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    Thread: GTIKole. 06 GTI build thread.

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      02-14-2012 02:29 PM #1
      We'll I have been on here for a bit and never did this so I guess it time to share.

      Oct 2008
      I bought the car on October 31, 2008. I looked at a few new Rabbits and GTI's but then by chance found this guy sitting in the back of a Honda dealership. after a few hours of talking I drove the car home.
      It's a 2006 GTI, Untied Grey, 6 speed and had 30k on the clock.
      MK5 GTI.

      Feb 2009
      After trying to avoid the itch to build this for a few month I broke down. I picked up a set of H&R sport springs to lower the car a bit. I was happy at first but soon after wanted to be lower.
      MKV GTI

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      VW MKV GTI.

      Sept 2009
      The car stayed the same for a bit, was busy spending the summer riding my bike all over the place. Then I moved into an portent with a garage and it all goes down hill from here.

      I ordered a set of FK high sport coil overs. first thing I had when I got them was take the helper springs out and threw them in the trash can. After a few hours of work the car was on coils and getting lower. I also removed the rear wiper and plugged the hole.

      I got the car tuning with REVO stage 1 software.

      After driving it for a few days I knew the tire sizes were holding me up so I switch to 205/40/17 Falken 512's on my Classix's and then spun the coils down.
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      I then did not like how much the wheels sat in so I picked up 13mm for up front 30mm for the rears. I also order a voted rep lip & a badgeless grill from TM tuning.
      MKV.

      MKV.

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      Oct 2009
      Figured it was time for new wheels so I trade the classix's for a set of c4 saw blades painted white.
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      I then got my hood notch filled finally!
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      Dec 2009
      Winter hit Indy pretty hard so I threw the car into winter with a set of deniers I picked up from a friend and raised the car up. I alos had a front bumper shaved and painted my grill trim white to match the saw blades.
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      Feb 2010
      It started to warm up a bit so I knew it was time to get the car in order. I pick up a diesel geek skid plate, open lower grilles & lower the car to zero threads.
      Zero.

      My VW MKV GTI.

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      Skid plate bolts after one trip to Louisville for WBTB..
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      April 2010
      I got bored with the saw blades and wanted something a bit better So sold them and picked these up from Memory Fab. BBS RS's 17x8.5 17x9.5 with 205/45 up front and a 215/45 rear.
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      After a bit of debate and research I bought a airlift slam series kit with manuel management. it took about 12 hours to do the install with my buddy Ethan and myself, back then air lift had not told you everything you needed to do like the kits of today do. also notch the frame on the passenger side so I could get the frame touch the ground.
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      MY GTI.

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      SOWO 2010
      Packed up and drove down to florida to see my mom a week before sowo. Then headed to Sowo. on the way home I drove through the tail of dragon and let the gti have some fun.
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      June 2010
      I switch the rear tires size on rs's from 215/45 to 215/40 and finally got the arch to lay between lip and tire.
      Kole Grove's GTI.

      Kole Grove's GTI.

      July 2010
      I once again got bored with my wheels and sold the RS's to my buddy Nick. I then once agin called up Memory Fab and picked up a new set of wheels. RH ZW1's 17x8.5 and 17x9.5.
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      Then headed off to IA Summer meet.

      Aug 2010
      The car started having bad fuel cut problems so I took it in. The cam follower had broke wearing away my hpfp and my cam. The dealer ship had the car for about a week. Replaced my HPFP, Cam, scam follower, did my water belt and timing belt at the same time to cost future cost down.

      I got the car and had a P-flow intake to install on and then took the car for drive and it felt like a new car.

      Sept 2010
      With H2O coming up fast I figured I would change some thing around but sadly My RH's Got ruin In shipping. So I rushed to pick up something new and finally found it. I pick up a set of Alphards from here. I also pick up a A3 throttle pipe to replace the factory noise pipe
      I Rushed to get them here. The day they showed up i had the tires removed and they were off to powder coating. I got them back a few days before I left. Got them on and got on the road for H2O.
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      On the way to H2O I hit a possum in the middle of Ohio then broke the center of my lip and cracked my shave bumper in a few spots then about 8 hours Later I smashed my first oil pan on a bridge transition. Spent 3 hours on the side of the road replacing it.


