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    Thread: Rockerdan's Build/Mod/DIY Thread!!!

    1. Member rockerdan's Avatar
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      09-20-2011 01:10 AM #1
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      Rockerdan's GTI

      Factory Specs.
      -Took delivery September 16th, 2011 from Schmitt's VW(Thanks Steve!)
      -2012 Candy White 2 door
      -Autobahn Package
      -6 Speed Manual
      -Titan Black Leather interior
      -Dynaudio Premium Sound
      -HID Bi-Xenon Headlights
      -LED DRLs
      -RNS 315 Navigation
      -18” 'Serron' Wheels


      Mods so far...Quick jump index links below


      Interior

      -Red footwell lighting See post #2 below
      -Hard wired radar detector See post #2 below
      -OEM Euro Cupholder & Bottle Opener See post #3 below
      -OEM Satin Chrome Glovebox latch See post #3 below
      -OEM Monster Mats See post #50
      -Carbon Fiber 'look' seat lever inserts See post #77
      -Airbag Sticker Removal See post#113
      -OEM Under Seat Drawers: See post#204


      Exterior

      -CW Grill Stripes See post#5 below
      -Front Bumper & Spoiler removal See post#6 below
      -Color Matched Side Marker Lights See Post #33 below
      -Painted lower section of spoiler See Post #33 below
      -OEM 'R' LED tail lights See post #48
      -Windows get tinted See post #49
      -'Turbo' License plate frame See post #78


      Electronics & Lighting
      -OEM RVC(rear view camera) DIY See post #54
      -RVC Video(rear view camera)See post #60 for VIDEO
      -CIM center vent boost gauge See post #61 Pics & VIDEO
      -OEM Euro Headlight Switch: See post #118
      -Höen Xenonmatch H8 Fog light bulbs: See post #126


      Suspension & Wheels
      -H&R Super Sport Springs DIY See post #274
      -Hartmann Wheels HROC-233, 19"x8.5" ET47 See below
      -Continental DW Tires, 225/35-19 See below
      -Wheel/Tire Weight See post #295


      VCDS Coding
      -My VCDS Tweaks See post #91
      -Adjust Bi-Xenon Headlights after Suspension Drop DIY See post #290


      Future Mods:
      REVO Stage 1



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      **New Wheel/Suspension Pics added 5/2/2012**


      Just installed H&R Super Sports and Hartmann HROC-233, needs to settle still

















      More pics of Hartmann wheels here
      Last edited by rockerdan; 08-10-2012 at 11:05 PM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:10 AM #2
      Only owned my car 4 days now, haven't stopped doing stuff! That's what I get for lurking these forums for a few months prior to my car arriving! I blame all you guys with such awesome GTIs!

      Day 1-Started with the simple stuff...Red footwell lighting

      DSC03063 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr


      DSC03064 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr


      Day 2-Wired in my radar detector

      DSC03067 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr
      Last edited by rockerdan; 09-25-2011 at 11:20 PM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:11 AM #3
      Next....


      Day 3-OEM Euro Cup holder install

      IMG_0760 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr





      Day 3-OEM Satin Chrome glove box latch install
      IMG_0750 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr


      IMG_0765 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr
      Last edited by rockerdan; 11-15-2011 at 06:10 PM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:12 AM #4
      TM Tuning is slow!......takes 3 weeks but they charged me right away..geesh!

      -Under seat drawers wont be in for 3 weeks!
      Last edited by rockerdan; 03-30-2012 at 10:54 AM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:19 AM #5
      Next....


      Day 4-Upper grill,changing red stripes, Pop them out easily with screwdriver from behind



      Wrapped stripes in vinyl


      Last edited by rockerdan; 09-25-2011 at 11:28 PM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:21 AM #6
      Bumper removal.....getting spoiler ready for paint match!

      Day 4- Removal of bumper for lower grill painting,Turn steering wheel to aid in the removal of 5 bolts(T25)in each wheel well,one up top is slightly different then other 4


      Pop out rubber plug/grommet and disconnect fog and marker light wires


      Remove 8 more bolts(T25)under front lip,and two bolts on upper front of bumper cover,then pull outward on each side to separate(one at a time)put a blanket underneath to protect it.


