Alright Ladies and Gents!
Thanks for checking out my build thread. Ive been on this forum for just over a year but never started a build thread so thought it was about time i sorted it out.
In January this year i bought my MK5 Golf GT Tdi 140.
I was origionally looking at a MK2 Audi A3 Tdi Sport. But after asking for some advice on the performance and economy on a friends golf (Which has the same engine) The chap offered me his outright for the sum of £4000. So i bit his hand off.
It had previously been owned by a family guy and had various family style wear here and there as well as a pretty viel looking toebar.
However the previous owner has replaced the grandad steeze front end with the gti front end as well as the side skirts and it has the Gti monza alloy wheels which were sold on straight away.
The interior is kitted out all Gti'ish as well with the tartan deep bucket seats and its been generic mapped to 170bhp.
Its had 95,000 on the clock, 8 months MOT and 12 months tax when i got it.
Heres some pics:
Obviously the toebar was really getting on my nerves, Personally i didnt find it usefull and would of prefered it not to be there, so the day after i got it i set to work ripping it off.
Once i had removed all the dodgey wiring for it all i had a go at fitting the new bumper i had sourced to replace the origional item which had been cut for the toe bar to go through.
Unfortunatly there was a problem. The impact support bar had been replaced when the toebar was fitted with an after market adapter item which had a bracket welded to the bottom which you can see in the above picture.
This bracket was in the way of the bumper fitting.
I removed the offending part and fitted the new bumper. Happy days! Proof:
Next up i decided to fix some of the dashboard lights and other little problems that needed doing, So once i had got it serviced. I got the EGR valve cleaned up and fitted a new intake manifould flap as the origional part had given up on life.
Im also looking into a performance clutch and single mass fly wheel because at peak torque the clutch slips ever so slightly. This is probably a long term thing for me to look into once i have done all the other bits done though because its not very bad at all atm, im just being piccy! haha.
The next few bits and bobs i did were fairly cheap and simple, because due to the IMF and the Service my wallet was pretty empty.
The rear wiper is a helpfull tool. However its a niggle for me seeing how dirty my back window is whenever i have used it. And also in my opinion removing it tidys up the back end quite subtly:
Next up was the badge. Since having the car i havent thought much of the printed VW badge on the back of the car. So i set to change it.
The common thing to do is to get a MK6 Golf badge and Retro fit it, However i simply dont have that kinda money to splash about so i went to a scrap yard and bought a MK4 golf rear badge to go on the back.
Once i got it home, i split the chrome part from the black background part chopped the legs off the back. Then i removed my rear badge/handle and removed the printed badge that came on it from the factory. I sanded down what was left of the handle and primed and painted it black. Then i superglued the modified MK4 badge over the top. Pictures speak louder than words:
Overall im really happy with the result and although its only a subtle little change it makes a big difference towards making the car look that little bit classier!!
Next up i was planning on getting the coilovers, However some wheels popped up and the right price and so i jumped at the chance and bought those.
They are Mercedes AMG Replica wheels in 19" and are 9.5J all round Et44 and they only cost me £275. I bought some second hand tyres for them for £200 and here they are:
A few weeks later I had saved up enough to get the coilovers, I got them ordered ASAP and as soon as they arrived i got to work.
They are FK Sport Edition Plus Coilovers. I chose them due to the adjustable dampening properties they have as well as the obvious adjustable ride height as usual.
They took the best part of 5 days to fit them due to many rust damaged bolts which the car didnt want to let go of and the delay of finding a few spline tools that i didnt realize i needed. But after much blood, lots of sweat and almost a few tears, i got them fitted and set them at a comfortable height with the new wheels on.
Due to the width of the wheels being 9.5J all round they poked quite a lot at the front so i couldnt go as low as i wanted.
I looked around for a few months and found some wheels i really liked in the perfect offsets and sizes, A trip to Elsecar 2012 got me hyped and pushed me to get those ordered. Then came the wait, for 2 agonising weeks as i worried about how they would look and if they would fit how i dreamed.
While i was waiting, i ordered a new Cambelt, Water pump and Auxilary belt as i have no proof of when it was last done:
This still needs to be fitted but will be sorted in the new coupla weeks.
Then i got to work fixing all the incredibly anoying dashboard plastics in the car.
VW have a habbit of fitting their cars with cheap plastic then coating it in a fine rubber compound that after a few years peels off at the corners and scratches too easily.
I decided to take action against it and bought myself some imitation carbon fibre vinyl wrap off EvilBAY and got wrapping all the problem area's of the dash.
I dont have an pictures of the previous state of the dash but im sure you can imagine.
The bits to be done were:
The cd player facia
The centre air vent surround
The climate control buttons and screen bit
The side air vents
The headlight switch surround
The silver dash strips and door strips
The ash tray and ash tray surround
Heres some pictures of the devistation:
These are the results:
Notice the buttons for the climate control Was mad effort cutting the square holes for the led's to light up through. But im happy with the results. Honestly its not perfect but its a damn sight better than it was before!!
Next up was lamin-X'ing the fog lights and indicators on the wing mirror's. Not to everyones taste, but i saw a completely standard GTI with its fogs lamin-x'ed and it set the car off so much i had to have a go. And to be honest the indicators were because i just got carried away. At first i wasnt sure about the mirrors, but after a while they really grew on me, It was all really easy to do despite smashing the mirror on the nearside whilst putting the mirror unit back together, Then smashing its replacement too Oops, Good job i dont beleive in bad luck!!
Heres some pictures:
(Sorry about my thumb)
And then FINALLY my wheels arrived.
They are 3SDM 0.01's in Silver with polished faces, They are staggard 8.5J front ET45 with Full run 215/35's and 9.5J rears at ET40 with Full run 225/40's
When they arrived i spent the whole day getting the stance how i wanted it and was very happy. Then i realized i had no fuel in the car and had to go fill up and re-adjust the height so it was perfect with half a tank rather than empty, It was effort.
The next day i gave the car a wax and heres the pictures:
And thats how far i have got so far.
This week a changed my policy from Directline to Adrian Flux so i could claim the mods on the car so i was all legit. I actually saved £234 which im hyped about and reduced my excess from £750 to £0!! Winner
Anyway. Opinions welcome from everyone, Hope you have enjoyed the read.
More to come but need to get the cambelt fitted and get saving for the New Clutch and SMF from Darkside Developments before i go any further.