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Hi everybody,

Figured I'd make a build journal for my GTI I picked up 2 weeks ago. It took a while to find the spec I wanted (Mk7.5, plaid seats, DSG, SE trim), but luckily this one popped up nearby. I'm pretty familiar with the MQB platform, albeit on the AWD side, so I have a good idea as far as how I want it to turn out. It'll be a pretty mild build for the most part with some OEM+ goodies and go fast parts. The main goal is to have a fun and streetable DD that has OEM looks. Looking forward to knowing everyone here, and thanks for looking! :peace:

Model
2018 GTI SE
Tornado Red
Titan Black w/ Clark Plaid Cloth
DSG
Rearview Mirror w/ Homelink, Self Dimming w/ Compass
Monster Mats
First Aid Kit


Engine
034 Motorsport X34 Open Top Intake
034 Motorsport Turbo Muffler Delete
034 Motorsport Turbo Inlet Elbow
034 Motorsport Downpipe
034 Motorsport Stage 2 93 Octane Tune
APR Intercooler
APR Silicone Boost Hoses
AWE Track Cat Back Exhaust w/ Silver Tips
JB4
OEM R8 Coolant Tank Cap


Exterior
BBS CH-R 19x8.5 ET47
Michelin PS4S 245/35/19
CQuartz UK 3.0 Ceramic Coating
Ceramic Front Windshield Tint (80%)
OEM VW Base Carrier Bars
OEM Euro Folding Mirrors with DAP
OEM Euro Driver Side Aspherical Mirror w/ DAP
OEM VW Gloss Black Mirror Caps
OEM VW GTI License Plate Frame
OEM Mk7.5 Euro LED Taillights
DAP Euro Taillight Harness
Loiacono Engineering Gloss Black Lip Spoiler




Interior
S2T Performance Shift Paddles
OEM Audi 12V Power Outlet Cover
OEM Euro Mk7 GTI Clubsport DSG Shifter
OEM Euro Mk7 GTI Headrests
OEM Warning Triangle



Some pics from the week I got it





 

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Nice ride!!!


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Thank you! I have about 800 miles on it now and I'm loving it! More so than my R and S3 I had before :D

hey there and welcome, yeah was hard to find SE with Titan and DSG for me too, thank goodness my dealership was able to trade for mine :).

Did you do the homelink, dimming mirror mod yourself? Was it complicated? This is on my short list things to do as well.
It's the best combo IMO! As far as the dimming mirror is concerned, it was an option that was already installed (listed on the Monroney). That was another factor I was looking for when I was looking around.

Awesome shots! Congrats!
Thank you! I'll probably be inundating this thread with pics and trying new techniques out :laugh:
 

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I searched for a Great Falls Green, Titan Plain, with a Manual, my dealer said it would be more likely to find Big Foot hunting for King Solomon's lost gold mine. After 6 weeks he found it and traded the dealer one of their inventory and it has been mine for 8 months. I love my Tartan Plaid seats, now that is colder than a polar bears balls, they are not so cold to freeze your rear end in the morning, and the heated seats go from 0 to burn your buns in a flash.

Red was my fallback color, but so happy I waited for Gracie, my green speed machine. But I have to admit the red and plaid is classic and looks awesome.
I'd believe it! I wanted White Silver originally, and searching Autotrader and Cars.com was a nightmare because White Silver showed up under "White". I had to look at each individual car because of the dealer potato pics and then cloth/leather. Luckily 2 months into my search there was one nearby (closest alternate was 500 miles away), however they didn't want to sell it and my red one showed up the same time as well. And I definitely agree on the seats! Cloth seats are so much better than the leather I've had in the past. Hopefully the plaid seats help with the Texas heat in the summer :laugh:



I guess a little update. Not sure if these are classified as "mods", but it's something for now. :p. Got a GTI license plate frame and swapped over an A3/S3 12V outlet dummy cover. Also, more pics. :pic:














 

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Wow those pics came out great. Never thought a stock GTI could look so nice.

Looking forward to the build!
Thank you! Probably some of the few pics I'll grab of it while stock :laugh:

Congrats on the new ride! Great pics - will follow along. Interesting to hear you like it more than a Golf R and S3.

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Thank you! It mostly comes down to the weight aspect of it. Th GTI is just such a more nimble and tossable car than the R & S3 were. I've been really impressed with the diff the GTIs come with and have no complaints when driving on highway clovers and what not. Obviously straight line speed (from a dig) is where the GTI lacks and can't compete. When I drove today and floored it at a light when coming back from lunch (after it rained this morning) seeing the traction light go crazy was a very weird experience lol :laugh:


I've already hit 1K miles so far and I've noticed a few cost cutting things that are kind of bewildering (no lights at night on upper console lights, all plastic glove box with no felt, no rear door locks, etc.). Not sure if I want to start going after them or not and retrofitting stuff yet though. Hopefully after the holidays/new year the mods will roll in. :beer:
 

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Santa came a little late, but it looks like he stopped by 034 on his way here. :biggrinsanta:

I picked up a 034 P34 Intake along with their Turbo Muffler Delete. I opted for the P34 vs the X34 mostly because they do the same thing and paying extra $$$ for carbon under the hood was pointless this time around. Hopefully they'll get installed this week or the next. Also placed an order for a set of OEM Euro GTI Rear Headerests as well.








 

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What P/N's were the euro headrests? Are they just low profile left and right's like the lower middle? Looking good so far!:biggrinsanta:
The P/N should be 5G0885901ACBDL. And yes, the difference is that they're low profile similar to the middle, but still different. I actually used a set of Euro Mk7 GTI headrests on my S3 (leather w/ red stitching) since the the S3 ones were twice as much. Luckily I was able to find these (cloth ones) from a salvage parts website based out of the Netherlands and got them for cheap.



