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    1. Junior Member oki-nik's Avatar
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      03-23-2020 07:48 PM #1
      It was suggested to me that I should make a "build thread". So, here it goes.

      A little bit of info/background on me:

      I am 32 and I live in Moses Lake, Washington. I am an Air Traffic Controller, with 7 years in the Air Force and 4 years in the FAA. I also do automotive photography as a hobby.

      This Golf Sportwagen 4MOTION is my 5th VW "Sportwagen", but only the second I've put any effort into modifying -- 1999 Passat Wagon 1.8T 5MT (sold), 2013 Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 5MT (modified, pictured below, sold), 2015 Golf Sportwagen 1.8T 5MT (totaled by a red light runner), 2016 Golf Sportwagen 1.8 5AT FWD (wife's current car), and my 2019 Golf Sportwagen 1.8T 4Motion (this one).

      I've been married for 10 years. I have 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 wagons.

      Here is my old 2013 VW Jetta Sportwagen 2.5, which I purchased brand new and modified for 5+ years:

      Video Feature - https://youtu.be/sWpuBXXPg7E







      My current Sportwagen was purchased brand new in August of 2019. I told myself if VW made an AWD, turbo, 6MT wagon I would buy one...so traded in my 2016 Audi S3 for it when I heard VW was killing them for the NAR.
      Don't judge me. I didn't really care for the DSG/S3. I would rather have a 6MT 4motion Sportwagen anyways.





      Here is my new 2019 VW Golf Sportwagen 4MOTION, 6 months and 4k miles later, as it sits 3/23/2020:











      Details and Modifications:

      2019 VW Golf Sportwagen
      4MOTION
      1.8T EA888 Gen 3
      6-Speed Manual

      Exterior:
      • OEM Golf R Front Bumper
      • OEM Votex Side Skirts
      • Ed's Golf R Headlights
      • OEM Golf R Variant Rear Diffuser
      • OEM Golf R Variant Rear Window Spoilers
      • Quad-Tipped OEM Exhaust

      Engine Bay:
      • OEM Tiguan Engine Cover
      • Integrated Engineering Downpipe
      • Burger Motorsports JB4 + Connect Kit

      Interior:
      • OEM Golf R Seats
      • Rennline Phone Mount
      • Black Forest Industries GSB Shift Knob

      Suspension and Wheels:
      • H&R VTF Adjustable Springs
      • BBS LM LM249 Wheels 19x8.5+48

      Waiting to be Installed/In the Mail/Backordered:
      • Integrated Engineering Intake
      • Integrated Engineering Turbo Inlet
      • Integrated Engineering Turbo Muffler Delete
      • OEM IS20 (GTI) Turbocharger Upgrade
      • Maxton Design Golf Variant Rear Side Splitters
      • Black Mirror Caps
      • Dynamic Mirror Turn Signals


      Random photos of "progress":



















      Future plans include: Installing the missing parts, coilovers, rear sway bar, a clutch that can actually hold power, IS38 upgrade, Integrated Engineering Intercooler, and IE Tune.

      Thanks for checking it out, I'll try to update as I go!
      Last edited by oki-nik; 03-24-2020 at 09:58 AM.
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    3. 03-23-2020 08:09 PM #2
      Love to see it all finished, man! Nice build!

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      03-23-2020 08:17 PM #3
      Wow!
      Top notch post...
      Expertly done. And the car mods too

      ATC...Is that Seattle ATRCC?
      Aviation guy here also. I’m with EJA.......

      My favorite shot is the wagon at the factory!

      Again, great post and just stunning photography!


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      03-23-2020 08:20 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by FlyingYankee View Post
      Wow!
      Top notch post...
      Expertly done. And the car mods too

      ATC...Is that Seattle ATRCC?
      Aviation guy here also. I’m with EJA.......

      My favorite shot is the wagon at the factory!

      Again, great post and just stunning photography!


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      Thank you! I actually work at the tower and approach control at Grant County International in Moses Lake, WA. They are storing a lot of MAX’s there.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hornung418 View Post
      Love to see it all finished, man! Nice build!

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      Thanks man! I love your build as well!

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      03-23-2020 08:21 PM #5
      looking good op, love the look of the wagon quick question how is your coilover's I'm looking into lowering my wagon and looking for some advice recommendations to which suspension I should go with
      Last edited by Somejaykid; 03-23-2020 at 08:24 PM.

    8. 03-23-2020 08:39 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by oki-nik View Post
      Thanks man! I love your build as well!
      You've inspired me. I'm gonna make a build thread this week. My car is rough and raw, yours has the good looks I'm after, but too poor to commit to it like you did this past few weeks! You 7.5 guys have it easy

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      03-23-2020 08:46 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Hornung418 View Post
      You've inspired me. I'm gonna make a build thread this week. My car is rough and raw, yours has the good looks I'm after, but too poor to commit to it like you did this past few weeks! You 7.5 guys have it easy

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      Thank you! Yours still looks good and could hurt a lot of feelings.

