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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

what ya saving up for? a turbo



[Modified by Blitz16v, 4:17 PM 11-26-2001]
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

I'd like to hear some ideas too...I just never have enough money, but whenever I get it it hits the dub within the week. Drugs are bad, but dubs can cost more money...addicitons and wallets don't hang out much
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

My budget minded tips:
trading parts..
(traded a aero headlight that I got for 40 dolllars on buysell.com for a neuspeed stress bar at a wrecker.. unfortunately I just cracked that headlight.. DOH!)
Buying used parts..
(picked up 4 mint snowflakes with tires for 300 cdn.. once again thanks to buysell.com)
knowing the right people..
(got mint grey big bolster recaros for 250 from a guy that owns a honda shop.. hes a rabbit fan too!)
Auto wreckers..
(got the scirocco wiper linkage for 10 bucks... made mounting plate for it from scrap aluminum)
DIY..
(everything)
yeah.. I still dont have money for big mods though

Though I did just recently break up w/ my grrlfriend.. so I should have a noticably more money now
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

I am feeling the same way. I have BIG plans for my dub and I am a long way away from them right now. I am in college and probably have 3 semesters left. All the money I make over the summers goes for school and I don't have a job because I need to concentrate on school and studies. I am feeling like I will never have money for my car. Whenever I get any extra money I try to buy something but it has been over 6 months since my last buying spree. I am damn glad I spent all that money when I did. I got alot of bang for the buck and as of now it is still holding me over untill I get somemore money. I had my car rearended the other day so I am going to get it fixed but do some of the work myself so I will end up making about $600 off of the deal. I plan on spending some of that on my car but most of it will have to go to school so I will have enough money to pay for next semester.
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (lyledriver)

This is a valid question...I can't help but wonder how people with A3/4 and B4 cars manage to do all the wacked out mods they do. I can understand affordably modding an A2 pretty easily...only real big $ things are paint/body work and big engine swap with harness/subframe/suspension changes (VR6, G60, 1.8T) and/or building a monster out of your motor (a la 2035cc 16v's car).
But...when I see people with a pretty new Jetta GLS 1.8t with coilovers, exhaust, chip, full ICE, 18" wheels, etc etc etc, I have to wonder "how the heck do they pay for it all??"
The reason my GLI doesn't have everything it needs/wants/deserves: my other German mistress which has *very* expensive tastes. Example: Valve springs are $75 per valve x 16. Clutch kit: $701.60. Catalytic converter: (sitting down?) $1600.


[Modified by SeattleGLI, 10:39 PM 11-26-2001]
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (SeattleGLI)

yea all these mods are expensive, I wanna know how some ppl pay for it, because I work my as s off and am in school and compared to some cars mine looks like shi t, but oh well, theres some phat rides and products around
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

Heres my suggestions, I don't do these but it may work for you!
Don't feed the pets, let them scavenge for food.
Dumster dive for your dinner, loiter around your favorite restaurant.
Walk to work, or bum a ride.
Pan handle, put on a Santa suit, ring a bell and bring a bucket.
Find a busy freeway offramp, hold a sign "Help me, I need some money!"
Dress up and stand infront of a busy store, hold a sign that reads "911 donations (fine print reads, not to be confused with the New York disaster, need the money for my dub)".
Get in good with a local tuning shop, have them hook you up and you can advertise the products on your ride.
Win the lottery.
Slip and fall accident, good for $10K.
Marry a rich widow.
Marry a rich man (swallow your pride, he's dying anyways).

Gay for pay (again swallow your pride, its for your dub) .

Truthfully, it sometimes takes a long time to get the money saved up. Just took a job to help supplement my income and that money is being used for my business and the car.



[Modified by Eric D, 2:46 PM 11-26-2001]
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (lyledriver)

Lyledriver's got a lot of good tips in his post.

I used to have a budget - got all shot to crap this year when I put in my new motor. You sort of get to a point where you just need to get things done the way you want despite the costs.

This may sound goofy but at most of our ages if you're really into Vdubs and want a sweet ride you gotta take it into consideration with most aspects of your life.
- no eating out all the time (you can still eat thou)
- can't have the fanciest wardrobe
- can't have the fancient jewlery
- no crazy home entertainment system (the one in your car can be crazy)
Everybody's got something they like to spend large cash on - Mine is my car.
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (SeattleGLI)

quote:[HR][/HR]But...when I see people with a pretty new Jetta GLS 1.8t with coilovers, exhaust, chip, full ICE, 18" wheels, etc etc etc, I have to wonder "how the heck do they pay for it all??"
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so true, i agree that having an a2 is an advantage , and i guess its only a matter of time before, im either very impatient or not saving enough ....probably the former.... i too am a full time student (heavy duty
) & work 34 hours a week , hopefully ill be able to have my car finished completley for speed, by the completion of my tranfer to miami....then the little show mods will come, lol....FOR NOW ITS SPEED !
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (GranTouring InjectedVR6)

Did this for my trip to Europe (It was for 4mths, also took my car with me and had a budget for car mods/parts).
I got *Quicken* and started writing down everything that I spent. I mean everything like the 50cent coffee, $1 pop etc. I also made a budget for everything (rent, food, car, gas etc.) This allowed me to see where my money was going to and it was quite the eye opener.
This allowed me to save up for this trip in about a year. It also helped that I was making very, very good $$$ at the job I was at the time.
Try it, it will amaze you how much $$$$$ goes on stupid stuff like magazines, buying lunch, cigarettes, other stuff like CD's, partying etc.
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (marek)

here's my budget:
3/4 of my income goes to my cars.
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (Oreganoflow)

quote:[HR][/HR]Budget? What budget? If you want it, get it. [HR][/HR]​

after I pay my mortgage this is my exact attitude. You only live once
 

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Re: how do you folks budget for mods? (16v)

In college, not working, I like nice clothes (just got a $500 suit), and I love putting cash in the dub. Dropped about $2K on dub poop in the last 3 months and there's not too much to show for it
I should stop crashing them.
Once I'm out of school, I know what my budget will be. 20% of all money to dubs...then work from there. I chose 20 'cause it's realistic, but can still feed my needs. At the avereage starting pay for graduates from my school which is $70K/yr that means I'd have $14K a year for dubs. That doesn't include the M3 and 911 I must have at some point. Of course that's $70K STARTING, so I'm guessing it'll get better
 
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