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Old 01-31-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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NewGuy's DSG CSG 2011 GTI

Journal to track my changes to my car and assist with maintenance tracking.

Bought completely stock at 108K miles on Nov 1, 2018.
Ran like shit with squeaking coming from accessory belt tensioner and idling high (didn't notice until I fixed with maintenance items).

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Current Mods:

Interior:
-BFI DSG shifter w/ manual boot
-Center Console swap to remove MDI
-Dash Cubby Install
-European Front Cup Holder
-European Rear Cup Holder
-European Light Switch w/ Auto
-Entire LED interior cool white lighting
-GTI inserts for seat adjustment handle
-GTI branded scuff door guards
-RCD330 G with carplay (modified with rear USB and Aux)
-Black Dash Mat
-Under-seat vent covers
-Door mounted puddle lights

Engine:
-P-Flo Stage 1 intake
-IE stage 2 intake pipe
-Low mileage CBFA turbo
-ARM 3" catted downpipe
-CTS Turbo muffler delete and n75 relocation
-CTS street density engine mount
-CTS street density transmission mount
-Torque Solutions pendulum mount
-Black Wiper Fluid reservoir cap
-Black Coolant reservoir cap
-Red Top Ignition Coils
-Iridium Spark Plugs

Suspension:
-Koni yellow sport front struts and rear shocks
-H&R lowering springs 54752-77
-ECS Front and Rear lower control arm bushings
-ECS lower subframe deadset kit
-Eibach Front 26mm adjustable sway bar

Exterior:
-17"x8 et45 Moda MD24 wheels
-Bumper/hatch grip mat
-Black volkswagen emblems
-Black front grille stripes
-Black "GTI" front and rear emblem
-Black "MKVI" rear emblem
-Tinted front bumper side markers
-Tinted Windows
-Depo LED tail lights
-License plate rear view camera
-Carbon Fiber mirror housing
-Blue tinted aspherical side mirrors

Coding:
-Key Fob window control
-LED tail lights coded

In Progress Mods:
-Carbon Fiber Spoiler
-R style side skirts

Future Mods:
-Straight Charge Pipes
-Rear Upper control arm bushings
-Rear Deadset subframe kit
-Subwoofer hatch cover enclosure
-Optical parking system
-ECU and TCU tuning
-Catback exhaust
-Rear swaybars and end links
-Front mount intercooler
-Chassis brace?
-DSG intercooler kit

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Old 01-31-2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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Progress/Changes up to this point:
11-04-2018
-Stock ignition coils changed to AA Ignition Red Tops 06E905115E replacements
-Stock Bosch Spark Plugs changed to BKR7EIX Iridium (gapped at 0.032")
-Oil Change, used Castrol Edge SAE 5W-40us, Advanced full synthetic
-Changed cabin filter to Mann FP 2939
-Oil Filter changed with Mann Filter

11-14-2018
-Rear wiper replaced, Bosch A282H/3397008634 11"
-Changed out stock detroits with gunmetal grey Audi S4 B7 S-line stock wheels 17" et45

11-18-2018
-Switched to black rear emblem.
-Switched to Black Front emblem with Red underlay
-Added Rear bumper hatch grip

11-20-2018
-Changed Intake air filter to Mann C 35 154/1
-Added hatch vertical cargo net
-Painted Rear GTI emblem black
-GTI labeled Scuff plates added to doors
-Black "MKVI" badge added to rear right side
-GTI labeled metal seat handle inserts added

11-24-2018
-Added front usb in area above shifter connected to USB charger in dash
-Added Euro switch to replace cracked stock one

11-25-2018
-Converted all overhead, footwell, vanity mirrors, glove box and hatch lights to bright LEDs (most to Auxito 6000K 168 2825 W5W T10 Wedge LEDs)

11-26-2018
-Added Corehan 9" android stereo

11-29-2018
-Gutted garbage Corehan stereo and installed a RCD-330 plus model 6RD035187B

11-30-2018
-Replaced dealership license plate trim to flat black ones

12-01-2018
-Added Euro switch with daylight sensor
-Go Fast bits Diverter Valve+ installed
-Turbo wastegate clip added

