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Next up is VWvortex reader: jkcorradovr6
How long have you owned this car?
About 10 years.
Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
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?
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?
What one word best describes your car?
Any regrets? Tell us about it.
Name- Jake Kahn
Address- Philadelphia, PA
VWvortex Username- jkcorradovr6
Club Affiliations- SCCA
Model- Rabbit GTI
Color (Include original if applicable)- LO41 Black
Engine- 2.0 3A Block w/ JH Solid Lifter Head 11:1 CR
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
Autotech Try-Y Header
No Catalytic Converter
Techtonics 2.5” exhaust
Custom Short Shift Kit
Shine Coilovers (Valved and corner Balanced) w. 600lb front springs and 400lb rear springs
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
OEM 9.4s shaved a bit to fit the wheels
Wheels and Tires-
13×8 Keizer Race Wheels
Hoosier A6 slicks
ARP Wheel Studs
European front end conversion
Small Chrome Euro Bumper
Chrome Flag Mirrors
Audi 5000 Chrome Door Handles
Corrado Steering wheel
Chrome Window Cranks
Kamei Shift Knob
Everyone that has helped me along the way and my parents for their patience with me.