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    Thread: Down like Syndrome ::: Brah's Build Thread

    1. Member Brah's Avatar
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      11-02-2010 09:46 AM #1
      I update this fairly often, and keep most of my posts/pics in this thread. Enjoy
      I'm sure some of you recently saw my random progress thread, so here is the random build thread...

      So a really really quick run down of the story goes like this:

      I had a 94' Wolfsburg Jetta that I traded straight up for my 99.5 GTi in July of 2008


      It was a GLX; VR6, Leather, Climatronic, wood grain, the works.

      After I picked it up, I immediately started some little bits of work. Springs, Joey-Mod, Boser.



      By early October, the clutch was slipping real bad, so I decided to replace the clutch.

      Which led to a full motor / trans rebuild.

      Which led to a Full "Build"




      After talking to some individuals, I started building/buying parts in the following order:

      VRt - timing chains, rings, bearings, forged internals. SRI, turbo manifold.


      ^ the only pic I have of any of that

      Then..



      Shaved Bay

      Then...

      Ditch the VRt, get something more "Affordable", with more Available...




      1.8t (AWP) swap, 02M w/ RSi (R32) gears, FMIC, 3" APR TBE, 20AE Big Brakes.

      Shortly after all that, followed H&R coilovers, Euro Bumpers, GLi front Valance, GLi Side Skirts, 20th AE rear Valance. Shaved hatch.





      I proceeded to pull my car from the Shop that it was at, and decided I would do all the work myself, in my garage. Up until this point, my car was more or less just a shell. No work done, just parts. It had sat, torn apart, for months untouched, as I helped the shop owner, getting nothing in return.

      From that point forward, all the work was done in my garage at home. 100% by me. All motor work, all body work, all fabrications and modifications we're done by me in my garage.





      ^i had to modify the rad support to fit the Eurojet Race Core behind the Euro-Bumper.







      I had to modify an APR Dual tip Jetta muffler to work with my single tip 20th AE valance.


      So I proceeded with body work, and proceeded to finish the engine bay. I sprayed the entire interior of the car with sound deadening. Lots and lots of Sound Deadening.















      I picked up more odds and ends, like seats (Recaro Reps), and other items.

      At this point, I decided I should be going Big Turbo. So I picked up a T3 manifold, a Garret Super60, made a downpipe, picked up an external wastegate, and made everything work.






      After spending about a month trying to get my 03' AWP engine and engine harness to work with my 99' VR compartment and interior harness, I realized that it wouldn't work, and cut through and modified the AWP compartment and interior harness to fit my shaved bay.

      And what do you know, after fuxking with the VR harness for a month, 2 hours of shaving and installing the AWP harnesses, and the motor fired right up. No issues. :headbang:

      After I got everything running, I realized it wasn't running correctly at all. It sounded like I was making a siht ton of boost, but wasn't seeing anything.
      I was also getting a code for O2 sensor, Bank 1, Sensor 1 circuit malfunction.*
      So I replaced the sensor, and nothing changed.
      That code can be caused by a vacuum leak into the engine. So I vacuum tested everything and found nothing. It had to be the Turbo, which I suspected had blown seals, plus it was dumping coolant into my exhaust.

      So I picked up a T04e from eBay for $110 shipped to my front door. New. Never used. Very nice haha.

      I figure, I could rebuild my Super60 for $375, for a 250hp capable turbo. Or spend less and get the 50 trim T04e, which is more the size I am looking for. Plus, for $110, I could go through 3 of them for less than to have my Garret rebuilt, because it says Garret on the side.

      So after I got the new turbo, I installed, and modified everything to make this set up work. ReWelded the downpipe, reran the oil lines, and blocked the turbo coolant lines.






      And whaamm!!! *That siht hauls. It over-boosts, so it's in limp mode making 10psi, but the dump pipe off the wastegate SCREAMS!!!

      Next on the list as per motor is*
      •Devil's Own Water/Meth Injection

      •Eurodyne (Maestro Suite) 630cc MAF-less File.

      •Bosche High-Flow fuel pumps, in-line and in-tank
      •-6an Fuel Lines
      •034 High-Flow Fuel Rail
      •Siemens 630cc Injectors
      •4.0 bar FPR

      •World Electronics Boost Controller



      I picked up my Brock B1's, shortly after which I realized I need AirRide before I paint the car. So my next step is more body work, and AirRide, which I'm waiting for the Mk4 XL kit to release.







      After getting the Brocks on the car, I realized my rear beam is bent, and that all the body work I had done is being jeopardized by my current ride height and stance. So AirRide will be happening before anything get painted.





      Next up is my rear seat delete, and false floor to hide my Air Management, Battery, Water/Meth Injection, and Amp.

