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Updated as of 8/27/19

Exterior:
- Shaved marker lights and plate holes on front bumper
- OEM LED Euro tails
- Working city lights
- deAutoLED LED city light bulbs
- deAutoLED LED reverse lights
- "Carbon fiber" rear emblem insert

Wheels, Tires, Brakes:
- 18x8 Black (polished to gloss from satin) Sparco Assetto Gara wheels ET48 (ET43 front, ET42 rear after spacers)
- Hankook Ventus V12 evo 225/40/18 tires
- Adam's Rotors Sport II front and rear black zinc plated w/black hubs
- Carbotech 1521 brake pads front and rear
- 5mm ECS spacers front, 6MM rear
- 63mm M14x1.5 stud conversion front and rear

Suspension:
- ST XTA coilovers 70N/mm front springs w/ helpers
- Eibach 80N/mm rear springs w/ helpers
- H&R 26mm rear sway bar
- CTS rear subframe locking collar kit
- ECS front subframe locking collar kit
- H&R Street coilovers (uninstalled 3/25/19)

Interior:
- R logo stainless seat inserts
- White LED interior bulbs
- OEM VW first aid kit
- R logo Mojo floor mats
- Euro cup holder
- Euro bottle opener
- Double Apex garage door button

Engine & Transmission:
- APR Stage 1+ software
- APR HPFP
- Volant intake
- DEI Reflect-A-Gold covered heat shield
- Borla catback exhaust
- Forge adjustable "Quick Shift" and "Side Shift" short shifter
- Force Fed Engineering Positive Engagement shifter bushings
- ECS solid shifter cable bushings
- Diesel Geek Super Slider
- Diesel Geek high performance side to side shifter bushings
- 034 Motorsport billet dogbone mount insert
- Audi TTS engine cover w/ custom Van Halen 5150 stripe paint job
- Audi R8 oil cap
- Black washer fluid cap
- Black expansion tank cap
- OEM MK5 R32 full size belly pan

Stereo:
- Alpine iLX-309 9" Halo9 headunit
- Double Apex USB passthrough for Android Auto
- Uber Stealth Audio under floor light weight (plywood not MDF) sub box
- Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 8" subwoofer
- Rockford Fosgate PBR300X1 amp
- Rockford Fosgate RF PEQ bass knob
- Kenwood eXcelon XR-1800P 7" component speakers (front doors)

Vag-Com:
- LED tail light coding
- Windows up/down via remote
- 2 Stage ESP










A little back story...

I joined the Vortex back in 2003 when I first got my 337 and of all the various car forums I've been a member of when owning various cars for some sick reason this forum was always my favorite. :D Speaking of favorites, of the now 9 cars I've owned the 337 was my favorite...up until the R. I took a 5 year hiatus from modding cars and drove a bone stock SUV...scary, I know. I blame that on the MK5 body style (not a fan) and the choice for the USA to only get DSG in the last R32 (really not a fan of that).

Anyway, that's not important. What is right now is my 337 since I figure I should show you new guys that real quick...the mod list on it is way way way too long to type though.

Pics from 2005...








-Mike
 

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Thanks guys.

psipassat...I think it already lived up to the XSSIVE plate in one aspect...2 weeks of ownership, 200 miles and already a decent amount of mods and a bumper that's about to get a shave and fresh paint before its first rock chip. I'd say all that's a bit eXceSSIVE. :laugh:

EZ...Yeah man, there was something special about the 337 even over the 20ths which were fairly similar. It just had the right combo of factory parts and color combos to get me to sell a 1 year or so old Camaro SS for one and not regret it at all.

webcrawlr...To me black wheels were the only option for this car. Everything is piano black on it so why not the wheels. The silver wheels just made it look too happy for lack of a better word. It needed a bit more of a sinister vibe.

GTI Fanboy...Thanks. The engine cover is staying but not in that color since there's nothing else silver on the car. So it's getting a custom respray while the bumper is being shaved. I'm not saying any more about the crazy ass idea I have for it though. It will be a love hate thing for some people I think.

[email protected] actually keep tossing and turning on tint. I'm pretty sure I won't bother but If I did it would be real light 40-50%. Odds are I won't bother though since I've gotten tint tickets before and just don't want to be bothered with it again. I was just looking at some Adam's rotors on your site. Those are on my future "to do" list with some Carbotech pads since the stock pads dust so much I've had to clean the wheels 4 times in the whopping 200 miles I've put on the car.
 

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EZ...I've had all sorts of tint on various cars over the years from 5% (back in the stupid kids days of my first car :laugh:) to 20%, 35% and none. For this one I doubt I'll do any tint but if anything it will be real light.

hussdog426....Thanks!

Well chalk up another minor mod. While cleaning out the garage (You should see the amount of parts I have left over from past cars, it's scary...full turbo back 337 exhaust anyone? Stock 2000 Civic Si injectors and fuel pump...the list goes on.) I found some 5mm spacers also left over from my 337 so I tossed them on the rear. Minor change but just right.
 

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I flat out love them. Everyone who has seen them in person has had nothing but good things to say about them. They look good in pics but they look perfect on the car in person. Something about pics always makes wheels look a bit smaller. The style was the selling point for me and the price was just a bonus. If they were $250 or $300 a wheel I still would have bought them based on the look alone. The fact that they're under $200 a wheel was just gravy leaving more money for other mods.
 

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I'm not sure if there is a VW center cap that will fit them. You could always have a round VW sticker made to cover the Sparco logo if you wanted and just use the stock caps. I like the Sparco logos vs VW logos so it's not something I'd bother with on mine.
 

