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    Thread: .: make it rainn's GTI build :.

    1. Member make_it_rainn's Avatar
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      10-26-2011 12:44 PM #26
      Alright so here is a little update.

      All of the air lines had been ran though the car. The front lines ran through the side trim in the rear, and underneath the lower trim that runs along the side of the seat, up into the dash. Then from there it T'd off and went to the gauges in the ash tray and the switches that were mounted under the headlight switch. The 2 lines for the front bags were then ran through the hole in the fire wall and down through the hole in the top of each strut tower.

      In the rears, the lines were ran to the switches, then back to the trunk and through the 2 rubber grommets underneath the spare tire. I got 90 degree elbows to send the lines straight out above the control arm, and to the bag on each side.

      Onto the pics.










      I was happy for the time being. I needed a frame notch asap though because the fronts couldnt go past 20 psi without the driver side becoming lower than the passenger side.

      Then came the first set of wheels. I wasnt planning on buying any wheels at the time so I found a cheap set of Audi Flat fives that needed a little help and had the wrong size tires. It was the first time that the car had seen any wheels so it was still pretty sweet.








      And as you can see, the tires were holding the car up pretty good, as well as the non existent frame notch.

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      10-26-2011 01:53 PM #27
      I guess i'll attempt to save the extra 500 or so then haha. Looks good though, smaller tires and a notch so you can lay her on the ground

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      10-26-2011 02:32 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by lumb3rjack View Post
      I guess i'll attempt to save the extra 500 or so then haha. Looks good though, smaller tires and a notch so you can lay her on the ground
      Oh yeah she's notched and laying frame now. The rest of the pictures up until now should be up tonight.

      And I'd definitely reccomend waiting and getting a nicer setup. Manual works awesome and is super reliable, but it's rough routing all those hoses through the car and how slow it dumps and fills kinda kills it too.

      But if you're just wanting to be on air and don't care about any of that, just give Bagriders a call and pick up their manual kit with the airlift XL's.

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      10-26-2011 05:51 PM #29
      So after just a few days of having the flat fives on the car, i decided that they just weren't working out. I decided I was going to tackle trying to polish them up real nice.

      First up was to get them stripped down and paint the barrels a deep red color. Toredor Red from Ford to be exact.









      And finally after about 5 coats of stripper.




      Then came quite a bit of sanding. I started out at 180.

      Here is the first one after completing the 400grit.








      So I thought it was starting to turn out pretty good so I kept going. Sanded up through the grits all the way until 2000.

      Then I polished it up real nice with some Mothers aluminum polish.

      1 coat of polish:




      And then fully polished.






      Alright so at this point I was thinking they were gonna look alright! So I continued on.

      My car during the process and my other mk5 my lady and I bought around the same time.

      08 Jetta 2.5, 5 speed, 38k on the clock. Her car





      The other 3 wheels being worked on.










      So now was the time to find some proper sized tires. I just happened to check on craigslist for any tires that might possibly fit. Luckily some jdm kid was selling a set of terribly ugly wheels with brand new 215/35/18 tires on them for $150. So I jumped right on that and went and picked them up. I had them installed same day.







      And after the initial install.











      Okay so these wheels were super short lived for me. I had spent so much time working on them but one of them had been previously cracked and fixed, but for some reason with the new tires, it was leaking pretty bad.




      and then the last pic of the car before the wheels were off again.


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      10-26-2011 09:03 PM #30
      Sometime during the wheel process, my rear wiper was also deleted.

      So the wheels came off and were purchased by a fellow dubber in Tennessee. This was around the beginning of august. I decided then that I was going to make it out to H2O and it wouldnt be acceptable to show up with the car as is.

      Next up was new wheels and a notch.

      First things first. Get that dang frame notched. I hit up my buddy Nick and we made something happen. We went with a 3" notch.

      Removed that strut.



      Then started cutting away.






      Then he smoothed out the cuts



      Then we welded in some 3" pipe.



      And hit it with a little bit of close to matching primer to cover up that bare metal.



      And finished result, LAYING FRAME for the first time.





      And just at 21" fender to ground on steelies with balloon tires.




      Right around that same time, I went ahead and ordered the Wolfsburg Jetta front center upper and lower grilles. Then I ordered the regular Jetta fog grilles with the chrome trim to give it some pop.




      With a couple steps down, a call was made. So I hit up VRWheels and made a purchase.

      BBS RS's
      17x8 and 17x9
      I had them redrill them to 5x112 from the original 5x114.3.

      These are the pictures from the site.








      During the time it took for them to show up, which was about 3 weeks, my buddy Oliver decided that we needed to fix the unacceptable tank setup that I was rolling around with.

      So we removed that crappy piece of particle board and sketched up a box.