12-04-2018
-OBD eleven purchased

12-05-2018
-Front Passenger B pillar replaced ( from locksmith breaking (5K4837902)
-Rear Console cup holder added (1K0862532)

12-06-2018
-P-flo Intake installed, with re-oiled Neuspeed filter

12-08-2018
-Stock accessory belt replaced with ContinentalElite (4060440) accessory belt

12-14-2018
-European cup holder installed
-Leaking coolant reservoir replaced (1K0-121-407A)

12-15-2018
-Black coolant reservoir cap added

12-28-2018
-Front windshield wipers replaced with Bosch Aerotwin 3397118979 24"/19"
-Blind spot secondary mirrors added

1-04-2019
-Replaced stock chain tensioner with updated 06K109467K
-Replaced Accessory Belt tensioner
-Oil Change, used Castrol Edge SAE 5W-40us, Advanced full synthetic

1-10-2019
-AEM DryFlow mounted to P-flo intake

1-18-2019
-Added stage 2 IE intake pipe
-Added black washer fluid reservoir cap

1-19-2019
-CTS Turbo muffler delete installed

1-21-2019
-BFI DSG shifter installed
-Manual shifter boot installed

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Old 01-31-2019, 09:33 PM   #3
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Journal to track my changes to my car and assist with maintenance tracking.

Bought completely stock at 108K miles on Nov 1, 2018.
Ran like shit with squeaking coming from accessory belt tensioner and idling high (didn't notice until I fixed with maintenance items).

Current Mods:
Will populate later.
Oh, the irony. I bought a 2011 CSG with DSG with 112k in November 2018 myself...lol

No mods yet either, but I have a set of Michelin PSS and Neuspeed RSE52 (18 x 8", et45, in machined silver) sitting in the garage waiting...

Headlights have micro-cracks inside the lenses as well and will be getting replaced soon and the headliner is starting to sag slightly and will also be getting replaced soon.

edit: I guess I do have one 'mod'...I removed the grill, removed the red strips from the grill (the clear coat was flaking off and they were starting to fade badly), then sanded them down and painted them with in a glossy black (3 coats of primer, 3 coats of the black base coat) before re-installing them. Turned out pretty nicely. Also, the previous owner had installed a K&N cold air intake.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:37 PM   #4
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Oh, the irony. I bought a 2011 CSG with DSG with 112k in November 2018 myself...lol

No mods yet either, but I have a set of Michelin PSS and Neuspeed RSE52 (18 x 8", et45, in machined silver) sitting in the garage waiting...

Headlights have micro-cracks inside the lenses as well and will be getting replaced soon and the headliner is starting to sag slightly and will also be getting replaced soon.

edit: I guess I do have one 'mod'...I removed the grill, removed the red strips from the grill (the clear coat was flaking off and they were starting to fade badly), then sanded them down and painted them with in a glossy black (3 coats of primer, 3 coats of the black base coat) before re-installing them. Turned out pretty nicely. Also, the previous owner had installed a K&N cold air intake.
Yea I changed my wheels and grabbed new tires almost immediately.
From the amount of curb rash on the stock detroits I would think the old owner drove against curb 24/7. Plus I personally don't like the looks of stock detroits, not that my current setup is much better. I just bought some cheap 17" 5 spokes to get through the winter. Thought the 17" would absorb some road noise/impact, some but think I need new suspension components/struts/etc.

I haven't replaced my headlights yet but that is sure to come in a couple months, still a bit unsure of which ones I want to go with. I also spray painted those red strips black, and turned all chrome components black. Which partially limits which headlights I can go with because some have that integrated chrome or Red strip that are supposed to "add" to the front grill ones.

