I think they are both terrible and ugly
Waste of money. Leave it stock, or stick to OEM Mk5 options.
Do something else radical.
So I really am not too crazy about the Mk5 front end and would love to eventually spring for a serious update. Here's the two front-runners that I'm currently considering:
Mk6 Golf R
Both are pretty radical departures from stock, while still looking somewhat OEM... The Golf R conversion would probably be a bit more expensive, and it would do the most to change out the large center grille and bug-eye headlights... but I'd still have to add side-skirts and a rear bumper (maybe Rieger). However, the R-GT kit would allow me to run a much wider wheel...
Any thoughts or other suggestions??
Last edited by firstorbit84; 04-14-2012 at 12:49 AM.
the only really radical thing I could think of that no one has done or will probably do for a while is a mk6 jetta (or better yet, GLI) front end swap on a mk5... I know it wont fit, and the body lines will be somewhat out of whack... but how much effort would it really take?
also found this p-chop and I'm not crazy about the mk6 GTI on mk5 look:
A great man
What if the lower grille sections of the R-GT kit were made to look like R32 grilles instead of the big rectangles with the openings, and it had much better wheels on it, like some really deep 19" bbs rs? (Photoshop request, please)
Last edited by firstorbit84; 04-12-2012 at 05:55 AM.
Don't think I'll ever go for a k04 tho, cause I really don't want to shift the powerband that high... I'd rather just push the k03 as far as it will go, and keep a nice wide powerband with more low-end torque.
Definitely would do things like coils and LSD before I even thought about doing the bodywork seriously.... I'm just trying to visualize the end product... at what point is there nothing left to do?? for me, it would be an extreme makeover... also, I'm pretty sure that the R swap will be a bit more than $1500
btw, if that mk6 conversion is real and not a p-shop, it looks terrible. like the front end is disproportionately long... pushing me more towards the R-GT kit if I ever get this far with my mods.
Sourcing all the parts to do the mk6 swap would be time consuming, very expensive and a hassle to get fitted just right. not to mention the amount of additional body work that would need to be done the either the mk5 body or the mk6 fenders to make them actually look cohesive, which probably wont work anyways seeing two generations differ so greatly in style.
That r-gt look is incredibly tacky. why would you want to pay $1300+ just to get that kit. that doesn't include prepping the parts, fitting them and painting them. did you even look at the rear of the kit? it's even worse. The whole set up for the spoiler looks like crap not to mention the rear bumper or the fact you will have to spend even more money to get a custom made dual exhaust to fill in the whole on the other side.
Why make your life harder when their are much easier, cheaper, and much more aesthetically pleasing options readily available. from your original post it seems to me that your major issues is the large center grille and "bug-eye" headlights, so why not look into a thunderbunny front end or the standard rabbit front bumper with shaved rubstrips and a votex lip. Both do away with the center grill and actually to with the mkv body. as far as the headlights...a nicely done boser hood should solve your headlight issue.
just my two cents
Last edited by illuder83; 04-14-2012 at 06:34 AM.
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Hmmm... you're right about the mk6 conversion being too difficult and expensive, and based on the responses in this thread, I think I'll take that off my list.
The main appeal of the r-gt is that it's very uncommon, the front looks good IMO, and it is widebody, which done correctly, would let me run an impossibly huge wheel and tire combo.
Also I don't think I would put on the crazy spoiler if I got that kit, as I have the stock rear lip which I think looks good. The dual exhaust wouldn't be too expensive as I have a great local exhaust shop who always cuts me deals.
The thunderbunny kit looks good, and I guess I could always have the fenders rolled and pulled instead. However, i'd probably get mistaken for a tdi cup car for anyone who recognized it.
Jetta r is pretty awesome
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