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#1 tolucophoto

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:02 PM

*tolucophoto build thread*

Links to mods

Stubby aerial
Smoked LED indicators (halfway down post)
Depo projectors + HIDs (halfway down post)
Sharan badge (halfway down post)
HotTuning coilovers
Whiteline front ARB

Recaro leather interior
Dewipered
Show plates
Cold air feed
Leather arm rest
K&N 57i (custom pipework)
Toyo Snowprox (winters)
GTI 3 spoke wheel
Custom cat-back exhaust
Glass wiper plug
4motion rear valance
US rear lights
Rear upper strut brace
Rotiform NUEs (9.5Js all round)
Rotiform NUEs (staggered)
Mud flaps removed
New HIDs
Colour coding (sort of)
Studio photos
Leather handbrake

Black sunvisors
Black interior lights/ sensors/ handles
Black rooflining 1
Black rooflining 2
Black rooflining 3
LED interior
New rear discs
Anni front splitter
Painted brake callipers
Black seatbelt caps
Black vanity mirror lights
S3 upper and lower braces
Rear camber
Polished Rotiform NUEs
Polished show plates
Plate holders
Bora vents
New heater dials
S3 coolant cover
Black sunglasses holder
TT style pedals
T111 UCO
Polybushed drop links
New GTI 3 spoke steering wheel
Wrapping centre console
Re-wrapping front badge
NUEs fully polished
Sharan rear brake return clips

Polished oil dipstick handle
GTI grille badge

RAMAIR Jetstream XL induction kit

New headlight protectors

FK AK Street coilovers

Polybush top mounts

R32/S3/TT wishbone bushes

1.8T engine + mods
1.8T engine
Sachs clutch/ G60 Flywheel

RTech supersize TIP
3" MAF

AUM Looms
Forge 007p
Milltek 3" downpipe / sports cat
Boost gauge
Passat clocks
Polished inlet manifold
Coilpack loom conduit
Injector loom conduit
Polished 007p
Painted rocker and throttle body
New injector seats
Fitting 288mm brakes
Forge coolant hose kit
Braided fuel hoses
1.8T lambdas
Turbo heat shield
Vac hose

Lower engine cover

New sump

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Thought I’d start a build thread as I’ve had my Golf 2 years now and I’ve finally started to do some proper mods to it.
This thread isn’t going to be anything ground breaking, but as I’m a photographer, I love taking photos and want somewhere to post them!




Starting at the beginning… (sorry for the life story!)
*2003*
I started learning to drive when I was 17 and my parents gave me my first car as a Christmas present that year.
It was a beast! 1993 L-reg Citroen AX Jive 1.0 in white. [H]
Fitted a headunit with a sub and amp and spent the next few years deafening myself.
When I went to University I didn’t have anywhere to keep it, so unfortunately it had to go.




*2009*
After I finished Uni I was on the look out for a new car.
Living in the centre of Leeds, I knew insurance was pretty steep, so I was on the look out for a 1.4.
I’d always liked Mk4s but didn’t think I’d be able to afford one.
Eventually found one in great condition for a decent price on eBay 5 minutes from my mate’s house (who is a VW fanatic).
He went to view it and agreed it was perfect so a few days later, and £3000 down, I picked it up.
2003 black pearl on 77,000.
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I had just got a new job working in a photography studio, but the pay wasn’t great and the frequency of work was even worse.
My original plan was to keep the 1.4 for a year, save up and upgrade to a more powerful Mk5 Golf. So I decided not to spend too much on it….
(Never works out the way you hope!)

My first mod was to fit the single din headunit, sub and amp from my AX.
I began looking on the Internet for guides on how to dismantle interior parts and run the wires through the firewall.
I stumbled upon a really helpful website called UK-MKIVs.net [:D]
Followed a guide and got the cabling sorted.
Decided I didn’t want to screw the amp to the back of the seat like in my old car, so I decided to hide it under the boot liner inside the spare wheel.
The amp is only small so I bought some MDF and cut it to size, painted it black, mounted the amp to it and wired it all up.
Pretty happy with the result! Nice and tidy.
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Its designed so that if I need to get the spare out, the MDF board just lifts out of the way.

I also fitted a black aluminium tax disc holder.


A month after owning the car, I moved to a house with a drive and garage.
A few weeks later, the car was on the drive overnight while I was clearing the garage when some scumbag broke in. [:@]
They smashed the passenger front window and stole the front panel off my CD player, but not the player itself!
This was the first time anyone on the street had had any trouble like this and the police said they think they were targeting Golfs in the area.

So this meant some new window glass and a new headunit. [:(] (And I park in the garage every night now!)
I replaced the headunit with a Kenwood KDC-W7544U.
You can control an iPod from the display, and most importantly, the colours can be matched almost perfectly to the dash!
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The week after the break in, my bad luck continued. Exiting a roundabout near my house, a car changed into my lane and side swiped me. [:@]
Dented the driver’s door and ripped my mirror cover off.
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Driver was an 88-year-old man. He could barely walk, and said it was his fault.
To cut a long story short, he then denied liability. [facepalm]
My insurance company, Direct Line, tried to mess me around encouraging me to pay my excess, even though I had a witness.
Many phone calls and 9 MONTHS later, I get a letter saying he’s admitted liability. Wouldn’t use Direct Line again even if it were free!
New door skin, mirror case and re-sprayed (including my front bumper for some reason??) and it was all back to normal.
During the repair I had a ’59 Vauxhall Astra 1.6. It was dreadful. [:O]

I fitted a rear aero wiper, as my old one was pathetic!


