AUTObiography jkcorradovr6’s 1984 GTI

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How long have you owned this car?

About 10 years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

Not really.

What drew you to this specific car?

I wanted a daily driver so I didn’t have to mess up my 94 Corrado. It was $500, bone stock, it was inspected and needed minimal work.

What other cars did you consider? 

Any car that was cheap and was a beater.

What was your objective with this car? 

At first it was to just to beat around in and have a car I didn’t have to worry about parking anywhere. After two months of owning it I deleted the AC, drove it for another week and out came the motor to fresh some things up and I purchased another beater car.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? 

Race car.

Who helped you build this car? 

Damien Milewski aka bloodydismemberment.

What makes your car special? 

It’s like an over-sized roller skate that I can’t flip over (I’ve tried).

What is your favorite part/feature/function?

The whole package.

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

At first it was street driven, but in the last three years I would have to say SCCA motorsports influenced the more recent modifications.

What don’t you like about this car? 


What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 

I would have to say suspension tuning.

How did you overcome the issue?

Lots of time, wasted money, and research.

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

5, but I would never want a perfect car.

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

Some more serious suspension upgrades and a LSD.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?


What do your family and friends say about this car?

To never sell it, my Dad has the title locked away.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? 

When I launched the car one day and my ex-GF was in the passenger seat and the rigged seat bracket I had broke and she ended up in the hatch of the car.

What is your favorite story about this car?

After I broke in the motor and started racing it, I broke the straps on the pressure plate and did it two more times.

Has this car competed in any events? 


What is your favorite place to drive this car? 

SCCA Solo events.

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Racing at an event.

Who gets to drive this car? 

Just me, but I wouldn’t mind letting others drive it.

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

Shake and Bake

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


What was your previous project?

Corrado and an S4.

What is your next project?

911 Turbo

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

Not really


Owner Information:

Name- Jake Kahn

Address- Philadelphia, PA

VWvortex Username- jkcorradovr6

Occupation- Investor

Club Affiliations- SCCA

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1984

Make- VW

Model- Rabbit GTI

Mileage- 181k

Color (Include original if applicable)- LO41 Black

Engine- 2.0 3A Block w/ JH Solid Lifter Head 11:1 CR

Engine Modifications-

Port and Polished and Shaved JH Head

Competition Valve Job

Auto tech Valve Springs

Autotech 286 duration Cam

Autotech Adjustable Cam Gear

Wired in CIS-E knock sensor ignition

Ported Intake Manifold

Audi 5000 Throttle Body

K&N Air Filter

ABF Alternator Set up

Diesel Engine Mounts with Prothane Inserts

Diesel Bosh Starter

Custome Catchcan Setup

Early style Radiator with built in Overflow

Vanagon Coolant cap

Moroso Coolant over flow tank

12” Flexlite Cooling fan

Battery relocation to rear hatch area


Exhaust Modifications-

Autotech Try-Y Header

No Catalytic Converter

Techtonics 2.5” exhaust

Transmission Modifications-

OEM 4k

Custom Short Shift Kit

Suspension Modifications-

Shine Coilovers (Valved and corner Balanced) w. 600lb front springs and 400lb rear springs

Scirocco K-bar

No front Sway Bar

Ground Control Camber Plates

Rear upper spherical bearing shock towers, welded in.

Seam Welded rear beam

Red Rear Shine Sway bar

Rear Autotech Hollow Swaybar.

-1 degree rear camber shims

Brake Modifications-

OEM 9.4s shaved a bit to fit the wheels

Wheels and Tires-

13×8 Keizer Race Wheels

Hoosier A6 slicks

ARP Wheel Studs

Exterior/Body Modifications-

European front end conversion

Small Chrome Euro Bumper

Duckbill lip

Chrome Flag Mirrors

Audi 5000 Chrome Door Handles

Interior Modifications-

Corbeau Seats

Corrado Steering wheel

Chrome Window Cranks

Kamei Shift Knob


No radio


Everyone that has helped me along the way and my parents for their patience with me.