Forum Friday: “Lots Of Wires” Build Share Comments Thread (191) For this Forum Friday, we’re looking at a build posted by user edconline on VWvortex.com. The build is for a 2018 Volkswagen Golf R MK7.5 in indium grey metallic with DSG with DAP and Pretorias. He called his thread Ed’s MK7.5 “Lots of Wires” Build since he loves adding electronics to his cars. Ed posted the thread on November 3, 2017, shortly after picking up the car on the 28th of October from the dealership. Starting Simple The first thing the poster did was put in Findway all-weather mats — probably a good idea since he lives in Canada and he got his car just before the start of winter. Ed notes that he likes the Findway mats for their fit and looks. He also wasted no time getting his new ride detailed. He took it straight from the dealership to the detailer to get new car prep done, which include a wash, polish, sealant and leather conditioner. He also got a tint and Xpel Ultimate PPF treatment. Interestingly, this was the first Xpel treatment for this kind of car in North America, and the detailer had to call Xpel directly to have them pull the templates from the United Kingdom and price them for Canada. The Xpel kit includes the full front bumper and full hood with the edges wrapped, full front fenders, headlights, mirrors, a roof section, full side skirts, pillars, a three-piece trunk cargo section, rear fender section and bumper. “I just can’t get over how well designed and cut this kit from Xpel is,” Ed wrote. “Amazing protection.” Time to Seal the Deal He also got Kamikaze Coatings sealant, which is rated for 12-18 months of protection, and a glass sealant. For the tint, he went with a non-metaliic, 20 percent tint all around. The only parts the detailer wasn’t able to tint were the small triangle windows at the front of the car, but Ed noted he hopes to do this in the future too. A detailing job such as this one may be one of the best things you can to protect your car if you make a significant investment in it like Ed is. User ubermick wondered how much all that detailing work cost. Ed wrote back that the cost was “not insignificant” at around $3,500 but said he’d do it because of the quality of the work. After the detailer, he drove the car home and installed a Proclip mount for his phone so that he can use Waze on his phone. Several commenters noted that Waze is available on CarPlay. However, Ed wrote back that he used an iPhone and that Apple doesn’t allow Waze on CarPlay. The next step was installing a dash cam system and a laser jammer and radar detector system, which Ed noted are legal in the three western provinces of Canada in response to a question from user Ecsta. Mods on Mods Those were far from the last mods Ed made. He went on to install winter wheels and tires, new taillights, new interior lights, new headrests, new windshield wipers, splash guards and a TS Turbo resonator delete pipe. He also installed new center console buttons and uses one for his garage door. He uses the OBD11 device and app to get detailed vehicle information and make changes through coding such as disabling the orange LED front markers. Recently, Ed installed the MSS Fully adjustable Sport Kit and the JB4, a plug-and-play tune, along with an AFR wire harness. About the JB4, Ed wrote, “Completely changes the car, by FAR the biggest bang for your buck modification you can do.” He also got the BT module, which lets him monitor and log everything live from his phone. He also added a K&N drop in panel filter, a CTS Castless Downpipe, CTS Turbo Inlet Elbow, BMS Turbo Muffler Delete and BMS water-methanol injection setup to help control the intake air temperature as well as the octane boosting and cleaning benefits that methanol provides. Any time you make some major updates to your car like this, you’re going to want to keep it protected. Keep it in a garage, park far away from other cars, and bump up your insurance to cover things like OEM parts and more. You’d hate to see all that work go to waste. Besides some small tweaks, those are the latest updates on this build. We’ll see, though — Ed may decide to make some more modifications and add some more wires in the future.