For Christmas, I'd like a larger photo.
I don't really know how it all started - but after some minor additions - it all snowballed - anyway - this is what it looked like before we started the clean up project.
The overall theme of the clean up project is OEM+ combined with a dash of motorsport influence.
More pictures of the pre part 1 work and the part 1 will follow over the next few days as we get underway
Modified by Golf Oem at 2:37 PM 12-25-2007
Modified by Golf Oem at 4:56 AM 11-6-2008
Ouch - so that's where BMC got the idea for that design
More info on the BMC airfilters can be found here : http://www.bmcairfilters.com
I got the intake from BB Automobiltechnick (http://www.bb-automobiltechnik.de) where I also purchased a new intercooler and new seat brackets for the Recaro Pole Position seats.
I ordered the car with R32 seats but they did not provide the support I expected so they were ditched and replaced with Recaro Pole Position seats. I got a bit carried away so I ditched the rear seat in the process as well - that's when my wife and the kids got a bit as this is my daily driver.
Modified by Golf Oem at 1:18 PM 12-27-2007
First thing we did - and I owe Thomas (mr Clean) a big thank you (and a lot of $$$$) was to remove the noise pipe (as the majority on VWVortex do) - replaced it with the Audi A3 pipe.
Also replaced the firewall rubber gasket - to stick with the OEM look. Got one from a non-turbo MKV.
Modified by Golf Oem at 3:08 AM 12-26-2007
Leichtbau x 2 - I actually had to loose weight to be able to use the Recaro's .....
Anyway this is what kickstarted the part 1 :
Really no use in installing a new intercooler with that big air-condition radiator in front ? There was only one solution to this - ditch the aircondition. This decision raised a few eyebrowes at the local VW dealer when Mr Clean took the car over for them to empty the air con.
Again Mr Clean came to my "rescue" - making jokes about the size of the battery and the location of the fuse panel - on the other hand who can disagree ? I "don't understand" why VW located the battery (19,4 kilos) so high in the car. And for the fuse panel - well - if it can be relocated - let's relocate it
Modified by Golf Oem at 11:03 AM 12-26-2007
Modified by Golf Oem at 3:06 AM 12-27-2007
The strut bar is from Wiechers (www.wiechers-sport.de).
According to Wiechers "Spritzwand muß an 2 Punkten verändnert werden"
I guess this mean that you have to modify the rain tray in one way or another - we ended up drilling a hole as this would give a more OEM look than cutting off a piece of the rain tray.
Truth is - Mr Clean asked for something to drink and when I got back he had this funny look on his face - like something was broken.
Turned out he didn't want me around when he started drilling ...
Modified by Golf Oem at 11:23 AM 12-26-2007
Wow this is a cool project. Big FMIC! How is the car with the rear seats removed? Obviously it's probably louder, but does it seem just as structually strong with them out?
I'm used to MKII's and compared to MKII's the MKV is structually very strong.
Did not notice any structual "weakness" after removing the rear seats. On the other hand I have not had the opportunity to really test it (before and after).
I expect that the roll cage and the rear strut brace will make up for the potential structual capability (and even increase it) of the back seats.
Now it's all about finding time to install it !
Good to know. That's one helluva daily driver.
I may remove my rear seats for next spring and summer for the track season since I don't usually have too many passengers anyhow.
Quote, originally posted by Presns3 » what the heck... no rear seats, no air con... in a daily driver?
Hardcore European's! Gotta love them.
Besides, in the summer, I only use the AC when it's above 90 degree's or I'm in traffic. I hate using the AC because it always feels like the car is going to stall with the power reduced. It's not so bad coming from a black on black Jetta. Tint should help too.
Modified by g60_corrado_91 at 5:08 PM 12-26-2007
Finally - Mr Clean and his crew has made some progress.
Christmas has slowed us down a bit. After eating, and then eating some more (Mr Clean that is) as I want to be able to fit in the Recaros - we got started. Decided to start with the air con first.
This is what we are looking to get rid off :
This is what the air con pump looks like :
Step back - have one final look - the point of no return is here :
Bye bye looser
Sorry - can't help it !. This one is for all you air con lowers - IT IS GONE - time for celebration
I guess I got a bit sidetracked so back to the story :
Now we are talking cleaning and lightweight :
re interior paneling
I have not decided what to go for interior vise - if a choose the motorsport theme (or even more precise ClubSport Lightweight theme) for the interior there are several options.
For those of you who are familiar with the RS versions of Ferdinand Porsche' last evolution of the aircooled Beetle, you will know what it could look like. Time will show.
The R32 seats were an option to the GTI.
I have received several pm's re the seats.
As stated in my first post - the first pictures in this tread are from the pre part 1 phase.
The seats were replaced several months ago and are sold.