      Once each side separates, remove bumper cover holding it from center,one person can do this easily like i did


      work the lower grills out from one side to other,takes some time but very easy




      All removed and separated



      Lower section ready for paint...stay tuned!
      Last edited by rockerdan; 09-25-2011 at 11:31 PM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-20-2011 01:25 AM #8
      how do the vinyl wrapped side markers look? Where did you get it? Off to a great start

    10. 09-20-2011 01:34 AM #9
      Looking good buddy, can't wait to see more!

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      09-20-2011 01:37 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by acdelco View Post
      how do the vinyl wrapped side markers look? Where did you get it? Off to a great start
      I have done alot of vinyl in my day on sleds and bikes, Just go to any sign store and buy a piece. Its really simple on a flat surface like a marker light, the red stripes were alittle tricky but turned out amazing, really hated the red on a CW. Cost me 10 bucks for a 30"x 6ft piece of a nice matched white vinyl. I tried chrome first but didn't like it, so white it is.

      Nice thing is the light still showes thru the vinyl for a marker light. I was gonna paint them but figured id wrap them since i was wrapping the red stripes anyway.

      I thought about wrapping the entire front lower spoiler but it would be too tough, so it will get paint.

      Ill post up lots more pics of entire car as it comes along

      Only thing bad about this site.....my wallet is very thin lately!
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
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      09-20-2011 01:52 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by rockerdan View Post
      Only thing bad about this site.....my wallet is very thin lately!
      My CW comes in this week and I'm terrified for this very reason

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      09-20-2011 01:55 AM #12
      Thanks for the advice, which brand did you get and how well does is match the VW paint?

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      09-20-2011 04:13 AM #13
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      09-20-2011 10:46 AM #14
      If you havent installed Coils (at least) and went LOW , you have learnt nothing and cant blame Vortex for anything

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      09-20-2011 11:52 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by acdelco View Post
      Thanks for the advice, which brand did you get and how well does is match the VW paint?
      the vinyl match to CW is rather tricky im finding...the "sheen" makes it look different on the car, even though the color is a good match.

      for something like the marker lights it is a dead giveaway, since they are inset into the bumper. So for this reason i decided to just paint the marker lights. Im painting the lower spoiler anyway so the paint will be mixed and ill have some extra.

      Should have the spoiler painted and back together by weekend i hope!
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      09-20-2011 12:20 PM #16
      Looks good man.

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      09-20-2011 01:34 PM #17
      Another CW MKVI w/ no front bumper
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    19. 09-21-2011 12:18 PM #18
      Great thread, I commend you for taking on these projects yourself!

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      09-21-2011 12:32 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Mark_Seis_JSW View Post
      Another CW MKVI w/ no front bumper
      and at a young 4 days old to boot!...
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      09-21-2011 12:36 PM #20
      Late last night I got the confirmation email from ECS that the Tinted R LED tailights had arrived early!

      Today ECS shipped out my LED tails...woohoo!!! Pics to follow!

      Dan
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      09-21-2011 01:05 PM #21
      woohooo! look what UPS just left me! only 4 days to get here from Poland!!! RVC(rear view camera)






      Last edited by rockerdan; 09-22-2011 at 10:43 AM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
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      09-21-2011 01:07 PM #22
      wanna trade headlights?

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      09-21-2011 01:12 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      wanna trade headlights?
      my favorite part of my 2012!!!




      IMG_0738 by rockerdaniel, on Flickr
      Last edited by rockerdan; 09-22-2011 at 10:46 AM.
      '12 GTI Autobahn 6SPD MT
      Red Footwell lights | Rear View Camera | CIM Boost Gauge | VCDS Tweaks | EuroCupholder | SeatDrawers | Chrome Glovebox latch | CandyWhite Spoiler | 'R' LED Tails | Euro HL Switch | 35%-20%Tint | Hartmann HROC 19x8.5 ET47 | Conti DW 225/35-19 | H&R Super Sports
      My Mod-DIY-Build thread! | Pics!

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      09-21-2011 01:23 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      wanna trade headlights?





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      09-21-2011 08:44 PM #25
      Love the white instead of the red piping. Did you order the car and how long in advance if you did?

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