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      11-09-2015 07:46 PM #1
      Hello everyone,

      I decided to make a thread for my new GTI. A place to share pics, mods, etc. It's a Carbon Steel Gray, SE, 4-door, 6-spd manual, with the Lighting Package and Performance Package. Never done much modding before, but I have a few things in mind for this car. Probably headed towards an OEM+ look for starters.


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      - Monster Mats
      - Soundaktor unplug
      - ECS solid shifter cable bushings + DIY
      - ECS flush kit spacers (15mm front, 20mm rear)
      - Clutch bleeder block delay delete
      - VWR Springs
      - deAutoKey LED tails - [REMOVED]
      - deAutoKey LED amber front turn signals
      - aFe Pro Dry S drop in filter
      - AWE Track Edition catback exhaust
      - KMD Tuning stainless steel clutch line + DIY - [REMOVED]
      - Euro Auto Folding Mirrors w/Puddle Lights
      - 034 Dogbone Insert
      - OEM S3 short shifter
      - Euro LED tail lights
      - Clutch Pedal spring delete
      - Skoda Cargo Nets
      - deAutoKey LED license plate bulbs + coding
      - Audi Jack Pad Adapters + Trim Covers
      - Eurocode Turbo Muffler Delete
      - Eurocode Silicone Turbo Outlet Hose
      - Frameless Homelink Mirror
      - Lower Engine Cover
      - Euro Switch
      - BFI GS2 Shift Knob + Leather Boot
      - DinanTRONICS Sport+ Piggyback Module - [REMOVED]
      - ECS stainless steel clutch line + swirl valve delete [DIY post here]
      - CTS Engine + Transmission Mounts - [REMOVED]
      - Lamin-X Yellow Fogs
      - OEM Window Shades
      - 034 Upper Insert
      - BFI Stage 1 Motor + Trans Mounts


      Coding:
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      - MFD Display set to carbon fiber look
      - Comfort Blink set to 4
      - Passenger Mirror dip in reverse
      - Disabled seatbelt warning chime
      - Disabled ignition on door open warning chime
      - Both tails function as turn signals/brake lights/hazards
      - Disabled little red lights on side of tail lights
      - Disabled orange side markers in head lights
      - Automatic mirror folding on lock/unlock
      - Fogs as CH/LH lights
      - Hill start assist set to easy
      - LED tails amber blinker
      - Starting Vibration set to deactivated
      - Automatic rain closing
      - Idle RPM correction
      - Rear fog / euroswitch enabled


      Summer Setup:
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      - BBS CO 18x8 ET44 [5mm spacers front, 10mm spacers rear]
      - Stock Tires 225/40/R18


      Winter Setup:
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      - Alzor Style 628 17x7.5 ET35
      - Nitto NT-SN2 Winter 225/45/R17



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      11-09-2015 07:47 PM #2
      Here is a pic of it stock, shortly after I bought it:


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    4. 11-09-2015 08:46 PM #3
      Thank you. I have the same car only in DSG. Now I can watch your thread before I spend my money on any mods. My wife appreciates it.

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      11-09-2015 09:13 PM #4
      Congrats, I just picked up my 2016 PP as well today. Seems you got a good list of mods to do.


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      Nice, welcome!

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      11-10-2015 11:41 AM #6
      Congrats! Check tire pressure 35 is plenty dealer has it normally at 40psi+

      Just a pet peeve of mine

      I have same set up 15 same color too

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      11-10-2015 12:33 PM #7
      Planned/Future Ideas:
      -LED Plate and Hatch lights
      -Lower Engine Cover retrofit kit

      -Forge Red Silicone Intake Hose (cosmetic)- keep in mind the amount of stress transferred to the air box from torque flex. That acordian hose is there for a reason . Even apr says not to use a silicone hose on their units due to it cracking the carbon.

      -VWR Sport Springs
      -ECS Flush Kit wheel spacers


      -APR Turbo Muffler Delete- no benefit performance and minimal sound increase from turbo. Also widely accepted wasted mod.


      -Soundaktor unplug- or code off with vcds. Mine had been unplugged since I got it home.

      -Cat-back exhaust (not sure which yet)- just remember there is no added benefit. Just noise. You are better off with a dp and stock cat back.


      -Short-shift kit, possible weighted shift knob- spulen is excellent but make sure to also do the ecs solid end link bushings. Paired together makes the entire shift assembly MUCH better.

      -summer tires


      -oil catch can- this has yet to have any benefiting proof presented. The PCV system now is much more efficient than I'm years past. Most install this and never catch any oil. A waste of $400 in my opinion.