      Oct 2010
      After H2O I was kinda bummed out on the case and thought maybe it was time to pay of some loans and credit cards. So I started to part out and sell the parts off my car. I sold the air ride and the wheels. I picked up a set of sport coil overs to run and left the car alone for the next 5 months.

      Feb 2011
      I started a better paying job and work with my good friend Brandon who got me back in the mood to build a car. So i picked up a 1979 4 door Rabbit to build and started throwing everything into that build as I left the mkv alone and a snow storm ripped my bumper off ruining it.
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      July 2011
      I almost had the Rabbit running but I was missing the mkv more than I cared about the Rabbit. I busted missed the feel and the look of the car. At that point I sold everything I had in the Rabbit build to get the GTI back on its Feet.

      I did a little cheap make over on the GTI. Paint the Denver black and grill trim.


      I then pick up my second Air ride set up thanks to Bag Riders.
      Accuair switch speed management, air lift slam series fronts, air lift rear bags, air lift rear shocks, 400c compressor, NUMATICS water trap, 3/4" line and a 5 gallon tank.
      This time the Install only took 6 hours with a some friends help and I was back on the ground.
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      I then Pick up some new wheels
      Superstar dishs 17x8 17x9 and put 205/40 falken 512's on them. I had to mill the holes out to allow a 14mm bolt.
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      I went to Treffen in chicago and pick up a roof rack from my buddy Joey. and then came home and got to work on the car again. I bought a new front bumper and fenders to replace the beat ones on my car and had them Painted in Cinci by Mark.
      Drove like this for a few weeks.


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      Sept 2011
      I got my parts back from paint and the car looked amazing again but still bummed it's no longer shaved.
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      Oct 2011
      I figured i would keep my wheel whore ways going and trade my wheels off but this time I was getting something back. I got my old Alphards back which was nice because it was the one wheel I did not want to sell but did to get ahead at the time.
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      Oct 2011
      I painted the grille trim and roof rack bars White to match the wheels.
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      Also warped the Merc caps in white vinyl




      Also finally got fog lights again after a possum took them out.


      Jan 2012
      pick up yellow ftp and fog lights.

      I found out I got a job at ECS Tuning as a automotive photographer, I stepped away from the car and got Ready to move from Indianapolis, IN to the Cleveland, OH Area. After some stress and all the packing My girlfriend and I moved into our Apartment on Ohio and started my new job.

      And that lead us to now.
      5 oil pans & 100,000 miles later.

      Car has much much to come for it this year. You'll just have to watch and see what happens.
      Last edited by GTIKole.; 02-14-2012 at 03:20 PM.
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      02-14-2012 02:34 PM #2

      always been a fan

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      02-14-2012 02:45 PM #3
      Thanks AJ.
      The RS's or the ZW1's where my favorite but I'm hoping to create a better one next. Just have to find the wheels and get to work.
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    5. 02-14-2012 03:14 PM #5
      Sick photos.

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      02-14-2012 03:24 PM #6
      pretty nice buildup. nice and clean. glad you got back to the build
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      02-14-2012 03:34 PM #7
      Yeah I'm glad I got back to building it. I love the car and just want to keep adding on to it to make it better.

      I also forgot to add that the lady and I add this to the family...


      She pick this up after someone ran into her old rodeo when it was parked outside our house and totaled it. Lucky I think she cam out ahead. It's a 2001 MK4 Golf 4-door, 2.0 AEG, 5 speed. has a full leather 2005 gti seats and wheel, euro bumpers, rokkor coil overs and a lot more but not a bad starting place for her.
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      02-14-2012 03:35 PM #8
      You finally made a build thread!!!!
      Still in love with your car, it gives me so much motivation. Really, the reason I finally decided to get air. I never knew you had white sawblades! Keep up the good work root
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      02-14-2012 03:38 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by mkvkevin View Post
      You finally made a build thread!!!!
      Still in love with your car, it gives me so much motivation. Really, the reason I finally decided to get air. I never knew you had white sawblades! Keep up the good work root
      Thanks Kevin!
      I'm glad to know I helped to motivate you to build that awesome Rabbit.
      You know the work will keep on just have to get on my feet after this move and also tax return time should equal new wheels in time for WBTB.
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      02-14-2012 04:01 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      Thanks Kevin!
      I'm glad to know I helped to motivate you to build that awesome Rabbit.
      You know the work will keep on just have to get on my feet after this move and also tax return time should equal new wheels in time for WBTB.

