AUTObiography k u r y I s’ 2009 GTI

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How long have you owned this car?

Almost two years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

I went to test drive a BMW 135i, ended up test driving my GTI and loved it so much I got it on the spot.

What drew you to this specific car?

Two doors, FTW.

What other cars did you consider?

Well that 135i, I also looked at an S4 but it had way to may frivolous options.

What was your objective with this car?

Not to get too crazy, but everyone knows how that usually ends up.

What tuning style would you describe this car as?

Crisp and clean, with a dash of OEM+.

Who helped you build this car?

Mostly myself, I’ve had a few friends help with some welding and extra hands during my front mount install.

What makes your car special?

It looks quite clean, yet performs very well.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?

Oh definitely the electric cut-out.

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

Mostly my friends, although I generally have a concept in mind.

What don’t you like about this car?

Hail dents and Coke van battle scars.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

Me, I am constantly tinkering and changing my mind.

How did you overcome the issue?

Try, and try again until I get it right, damn it!

What would you change if you could?

Wheels; I really stressed at the start if I should go with the CH’s or LM’s. I love my choice, but at the same time, kick myself.

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

8.5 or so.

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

LMs and a K04 kit, maybe thrown in a clutch kit and LSD so I don’t look like a Honda.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

My friends, always talking s***…

What do your family and friends say about this car?

Generally good things, although I hear some things from time to time. I’m usually encouraged to be more rowdy than I’m willing to be.

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

So many, recently, sitting in my car outside a party with a buddy listening to people praise my car without knowing people were inside.

What is your favorite story about this car?

Giving some raw cut-out action to some old ladies in a Scion.

Has this car competed in any events?

Yes, NEPA SCCA Solo 2, D Street Prepared

What is your favorite place to drive this car?

Sulfur Springs Road, South Williamsport

What is your ideal day with this car?

Cleaning it, I’m always a neat freak.

Who gets to drive this car?

To quote Mike Epps, “D*** drive this car, not p*****”

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

Don’t be a n00b!

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

Already named by a former girlfriend, “Gary” although a few other friends have been calling it Project White Power.

What was your previous project?

2008 Toyota 4Runner V8 and 2006 MazdaSpeed 6

What is your next project?

Likely a new S4.

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

None really, just that there were nicer roads in PA!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Remember, only users lose drugs.

Owner Information:

Name- Richardo

Address- Williamsport, PA

VWvortex Username- k u r y I s

Occupation- Manufacturing Engineer

Club Affiliations- None, although I get their sandwich’s all the time.

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2009

Make- VW

Model- GTI

Mileage- ~40,000

Color (Include original if applicable)- Candy White

Engine- 2.0 TSI

Engine Modifications- GIAC stage 2 (stock, 93, 100 octane tunes), Eurojet FMIC and throttle pipe, Neuspeed discharge pipe and lower mount, parts of a BSH intake

Exhaust Modifications- 42 Draft 3” catless down pipe, QTP 3” electric cutout

Transmission Modifications- 42 Draft shift bushings

Suspension Modifications- H&R coilovers, Stern rear tie bar, BSH rear sway and end links, Eurosport rear tie bar

Brake Modifications- EBC green pads: street

Wheels and Tires- BBS CH 19×8 et+50, Yokohama Neova AD08 225/35/19

Exterior/Body Modifications- Paint matched lips and side skirts, 2010 Wolfsburg grille, open fog vents, clear side markers, 5% tint

Interior Modifications- Euro headlamp switch, Golf GT dash tray, Golf ball shift knob, rear seats and spare tire removed

Audio/Video/I.C.E.-  Pioneer AVIC-D3 navigation integrated with factory amp

Thanks/Props-  Dad, Hucci, Zerc, Seana Pye (yeah yeah), Ryan, RJ and Wildo for all the help and criticism, AWE tuning for the flashes and updates, and the terrible roads in NEPA making me slow down and allowing people to get a better look.