I don't recommend blacking everything out like I did.
Its not bad looking but it is lacking a bit. Im gonna play around with possibly painting emblems and logos bronze.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:44 PM   #5
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No mods yet either, but I have a set of Michelin PSS and Neuspeed RSE52 (18 x 8", et45, in machined silver) sitting in the garage waiting...
Just looked at the wheels you posted. These are same exact wheels I'm thinking to get just in bronze. Good Taste aha
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:17 PM   #6
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Just looked at the wheels you posted. These are same exact wheels I'm thinking to get just in bronze. Good Taste aha


I was really torn between the bronze and machined silver myself. I thought the satin gunmetal looked pretty good as well and I was really considering going with a more subtle "sleeper" look with the car at first, but narrowed down the choices between the bronze and machined silver after seeing an image of another MK6 in CSG with the satin gunmetal finish. It didn't contrast very well with CSG, in my opinion. I spent a few weeks looking at pictures and my choice of the machined silver boiled down to one factor: the trim color. If the rest of the trim was refinished in bronze, I might've gone with the bronze wheels, but I didn't like the contrast between the bronze and the polished metal finish of the VW emblems. It's a subtle contrast and really subjective. However, I do love the fact that the bronze wheels are really unique looking and stand out from every other set of aftermarket wheels that are typically finished in some variation polished silver. Anyways, sorry to hijack your blog. I'll be keeping up with your updates. I'm always looking for sources of inspiration.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:34 PM   #7
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Pics from my tensioner job, changed chain and belt tensioner in one night.
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Filthy Turbo outlet pipe, probably due to old PCV oil leak
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:28 PM   #10
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Changed engine and transmission mounts, fairly easy task
Side by side engine mount
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Old engine mount so much flex and crack in rubber
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Had to slightly widen washer res hole, new mount was a tad taller
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Side by side transmission mount, much easier to align bolts
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After installation, excuse filth, will clean with dsg service soon
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:25 PM   #11
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Wow, completely stock not even four months ago? You have been busy! Nice work so far - looking forward to see what else you'll do.
I also bought mine last November, bit later than you. I've been procrastinating on starting a build thread haha
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Wow, completely stock not even four months ago? You have been busy! Nice work so far - looking forward to see what else you'll do.
I also bought mine last November, bit later than you. I've been procrastinating on starting a build thread haha
Thanks, I have a few custom items planned as well once I get it running how I want it to.
Until then just following foot steps of those before me.

I'm installing konis and lowering springs this weekend, along with pendulum mount, and I'm hoping to squeeze in a DSG service.

I was procrastinating the longest with those engine and trans mounts, they were on my desk for like two months mocking me.
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This weekend I was able to install new pendulum mount, koni struts, H&R springs, new bump stops/boots, and do a dsg service.
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Although I bought new bump stops and dust covers there was additional piece that holds onto the lower dust cover. It wasn't shown on part site. Anyways this required me to take apart my old struts, something I was trying to avoid and for good reason!

One of my top strut screws was permanently seized, no amount of penetrating oil or leverage helped.
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completely snapped my allen.
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Ended up having to drill the damn thing out, luckily I didn't need these parts anymore.
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After I finally got to installing the koni struts, I removed the drive axle bolt for easier installation and removal, the first side did not want to go in all the way. The paint seemed to make the strut just slightly to big. Partially seated and moved on to next side.

The second side I sanded the paint off on the bottom lip, went in like butter.
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Then drilled out the tab on the Konis, a known issue. Its more important that the koni is fully seated then for the tab to be fully intact.

I moved back to the other side reinstalled everything but the pinch bolt to attmept to get the strut to seat all the way down. It didn't end up working, even with full weight of the car it still didn't seat. ended up using the strut spreader and tons of wd40 and a rubber mallet to finally get it fully seated. then drilled out the tab and installed pinch.
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The top bolt on the koni struts is also a pain in the ass. Ended up having to modify a socket and completely remove the scuttle in order to torque.
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Rear install of Koni's was a snap but had to do the next day as fronts took forever.
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Konis are nice but their paint is just thrown on everything, even the rubber caps, meaning chips everywhere. Not a huge deal.
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I installed a torque solution pendulum mount.
While being a nice aluminum piece fitment was iffy.
Mainly the fact that the middle connector was too big for the retaining arm.
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No worries just re-machined the barrel a bit.
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Then perfect fit.
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Snuck in s DSG service as well.
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Not difficult at all but the filter that was included in the kit was not oem and did not have a rubber gasket on the filter itself where it connects to the hole.
I installed it but Immediately ordered a new one that will be going in later this week.

After change I shifted through the gears and took her for a test drive.
Shifting feels a bit smoother but I need to do a DSG adaption.

Downshifting in sport mode from 3rd to 2nd causes the car to surge forward slightly.
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