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#2 tolucophoto

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:10 PM

*2010*

First real visual mod was some GTI style rear lights. Won them on the bay for £40 delivered. Perfect condition.
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After it had been broken into, I decided to buy a de-lock kit, although I still haven’t got round to fitting it as I don’t have the right tool! (Must do that soon!)

I replaced the worn gaiter with a new leather one and debadged the boot, including the VW, which was coming off.
I also got rid of the fishing rod, replacing it with a stubby aerial
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 and fitted an OEM sunglasses holder.

I was on the lookout for a front cup holder, but after spending months trying to get a working one cheap on the Bay, I got fed up and bought a rear one.
Only £6, but a waste of money! Doesn’t grip bottles tight enough!

And I bought a black rear view mirror from a member on here.
Makes a big difference to the look from the front, and I managed to fit it without breaking the windscreen! Bonus.
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Forum sticker [Y]
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I hated the yellow light inside the car, so I put some white LEDs in.
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I decided I wanted to go the route of a badgeless grill. I read around at the different types, and after no luck finding a Bonrath one, I settled for a JOM version from Venom.
It arrived and the fitment was terrible. Clips that held it in place were missing and the bars weren’t straight.
They had a ‘wave’ to them and it looked dreadful.
Venom sent me another and it was the same bad quality.
I sent them back and decided to go for the black front badge instead.

In the Summer I took it camping...
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I currently had the clear wing-indicator covers, but wanted to get some smoked ones.
I found some smoked LED versions on eBay that I hadn’t seen on anyone’s car on the forum before. 
Except for not being a perfect fit, they worked perfectly.
A lot darker than the usual smoked indicators but the LEDs are really bright.
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Another thing I needed was a spare key.
I bought one with a blank blade and had it laser cut, but then just needed to get it coded to my ECU.
Gareth (BugOlugs) offered to do it for me, and after meeting him, he added alarm chirp, auto-windows and anti-hijack via VagCom, but the key coding was taking too long.
I still need this doing!

After a year and a half of struggling with my job and earning nothing, there wasn’t enough work and I was made redundant. [N] Everything was put on hold.
I had all but given up but then after a couple of months of nothing, I got offered a temporary job in a photography studio.
After 5months this was made permanent, so I paid off all my debts and started work on the car again.

I needed a new mod to celebrate.
I was sick of how bad the standard reflectors were, and even after using some Phillips Xtreme bulbs, it was verging on dangerous. 
It was winter and getting darker for longer, so I wanted some HID’s.
But as Rich Wigley knows, they are even more dangerous for other drivers unless they are in projector lamps. So projectors were next on my list.
I didn’t want angel eye as I think they look a bit cheap and I wanted to keep it looking as OEM as possible, so I decided on these:
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Depo R32 style black projectors.

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Pretty pleased with the look and work perfectly with the HIDs. 
Chose 6000k output as I wanted it to be crisp white, but not blue.
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Got some 4x LED super white side lights to match the HIDs.

The new lights were perfect for winter
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After having my old lights cracked and my front plate smashed by a stone, I got some headlight protectors to stop the same thing happening with my new projectors.
I think it makes the car look more OEM too.
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I also fitted some Wolfsburg number plate surrounds in preparation for replacing my smashed plate.
I planned to get some pressed German ones, but after hearing about trouble with police, I decided to find out more before ordering.
Finished of the front end with a matte black vinyl wrapped badge (vinyl courtesy of Rich Wigley).
Took a while to get it perfect because of my OCD but I’m happy with it.
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Looking for a cheap mod, I ordered some stainless steel locking valve caps.
Terrible mistake! Looked great, but I stupidly didn’t think of greasing them and within a few weeks they welded themselves to the tyre valves! [facepalm] Nightmare.
Just had to hope my tyres air pressure held until I could afford to have the valves replaced or buy some new alloys.


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#3 tolucophoto

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:11 PM





*2011*
I started off 2011 with a UK-MKIVs Leeds meet at The Old George pub in Garforth.
There was a really good turn out and I took some quick photos.


First mod of 2011 was a Pipercross panel filter. I knew I had a service coming up and wanted a better one.
Still stuck on whether to get an induction kit (just for the sound).



My original plan to upgrade to a Mk5 2.0 GT TDI has been seriously scuppered by lack of money and ridiculous insurance costs.
I decided that until I have enough money, I’d have to stick with my 1.4 and just do some subtle mods to make it look how I want.

