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Old 07-09-2018, 01:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys so this is pretty much just a place for me to try and mostly keep track of what I've done with the GTI. Not really a build thread, more a semi-organized timeline.



Current setup:



Stratified 93 Tune

Unitronic Intake

R8 Coils

NGK Plugs

ECS Tuning 3 in catted downpipe

Neuspeed Catback

ECS Tuning Dogbone Mount

GFB DV+

OEM LED Dark Cherry Tails



Future Plans:

Suspension work (definitely coil overs, still have a lot of research yet to do on everything else

Southbend Stage II Daily Clutch

BBK

Intercooler

Probably lots of other stuff....





Traded in my old 09 Jetta TDI that I had throughout high school and the first few years of college during the buyback and got a sweet deal from the Dieselgate payouts, so I was able to finally start actually looking for a GTI. I originally really wanted a Golf R, I drooled over those for so long. Eventually due to finances and some pickiness on my end I was able to snag a CPO CW GTI with 32K miles.



It had pretty much everything I wanted: 2 door, 6 speed manual, (both absolute musts), HID's, with plaid interior.



Bought it in PA when I was working on Cape Cod so my parents were nice enough to drive to it up visit me.



Finally ended up back at school in Alabama and could start making it mine.







Started with some really minor stuff, lamin-x side markers, fog lights, and rear badge inlay.



Added a Unitronic intake that I got for a decent deal. I know performance wise intakes don't do much, but it was something to get my feet wet into working on the car and it sounded awesome to me.





Managed to get backed into when I was at the pool by a F-150 trailer hitch that was "self parking until it shot backwards" ......






I was pretty pissed, but eventually got over it and had the dealership in Montgomery fix it for me.




Decided it was time to hardwire my radar detector to clean up the interior a bit. I hate electrical stuff and have a hard time understanding it, but I managed not to electrocute myself or blow something in the car and eventually it worked. Highly recommend it, very satisfying and clean looking.





After lusting over LED tails I found them for a great deal used on here. By far my favorite exterior change, I think they look so damn good.







Changing the oil threw me for a bit of a loop the first time as I wasn't expecting to find the torx pattern or whatever that was, but managed to get it out and replaced it with a magnetic drain plug.





Decided to change up the front grille and plasti dip it white. I really like the all white look and really need to just sit down and sand and paint. While the plasti dip is good for a quick and temporary look I think it'll look much better painted.



I do feel bad driving the car as much as I do, I wish I didn't put so many miles on her so quickly. But after a few trips back and forth from Alabama to Pennsylvania and Florida the miles really start to rack up. Attempting to protect the front from the more major rock chips. It sorta worked, but was a huge pain to take off on the other end with all the residue.





Decided I wanted a little bit moar loud and found another good deal on the forums for a local Neuspeed catback. It sounded great, but as a young hooligan I still thought it could be louder....



Tried my best to wash and polish up the car and the exhaust. With a decent amount of elbow grease it ended up looking much better.





Road trip to Florida again, just happy to have something to park under rather then street parking.



Originally I did not want to tune because I knew I risked the CPO warranty, so I figured I would get most of the car set up in case I finally decided to bite the bullet. Ordered an ECS Tuning downpipe for a pretty good deal around Christmas and installed it in my grandfather's shop with his help. To this date the most frustrating thing I have done with the car. But so worth it, sounds so fantastically great to me.



Finally decided to screw it and get tuned. Originally was planning on going with APR since they are right down the road but after a lot of reading and thinking I decided to go with a Stratified tune with the Cobb Accessport. GTI is a whole different beast, it really is astounding. Went with 93 and 91 tunes in case I move somewhere where I can't find 93. It was relatively cheap peace of mind for me.



Was lucky enough to test drive an F-Type R while down in Florida again, and oh man does that thing go.



After finally getting the P0240 code I ordered a spacer which seemed to solve it until I went WOT a few times.



I had wanted to get the GTI tinted since I got it and I finally went and did it. I had 35% on my old Jetta and wanted something a little darker this time. I wanted 20%, and the closest thing they had was ceramic 15% so thats what I ended up getting. May have gone a little too dark. During the day its great, but at night just a little too dark from me and I'm always anxious about cops. But luckily I drive with the windows down anyway so not a huge deal.





Time to leave Alabama, after college and working for a year it was time to move onto a new job. I have a habit of packing everything that'll fit into the GTI and moving more than I would like.



Quick stay with my parents up in PA and was able to install a GFB DV+. Honestly didn't notice a huge difference but if it is able to hold more boost that thats fine by me.



Moved out to Missouri, places I never thought I would end up in. Not a lot of euro stuff out here, mostly big diesel trucks. Oh well, trying to make the best of it. Oh well, at least Iíve got a car port now ha.



Popped 2 codes and first real issues that the GTI has given me. Trying to do a little troubleshooting and hoping to solve them without spending $200 on O2 sensors, I had no idea they were that much money.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:04 PM   #2
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Check out Blend Mount. They make a cleaner mounting solution than suction cups. Mounts to the rear view mirror. Is that an Escort detector?
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:43 AM   #3
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Check out Blend Mount. They make a cleaner mounting solution than suction cups. Mounts to the rear view mirror. Is that an Escort detector?


I have before, they look great. And itís a whistler cr90. Not the greatest, but itís worked fairly well for me so far. Definitely paid for itself. The false alerts are the most annoying thing about it, but Iíve gotten used to being able to tell whatís real and whatís not.


