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    Thread: Geordie's 2012 GLI Build

    1. Member JSWDawg's Avatar
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      05-08-2015 02:57 PM #1
      New to this board but been around the forum scene, mostly BMW's for 13 years now. I'm 36 years old and my wife and I bought my 37th (!) car, a 2012 GLI Autobahn. I was drunk eBaying one night and made a pretty low offer on this and woke up the next morning, not believing I'd just bought it! Once she arrived via a truck from VA, I knew right away something was wrong as it was nearly impossible to get into gear. To make a long story short, the car was traded in at a CarMax in VA needing a clutch when the dealer I got it from snatched it up for cheap I'd guess, and put a clutch in it. Turns out the shifter cables just needed to be adjusted, which the dealer covered the cost for!

      Luckily I purchased an extended warranty through USAA as a CEL revealed a cracked intercooler and faulty throttle body, both covered. She's running like a champ now!

      The day I got her, pictured with my 4 year-old son Tripp and 1 year-old Wit:











      I usually go bat-**** crazy with mods on my cars, but have two other German sisters that keep me busy, my project 1990 560 SEC Euro:



      And my wife's DD, an E55 AMG wagon that makes 509whp/549wtq and has a mod list that's way too long to list here:



      And a few of my past cars, you know, just because:





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      ...anyway, enough about previous cars, back to the GLI! As I was saying, I usually go bat**** crazy with mods, but don't anticipate that happening with this one, what with a warranty and two kids in private school, LOL. I started with a pair of Helix lights:



      Then added a 1/4" red vinyl strip to the lower grille portion:



      Finally added a set of H&R Super Sports to the stock shocks and was amazed that the ride actually improved. I've never had good luck with lowering springs on stock shocks but this car rides like a champ! Coils might be in the future, but this will do for now:




      Wheels will be in next week so I'll report back, but this will definitely be a mild build, so keep a lookise. Thanks for your time!
      Geordie Johnston - Atlanta, GA | IG: @geordie_butlertire
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    2. 05-08-2015 03:03 PM #2
      Awesome, great looking car.

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      05-08-2015 03:58 PM #3
      Great taste in mods. Welcome

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      05-08-2015 03:58 PM #4
      that E55 is ****ing beautiful
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      05-08-2015 04:17 PM #5
      WOW.

      I know you said it will be a mild build, but I still can't wait to see the results if your other vehicles have turned out like that!
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      05-09-2015 01:01 PM #6
      Ha, thanks for the kind words, guys! Yeah, I've been pretty fortunate to run a wheel and tire shop for the last ten years so I get to change things up pretty consistently.
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      05-09-2015 01:08 PM #7
      How long until your warranty is up before you really dig into the build? I have a 2012 also and it's been a blast to own.
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      05-09-2015 01:17 PM #8
      please give me some wheels OP
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    9. 05-09-2015 01:46 PM #9
      I didn't let a warranty stop from modding my 2014, let's see what you can do!!


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      05-09-2015 02:03 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by tree_hugger View Post
      please give me some wheels OP
      I have some STRs BBS LM reps if you're interested. $1600 shipped.


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      05-09-2015 02:06 PM #11
      LOL
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      05-15-2015 10:41 PM #12
      Update! Been busy. Helix LED lights plus H&R Super Sports and a red vinyl piece on the grille installed. Savini BM9's in Candy Red, 19x8.5, +45 with 225/35R19 Michelin PSS. The result:





      Last edited by JSWDawg; 05-16-2015 at 06:02 AM.
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    13. 05-15-2015 11:16 PM #13
      I don't hate it! That candy red really pops!!


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    14. 05-15-2015 11:27 PM #14
      Did you add the density strut mounts to your springs I install?

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      05-16-2015 12:09 AM #15
      Looks awesome man


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    16. 05-16-2015 03:23 AM #16
      Looks good man. I'm thinking about a 19x8.5 ET43 with 225/35/19 PSSs.

      Any closer shots or insight on where the wheel and tire shoulder sit relative to the body?

      Is the 225/35 tire shoulder and sidewall about flush with the 8.5 wheel or is it stretched?

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      05-16-2015 07:09 AM #17
      Looks good.

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      05-17-2015 12:41 AM #18
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      05-17-2015 10:17 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by ceezy View Post
      niice

      Holy **** that E55 You've really done some really dope work on your past cars, definitely looking to see where this GLI goes
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      05-17-2015 11:19 AM #20
      [/QUOTE]Wheels will be in next week so I'll report back, but this will definitely be a mild build, so keep a lookise. Thanks for your time![/QUOTE]


      Looking good man, I'll definitely be following your build. I have very similar mods in mind for my GLI. Nothing extreme just basic performance and cosmetic changes.

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      05-17-2015 12:36 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by BClear View Post
      Looks good man. I'm thinking about a 19x8.5 ET43 with 225/35/19 PSSs.

      Any closer shots or insight on where the wheel and tire shoulder sit relative to the body?

      Is the 225/35 tire shoulder and sidewall about flush with the 8.5 wheel or is it stretched?
      Definitely not stretched at all and not square. Pretty rounded sidewall, perfect look for this car IMO:





      Quote Originally Posted by PVieira21 View Post
      Holy **** that E55 You've really done some really dope work on your past cars, definitely looking to see where this GLI goes
      Ha, thanks! She's a beast and humbles a lot of supercars when she has the opportunity.
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      05-17-2015 12:37 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by FrostyGLI View Post
      Looking good man, I'll definitely be following your build. I have very similar mods in mind for my GLI. Nothing extreme just basic performance and cosmetic changes.
      Thanks! I've had some pretty extreme fitments, so I'm excited to have a "normal" look for once.
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      05-17-2015 11:30 PM #23
      I was always interested in putting red wheels on mine but never saw anyone with them. Good choice, looks good! What'd you do to cover the license plate holes in your front bumper?
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      05-18-2015 06:11 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Sqwillis View Post
      I was always interested in putting red wheels on mine but never saw anyone with them. Good choice, looks good! What'd you do to cover the license plate holes in your front bumper?
      Thanks! And nothing yet, there's still four holes there, they just don't show in the pics.
      Geordie Johnston - Atlanta, GA | IG: @geordie_butlertire
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      05-24-2015 08:36 AM #25
      Small mod update: replaced the awful, non-matching fogs with a pair of 6000K LED bulbs. $25 from Amazon:



      During:



      Done! Matches the DRL's so much better:

      Geordie Johnston - Atlanta, GA | IG: @geordie_butlertire
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