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Hello everyone! So I guess it's time for what you could call another installment lol! :D .. So then, after accepting a university place that required me commuting on a daily basis, it meant I needed a sensible and practical daily car to get there and back in. As you would imagine, the VR6 wasn't the best car to be doing major miles, down to the pure fact that a 2.8 12v VR6 is never going to match a diesel on economy, and I didn't fancy ruining the VR6's paintwork either. So I was on the hunt for something diesel, something that kept me in the "scene", custom but daily friendly too. It just happened my good friend Bally had come across an Imola Red E46 M3 convertible that he wanted, which meant he was looking to sell his Mk5 Golf GT TDI:

 

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I couldn't pass this one up.

 

So after a few longggggggggg whatsapp convo's and several phone calls later (Bally will tell you lol!), a deal was agreed and the car was mine later on in the week.

 

Now this is what the car looked like when I picked it up:

 

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And a few more when Bally was running it on the RS reps:

 

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So, some specs:

 

2004 Mk5 Golf GT TDI 140 6 speed manual

115k

2 owners

FSH

 

Boring stuff done.

 

The proper specs....

 

4 way Accuair E-Level Air Suspension set up

Chassis notch

GTI front bumper

3M matte grey wrap (originally metallic grey)

Tinted windows

Digital dual zone climate control

 

 

So all in all, a good daily car. Ticked all the boxes for me and most importantly, I loved it from the first day I saw it!

 

I followed the basic procedure that most people do after picking up a new car.. WASH IT :wub: .. Also had a play round with the air ride :P :

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Now after 115k and 10 years post-production, the car was starting to show signs of wear both cosmetically and mechanically, both internally and externally. There were also a few things that weren't quite to my taste on the car too that I wanted to change.

 

First thing on my hit list was the center part of the dash. It was in a pretty poor state, with scratches all over and just generally looking tired, so I sorted that out first.

Before:

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After:

 

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Bally had the E-Level controller mounted in the ash tray, but I didn't like the way it lit up the inside of the car at night time, and wanted to locate it to a more discreet part of the car, so used the small compartment under the headlight switch:

 

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I then had an offer on the standard wheels, so I got shot of those because I absolutely hated them and then put the VR6's winter wheels on temporarily:

 

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Bally also had a sound setup in the car, which I wasn't very fond of. It consisted of:

- Bosch multi-channel 600w amp for the door speakers

- Orion D5000 amp

- Orion 15" HCCA

- Pioneer MixTrak headunit

 

Now I'm quite fussy when it comes to doing mods to a car. If I'm gonna do something, I like to take my time and do it properly. I had a feeling that the audio setup hadn't been done this way. So out came the interior:

 

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The audio was set up just how I thought it had been. OEM wiring cut, wire's stripped then twisted and taped together. The worst possible way of doing it. So, I headed down to Maplin's, bought a crimping tool and a big set of crimps and go to work on crimping all the wires back into the OEM wiring harness and doing things the right way. At this point, I also replaced both woofers in the front doors as they were showing signs of being passed their best in the way they sounded. So, OEM phillips replacements were ordered and riveted into place. I removed all the excess speaker wires and RCA's, as well as the single DIN headunit, which looked awful in the dash.

My vision with this car is to go OEM+ as much as I can without sacrificing too much on looks and usability. When it came to finding a replacement headunit, I considered all options. RNS-510's, RCD-510's. I still wanted to be able to run a subwoofer too, so needed something that had RCA input's but still remained OEM. After reading through forum after forum on what would be the best option, the answer I seemed to get was that running a subwoofer off a standard headunit wasn't a good idea, however, there was an alternative. The Kenwood DNX was offered by VW as an optional extra. It has bluetooth, TV tuner and sat nav capabilities, as well as 4x50w power output, and RCA inputs. Its also a direct fit with no battery drain issues on the Mk5 platform so it was a no brainer. I trawled the internet night after night looking for a good deal on one. One came up, a few eBay messages later and it was mine, along with all the accessories:

 

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Fits like a glove and sounds great! Couldn't be happier!