      My Rabbit isn't awesome yet but I'll get it there this season New wheels? Do tell! And where will the Alphards be going? I do love white wheels
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      02-14-2012 04:03 PM #11
      loved it with the rs'

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      02-14-2012 04:11 PM #12
      nice progress
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      02-14-2012 04:20 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by mkvkevin View Post
      My Rabbit isn't awesome yet but I'll get it there this season New wheels? Do tell! And where will the Alphards be going? I do love white wheels
      Well I love your car. so ha!
      Just waiting for tax money or money from my old 401k at my old job to get new wheels. not 100% what I'm getting but it will be 3pc. The Alphards will be going on Britt's car unless she finds something else she wants but not likely.
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      02-14-2012 04:43 PM #14
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      02-14-2012 06:27 PM #18
      Thanks guys.
      Here is a picture from this morning before heading to work. Thats the normal daily drive height.
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      02-14-2012 08:04 PM #19
      great timeline
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      02-14-2012 08:18 PM #20
      I love every stage of this car

      awesome car dude, and congrats on the new job. subscribed.

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      02-14-2012 08:35 PM #21
      Looks good dude.

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      02-15-2012 11:39 AM #24
      We'll just got some good new's. My retirement plain from my old job was not rolled over so I just took it out of the fund and they will be mailing me a check. This means new wheels are going to happen this year.
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      02-15-2012 02:50 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      We'll just got some good new's. My retirement plain from my old job was not rolled over so I just took it out of the fund and they will be mailing me a check. This means new wheels are going to happen this year.
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      02-15-2012 03:24 PM #26
      as do I.
      The new wheels, no matter what they are, will be white centers, polished lips, white barrels. The roof rack bars will be getting a make over as well.
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      02-15-2012 03:40 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      as do I.
      The new wheels, no matter what they are, will be white centers, polished lips, white barrels. The roof rack bars will be getting a make over as well.
      Help Andy out. Buy his RSs. I know a guy over by Seville that powdercoats pretty cheap.
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      02-15-2012 04:02 PM #28
      I can't afford Andy's beautiful RS's and still pay the bills
      Plus Im going back to 17's, want to go wide again and lay arch between tire an lip again and it's just easier with 17's. Plus cheaper tires
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      02-15-2012 04:12 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      We'll just got some good new's. My retirement plain from my old job was not rolled over so I just took it out of the fund and they will be mailing me a check. This means new wheels are going to happen this year.
      no penalty? my penalty from old to new was like 30%

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      02-15-2012 04:50 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by jrbrownie00 View Post
      no penalty? my penalty from old to new was like 30%
      20% penalty but still enough to get new wheels
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      02-17-2012 10:09 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      as do I.
      The new wheels, no matter what they are, will be white centers, polished lips, white barrels. The roof rack bars will be getting a make over as well.
      This. Perfect.

      My lips got scratched up when Cory took the old tires off my sawblades So, I'm either going to repaint the lips, polish the lips, or take them apart again and just powdercoat them... opinions? Also, go big and do white TH lines with polished lips...
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      02-17-2012 12:31 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by mkvkevin View Post
      This. Perfect.

      My lips got scratched up when Cory took the old tires off my sawblades So, I'm either going to repaint the lips, polish the lips, or take them apart again and just powdercoat them... opinions? Also, go big and do white TH lines with polished lips...
      I would just Powder them Kevin. Just easier and you won't have to worry as much about them.:thumb up:
      I'm not the biggest fan of TH lines. I think they look awesome in smaller sizes like 14 & 15's but not so much in MKV sizes

      In GTI news we had a awesome drive to work today with sunshine, clear roads and the curvy fun road I get to drive everyday to work and also smacked my sub frame a few times.
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      02-17-2012 02:53 PM #33
      Nice timeline, it looks great!

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      02-17-2012 04:52 PM #34
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