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Old 06-28-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Mario's Build Thread/Sofia's journey to greatness

So I've been meaning to do this for awhile now and I'm finally getting around to it. This is my build thread for Sofia (My 2011 mk6 GTI). This is actually somewhat of a retro build thread because the car is actually pretty far along now. This build moved like molasses for the first year or two while I primarily focused on paying her off. I bought the car back in March 2012 and paid her off in full this past September which feels awesome!

My goal/vision for Sofia is to build her as a clean, mean, and well-handling machine. A balance of tastefully modding her aesthetically, effectively modding her performance in speed and handling, while still keeping her daily driving comfortable. Going low and upgrading mounts, but keeping NVH levels as low as possible to maintain reasonable ride comfort. I want her to perform well on the drag strip, autocross, and track, but still be show ready for events. So if you're following this thread to see a slammed GTI on $4,000 wheels and vinyl stickers...you'll be disappointed. I'm trying to keep her unique in appearance, I pay extreme attention to detail so their will be several little mods I do to set her apart from the rest. Anyways, here goes...

Purchased Sofia 3/10/2012 after trading in my 1999.5 mk4 2.slow GTI which I had for 8 faithful years full of headaches and check engine lights and had finally given her last breath...didn't get to mod her much because I was a broke college student, the few things i managed to do were during my senior year of high school and a thing a two after graduating.
Here's what she looked like:


Traded her in for 2 grand towards my mk6 which I bought certified pre-owned with only 5,200 miles on her
only cost me $22,000 which was really $24,000 after taxes and 3year tire/wheel warranty etc. etc.

Ladies and Gents...Sofia the day I took her home (3/10/2012):


2011 2-door 6-speed manual GTI w/
- touchscreen radio and steering wheel buttons
- interlago seats
- sunroof
- 18" Detroits w/ Pirelli Zero Nero all season tires 225/40/R18
- halogen headlights
and made them throw in the monster mats
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:20 PM   #2
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I will list the mods here as I post them below.


INTERIOR:
- OEM GTI Monster Mats (03/10/12)
- Red LED footwell lights (03/29/12)
- GTI aluminum w/ red lettering seat lever inserts (2012/2013)
- OEM 2013+ style Euro Switch (07/25/2013)
- OEM VW First Aid Kit (01/15/14)
- OEM VW Roadside Assistance Kit (01/15/14)
- Kenwood 10" Powered Tubular Subwoofer (04/17/14)
- P3 Boost Gauge (04/29/14)
- OEM GTI steering wheel emblem w/ black background (05/09/14)
- Shortened Shifter Rod (08/02/14)

EXTERIOR:
- 3M color stable tints (05/09/12)
- 3M Di Noc Carbon Fiber Vinyl over front side markers (05/09/12)
- 3M Di Noc Carbon Fiber Vinyl over rear reflectors (09/04/14)
- Gloss Black VW Front Emblem w/ red backing (03/29/13)
- OEM tinted LED Euro Tail Lights without rear fog (04/25/13)
- PIAA Xtreme White 4150K H8 foglights (07/25/2013)
- PIAA 4000K H7 lowbeams (05/07/14)
- OEM VW aluminum valve stem caps (01/15/14)
- Klii Color-matched rear VW emblem Vinyl Insert (05/29/14)
- Hubs painted with black caliper paint (07/02/14)
- ECS Tuning 10mm(front) & 15mm(rear) Spacers (07/02/14)
- Black w/ Chrome trim front GTI Emblem (07/07/14)
- OEM Candy White front lip w/ custom vinyl wrap (07/18/14)
- Custom Italian Europlate (#VWITALIA) (07/18/14)

ENGINE BAY:
- OEM engine cover painted red and black (01/11/14)
- Modshack red low profile engine trim (04/06/14)
- OEM Black Coolant Cap (05/12/14)
- VW VENSION Black Windshield Wiper Cap (05/12/14)
- APR CBFA Secondary Air Breather Filter (6/21/14)

PERFORMANCE:
- APR Stage 1 (revised) tune (09/29/13)
- Modshack Cold Air Intake (04/06/14)
- HPA Shortshifter (07/27/14)
- GoFastBits DV+ Diverter Valve kit (09/06/14)
- SPM Custom 3" Turbo back Exhaust (09/18/14)
- TyrolSport Deadset Rigid Front Subframe Collar Kit (09/18/14)
- TyrolSport Rear Collar Kit (09/18/14)
- SPM 22mm Rear Sway Bar (09/18/14)
- SPM 26mm Front Sway Bar (09/18/14)
- APR Stage 2 upgraded tune (09/28/14)
- HS Tuning RSR Clutch Kit (10/14/14) + new OEM Flywheel
- OEM RED R8 Coilpacks w/ NGK laser platinum premium spark plugs (10/18/14) (39,000 miles)
- ECS Tuning Red Dogbone Mount Insert Kit (10/18/14)
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:27 PM   #5
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- Red LED footwell lights (03/29/12)

First mod

- Red LED footwell lights (03/29/12)

such a lil mod but loved it, and still love it ever so
(excuse the terrible quality cell phone pics)

BEFORE:


AFTER:
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:39 PM   #6
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- 3M color stable tints (05/09/12)

- 3M color stable tints (05/09/12)
- 3M Di Noc Carbon Fiber Vinyl over front side markers (05/09/12)


Finally got my windows tinted at Top of the Line Tint in Lodi, New Jersey. Phil does great work.
http://www.topofthelinetint.com/inde....zkGMvTCv.dpbs
3M Colorstable tints (Lifetime warranty no fading or changing color)


He also threw in some 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber vinyl on my front side markers to get rid of those orange eye sores

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Old 06-30-2015, 10:54 PM   #7
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More pics of the the tint job after a good cleaning


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Old 06-30-2015, 11:00 PM   #8
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- GTI aluminum w/ red lettering seat lever inserts (2012/2013)

- GTI aluminum w/ red lettering seat lever inserts (2012/2013)

then sometime in 2012 or 2013 I got one of my favorite little cosmetic mods
these inserts are a great touch to the interior of the car and under $15...
I was surprised with the quality


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Old 07-02-2015, 09:22 PM   #9
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In. Wanna see were u take this.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:34 PM   #10
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Looking good so far. I also did the red footwell lights as one of my first mods(as well as full led interior) but I love them. It's the little things.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:56 PM   #11
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Looking good so far. I also did the red footwell lights as one of my first mods(as well as full led interior) but I love them. It's the little things.
thank you, so true
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1 year anniversary photoshoot

warning... large photos...

photo credit: John Porrino





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- Gloss Black VW Front Emblem w/ red backing (03/29/13)

- Gloss Black VW Front Emblem w/ red backing (03/29/13)

This took some serious patience...felt like throwing my grille into the wall, but took some deep breaths and was able to swap emblems without breaking any clips. I believe I bought the part from parts4euro.

before and after pics:






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Old 07-03-2015, 02:10 PM   #14
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- OEM tinted LED Euro Tail Lights without rear fog (04/25/13)

First serious upgrade
- OEM tinted LED Euro Tail Lights without rear fog (04/25/13)
got them (4/24/13) from ECS Tuning


installed the next night at a car meet lol
sorry for the crappy cellphone pics and absolutely filthy car




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