AUTObiography Minor_threat’s 1999 Jetta

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How long have you owned this car?

Six years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

Not really, bought it looking terrible and saved it.

What drew you to this specific car?

The love of mk3 jetta’s.

What other cars did you consider? 

Mk4 GTI.

What was your objective with this car? 

Euro, clean, unique.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? 

European style.

Who helped you build this car? 

A bunch of dudes, Cory Sterling was a big help, the dude that welded the bay, my boss Bob Gade helped with the motor, most of the work was done myself.

What makes your car special? 

Its not really special to me other than the fact that its mine.

What is your favorite part/feature/function? 

I dig the interior and motor.

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

Well funny story, originally I was going to keep a stock motor, I was pulling the motor out and the legs fell out of the cherry picker cracked open the transmission. So then decided to build a motor at that point. Various vortex user’s cars were an inspiration.

What don’t you like about this car? 

The suspension.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 


How did you overcome the issue?

Worked alot.

What would you change if you could?

The suspension, and I am going to.

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


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

24k gold plate the RS’s, 2.5 swap, and bags.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? 

My friend Rich (Mortican) and myself.

What do your family and friends say about this car? 

Friends dig it, family says its too loud.

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

JB welding my shaved bay then painting it poop brown.

What is your favorite story about this car?

It made it to h20 and back.

Has this car competed in any events? 

Waterfest and H20 so far.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? 

I almost never drive it so don’t have a place.

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Cruising on the highway.

Who gets to drive this car? 

Me and no one else.

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

Not sure.

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

I can’t think of a good name for it.

What was your previous project?

This is my first project car.

What is your next project?

I would like to get a 4 door mk1, I have a mk5 jetta thats next, I already bagged it.

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

All the money I dumped into a car thats only worth 1500 bucks.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks to my girlfriend Leigh for putting up with it, Wasted Kvlt crew Rich, Mike, Dane, Bill, TomJohn, Antibodies, Cory Sterling and Jason Kress.

Owner Information:

Name-Mike Robles


VWvortex Username-Minor_Threat

Occupation-Mercdes Benz Technician

Club Affiliations- Wasted Kvlt

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1999

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta

Mileage- 150k

Color (Include original if applicable)-Silver Arrow

Engine- 2.0 ABA

Engine Modifications- 42mm Intake valves, 35mm exhaust valves, ported polished head, milled .002in, TT 276 camshaft, BFI PEM Stage 2 software, Gruvenparts lightweight crank and alternator pulley’s. TT adjustable cam gear and aluminum lightweight intermediate shaft gear, Chrome Intake, Yarrowsport aluminum tensioner pulley, deleted a/c and p/s, shaved engine bay, chrome alternator, chrome valve cover, chrome front engine mount bracket, BFI .5 stage motor mounts, polished rear engine mount bracket, polished intake manifold, polished BBM fuel rail, SS braided fuel lines with 90 degree AN fittings,

Exhaust Modifications-OBX header, 42DD test pipe, TT 2.25 catback with borla mufflers

Transmission Modifications- USRT smart shift linkage, Stage 1 clutch, Lightweight and balanced flywheel

Suspension Modifications- FK streetline coilovers (soon to be air)

Brake Modifications- stock

Wheels and Tires- 15×7.5 and 15×8 BBS RS’s with flat caps, Toyo proxies t1r 195 45 15 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications-OEM Vento rear bumper, OEM Vento radiator support, smoked ecodes, OEM Vento plate tub, OEM Vento Grille, OEM Euro Amber turn signals, GLX tails, GLX side skirts, VR6 front lip, Textured euro front with shaved plate recess indent, Shaved Trunk lid, Shaved washer nozzles, Deleted mirrors, Black roof, gloss black door handles

Interior Modifications-Redyed Tan Dash, Sparco suede steering wheel, black suede ABC pillars, headliner and door card inserts,Corbeau A4 seats with 4 point harnesses, blue/red LED euro headlight switch, mk3.5 cabrio instrument cluster, mk3.5 chrome door pulls, chrome vents, Gauges in HVAC controls.

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Mk3.5 cabrio radio

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