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    Thread: Budget Baller Pics

    1. Member Ozzker's Avatar
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      04-11-2011 05:23 PM #1
      Allright, I've noticed this new fad, for some reason there are a bunch of people who seem to think that unless you pour countless thousands of dollars into your car the minute you bring it home, it becomes nothing more then a worthless eyesore. I think these people are wrong.

      Our cars aren't cheap, and for some of us being able to afford the MKV was a big step up, and upgrade in itself. This is a thread for pics of cars built, or being built on a budget, whether it may be a student budget like myself, or a family budget, a working mans budget, a "i'm saving money for a house budget", etc. Lets show that you don't need $1000+ wheels and an expensive air setup to have a good looking car, and give inspiration to others.

      I'll start, as stated, i'm in University, so my budget for my car is whatever I have left after tuition, books, rent, food, car payment, and insurance, which frankly, is not very much.





      And the wheels I am refinishing myself, in a satin black, for this season, they are 17x9.5 all around, Im hoping for a nice flush look.



      Im also going to be ordering coils in May when I start working full time again, some thing in the $600-$800 range, V-Maxx or FK most likely, I want them to last and offer a firm ride.

      Also, my other budget build, just for fun:





      A 1988 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.0L V6 TBI, 4x4 Auto. Doing a 5spd Swap from a parts truck, as well as a 6 inch lift and a bunch of maintenance and replacements on this truck next week, all from parts that I have collected over the winter from various part outs and online sales and specials. I am looking forward to it. I really enjoy working on vehicles!


      Theres my budget build(s), now lets see yours!
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      04-11-2011 05:27 PM #2
      Love this thread idea! I am a high school student about to graduate and head off to a university. My budget is super limited so I'd love to see what other people do on a budget as well. So Bump for some more pictures.

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      04-11-2011 05:32 PM #3
      Wheels are going to poke... especially up front.

      Regardless of anything though, you are always going to have naysayers.

      Just do what you do, and do it well.

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      04-11-2011 05:43 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by PSU View Post
      Wheels are going to poke... especially up front.

      Regardless of anything though, you are always going to have naysayers.

      Just do what you do, and do it well.
      I'm hoping they wont poke too much, but we shall see when the adapters get here. 1552 has said they should arrive in the next 2 weeks. I want to fit the wheels before I decide on tire sizes, so it's holding me back, although I will probably just re-use my stock Conti's until I can come up with funds for some halfway decent rubber. That would also give me time to see if I like having wide wheels upfront, or if I should scoop up a pair of 8.5" Sawblades off of craigslist and conform to regular sized wheels.

      And i'm here to make my car the way I envision it, not the way anyone else wants it.
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      04-11-2011 06:10 PM #5
      sawblades on jettas. ehhhhhh not my favor. good luck with all that poke.
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      04-11-2011 06:28 PM #6
      i hope you have extra front fenders
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      04-11-2011 07:14 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by boonedubbin View Post
      I'd love to see what other people do on a budget as well.
      You can do whatever you want on your car. It's just a matter of having patience and saving a bit more than what you expected.
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      bone stock still


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      04-11-2011 08:28 PM #9
      still going to school, but working full time. slowly coming together. owned it for 2 years now.




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      04-11-2011 08:34 PM #10
      Full time student, full time job and I don't live with mommy and daddy. I guess my car isn't exactly budget friendly but if you work hard you can afford life's luxuries.


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      04-11-2011 08:39 PM #11
      Wish i had new pictures of this thing..

      But I work full-time and take a few courses at school. never have too much play money

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      04-11-2011 09:06 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by IJSTROK View Post
      Full time student, full time job and I don't live with mommy and daddy. I guess my car isn't exactly budget friendly but if you work hard you can afford life's luxuries.

      Only car I ever liked with ch's. Paint the side moldings black. Nice car!


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      04-11-2011 09:14 PM #13
      I am married (strike one) and have a daughter (strike two), so I never have money. However, I pinch pennies where I can, buy certain items used (intake, coilovers, interior pieces, down pipe, wheels) and certain items new. I do most installation myself (it helps to work for the service department at VW). It has taken me almost two years to get my car to where it is...and I really do consider my car to be budget "baller".