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Perhaps I should change the name of my thread to "some reassembly required" after today. :laugh:

Bumper and engine cover off and ready to be dropped off at the body shop tomorrow. Goodbye plate holes and marker lights!





I also unhooked the soundaktor while I was tearing things off.
 

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Bumper and engine cover won't be done 'til early next week but I did install (and order) some little BS mods while waiting...

-R8 oil cap
-Black washer fluid cap
-Black expansion tank cap
-White LEDs for all interior bulbs
-Hatch pop kit (in the mail)
-R logo stainless seat inserts (in the mail)
-"Carbon fiber" rear emblem insert (in the mail) I got tired of the matte plastic behind the chrome VW so until I decide if I want to paint it the pseudo 3m di-noc carbon fiber will do.
-VAG-COM windows via remote

Next on the to do list is to hook up the city lights in place of the shaved marker lights.

I'll take some pics when the bumper and engine cover are back.
 

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Back from the K&M Autocraft (Thanks to Keith and the guys there!) with a fresh marker light shave and custom engine cover paint job the "Atömic Punk" is born!







The guitar the cover is based on...



The reason why I did the Eddie Van Halen 5150 Kramer guitar style engine cover....

I've played and collected guitars for 18 years and of course EVH is a big influence on me as a player. I also build guitars as one of my jobs so I had to tie together my two loves of cars and guitars and it seemed like the perfect fit. Plus if you're at all familiar with Van Halen and the song Atomic Punk you'll also know why it's a very fitting name for the car based on the lyrics. :D

I also decided to use the incorrect "metal umlaut" for the name based on the long standing tradition of incorrect umlaut use from metal bands like Mötley Crüe and Motörhead and many more.

Anyway, I'm lovin' it and am so glad I decided to do something crazy with the engine cover instead of bland old black or body color or whatever.
 

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Thanks guys!

dc/dc...I honestly don't know all the specifics on how they worked their magic. Since this shop has done several local VWs from MK1s to MKVIs (quite a few forum members actually) is why I decided to trust them to do it since they've done it many times.

speeedfrk...You can't tell they where ever there. If I told anyone it was a euro bumper they wouldn't question it (not that I would, I rather give the body shop credit where it's due!). I've had 9 different cars and nearly every one has had custom body work over the years. My 337 was shaved as you can see (rub strips and fender lights) and that was a great job too. I had an Integra that I bought shaved and it was a crap job where you could see the outline of the shaved keyhole in the hatch. Anyway, as for the R it looks amazing you can get your eyes as close as you want in any light at any angle and there's no sign of where the markers were. I'm not a fan of the paint matched markers, it looks a bit ghetto to be honest. The bumper has enough plugs in it with the tow hook and washer caps, it doesn't need two more. Better off with clear, smoked or amber lenses than painted ones. I was actually going to shave the washers and tow hook hole but decided not too since the washers are functional and I needed a place for my front plate so I had to keep the tow hook hole.
 

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The 337 was an awesome car. They really got it right with that one in terms of upgrades over the standard MKIV GTI along with the color combo, stock wheels and no sunroof. I actually wish I could have gotten my R with Nav and Kessey but no sunroof.
 

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Well this sucks, the vinyl used for the "space tape" 5150 sticker on the engine cover couldn't take the heat and it bubbled after the first drive. So I had to pull it off. I ordered a "5150" chrome emblem similar to the "337" one I had on its engine cover but a different font. At least I know that will take the heat.

Some fun/abuse of photoshop....

 

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1082_R32....Thanks, me too. :D

GTI Fanboy...Yeah it does suck but I got a chrome "5150" badge to use there which should look good too. It does lose a bit of the guitar vibe but gains a bit more car vibe so it should work out. I also ordered an R badge too, I may make it a "5150 R" to further tie together the car/guitar theme. We'll see what looks best.
 

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GK625...Trying to decide what to do for a downpipe and catback. May do Ultimate Racing DP paired with a milltek catback. Or perhaps the HPA setup? Or wait for GHL? I can't decide so I'm holding off a bit and doing other stuff while I enjoy 1+ for a bit.

Cozotess18...Thanks very much!


So I ordered more toys today. Some Carbotech 1521 pads and Adam's Rotors Sport II rotors black zinc plated with matte black hubs. I figured why not get cool looking rotors while I'm changing the pads. Sure the slotting won't do all that much for performance but it sure can't hurt and they'll look cool on the RacecaR. :laugh:

Also have some stereo upgrades in the works too. An under floor light weight (plywood not MDF) sub box for an 8" Helix sub being made by Uber Stealth Audio. The stock stereo is in dire need of some low end but didn't want to add tons of weight either so this should be a good choice. I'll power it with a tiny Rockford Fosgate PBR300X1 amp that fits right under the passenger seat since it's so small.
 

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Thanks. I had a GHL turbo back on my 337 and loved it. Thus why I'm considering waiting on them. I asked them about it about 30 days ago or so and they said they were working on it and it was about 60 days out at that time. So we're half way there if they're still on schedule.
 

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I rather go with a stainless downpipe. I'm leaning towards going with an Ultimate Racing downpipe with 400 cell cat (to help pass NY emissions using the non-test pipe stage 2+ APR flash) with resonator and mating that to a Borla catback. If I leave a few HP on the table I don't care really, I rather pass emissions easily and have a good sounding not overly loud exhaust.

All is right in the world again, those heinous orange NY plates are off...

 
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