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Old 01-12-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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CW Mk6 GTI Daily Driver, my First "Practical" Car



2012 Golf GTI 4 Door - DSG - Candy White

Current Mod List (Last Updated 18/09/19)

• Cobb Accessport
• Stratified Custom Flash Tune
• APR Stage 2 DSG Tune
• APR intake (Stage 1)
• USP Motorsports "Tear-Duct Direct Flow Rear Intake Pipe"
• CTS catless downpipe
• Audi R8 coil packs
• Audi R8 Oil Cap
• Suitcase muffler delete
• 034 Motorsport dogbone insert
• SPM Lowering Springs
• Hardwired Escort Passport radar detector
• LED Interior Lights
• 30% tint on Rear Windows
• PIAA yellow Fog Bulbs
• OEM LED Euro Tails
• Ebay euro style front lip
• Rear wiper delete
• Winter wheels: 18" Audi "Avus" wheels, 225/40, 10mm spacer rear
• Summer wheels: 18" Stock Serron wheels, 225/40, 10mm spacer front, 15mm rear

Hey guys, long time lurker, just getting into posting as I become more familiar with the car and start to modify it a bit. This is going to be my build thread for my 2012 Golf GTI daily driver, I purchased it a few months ago and have a ton of plans for mods, though I work a little slower I have always really enjoyed documenting my builds and wanted to start up a thread for the new GTI. I'll warn you in advanced this thread will be VERY photo heavy as I love taking pictures of my car, and I personally enjoy scrolling through photo heavy build threads.

First, A little about me. My name is Harrison and I spend the summers on Vancouver Island B.C. in Canada, and go to school in Calgary Alberta. The GTI is my second long term car and my first Volkswagen. My love affair with Volkswagen started this summer when I worked sales at my local VW dealership and fell in love with how well put together and tight they feel, their mod-ability, and how darn practical they are despite all that sportiness. The first VW I drove was my drivers ed car, a manual City golf, and the first GTI I drove was a good friends MK7.

My current impractical car, is a 1991 Mazda Miata, which was my first car. I purchased it over 5 years ago before I even had my licence. Its the car that made me fall in love with driving, introduced me to the world of modifying, and taught me how to work on my own car. At the moment, I could never see selling it, this car has brought me into the automotive world where I now hope to make my career, and has introduced me to fellow car nuts who now make up nearly all of my current friends. I have a thread documenting that build for anyone who may be interested in more pictures over on the Miata forum where I am quite active.

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?p=7287122#





Enough about my Mazda though, onto the Volkswagen!

I purchased my GTI July 2017 from the dealership I was working at at the time Comox Valley Volkswagen in Comox B.C. The car is a Candy White 2012 with the cloth interior, and is the exact spec I wanted. Upgraded audio and Nav, DSG, Cloth, and no sunroof. The car had a few power modifications done just a few 1,000km's before I purchased it but visually was 100% stock.





Mods the previous owner had done include a APR Intake, CTS Catless Downpipe, a suitcase muffler delete, R8 Coils, and APR Stage 2 93 Octane Tune.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVjP8IcZUVk

The first things I had done to the car where window tint, a rear wiper delete, rear GTI badge removed, and spacers for the OEM wheels. Theses little touches though small where the first step to making the car mine!



Next step was getting some wheels and tires for the Calgary winter which was fast approaching. For those who dont know, Calgary has some pretty harsh winters, which was a large part of the reason I ditched the Miata for something more capable in the snow and less prone to rust. I picked myself up a set of used 18" Audi Avus wheels, like would have been original on a B6 S4, and wrapped them in a set of brand new 225/40r18 Michelin X Ice 3's, and put them on with my 10mm spacer in the rear. I also added some PIAA yellow fog light bulbs for the winter months.





That gets us updated to just about current! I have a few more things to photograph and on order and will be back to update soon! Like I said this build may be slow, but I love documenting my progress with each car I own and sharing it with the community. Thanks for taking the time to pop by and read!
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Been waiting for a warm day to take my car to the wash so I could finally take a picture of my newest addition. Car is still disgusting and was mud covered by the time I got home, but here it is:



Euro Style GTI lip, this one was a cheaper eBay one, not OEM. Lip took some work to fit, having to file down tabs and having a few tabs break, and had to source my own hardware. Thats what I get for going eBay and not forking out the extra cash for real quality, but in the end it looks great! Choose to keep the lip unpainted at least for now, I kinda like the look over painted, looks very subtle and really pulls the whole front end together a little more. I may choose to paint it or attempt to texture it like the GTI side skirts in future, not sure yet.

