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June 08, 2017, 08:46 PM #0

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Hey guys, I also posted in the New members area but I figured here is a better way to show you who I am/what I drive. I have owned a bunch of different cars in the past including a 96 Prelude SR-V, 2003 WRX, 2004 FXT(EJ257'd), and a 2008 Jeep Patriot. Unforunately(or fortunately?) my Jeep was vandalized and written off just at the beginning of May.

I decided to find something a little more fuel efficient, fun to drive, and road trip ready being that I am from Saskatoon but will be moving to Winnipeg in the fall for school, so that started my search for a MKV GTI. My requirements were a fairly clean body, decent KM's(although I did consider a few with higher KMs), and as many maintenance records as I could possibly get.

I found this.
2007, 129KM, 6 Speed Manual, 2 Door, Loaded interior. Brand new timing belt, water pump, HPFP,
I can't believe how clean this thing is for being 10 years old.

IMG_1380 by carter clackson, on Flickr
IMG_1379 by carter clackson, on Flickr

There are only a few things done to the car and they include:
 - Milltek catless downpipe
 - APR Stage 2 Tuned
 - Drag DR-34 Wheels(18x8.5 +35) with 225/40/18 Toyo Proxes
 - AWE Boost gauge with vent pod
 - Euro light switch
 - APR Carbonio intake funnel
 - H&R Super sport springs

and not really a mod but I added that Scosche Tablet/Phone mount to the dash as I decided to use my iPad for music/as a headunit and I love it.

My plans for the GTI don't include a lot. First of all I want to do all the regular maintenance and drive it to see if I think anything needs improvement.

Planned maintenance:
 - R8 Coil packs & New spark plugs - @129900
- Replace cam follower - @ 129700 was so worn that after I pulled it out I put my finger through it..
 - Find "very" small EVAP leak(or just delete the system and stage one tune)
 - Buy studded winters

Potential mods to come?:
 - Clear side markers to replace those ugly amber ones
 - Relocate AUX in from terrible glovebox position to in front of shifter
 - Do all the VAGCOM mods I can :D

Honestly the way it drives right now I am very okay with. Until I get used to having a car with some torque again I don't think I'll have too much of a mod bug but I'm sure that will change. The only thing I can think of that isn't currently on that list is potentially a resonator delete or an aftermarket catback. I love the way the exhaust sounds when I step on it with the catless DP, I just wish it made a little more noise without me having to sacrifice gas mileage. I am crossposting this from a different forum with a few small changes by the way!

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    June 08, 2017, 08:47 PM #1

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    Started my "Weekend O' Changes" with Seafoaming the GTI as well as doing an oil change, new plugs, and R8 coil packs on Friday morning. Everything went as planned in that regard.

    IMG_1404 by carter clackson, on Flickr
    IMG_1403 by carter clackson, on Flickr

    That's about where my good luck stopped.
    I decided to install H&R Super Sport lowering springs Friday evening. The back went very smoothly, but the front.. that turned into a hell of a lot of work and more money than I had planned to spend.
    I ended having to drill out all six top mount strut bolts as all of the "captive" nuts were completely freed and seized to the bolts. A friend of mine happened to have a set of front struts from his R32 that are apparently identical in every way to the GTI ones that he has "lent" me for the time being. After I got that sorted I ended up snapping 5 of 6 studs on the balljoints. Little did I know someone had already snapped one off one balljoint and then decided to just drive around on it for who knows how long  ::)

    IMG_1408 by carter clackson, on Flickr

    Buuuuut I did end up getting the springs in, and they ride a little stiffer than OEM but still awesome. And in my opinion they look great!

    IMG_1409-1 by carter clackson, on Flickr

    I'm glad those issues arose while I do have the money to fix them though. Had I been in school when they happened and not working full time hours the car probably would have sat for a week while I ordered the cheapest Rockauto parts I could find but I managed to get all of the parts I needed Saturday morning and everything back together by mid afternoon!

      June 09, 2017, 07:08 AM #2

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      Car looks great!


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        June 09, 2017, 07:11 AM #3

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        Nice, something different.

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          « Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 07:11 AM »