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PUCKY'S GTI Dope Build/Picture Thread (pic intensive)

This was actually a combined build. It began when my buddy NS01GTI bought a brand new GTI 2.0T back in 2007





He was our local APR Tuning rep at the time. A vital asset to the dub community. He obviously had the hookup, so he quickly went to work/purchasing. APR's 3" DP mated with a Milltek CB. APR's Carbonio CAI. KO4 software. And of course APR's KO4 kit...








Let the games begin...




I believe he thoroughly enjoyed his GTI at this point. However it still had a stock look to it. Huge wheel gap and Hufweisens completed the sleeper status.




He posted dyno results but they're buried/archived in a thread long since gone. Aesthetically he got some S4 wheels, but his career change had him considering a move so his car was on the market






Ironically, I had purchased his MK4 GTI 1.8T APR Stage 2 in order for him to get the MK5. I bought this from him...




..and turned it into this.....





My MK4 was for sale and didn't last on the market. It sold fast and put me in the position to buy another APR Tuned car from him lol. Initially, I wasn't into the MK5 yet as far as looks. I had failed to see the potentials...

The day I bought it




Another irony was the fact I had Koni coilovers sitting at my house before I went to pick up the MK5 lol.

I admit I was a noob when it came to wheel choices. I'm not sure what I was on when I bought these.....






Yes.....I am the infamous owner of the clown car hahaaha. I don't know who said it, but that stuck. And what ensued hereafter was a direct result of that label lol.....


Only because of where I live (pop >10,000) it was really hard to get a decent set of wheels. I had you guys as my peers and I slowly found a groove to roll with.
The power mods were done, suspension was done, so my main concentration involved aesthetics.
Audi RS4's became the LB-to-mk4 wheels. A safe bet, but just something missing about the overall appearance




I had an obvious hard time trying to sell those clown Hufs, but I took a set on trade when opportunity knocked. I didn't get to run them. Tires and offset were my issues




After the Votex body kit was installed, I had sold the KO4 and all my wheels to cover some financial obligations lol. Winter came and wheel shopping began while I rocked steelies.




Then 19's entered my life

















I enjoyed the stock GTI front but I envied the Jetta swap







And then i picked up some Karthoums and later added 10mm spacers to complete an OEM+ look










I took some flack locally when I sold the LM reps but I ended up with basically 3 sets of wheels in the deal (winter, spring and summer setups).
Besides winter happens and at the time the GTI was my daily.
I even swapped out the Jetta pieces and put the stock one back on and raised the coils






































The GTI took hiatus while I started to mod my house. Instead of lowering my house I raised it haha. I rocked the Karts for a bit. I even painted them just to change it up lol




Eventually all roads lead to common bonds.
Enter Air ride.....phase1 un-notched


















Phase2.....notched
oem smoked tails and new wheels...no center waffles=shipping fail



















































































Center waffles finally came in...only a month after the wheels showed up to my door lol










































 

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Great looking pictures! What lens' are you using? My wife uses Nikon stuff, and she was impressed with some of the the pictures taken. For a couple it looks like you have a SUPER wide lens! We would love to hear about your camera setup.
 

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Great looking pictures! What lens' are you using? My wife uses Nikon stuff, and she was impressed with some of the the pictures taken. For a couple it looks like you have a SUPER wide lens! We would love to hear about your camera setup.
Hey thanks very much! Really appreciate it :beer:

My setup for most of the shots is a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 10-20mm Ultrawide.
This lens has an "angle of view" of 103 degrees (of a possible 180* :eek:).
At the time it was the widest on the market with as less distortion as possible, thus the negative fisheye effect. I personally don't like fisheye lenses lol.
The earlier shots (as this was a time line build over 4 years) I believe I used a Panasonic Lumix FZ50 with a wide angle filter.
Those were my pre-DSLR days haha lol

Ironically as my car went thru changes, so did my camera skills and gear. Hard to believe my hobby began 10 years ago with a point and shoot camera when I began taking pics of my daughter after she was born. You know, the obligatory baby shots lol.
 

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My setup for most of the shots is a Nikon D90 with a Sigma 10-20mm Ultrawide.
This lens has an "angle of view" of 103 degrees (of a possible 180* :eek:).
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Very cool. She uses a D90 as well. But doesn't have a wide angle lens. I suppose I'll get her one so she car take pictures like yours for her car and mine. Lenses are so damn expensive though!

Great looking car.
 

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I didn't know the little background story behind everything, very cool Pucky.
You know I love the car man!


We will see another K04 on it next summer?? ;)
 

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Very cool. She uses a D90 as well. But doesn't have a wide angle lens. I suppose I'll get her one so she car take pictures like yours for her car and mine. Lenses are so damn expensive though!

Great looking car.
Thanks. And yes lenses can get expensive.....but so can cars lol. Modding your camera gear seems no different than selecting wheels or doing engine mods haha. Such is life :beer:
 

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I didn't know the little background story behind everything, very cool Pucky.
You know I love the car man!


We will see another K04 on it next summer?? ;)
Thanks Ryan :beer:

hmmm, maybe a KO4 lol...although Don (ns01gti...the guy i bought these last 2 cars from) just got an '09 TSI...and was up to his usual self again and added a KO4 etc...dyno'd some very impressive numbers. Very persuasive to help the decision better haha
 

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I caught Don's posts on CO and here actually.. Very impressive numbers. He was abit dissapointed it seemed in his TQ figures compared to whats advertised... of course this can be dyno-dependent but has he looked into it further?


maybe a K04... or maybe BT??? :thumbup::beer:
 
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