Also put in some orders for a few more parts this week, should start slowly showing up in the coming months!
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:13 PM   #3
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Installed my SPM lowering springs a few days ago and just got car aligned. Fronts where a major pain as I didn't have any of the specialty tools, rears where an absolute breeze! So far very happy with them, car rides like stock over smaller bumps, and though it is a little more jarring over larger bumps it does not feel overly bouncy or unstable. Overall they are a little better than I expected lowering springs (especially non linear) ones to be on a stock damper! I do not think stock damper paired to them will be permanent, but it will be perfectly comfortable for a while.I rub a little in the front but I think a fender screw mod will fix that for the most part. Height looks AWESOME! Its very snowy out at the moment, and it looks a little higher with the wheel wells glowing nearly as white as the paint, but the height is dead on in my opinion. With the way our roads (and my garages approach angle!) are, its exactly the height I would set an adjustable suspension to.







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Old 02-08-2018, 12:26 PM   #4
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Nice! I also came from a Miata. I some days regret selling it, but, it was worth it to get another one day. I'll make it better than the last.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:08 AM   #5
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Sweet upgrades so far!
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:44 AM   #6
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Picked up some Euro Style LED taillights, real OEM ones. Super happy with how they look, really makes the rear end look so much more modern and premium. Don't know why they didn't bring these tails to North American cars, every Mk6 should have these!



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Old 02-24-2018, 04:48 AM   #7
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How does it handle in the snow? I live in California but plan to move to a colder climate someday, and have wondered if snow tires are going to be enough to make this thing hook up in snowy conditions.
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:32 PM   #8
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How does it handle in the snow? I live in California but plan to move to a colder climate someday, and have wondered if snow tires are going to be enough to make this thing hook up in snowy conditions.
With good snow tires its been great! Only gotten it stuck once when I high centred on some ice parallel parking. Other than that I have had it through powder higher than the lower grille, and it just kept going as the snow flew over the hood! Always been a firm believer that you dont need AWD in the snow, it wont turn or brake any faster than a FWD, just get you into trouble faster. Car has started fine even in -25c, and really has been an overall great winter car!
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:50 PM   #9
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looks nice. I actually dig the winter wheel setup. not "period correct" but its a nice VAG touch
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:40 PM   #10
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looks nice. I actually dig the winter wheel setup. not "period correct" but its a nice VAG touch
Thanks man, I thought they looked pretty cool for a winter setup! They need a repaint before next winter because they are curbed really bad, still trying to decide weather I paint them silver again, or paint match them candy white!
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Yesterday I wiped my Stage 2 APR tune and installed a Cobb Accessport, the Cobb OTS tune was quite torque-less, as I thought it would be but incredibly happy to be rid of the APR tune and its strange drivability issues, even if it was fast. Today, less than 24 hours after sending my info off I got my Stratified tune!

… and … Oh my goodness it’s everything I thought it would be and more. Would love to have been able to get before and after dynos, but the butt dyno says this tune has as much, maybe more HP and Torque as the APR tune did, but drivability is better in every way. It solved more problems than I thought it would, many clunky starts and shifts that I associated with an aging DSG transmission are now all completely gone! Throttle response is much better, and pedal feels a lot more usable, and easier to modulate. The part throttle surging of the APR tune is all gone, and pulling at any throttle level just feels smoother and healthier. The crackle tune though gimmicky is a lot of fun to play with, was on the way home today and came across a Mini that had a crackle tune, and we played on the highway probably annoying everyone around us for a few km’s, it was some of the most fun I have had in this car in months. I also like that as I further mod the car, I now have options for tuning far easier and cheaper, from minor modifications to the flash tune, to a pro tune if I ever go bigger turbo, or water meth injection.

Seriously, if anyone is having issues with a current tune (*Cough* APR.. ), then do it, do it now, you will regret not having done it long ago! It was slightly over $1,000 Canadian, which is hard to swallow for a full time student, and I had to throw away my $900 APR tune, but I would do it again all day every day.


Quick video of the insane noises the new tune makes!
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Old 04-07-2018, 12:31 AM   #12
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Awesome build so far man!! Lookin very clean with nice simple touches. I’m slowly nodding mine as well, had it for about six months. I just picked up an AP and Cobb intake for it that I’ll be installing soon. I’ve thought about a stratified time, but not sure if i want to wait for more mods first. Sounds like the tune was worth it for you though. Looking forward to watching your build progress!
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:38 AM   #13
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Awesome build so far man!! Lookin very clean with nice simple touches. I’m slowly nodding mine as well, had it for about six months. I just picked up an AP and Cobb intake for it that I’ll be installing soon. I’ve thought about a stratified time, but not sure if i want to wait for more mods first. Sounds like the tune was worth it for you though. Looking forward to watching your build progress!
Seriously man, get the tune, I love it, haven't been able to keep the smile off my face in the drivers seat. You could always get it now, then pay (I think $50) for them to update it to new mods in future. Depends on how soon you think you will add more mods I guess. I already had down pipe and intake, I do plan on adding intercooler and some other little bits in nearish future, not sure if it will be necessary or beneficial to update the tune when I get those, but ill contact them when the time comes and see what they have to say!
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Summer setup back on and first car meet of the year as spring is FINALLY here! Though it will probably snow again but at least it wont stick around. Stock wheels back on, mudflaps off, and window guards off! Forgot how stock this car looks with these wheels, I have a feeling they will have to change soon...
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