AUTObiography Grn_16v_ gti1987’s 1998 Jetta

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Grn_16v_gti1987


How long have you owned this car?

Two years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

To start, the only reason I have this car was because my mk2 was stolen the day after Waterfest 08. I needed a car to get to work and my brother in law was looking to get rid of this Jetta. It was already swapped and over the last two years, I have found out that I know quite a few people who either worked or helped build the car.

What drew you to this specific car?

The 1.8t swap really had my interest in this car.

What other cars did you consider?

I looked at a few mk2 VRs and a few mk3 GTI VRs.

What was your objective with this car?

Keep it ultra-low, euro clean, and have it be a material example of my personality.

What tuning style would you describe this car as?

My car would be described as more of a euro styling but with a modern skater twist.

Who helped you build this car?

The exterior was done by New Life Auto Body but the car as a whole was the long hours and cold nights spent in the garage with my friends at Garage Tuning.

What makes your car special?

I see my car as a piece of art. Every detail and modification was done because I like it and was done my way. It may not have all the latest gadgets, or the most expensive set of wheels; but it shows off my personality and what I value in the car I drive.

What is your favorite part/feature/function? 

I love my pulled fenders. They’re my favorite part because they’re subtle. You can tell that there’s been work done but the fender retains a stock shape.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? 

I browse plenty of forums and scroll through hundreds of picture threads looking for anything that will inspire me. Most of what’s done to my car has started as some idea in my head that I just ran with.

What don’t you like about this car? 

The next level for me is air ride, it’s the only way I can go lower.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 

Modding a car beyond bolt-ons has been an obstacle using minimal wages. Obviously with money as no object it would be completely different but I’m happy with it given how much I’ve invested.

How did you overcome the issue?

I don’t know yet, I haven’t overcome the issue.

What would you change if you could?

Nothing… Okay maybe I’d switch over to bags.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

Currently, the car is a 7 for me. The exterior is basically where I want it to be but the interior needs some cleaning up. Re-wrapped seats and some clean up in the engine bay would get the car to a 10.

What would you do to the car if money were no object? 

Shaved bay, built motor, boser front end, coupe conversion, air ride, custom interior, and some 17” polished TH Line monoblocks… The list goes on. Obviously with no budget the car would only get the best of everything but that isn’t very realistic.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? 

Surprisingly my friends, although they always help me with the car, they’re also my biggest critics. Sometimes my ideas will be a little off the wall and they’re more conservative than I am. At the end of the day though, it’s my car and they support that.


They all seem to enjoy the car and appreciate the work I continue put into the car. They are all also very supportive and always encourage me to do more.

What is your favorite story about this car?

My favorite story would have to be the time I blew out my 5th gear while listening to the song “The Final Countdown.”

Has this car competed in any events? 

I enter this car into most shows but I’m more of about just parking and looking good shows don’t do anything for me anymore.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? 

A nice super smooth road.

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Ideal day would be a nice sunny day, on a smooth road, and a smoking hot blonde.

Who gets to drive this car? 

Who ever can, it has a Limited Slip Diff and a Stage 5 un-sprung clutch, so only a select few can drive the car without getting frustrated.

If your car had a motto, what would it be? 

Ballin’ on a budget.

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

It’s named Creepo, long story on how it got that name but we’ll save that for a later episode.

What was your previous project?

It was a MK2 16v gti painted cosmic green dumped on my BBS RMs. It also had a AUTObiography done on it.

What is your next project?

A BMW E36.

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

None at all.

Anything else you’d like to share?

No, for the most part it looks like I got every thing covered.

Owner Information:

Name- “Lil” Victor Moniz

Address- Newark, NJ

VWvortex Username- Grn_16v_gti1987

Occupation- Graphic Design

Club Affiliations- Me, Myself, and I

Vehicle Information:


Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta

Mileage- 91k

Color (Include original if applicable)- Windsor Blue

Engine- 1.8t swap with a ko3sport

Engine Modifications- o34 motorsports EFI standalone system

Exhaust Modifications- custom 3” turbo back

Transmission Modifications- built 2.0 trans, with a diff and stage 5 clutch


Suspension Modifications- Full polyurethane bushings

Upgraded sway bars front and rear

Strut bars front and rear

Weitec fully adjustable coilovers

Brake Modifications- Corrado G60 brakes front and rear with slotted and cross drilled rotors

Wheels and Tires-BBS RMs wheels 15×8, 15×9 wrapped with 195/45/15 toyo rubbers

Exterior/Body Modifications-Mk4-look golf headlights

OEM front and rear vento texture top bumpers

OEM textured side moldings

OEM fogs and turn signals

All red tails

Custom pulled, cut, and welded fenders and quarters

Chopped glx wing mod to the trunk

Driver side projektzwo mirror, passenger side mirror deleted

Interior Modifications- Mk3.5 cabrio dimple dash with suede accents

Baby blue Plaid pillars

black suede headliner

GTI party seats

Early corrado concave steering wheel

Beetle turbo S shift knob with leather boot

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Kenwood flip out head unit with ipod connection

Alpine type R interior speakers

4 channel alpine interior amp

2 channel pioneer subwoofer amp

one 10” kenwood subwoofer

hardwood floor in the trunk

graffiti theme beauty board

Thanks/Props-  Thanks to EVERYONE, For all the help and support