Back on May 23rd, I picked up a 1986 GTI w/ VR6 swapped out of a 95 Passat. Its 5-lug swapped, as well. Car had sat for 4 years after the owner lost his license, from what I understand. The swap is pretty rough. Wiring is the main thing that is ugly on it. Motor/Trans have 66k. It had a pretty bad case of the misfires when I first bought it, so I threw new plugs in it. That cleaned up its driveability a little bit.
It has a Recaro Driver's Seat... WELL worn. Very Old. Crappy Cobra Passenger seat. Well used Momo Steering wheel and a VERY worn out Momo Shifter. Car has no Dash, bolt-in Cage, and the way to start it is ghetto. I need to either find a wiring master or learn some wiring myself. I need to get solid motor/trans mounts for it... it feels like the motor/trans are hopping out of the engine bay when you floor it in 1st and then let off to shift... and it'll hop the hell out of 2nd when you first shift it. :lol: I'd like to take it to the Drag Strip with my Hoosiers to see what it'll do. Shooting for a 13.8. It needs some suspension modification for sure though. The Front Springs/Struts are different from the rears... so the front sits a lot higher than the rear.
ANYWAY... done a few improvements since I got it. New Injen air filter that I had lying around, cleaned the MAF, and then new NGK Plugs and STI Plug Wires. I just bought a center console and an 84 GTI golf ball w/ accordion shift boot. There are a ton of things, stock and aftermarket, that I'm looking to put back into it... but this is all that I can think of:
- Red Stripe GTI Dash
- Red Stripe GTI Door Cards
- Badged Quad Headlight Grille
- Custom Headliner
- Stock Passenger Seat + Seat Belt
- Reupholster the Recaro
- MSD Coilpacks
- BFI Stage 2 Delrin Motor Mounts
- Koni Yellows w/ Race Springs or Koni Coilovers
- Neuspeed Triangulated Rear Upper Strut Brace
- 272 Cams, Chip, maybe some NAWZ!
- Deka Lightweight Battery
If anyone has any of those, please lemme now. Pretty much anything for the interior of a MK2 GTI, I need. Anywho; I'm looking to Autocross the hell out of the car next year. The car already carves the hell out of some corners... I can't imagine how well it'll do with a proper suspension set-up. :
Screwing around in a parking lot: VR6 GTI Video
Raced a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-350 about 2 weeks ago (268hp/258tq @ 3585 lbs). 2 teens driving around in their parents vehicle, no doubt. As I was passing them (Cruising at 40, them at 35), they gunned it, so I dropped it into 2nd and floored it... had a nose on them at the end of 2nd gear and started pulling away once I banged 3rd... then they let out. It was fun, mostly because it was my first race since leaving for Iraq a year ago.
A week after that, I ran into an old friend... he recently turbo'd his Civic Hatch... D16 or B16, I forget. He had more power (173whp), so I knew he would be faster... but I knew I'd be able to shift faster/better. We took off and I jumped into the lead right off the bat by about 1/2 a car. I was in the lead for 95% of the race... he didn't pass me until we hit 4th and his horsepower gave him the definite advantage. Twas fun as well.