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Old 03-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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DUBPL8's TDI Build

Thought I'd start off a thread to document my build from the beginning since it's a nice way to keep track of things.

25 August 2012 - Picked up my base model TDI 4dr DSG from Boardwalk VW Richardson (now AutoNation VW Richardson). First brand new car for me since my ill-fated 2003 Lancer Evolution 8 which was totaled 9 years ago, got me back into the car scene after a hiatus when I sold my '95 240SX in mid 2008 just before I left for Sydney. Also my first automatic in 10 years. Was about to purchase a VW Tiguan but glad I got to my senses and bought this instead lol



First thing I did to christen the vehicle with some Kraftwerk as an ode to its German heritage



Noticed two rainbows in the sky so took advantage of it to express my pride





10 September - broke 1,000 miles



22 September - broke 50mpg for the first time



4 October - First mod, the inevitable Cherry Red OEM LED tails. Picked it up for a good price from a seller on Vortex, got it coded same day thanks to chucka





24 October - Bought a set of Bi-Xenon LED's complete with bulbs, ballasts, and AFS modules brand new in hopes of retrofitting it on my base model TDI




25 October - German plate from customeuropeanplates.com arrived, complete with registration stickers haha



26 October - Got my roof wrapped by my old HS bud's tint shop with Aveary 700 glossy film

Before



After





28 October - bought a rear leveling sensor and AFS module in hopes of implementing the full AFS features with it



3 November - picked up a free rear GTI sway bar from a forum member on here locally (thanks s2kguy!)



17 November - got my rear sway bar installed but my HID's sadly didn't due to being sold the wrong harness

Had it all ready too



That was put on hold

December - Bought a set of Bilstein PSS10's from a seller off Vortex, didn't install them until later due to busy schedule; also picked up a rear parcel shelf and OEM roof rack which I've been too lazy to install

January - picked up a set of BBS CH's with +35 offset wrapped in Bridgestone Potenzas from a seller on Vortex as well







Was running on 4x4 mode for a while haha

February - decided to trade my Bi Xenons straight up for chucka's mint plaid seats



Still have yet to install them to this day

3 March - fed up with not having the time to install the coilovers myself and with the 4x4 look, finally hit up a buddy of mine to install the PSS10's for me with a 1.75" drop and set to 5 for the dampeners









Final result:







Then my fenders were rubbing against the tires, expected with such an aggressive offset

13 March - Got my front fenders rolled at Texas Track Works to end the rubbing once and for all:











Final result:







16 March - slapped an Aphex Twin decal to differentiate from the masses





Hope to keep updating this "build" as time passes by, thinking about powdercoating the BBS CH's hot pink lol

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Nice build!
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Finally. Geez, Danial, you take forever with some stuff.

Looking good! Why no seats installed yet?
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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Finally. Geez, Danial, you take forever with some stuff.

Looking good! Why no seats installed yet?
Laziness.

I need a Torx tool set. I come from a background of 90s Japanese cars and Torx screws are foreign to me
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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Some of the pictures are filtered while at work, but of the ones I can see, it looks good!
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Laziness.

I need a Torx tool set. I come from a background of 90s Japanese cars and Torx screws are foreign to me
Seriously. I wrenched on my Scion for years with basically just a phillips head screwdriver and 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 19mm sockets.

This car gets all the special tools. Strut spreaders, triple square bits, torx sockets... 16mm sockets. I don't understand why 16mm is not a common socket size.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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Some of the pictures are filtered while at work, but of the ones I can see, it looks good!
Is Imgur blocked? If so, I'll use another hosting site. I keep forgetting not everyone is blessed with unfiltered Internet at work like I am haha
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Very clean TDI. I think in have seen you around, that sticker does stand out.
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Very clean TDI. I think in have seen you around, that sticker does stand out.
haha you work downtown Dallas too? I usually see a few GTI's and TDI's on my commute to work.
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Very nice ! I like!

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Is Imgur blocked? If so, I'll use another hosting site. I keep forgetting not everyone is blessed with unfiltered Internet at work like I am haha
Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. It's strange here. But don't worry about it, I can see them all fine at home.
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