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Old 07-27-2018, 12:20 PM   #4
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Well, clutch has finally started slipping. So im starting to look at options. Considering SB stage 2 endurance or stage 3. Plan on eventually going ko4.
However the only problem is that I just moved to Kirksville, MO aka 1,000 miles from nowhere.

I called what seemed to be a reputable shop in town and asked them if theyíve worked on euro stuff, since everyone drives American stuff here. Their response: ďWell oh yeah Iíve worked on a VW or 2 beforeĒ......not exactly confidence inspiring. Before I start looking at driving to Kansas City or St. Louis is a clutch on the GTI something that should really be done by a European shop or is it a pretty general and straight forward install?

I would love to install it myself, however I have neither the knowledge nor space to do it.


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Old 07-27-2018, 10:23 PM   #5
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Well, clutch has finally started slipping. So im starting to look at options. Considering SB stage 2 endurance or stage 3. Plan on eventually going ko4.
However the only problem is that I just moved to Kirksville, MO aka 1,000 miles from nowhere.

I called what seemed to be a reputable shop in town and asked them if theyíve worked on euro stuff, since everyone drives American stuff here. Their response: ďWell oh yeah Iíve worked on a VW or 2 beforeĒ......not exactly confidence inspiring. Before I start looking at driving to Kansas City or St. Louis is a clutch on the GTI something that should really be done by a European shop or is it a pretty general and straight forward install?

I would love to install it myself, however I have neither the knowledge nor space to do it.


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Old 07-28-2018, 11:42 AM   #6
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Yeah I really would like someone who knows what theyíre doing to install it, plus I want to have some other seals and potentially other stuff installed while the car is in bits for preventative mx. Planning on the rear main seal, axle seals, and all of the bolts that should be replaced.

Working on compiling a list right now, I donít think the southbend kits come with all the necessary bolts that need replacing. Also if anyone knows of a reputable shop I should check out in either Kansas City or St. Louis let me know.


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Old 08-01-2018, 02:39 PM   #7
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Well called a few shops that work on Euro vehicles in Columbia, MO as it is a shorter drive for me. Most seemed around $1000, except for one that had it at $500, however Iím not sure I trust the shop. Probably going to go with a shop that does aftermarket tunes and has worked on VWs for years, guy seemed pretty genuine. It was the most expensive at $1120, but Iíd rather not worry about the quality of the install and will happily pay a little extra.
Also decided on southbend stage 3 daily as I figure itís probably better to build way ahead of what my plans for the car are just so I donít have to worry about it down the road. Also still putting together a list of stuff to replace while Iím in there. Canít wait to get the clutch in and retune for stage 2.


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Old 08-20-2018, 02:10 PM   #8
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Clutch replacement is finally scheduled. Ended up going with a euro shop in Colombia, MO. Makes me feel a little better that theyíre used to dealing with this kind of stuff. Ordered a Southbend stage 2 daily through them, after reading more it seems like it should be fine for potential ko4 and the organic disk makes it more similar to OEM.
Not the cheapest by a long shot, quoted about $2,000 for everything. But Iíll have some peace of mind I guess. Hoping they can get it done in 1 day so I donít have to spend the night in a hotel.


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Old 08-30-2018, 02:31 PM   #9
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New clutch is finally in and it feels good. Well stiff, really stiff is what it feels like ha. Got it taken care of by a shop down in Columbia, great service and they are a nice group of VW guys. Definitely different then stock, but Iím starting to get used to it over the past few days. The weight lost from stock is also a nice treat.


So obviously Ive been told not to launch it or dump the clutch until is pretty much broken in, but itís hard to drive like a civilized person for the next 500 miles or so. Trying to get a nice small but even wear out of it with lots of shifting and see how itíll hold up when broken in. Looking forward to a new tune from Stratified as well to take advantage of it. Hoping that it I get a tune about the time the clutch is good to go.


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Clutch feels much better, nearly OEM now. Or Iím just used to it, either way it feels great. Still in the break in phase so diving nice and gentle, havenít gotten to really drive it hard yet. Waiting another 200 or so miles until I get to. But new tunes arrived from Stratified that include the upgraded clutch hardware so I canít wait to flash them and see how the car performs. In the meantime bought a lip and unibrace and installed them last week or so. I think Iím going to repaint the front lip, for now itís just rattle can white.



Also bought a Microcan cable finally....now I just need a cheap windows laptop....



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Old 09-20-2018, 02:21 PM   #11
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Also had noticed oil dripping from the trans and spots wear I park, and started to get really worried because I had them replace the rear main seal as a preventative measure when the clutch went in. Well, drove 1 1/2 hours back for them to say yeah....itís probably the rear main seal leaking. Pretty frustrating.

They had offered an aftermarket replacement with their warranty for the seal even though I had brought an OEM one, and I figured it would probably be best just to go with OEM, so I had them install that one. After talking with them today, they said if it was installation error they will cover the cost of replacement, but if it was error on the part I brought in, it would cost me. I asked them how would the part have an error, and they said if it was a previous revision. Pretty sure I bought the newest revision so hopefully I should be good.

Bringing it back next week, now have to get a hotel for the night so they can make sure it seals overnight.....not great.


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Old 09-20-2018, 04:09 PM   #12
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nice updates and car! kinda miss when i was 'in the zone' like you going through everything
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Thanks, and yeah Iím loving the whole process. Wish it wasnít so much of a money pit but hey, lifeís short.


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Finally got my rear main seal replaced again, it leaked 2 quarts of oil in 5 days, yikes. But the shop covered the labor which was great. Clutch is broken in, and I finally can flash my new Stratified stage 2 tunes and see what Iíve been missing out on since Iíve had a downpipe. Pretty excited about it.


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