As it was getting warmer and drier I began losing front-end grip due to my winter tyres.
This forced my hand (and my wallet!) and in March I picked up some brand new 18” RS4 v2 alloys wrapped with Falken Zeix ZE-912s. [:D]






Tracking:


Transformed the look of the car. I know quite a few people fit RS4s but I think they look great while staying OEM style.
The obvious next step was coilovers, but due to my then insurance company not allowing any suspension mods, I was stuck with the tractor.

May's HDVag in Brighouse.
Me and JohnnyVodkat:


The first step in this direction was new insurance. 
I managed to get insurance through Brentacre after being recommended by JohnnyVodkat.
The policy covers any visual and some small performance mods without affecting your premium. Perfect. [Y]


After reading a how-to on cleaning your throttle body, I decided to have a go.
The guide wasn’t for the 1.4 engine, so I made it up as I went along and wrote my own how-to after.
Definitely needed doing!



After being asked numerous times if my rear VW badge had been stolen [facepalm], I decided to fit a Sharan badge (cheers adzman786) that I had wrapped in the same matte black vinyl as the front.
Not completely happy with it though as the Sun has shrunk it a little.






While fitting the badge I gave it a clean and hoover inside and out. Really pleased how it turned out. Looks new!


I also participated in the recent group buy for some Dubmeister pressed plates.




Went for a photoshoot next to the Adidas billboard that I photographed. [<:o)] (Just the bottom half!)



My next purchases arrived in the post this week.
The main reason for my insurance change… a set of HotTuning coilovers [H]

And some new Lemforder top mounts


I also bought a Whiteline front ARB from AlleyRoo on here. 

Needed a quick refurb because the paint was chipped, so on went a coat of Hammerite and it now looks brand new!



 


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Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:29 PM

 Good progress . cant wait to see it lowered!



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:37 AM

The next episode will be along shortly, be patient...



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:25 AM

 Looks great mate!



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:45 AM

 very shortly [;)]



#8 tolucophoto

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 06:51 AM



Ok, here it is...

This weekend I met up with Jon (jlhiggins) and we went over to Chris' (simogtiT's) to do this:



 





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Posted 05 June 2011 - 06:55 AM

Before:


After:


Lowered about 50mm front and 60mm back. Sitting at 25" floor to arch (13" wheel centre to arch) all round.
Will be going a bit lower when I get spacers on the front. 


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:23 AM

looks well tidy lowered mate [H]



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:30 AM

Looks so much better now it's lowered. I can't wait to finally lower mine however I'm not sure my drive is going to allow it.


Love the headlights as well [Y]



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:13 AM

loving it mate, looks the balls! 


how was the Bradford meets today?



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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:25 AM

Nice build thread mate. [Y]


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:19 PM

Cheers guys.
The lowering makes a massive difference. It drives, turns and looks a million times better, if a little bouncy.
My front tyres are pretty close to the adjusters so i'm going to order some 5mm spacers so I can get the front a little lower. [Y]
Also some 16mms for the back to get them spaced right.


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:27 PM

Looks sweet mate, nice wheel choice!


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

some good pics there mate [Y]



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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:57 AM

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:57 AM

Nice shots, and make me feel better about not really making an impact on my car as yet, gives me hope :)



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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:38 AM

Nice shots, and make me feel better about not really making an impact on my car as yet, gives me hope :)


Cheers. Yeah you can make a big difference just making little changes and not breaking the bank.

My next mods (after the spacers) are paint callipers and de-wiper the rear. Nice and cheap but it will stand out. [Y]


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:09 PM

Very nice tom... its looking loads better now! [H]


 

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:26 PM

Cheers Rich.


At HD-Vag this month:

Need to go lower [N]



 


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:18 PM

really wish id'v gone now, you're car looks mint man!


really startin to take shape [Y]


you still thinking smooth rubstrip? 



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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:26 PM

Was only one person there from this forum. Would have been a waste of your time coming anyway! When's the next meet you're going to?

Yeah, just needs dropping a slight bit more, maybe anni front valance, and yeah maybe a smooth rubstrip (+ full colour coding).


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:36 PM

Peak VAG in Buxton tonight?



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Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:34 AM

Buxton?? Thats about 1hr 45mins away!
Are you going to it? 


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:58 AM

Looks great lowered [Y]


Who did your key cutting, need a spare myself.



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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:59 AM

Buxton?? Thats about 1hr 45mins away!
Are you going to it? 

I will go one day, but probs not tonight.

Jon



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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:12 AM

Looks great lowered Yes

Who did your key cutting, need a spare myself.


Cheers David.
It was a garage in Leeds but I can't remember which one off hand. I'll dig the receipt out when I get home.
Was only about £11/12 for the laser cut.

 




I will go one day, but probs not tonight.

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It's a shame as I'm going camping right near Buxton in a couple of weeks. 


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:20 AM

 Looking good mate, looks alot better lowered ,  go tad bit more?  especially as you wont have ARb trouble!



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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:48 AM

Looking good mate, looks alot better lowered ,  go tad bit more?  especially as you wont have ARb trouble!


Cheers mate.
Yeah it's going lower as soon as I can get some spacers for the front.
I don't have any stretch, so its as low as it will go without the adjuster rubbing on the tyre.


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