      You’re not wrong, haha. 7.5 wasn’t too difficult.


      Quote Originally Posted by Somejaykid View Post
      looking good op, love the look of the wagon quick question how is your coilover's I'm looking into lowering my wagon and looking for some advice recommendations to which suspension I should go with
      I have H&R VTF springs now and they’re great. Most of the lowering springs are good options. Bilstein and KW make great coilovers. Just make sure you get 50mm struts for GSW, and 55mm struts if you have an AT.


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      03-23-2020 11:51 PM #8
      Looks awesome man! Thanks for sharing all the details. I've already been following you on IG for a while. Great look GSW!
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      03-24-2020 12:02 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by GoDadWagon View Post
      Looks awesome man! Thanks for sharing all the details. I've already been following you on IG for a while. Great look GSW!
      Thank you! It was about time I made a “build thread”.. probably a bit late, haha.


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    12. 03-24-2020 12:48 AM #10
      "Don't judge me. I didn't really care for the DSG/S3. I would rather have a 6MT 4motion Sportwagen anyways."

      Did we just become best friends?!

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      03-24-2020 08:54 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Nadal4Hand View Post
      "Don't judge me. I didn't really care for the DSG/S3. I would rather have a 6MT 4motion Sportwagen anyways."

      Did we just become best friends?!

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    15. 03-24-2020 09:16 AM #13
      That is gorgeous. I want to do something very similar with my 17 Oxford White, just hope the 7.5 front and rear bumpers fit because they look so good.

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      03-24-2020 09:23 AM #14
      Wow.

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      03-24-2020 09:30 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by ShagginGSW View Post
      That is gorgeous. I want to do something very similar with my 17 Oxford White, just hope the 7.5 front and rear bumpers fit because they look so good.
      Thank you! I don't believe 7.5 bumpers will work with a 7 unless you swap headlights and fenders.

      Quote Originally Posted by KarstGeo View Post
      Wow.

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    18. 03-24-2020 09:36 AM #16
      Wow, indeed. Fellow MK7.5 4motion 6mt GSW here, and you sir are winning!

      The GolfR front skin makes all the difference. Kudos.

    19. 03-24-2020 09:39 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by oki-nik View Post
      Thank you! I don't believe 7.5 bumpers will work with a 7 unless you swap headlights and fenders.
      Sounds like I have some saving to do ha.

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      03-24-2020 10:07 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by ShagginGSW View Post
      Sounds like I have some saving to do ha.
      It could get expensive fast, but I remember seeing a MK7 GTI that did the “facelift” conversion in a FB group. So it’s possible with enough money.

      Quote Originally Posted by _Maxwell View Post
      Wow, indeed. Fellow MK7.5 4motion 6mt GSW here, and you sir are winning!

      The GolfR front skin makes all the difference. Kudos.
      Thank you!

      It really changed the attitude of the car. Even at stock height and on winter wheels. I’m a big fan of it.


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    21. 03-24-2020 12:31 PM #19
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      03-26-2020 01:44 AM #20
      That looks great. I just picked up a 6-spd Alltrack SEL because my Wrangler was great in Colorado but not so much in Seattle.
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      03-26-2020 07:54 AM #21
      Looking good.

      Am I the only one who wishes the Euro GSW R front bumper had fog lights?

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      03-26-2020 11:13 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Luxus Panzer View Post
      Looking good.

      Am I the only one who wishes the Euro GSW R front bumper had fog lights?
      I wish it did too! It would be nice to have some fog lights.


      Quote Originally Posted by dmitrik44 View Post
      That looks great. I just picked up a 6-spd Alltrack SEL because my Wrangler was great in Colorado but not so much in Seattle.
      Thank you! Nice! Congrats on joining the wagen gang!


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      03-26-2020 01:44 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Luxus Panzer View Post
      Looking good.

      Am I the only one who wishes the Euro GSW R front bumper had fog lights?
      Nope, a big oversight IMO too!


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      03-26-2020 09:01 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Nadal4Hand View Post
      "Don't judge me. I didn't really care for the DSG/S3. I would rather have a 6MT 4motion Sportwagen anyways."

      Did we just become best friends?!
      Application for best friend#3 sent in. Alltrack 6MT here (after many years with an outback turbo 5MT), 1 dog, 1kid, 1 wagon. Love those pictures!

    27. 03-26-2020 09:09 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarli View Post
      Application for best friend#3 sent in. Alltrack 6MT here (after many years with an outback turbo 5MT), 1 dog, 1kid, 1 wagon. Love those pictures!
      Hahahahaha. Nice. I had a 2011 Legacy GT for a few years.

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