      Note the 2 sexy mk3's back there



      So it wasnt too crazy since I only had the manual management. One tank and one compressor.

      Then we just cut the oem carpet floor and fitted it around the tank.






      Around a week later, the wheels finally came in. They needed to be refinished really bad was I was too excited and had to just get em on and see what they were all about. Luckily I have access to a mounter and balancer so it makes things a little cheaper.

      This is when the project really started to come together.





      and goofy ass corey throwing em on while I stood around and watched





      and on the car




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      10-26-2011 09:14 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by make_it_rainn View Post
      Any reason why I should have removed it properly?
      I kept all my stock parts (besides failed ones) so I can go back to stock for better trade in value when the time comes
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      10-26-2011 09:17 PM #32
      H2O: 2 WEEKS AWAY

      It was getting down to the wire and Oliver and I just really weren't happy with all the clear coat peeling and oxidation on the wheels. Something had to be done. But with 2 weeks until H2O was trying to refinish the wheels something that should be done? Especially since one of those weeks I was on a business trip for Volkswagen!

      ...


      He talked me into it. I didnt want to be rolling into the show looking all trashy. No one wants to see a dirty set of RS's, let alone, another set of RS's on a mk5 to begin with

      So the wheels came off the car and had the tires dismounted. The wheels were split and the refinishing started. I don't have any pics of the actual process because I was in such a hurry!

      We decided to go with a nice cream color for the centers. Hyundai Santa Fe tan to be exact. We think they turned out pretty sexy.







      But I had another issue. The 1/4 height caps that came with the wheels were super jacked.





      But luckily with all my polishing skills I aquired from those awesome Flat Fives, we turned that frown upside down.





      And then once I got back from the trip, finally saw the wheels together.

      SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH, 6 DAYS TO H2O






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      10-26-2011 09:18 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by SpecialFX View Post
      I kept all my stock parts (besides failed ones) so I can go back to stock for better trade in value when the time comes
      Ah that makes sense. I can pick one up for pretty cheap so it wasnt something that I was too worried about.


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      10-26-2011 09:31 PM #34
      I this thread

      Thanks for the shout out.

      Cant wait to see this progress
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      10-26-2011 09:33 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by FSAS07BOH View Post
      I this thread

      Thanks for the shout out.

      Cant wait to see this progress
      well it 's you.

      I figured since I was sitting here bored at the hotel, I might as well make one

      and thanks for all the help

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      10-26-2011 09:37 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by make_it_rainn View Post
      well it 's you.

      I figured since I was sitting here bored at the hotel, I might as well make one

      and thanks for all the help
      Great build thread for sure.

      Hope you left your keys at work, because im stealing cha whip
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      10-26-2011 09:56 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by FSAS07BOH View Post
      Great build thread for sure.

      Hope you left your keys at work, because im stealing cha whip
      Haha I did Brandon has them.

      Just be careful with her, and she's got her new strut on there. No more clunk muh fuhh

      I even made the notches in the frame in the rear bigger for those new 3/8's fittings.

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      10-26-2011 11:42 PM #38
      Love the color you chose for the rs's.
      Car looks real good
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      10-27-2011 08:32 AM #39
      Very nice build up

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      10-27-2011 08:53 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by MttMarx58 View Post
      Love the color you chose for the rs's.
      Car looks real good
      Thanks man! The color turned out really sweet. My buddy did an awesome job with the paint.


      Quote Originally Posted by BigMeecH View Post
      Very nice build up
      Appreciate it. She's come a long way with such a tight budget.

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      10-30-2011 05:52 PM #42
      A few exciting things coming along.

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      10-30-2011 10:30 PM #43
      ur doing a great job dude. keep it up. and i love those bbs rims
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      10-30-2011 10:55 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by w-abbit71 View Post
      ur doing a great job dude. keep it up. and i love those bbs rims
      Thanks man. Going to be doing a couple big things this winter.

      Pics from before and during H2O will be up soon.

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      10-30-2011 11:48 PM #45
      gorgeous. did vrwheels redrill the wheels or did you have to go get them drilled somewhere else?
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      10-31-2011 12:09 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by pb4life545 View Post
      gorgeous. did vrwheels redrill the wheels or did you have to go get them drilled somewhere else?
      Yeah I paid the $140 to have it done. Basically 114.3 to 112 is so minimal, all they did was basically oval out the bolt holes. Which was fine once I had hubrings and all that.

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      11-03-2011 12:13 AM #47
      Well buddy nice little write up.... But still a little story left to go.... And I won't spoil it

      Ps - This car is gorgeous in person
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      Very nice!

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      11-03-2011 01:28 PM #49
      Your car is amazzingg. any pics with of the front with the wolfsburg/jetta chrome? i wanted to go the same direction.

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