 

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#NoBBSNoCare




:D
As you know that can be fixed.
Shouldn't you be sticking to Audizine :p



Glad I've found this thread, I saw you post in a different section and I was drooling over the Tornado Red pics... I really want to trade my GLI now for a Tornado Red GTI! :laugh::heart:
haha thank you! It's never too late to make the switch ;)

Following your build; I just picked up a 2018 GTI S on December 31st.
Curious if you have any fitment issues with the 034 intake. When I go to URO tuning's website, it says the 034 will NOT fit the Mk 7.5 (Facelift). Maybe you'll prove them wrong?

:)
Congrats on your GTI! :beer:

There shouldn't be any differences whatsoever in intake fitment's between Mk7 and Mk7.5 as they're identical under the hood. The only things that changed are the exterior bits, the radios, and some interior cost cutting measures. I've been lazy though and haven't installed it yet :facepalm:.

Wait do you have plaid front seats, and leather back seats?
Nope, I have all plaid. On my S3 I had before this I used Euro Mk7 GTI leather headrests for the OEM+ look because the S3 ones were $400+/ea vs the GTI ones which were cheaper.
 

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Guess I might as well post a minor update.

I was supposed to get my headrests last week, but they needed a signature. Signed the form and they never attempted to redeliver, so I'll be picking them up tomorrow from the post office :facepalm:

Also 034 announced their new X34 Open-Top intake, so I'm exchanging my P34 for their new X34 Open Top version. Excited to see how loud it is, as I've never had an open intake before.



I'm also putting together a list of part numbers for a folding mirror conversion which I'll source from e-acca. Based on Vortex/Google this is what I've come up with so far. If anybody reading has gone this route, then I'm all ears.

Left Folding Mirror Assembly w/ BSM
5G1857508DE9B9

Right Folding Mirror Assembly w/ BSM
5G1857507CE9B9

Folding Mirror Switch (Driver Side)
5G0959565AGICX

Driver Euro Blind Spot (Aspherical) Mirror w/ BSM
5G0857521M

Passenger Euro Blind Spot (Aspherical) Mirror w/ BSM
5G0857522M

Door Clips
7L6868243

Gloss Black Mirror Caps
5G0072530A


Also, was down in Houston this past weekend and my friend grabbed this roller. It looks so boring in stock trim :laugh:

 

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Nice and clean. Thanks for including part numbers in your build.
Of course . One of my pet peeves are people doing Euro/OEM+ mods and not posting part numbers


A special treat from 034 arrived yesterday, a preproduction version of their new aluminum turbo inlet elbow. I had the Racingline one on my S3 before and the quality is the same as, if not better. Waiting for the new open top carbon intake to show up tomorrow and then it’ll all get installed (finally)!




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Felt like I've been neglecting this thread lol. Went ahead and got all the 034 intake parts (X34 Open Top, TMD, and prototype turbo inlet elbow) installed on the car last week as well as my APR intercooler I had from my S3 before. The breathes a lot better than before and the induction noises are intoxicating. I've never had a full open intake (i.e. cone on a stick) before so I'm sure it's not as loud as those, but it is definitely louder than the APR intake I used before. Also, never mentioned it before but I replaced the stock coolant cap with the OEM R8 version.

I also picked up a used OEM roof rack set as well. Maybe I'll pick up a hobby to justify having it :rolleyes:

The weather has been terrible the last few days, but I went ahead and snapped some pictures. :pic:

















 

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I’ve had a few places tell me that these aren’t direct fit from the Euro GTI to the US GTI (I’ve got a 2018 as well). Did your stock ones just come out and these went right in their places no problem? I’m currently in the process of wanting to order a set for mine


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They are a direct replacement and fit with no modification required. Who ever told you they aren't a direct fit is wrong. :)
 

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Looks great so far Hunter
Appreciate it :thumbup:. You ever decide on the GTI you're getting?


Damn u got some photo skills

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Thanks! Just hobby of mine for now :). I have an IG (@bird_haus_media) I post regularly on though. :beer:



Didn't grab any pictures, but I finally got the car paint corrected and ceramic coated with CQuartz 3.0 and debadged the rear this past weekend. Never had a car that's been ceramic coated but WOW! This red really pops now!
 

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Looking Hunter. Get yourself a circular polarizing lens filter. Thank me later.
But...I've been using a CPL since Day 1...




Love these pics, they're all tack sharp and not over-edited. What are you shooting with?

Also, if you haven't already, I'd recommend putting some 3M film under the roof rack feet if you don't want to scuff up the paint at all (if you're worried about that sort of thing).
Thanks! Currently using a Nikon D600 and a Sigma ART 50mm F1.4. I'm very happy with the Sigma compared to the Nikkor 50mm F1.8 I was using before! Images are noticeably sharper than before.

That's a good idea! I'll look into getting some film to put underneath the pads, especially after the coating. :thumbup:

How much have you spent so far on these mods??
Not enough :D
 

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Some S2T paddles showed up today! I first had these on my Mk7 R and they were one of my favorite interior mods, so I had to scoop them for the GTI. Also placed an order for 7.5 Euro tails and the Clubsport GTI shifter from e-acca, so to wait forever until they show up :thumbdown:. Also gave it an extra 5hp with a sticker from the guys at Nemesis Autosport. Best group of folks to get parts from, and I hope you're reading this Mops ;):heart:














 
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