ForumFriday: Boom Goes the GSW 4Motion

Volkswagens are great cars, whether you’re using them as a daily driver or modding them into something entirely yours. That’s why when forum user BoomGTI83 wanted a new car to work on, he ended up choosing a VW Golf SportWagen 4Motion — and the work he’s done on it is just short of amazing. Let’s take a look at this build, what he’s done with it so far and what he hopes to do in the future.

The Build

The before pic

Boom is no stranger to VW builds. In his own words, this is his “20 somethingth VW.” When he had to choose between this car and the GTI, he ended up with the GSW because it cost less and he could put that money into the new build. The car was stock when he bought it. As soon as he got it home, he ordered a few parts, including headlight and fog light retrofit kits, Emmanuele design springs, an ECS flush kit, new 18-inch wheels, rear window fins and larger exhaust tips.

This first order also included some other bolt-on upgrades, including a new intake and downpipe, a muffler delete, intercooler pipes and a uniconnect cable for tuning his ECU. Not bad for a first order!

Since he picked up the car, he’s also replaced the coil packs and spark plugs, installed a BFI mount insert and did a bunch of carbon fiber aesthetic upgrades.

The Future

Boom’s GSW is still a work in progress, but the work he’s done so far looks amazing. The ECU flash and engine updates have given it an extra 10 to 20 horsepower, which might not sound like much, but it makes the engine purr. It drives like a whole different car.

He hasn’t made any plans to race this car quite yet, but even with those upgrades, it makes a fantastic daily driver. We can’t wait to see what upgrades he makes to his 20-somethingth Volkswagen in the future — we’re keeping an eye on this build post! These cars are so amazingly versatile that you can do nearly anything with them, which Boom has proved nicely for us.

Why You Should Do Your Own Build

Whether you’re rebuilding an awesome GSW 4Motion or are just changing the oil in your daily driver, having a clean area to work in is the best idea. Boom has the right idea, storing his tires and new parts on a pallet in the side of his garage. Start by sorting through all your junk and figure out what you can get rid of and what you can’t live without. Once you’ve figured that out, it’s time to start organizing. Cabinets are a great way to store your tools and other items out of the way and creating an intuitive layout can be useful if you’re going to be in your garage a lot.

Then make a plan of everything you want to do with your build. Start small and be realistic. Make a list of things that are easy and start with those. Next, make a list of long-term projects, and start knocking them out when you feel more comfortable.

Last, post your progress on the VW Vortex forum, and you could be featured in the next Forum Friday!

Check out the rest of the build thread here.