out what I need for an OEM retrofit.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Thanks. That kind of deal is what I need to push me off the fence. I think I'd pull the trigger and try them out for that price. Right now they are listed on that site at 800 euro which is like $935, plus whatever shipping costs.

I'll definitely stay tuned to hear how you like them. I've heard good things. The main negative has been that some report that they shake somewhat when going over bumps...and our roads are not very good around here. Plus at 25W vs. 35W for OEMs they won't be as bright, but probably good enough and a huge upgrade over halogen. Plus the DRL's really look great on this car. I like that they have an OEM style look...upgrading the MK6 to a MK7.5.

An no module changes, wiring, coding, etc is a huge plus. I've wasted way too much time on the interwebs just trying to figure out what I need for an OEM retrofit.
I'm gonna try to get some pics of the output tonight or tomorrow and post them up for a side by side with my halogens. If I didn't get this deal on them I wouldn't have gotten them and was just gonna go with OEM bi-xenons, would take a bit more effort but they still look great.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just installed the rear subframe deadset kit from TyrolSport. Overall a really easy install, only hold up was snapping a cheap harbor freight extension. Could definitely tell the subframe wasn't in the same position once the collars were installed. Gonna try and get the front one in next weekend so i'm ready for an alignment once my wheels come in.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Thanks, clutch and lsd going in hopefully beginning of June then gonna start working towards stage 2, only being held back by money lol.
Cool car...best color, 2 door, manual, nice mods. Keep it up!
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smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just installed the front deadset kit from TyrolSport. Install went really smoothly and only took about an hour. Steering wheel shifted about 2 inches from its previous position so i'll definitely need an alignment, i'm gonna wait until I get my new wheels on though which should hopefully be the next week or two unless the shipping date gets pushed off again.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Deleted the restrictor inside the OEM bleeder block yesterday. Definitely gives the clutch a better feel and makes it easier to shift quickly and smoothly. Removing the bleeder block takes about 30 seconds, maybe more depending on if you have to remove your intake to get to it, but I didn't. Make sure you have something to catch/wipe up the fluid that is going to come out of the clutch line. Punching out the restrictor took a while since it's really hard to see in there, I ended up using a headlamp which helped a lot to see what I was doing. Also helps to make sure you have enough brake fluid in the reservoir. Tried for about 15 minutes to bleed the clutch to no avail. Topped off the reservoir and then it took about 3 minutes to get it bled and driving again. Definitely worth the time it took to do.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Got my new tires mounted onto my new wheels today and got them on the car. It's gonna look a bit goofy until I get some coilovers and most likely pull the fenders. I love the look of the wheels though and how meaty the tires are.




 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Just picked my car up from the shop yesterday after having SB Stage 2 Endurance clutch kit, Peloquin LSD, steel shift forks, iAbed billet rms, and stainless steel clutch line put in. Pedal definitely feels much stiffer, although it could break in in the next coming week as I commute to work. Feels good though and definitely rewards correct shifting with smooth engagements. Just waiting for this break in period to be over so I can actually drive my car again like I haven't been able to do for the past month while the clutch was slipping.
 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Finally got around to getting the stud conversion done on my car. Love the way they look and definitely prefer them to trying to hold the wheel on the hub while getting the first 2 lugs in.


 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Got my TOP installed this weekend. Getting the old one off and the new one on was really straight forwards, just two clips, two bolts, and a hose clamp. The new one doesn't line up right though which is annoying, was in a rush though so I wasn't able to mess with it too much. For now it's just sitting as picture, the connections feel really sturdy so i'm not worried about it going anywhere. I'll probably try forcing the top hose on some more some time this week, which should line up the holes.

 

smanierre

Drag Race Newbie
Went to install the 42dd shifter endlink and bracket bushings yesterday but ended up not having the right tools to finish the job. Got the front-back endlink installed in about 2 minutes but didnt have a drill or saw for the side to side one. Also didnt have a deep 13mm socket for the nut on the cable bracket. Just getting the front-back one in though now makes the side-side feel like shit because it just feels so good. Hopefully getting them in sometime this week or weekend along with my charge pipe and DV relocate.
 
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