      This project has been 2 years in the making. I should have it wrapped up by spring

      There was a lit more involved with this build. I've just touched the main points. I will be posting pics of other modifications I made, as I remember them


      So stay tuned for the finishing touches. It'll be worth the wait.



      ^PM me if you want to get involved


      -Brah
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      11-02-2010 10:00 AM #2
      you my friend get plenty of respect from me for doing all that work in your garage.... im in for the win... good luck man.. loks like she is on the way to fully built beast from the ground up

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      11-02-2010 03:09 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by tonyb2580 View Post
      you my friend get plenty of respect from me for doing all that work in your garage.... im in for the win... good luck man.. loks like she is on the way to fully built beast from the ground up
      Thanks dude
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      11-02-2010 03:16 PM #4
      I always wondered where this car disappeared to. Glad to see you're still at it


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      11-02-2010 03:18 PM #5
      you dont need air????? just get coils

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      11-02-2010 03:27 PM #6
      Props. The car is looking so good. Congrats man and Good luck the rest of the way


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      11-02-2010 03:49 PM #7
      looks very good, im excited to see the final project
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      11-02-2010 03:53 PM #8
      That is going to be one sexy car. Super excited.

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      11-02-2010 03:56 PM #9
      im in. should look nasty when done. keep it up

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      11-02-2010 03:59 PM #10
      In for this one

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      11-02-2010 04:06 PM #11
      nice! keep up the good work
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      11-02-2010 04:06 PM #12
      wish I could spend as much time on my car as you
      what color are you going?
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      11-02-2010 04:20 PM #13
      Looks like its coming along nicely

      Mad props
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      11-02-2010 04:24 PM #14
      this is such great work can't wait to see the outcome!

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      11-02-2010 05:50 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by oloniccolo View Post
      you dont need air????? just get coils

      switches are for bitches
      Doubtful. I'm siting fully dumped on H&R coils. 1, not low enough for just sitting, 2, too low to drive this car like that. If I didn't have the amount of time and money into the bodywork on this car, I would absolutely rock coils. But just takin it out for "test drives", I already have to fix the driver side front and rear fenders, and my font bumper, and side skirts don't make it out of my driveway the way I'm sitting now.

      I'd like to preserve/prolong the glory of this car once its finished longer than 10 minutes haha. PA roads =

      Quote Originally Posted by redDUBlove View Post
      I always wondered where this car disappeared to. Glad to see you're still at it
      Yes Sir, still at it. It's been a long process, but it's finally wrapping up. Job situations take an unfortunate priority over a build of this length

      Quote Originally Posted by riddie View Post
      That is going to be one sexy car. Super excited.
      Thanks dude, I'm pretty pumped too

      Quote Originally Posted by remedyz12965 View Post
      wish I could spend as much time on my car as you
      what color are you going?
      Believe me dude, I wish I could spend more time on it. It's fun at first, but then it becomes something that consumes you (and your wallet). For a while I was doing the "well I've done this much, I might as well do this too" thing, and day to day progress haulted for a while. Once I planned out the car, things started moving along a lot better.

      Tha car is goin Baltic Green/Oceanic Pearl, with Mazda Black Forrest (black with fine blue and green metal flakes) roof and mirrors. It really looks good.


      ^ that's the actual color on my car, that's a shot of the frame rail after I painted it, before I painted the bay black
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      11-02-2010 05:58 PM #16
      good work so far
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      11-02-2010 06:15 PM #17
      Good to see that progress is still being made on this car.

      Keep it up.

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      11-02-2010 06:35 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by 3lfk1ng View Post
      Good to see that progress is still being made on this car.

      Keep it up.
      It never ends.
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      11-03-2010 11:22 AM #19
      You know I'm in


      Got me motivated to start my winter project... Not sure if thats a good or bad thing though


      But I will definitely be following this!
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      11-03-2010 12:37 PM #21
      Cant wait to see the finished product. Hurry up
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      11-03-2010 02:04 PM #22
      great work

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      01-26-2011 08:30 PM #24
      Yeah dude, so good. Should be done soon. AirRide is en route 
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      I wish I could do work like that. Looks great so far
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      01-26-2011 09:09 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by AzDubN View Post
      I wish I could do work like that. Looks great so far
      Thanks dude. Its taken a long time, but it's gettin close now
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      01-26-2011 09:22 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
      Thanks dude. Its taken a long time, but it's gettin close now
      im excited

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      01-26-2011 09:29 PM #33
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      01-26-2011 09:34 PM #34
      I'm glad I live right around the corner from Limerick. I definitely want to check this out when its finished. Looks sick.

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      01-26-2011 09:44 PM #35
      this build has always been one of my favorites.

      lots of real good taste here.
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