      All of that is my .02 but you can find many of the same opinions elsewhere
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      11-10-2015 01:06 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by key board warrior View Post
      Planned/Future Ideas:
      -LED Plate and Hatch lights
      -Lower Engine Cover retrofit kit

      -Forge Red Silicone Intake Hose (cosmetic)- keep in mind the amount of stress transferred to the air box from torque flex. That acordian hose is there for a reason . Even apr says not to use a silicone hose on their units due to it cracking the carbon.

      -VWR Sport Springs
      -ECS Flush Kit wheel spacers


      -APR Turbo Muffler Delete- no benefit performance and minimal sound increase from turbo. Also widely accepted wasted mod.


      -Soundaktor unplug- or code off with vcds. Mine had been unplugged since I got it home.

      -Cat-back exhaust (not sure which yet)- just remember there is no added benefit. Just noise. You are better off with a dp and stock cat back.


      -Short-shift kit, possible weighted shift knob- spulen is excellent but make sure to also do the ecs solid end link bushings. Paired together makes the entire shift assembly MUCH better.

      -summer tires


      -oil catch can- this has yet to have any benefiting proof presented. The PCV system now is much more efficient than I'm years past. Most install this and never catch any oil. A waste of $400 in my opinion.


      All of that is my .02 but you can find many of the same opinions elsewhere
      Thanks, I appreciate the advice! To be honest I'm not really going for serious performance upgrades (as you can tell). I'm coming from an Mk4 2.slow so the stock power is plenty of fun to me for the time being. The turbo muffler delete and catch can are definitely low priority, just some things I was thinking about -- but again I appreciate the opinions. Most important things to me off the bat are dialing in the look a bit with the springs and spacers, as well as cleaning up the shifter. Things I wish would have come that way stock. I will definitely look into the ECS bushings. Cat-back and soundaktor unplug would just be to hear the exhaust more. Maybe down the line I'd consider getting a tune, although I've never done that before and will be keeping the car long-term.

      Anyways, I have some time to think about it as I don't have the funds to do everything right away!

      If the turbo muffler delete doesn't do much, do you know of any mods that would liven up the turbo sound? My wife used to have a Saab 9-3 Turbo and I kinda miss the whooosh you could hear when that car was under heavy boost. Especially with the windows down.

      Cheers!
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      11-10-2015 01:41 PM #10
      Here are the monster mats -- a necessity for me in Minnesota. Got a set of 4 on Amazon for about a third of the price at the dealer. Was debating between these and weathertech. The weathertech's actually looked like better protection, but I couldn't resist the honeycomb pattern and additional GTI badging...



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      11-10-2015 01:53 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by nicholam77 View Post
      Thanks, I appreciate the advice! To be honest I'm not really going for serious performance upgrades (as you can tell). I'm coming from an Mk4 2.slow so the stock power is plenty of fun to me for the time being. The turbo muffler delete and catch can are definitely low priority, just some things I was thinking about -- but again I appreciate the opinions. Most important things to me off the bat are dialing in the look a bit with the springs and spacers, as well as cleaning up the shifter. Things I wish would have come that way stock. I will definitely look into the ECS bushings. Cat-back and soundaktor unplug would just be to hear the exhaust more. Maybe down the line I'd consider getting a tune, although I've never done that before and will be keeping the car long-term.

      Anyways, I have some time to think about it as I don't have the funds to do everything right away!

      If the turbo muffler delete doesn't do much, do you know of any mods that would liven up the turbo sound? My wife used to have a Saab 9-3 Turbo and I kinda miss the whooosh you could hear when that car was under heavy boost. Especially with the windows down.

      Cheers!

      To get more turbo noise, get an intake. Any of them really. Or I just removed the screen section in the bottom of the stock filter box. I'd most definitely say go with a dv+. Better throttle response and slightly more noise. If you really wants the pshhhh of a turbo grab the forge BOV kit. The dp and stock exhaust will sound better than just about every cb out there with the exception of a few.
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      11-10-2015 06:59 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by key board warrior View Post
      -Short-shift kit, possible weighted shift knob- spulen is excellent but make sure to also do the ecs solid end link bushings. Paired together makes the entire shift assembly MUCH better.
      Do you recommend just the front to back or both the front to front and side to side shifters?
      I'm torn between the spulen + bushings vs the diesel geek kit

      Thanks

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      11-10-2015 09:55 PM #13
      I say front to back only.

      I don't like the dg kit. Too notchy for me honestly and I HATE all the screws to adjust the link. I think the stock ending setup is a breeze to adjust plus, well, I like oem looking things that perform better so spulen gets my vote again. And let's not forget price. Lordy the dg is high as all get out! And worth it due to the quality and design of the part but no need to reinvent the wheel when all spulen had to do was notch the factory style to make it adjustable...
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      11-12-2015 05:32 PM #14
      Winter wheels showed up. I'll probably wait another month until it actually gets cold to throw them on. Was told they will clear the PP calipers but we shall see... they are 17x7.5 ET 35 and will get 225/45/17 winter tires.