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      04-11-2011 09:14 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by DubStat View Post
      Wish i had new pictures of this thing..

      But I work full-time and take a few courses at school. never have too much play money

      First car on Steelies that actually looks fairly good.

      I'll post my women when she isn't sitting in the parking lot at school.

      Great thread idea! I love paying 14k+ a year for tuition and watching myself spend $500 on books when that could go back into my car.

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      Heres my 06 rabbit, got it on Dec. 30th and I've got racelands spun all the way down, a votex lip that will go on before dustoff, 17 by 8 merc e class wheels that I got a steal on...like 350. So my budget is super limited cuz im in college too so I love this thread and can respect it

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      04-11-2011 09:38 PM #16
      I'm married, with a kid, and I'm a private elementary school teacher = no money I like to do any of DIY projects. I chip away, save a little each month, and sell old junk like broken electronics on eBay. I also buy parts used, and try to buy things on sale! It's SLOWLY coming together...




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      04-11-2011 09:43 PM #17
      I'm a Mom who works as a Stable Manager and a freelance Makeup Artist so funds are tight. But I think I've done a great job with what I have to work with.

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      04-11-2011 09:45 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by KyleCrish View Post
      still going to school, but working full time. slowly coming together. owned it for 2 years now.


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      this car is sexy and I love it where its at

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      04-11-2011 09:47 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by jimothy cricket View Post
      this car is sexy and I love it where its at
      agreed you sir are doing it right on a budget

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      04-11-2011 09:53 PM #20
      Love this thread idea, I was thinking about doing something similar once. My ride is pretty tight, due to the fact that me and my wife paid for our own wedding. I've had my car for a year now and I gotta say I'm pretty happy with how it's coming along. Pictures on the way.
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      04-11-2011 10:04 PM #21



      This past summer ^, full time engineering undergrad, getting ready to start a new summer job and classes. The car has only gotten an oe euro gti lip, new vanity plate, and mudflaps since these pics. All the money I have now has been going into mountain bike racing and living. Coming up on my 5th year of ownership, got lucky and was able to work a lot in high school to get wheels/suspension.

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      04-11-2011 10:14 PM #22
      There are some gorgeous cars in this thread, Im speechless, they are all sooo nice and clean, and all budget friendly!


      Quote Originally Posted by TeamZleep View Post
      It's all about finding good deals man. I like your wheels, btw. If you get thin ass adapters for the fronts, you'll be okay. I had 9.5's all the way around with 20mm adapters, it wasn't that bad.
      Thanks!! And I agree, its all about the deals, I snagged the full set of 9.5's for much less then what the average set of Sawblades goes for around here, and other then some house paint on them, they are in amazing shape, straight, no bends or rash anywhere, so I figured I would accept the challenge and make them work. I've got 15mm adapters for the front, and 20mm for the rear, so I don't think I will be poking too much, final et of 41mm upfront and 36mm in the rear. I just hope I wont be hitting suspension components upfront, but I am ready to space them out if I am.


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      04-11-2011 10:51 PM #23
      It's not even that the cars are budget friendly....it just shows that if you are on a budget you may not be able to change your car up for every show season. Your car may not become "baller" over night, but with some time, budgeting, and saving you can build a car that is very clean and functional.

      Even if I had the money my car is what I drive, and enjoy. Not my life.

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      04-11-2011 10:51 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by jimothy cricket View Post
      this car is sexy and I love it where its at
      thank you

      Quote Originally Posted by jam254 View Post
      agreed you sir are doing it right on a budget
      thanks guys! i do what im sure most of you do. i look for good deals non-stop and wait to buy things. it may have taken me two years, but ive spent a lot less than most people out there.

      just picked up some woodgrain trim too! always wanted it, but could never afford it.


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      04-11-2011 11:04 PM #25
      Full time aeronautical engineering undergrad. With that and ROTC I'm pretty busy. Work part time to keep payments and whatnot. ROTC cuts back on school costs thankfully.

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