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Choice Gear: All Safety- No Dance

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Choice Gear

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What will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, our mk2 restoration has resulted in a car that’s beautiful, period-correct, nearly-original in terms of mechanical reliability, and yet still not in the top 1,000 list of ideal road trip vehicles. With our annual 2,000-mile fall road trip to H2o looming, we turned to the Volkswagen […] More…

Mk2 Resto Project – Going Straight to Plaid

posted by on 28 July 2015 in Mk2 GTI Restoration

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(Editor’s Note: While the last post in this series was just over a year ago, work never completely ceased on our Mk2 Resto Project.  We’ve got some catching up to do, so let’s get to it.) It all started with a phone call. Wait—back up. It started with a web search for interlagos plaid. Though […] More…

Review: Soumatrix “Xtase” Speaker Upgrade Kit

posted by on 10 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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There was a time when the to-do list for a Volkswagen owner went like this: 1.) Suspension 2.) Intake 3.) Exhaust 4.) Chip 5.) Wheels 6.) Brakes 7.) Stereo Vortex archives are chock full of threads going all the way back to the late 90s, wherein readers debated the merits of those modifications as fervently […] More…

All 500 Golf R Pre-Orders Sold Out in Under 12 Hours

posted by on 9 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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When Volkswagen announced the Golf R Pre-Order program, they had high hopes that their strategy would be a successful one.  The company offered 500 models of the Golf R as “Launch Edition” cars, coming fully loaded and with a special Volkswagen DriverGear accessories kit, one of which could be yours so long as you placed a […] More…

UroTuning Releases Stealth Oil Catch Can for 2.0T FSI Applications

posted by on 8 January 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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UroTuning today announced the release of their new Mk5 2.0T FSI Catch Can Kits with AN fitting lines.  Designed to delete the stock PCV, add a boost port and eliminate gunk making its way to your intake, the UroTuning Catch Can Kit is a worthwhile addition to any 2.0T FSI powered car.  The kit is available in the purchaser’s […] More…

Volkswagen Golf 7 R – First Drive on U.S. Soil

posted by on 12 June 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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We finally get behind the wheel of the Golf 7 R and find it to be the best R yet… More…