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      Saweet!!!!!!!

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      11-21-2015 09:50 PM #19
      Finally had some time this afternoon so I did a few little things. Unplugged the Soundaktor and took the the plastic guard thingy out of the bottom of the air filter box. Not sure what purpose that serves in the first place (I've heard some say snow guard, sound proofing?), but it was easy to remove and seems unnecessary. Will probably replace the stock air filter eventually, too.

      As for the Soundaktor, I unplugged the smaller harness. I tried to zip tie it so it wouldn't rattle, but my hands were super cramped and I just ended up losing the zip tie in there. Honestly I was a bit shocked when I took it for a drive for the first time after unplugging. I've had the car in sport mode since taking delivery (including the Soundaktor setting), so I was a little surprised at HOW MUCH noise it was actually creating. In a weird way I do miss it a little, but on the plus side I can actually hear the turbo a bit now, and it's the sound the engine is actually making. I'm sure after a few days I will get used to it and forget it even existed.

      Also, I took off the horrid dealer branded license plate brackets. Ended up just mounting the rear plate directly to the car with no bracket or frame (with some rubber washers between the plate and bumper). Front has the plastic mount that came with the car, but I had to re-drill the holes to straighten out the plate.
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      11-30-2015 05:17 PM #21
      Winter wheels on just in time for the first snow

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      12-28-2015 04:05 PM #22
      Installed the ECS Solid Shifter Cable Bushing Kit last night. As many others have said I think they are worth the money and do what they claim to. There is less play in the shifter now, and it just feels more solid. ECS has a great installation guide on their website, but I've documented mine anyways in case it helps someone:

      Tools Needed:
      -flat head screwdriver
      -pliers
      -small wire cutter (optional)
      -metal file


      Step 1 - Remove stock airbox. Disconnect the intake hose via the clamp, as well as the breather hose via the plastic clip. You can also remove the vacuum hose but I found it had enough slack not to. To remove the airbox itself, just pull up firmly off the 3 plastic pins it is mounted to.


      Step 2 - Remove shifter cable ends from shift selector. The front-to-back (rectangular) one will require first removing the metal clip on top. It helps to pry this off with a flathead screwdriver. The side-to-side (circular) one should just slide off with some effort. Mine came off by hand, but wedge a needle-nose pliers behind it and gently pry off if necessary.


      Step 3 - Remove the old bushings. I left my cable ends on the shift linkage to do this. It's a little cramped for space, but I didn't want to mess with the shifter alignment so I did not take them off. On the front-to-back cable, pry out the plastic supports and bushing with a flathead screwdriver. Leave the rubber insert. For the side-to-side, remove the plastic bushing AND the rubber insert. The rubber insert was very frustrating for me. It almost seemed like it was held in with adhesive it was so stubborn. I ended up having to destroy it, cutting pieces out with a small wire snipper, and pulling it out with a pliers. Just be careful not to damage the thin plastic mounts it sits on in each corner (see pic after it has been removed).




      Step 4 - Install the new bushings. Snap in the black aluminum pieces first. For the front-to-back, the bottom should be the completely flat rectangular piece. On the top you should see the counter-sink piece that the bushing sits into. Same with the side-to-side. With the black inserts in place, put the cables back on the shift selector pins. Lastly, push the bushings into place. Replace the metal clip on the front-to-back cable.

      NOTE: I couldn't fit the side-to-side bushing over the nub on the black plastic pin of the shift selector. I had to use a metal file to shave this down (just a little bit!) as per the ECS guide until it fit snugly.

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      12-31-2015 05:51 PM #23
      Removed the flow restrictor diaphragm from the clutch bleeder block. Much happier with the clutch pedal now



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      01-16-2016 09:31 PM #24
      installed deAutoKey LED tails this afternoon. Kind of expensive for bulbs but the results are great and now I'm hooked (Now I want the amber turn signal LEDs in the front!). It's really hard to capture in photos but the red is deeper, fills the housing more evenly, and the instant on-off is really cool.




      I made a short video showing just how quick the LED bulbs light up vs. the stock ones:


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    27. 01-17-2016 07:53 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by nicholam77 View Post
      installed deAutoKey LED tails this afternoon. Kind of expensive for bulbs but the results are great and now I'm hooked (Now I want the amber turn signal LEDs in the front!). It's really hard to capture in photos but the red is deeper, fills the housing more evenly, and the instant on-off is really cool.





      I made a short video showing just how quick the LED bulbs light up vs. the stock ones:


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