 

I stuck all the interior back together and was then on the look out for a set of wheels, as the 16" Merc wheels were not doing it any justice! Again, I wanted something OEM+ to go on the car and to keep with the theme. Super wide dishes were not an option as I didn't really want to run a big stretch on a daily car. All my friends kept saying to go for Bentley Mulliner wheels, but 20" wheels would mean too low a profile tyre on a daily car, so I put that option to a side for now. Then a friend of mine, Parm, happened to be selling his 19" BBS 2 Piece split Speedlines.

 

I went to go see them:

 

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Hashed out a deal, and brought them back home:

 

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Then, like a kid at chrismas, I started fitting:

 

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The wheels will be getting split, blasted and powder coated soon but when funds allow. Haven't decided on a colour for the centre's yet but the lips will definitely be getting polished.

 

Now to spruce up the exterior, I sanded the headlights back as they were damaged by UV, before:

 

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After:

 

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I also repainted the front VW badge as I wasn't keen on the red inserts:

 

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Also fitted in the inserts that were missing:

 

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Also fitted some 10mm spacers on the front today as the wheels seemed to be fouling the struts, so picked up some extended wheel bolts from STS too:

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Driving ride height:

 

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And a quick snap of the air set up:

 

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All hidden away under a false floor in the spare wheel well.

 

Much happier with the way it is sitting now and how it feels to drive on the 19's. Ride is sublime and the interior feels like a much nicer place to be. A lot more planned for the car yet, with some subtle performance modifications, nothing to extreme that side as it's gonna be a daily whip! :)

 

Well, I appreciate it if you have stuck with me thus far lol! Many many more updates to come, so keep tuned! :lol:

 

Comments and criticisms are welcome and any idea's for the wheel refurb would be appreciated, perhaps some photoshops if possible from people with the skills :)

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Gurpal

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Cars looking nice Gurpal, will look amazing with the speedlines refurbed.

Also love the Kenwood headunit. Makes me miss my mk5 a lot, really regret selling it as I had it lowered on Audi fat 5's, RNS510 was great and worked well with the highline spec. Had it mapped by Revo, which really opened the car up.

If your mk3 is anything to go by, I'm sure this will be something special.

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Cars looking nice Gurpal, will look amazing with the speedlines refurbed.

Also love the Kenwood headunit. Makes me miss my mk5 a lot, really regret selling it as I had it lowered on Audi fat 5's, RNS510 was great and worked well with the highline spec. Had it mapped by Revo, which really opened the car up.

If your mk3 is anything to go by, I'm sure this will be something special.

Haha thanks mate! I do miss the Mk3, putting your foot down and hearing that VR roar will be sorely missed! The Mk5 though is a totally different kettle of fish. It feels so much more refined and I've missed driving a modern car too.

Not to mention no more speed bump worries too.

Would like to get it remapped and maybe a quick shifter too. Also thinking about a milltek too, but wanna get the wheels done first :)

 

Gurpal

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Gurpal!!! you stranger were you been lol. Looks Sweet ;)

 

Just a quick one for you i can see that you wings are bubbling, these are covered under warranty by your local VW dealer who will replace both the wings.

 

All MK5 golfs suffer with this and the problem is right where you have the bubbling behind there is a foam pad stuck on the inside of the wing and it holds Moisture / water and causes that bubbling!! Why the hell they've done it god knows, Stupid idea.

 

Steve.

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Gurpal!!! you stranger were you been lol. Looks Sweet ;)

 

Just a quick one for you i can see that you wings are bubbling, these are covered under warranty by your local VW dealer who will replace both the wings.

 

All MK5 golfs suffer with this and the problem is right where you have the bubbling behind there is a foam pad stuck on the inside of the wing and it holds Moisture / water and causes that bubbling!! Why the hell they've done it god knows, Stupid idea.

 

Steve.

 

Haha I've been busy with the Mk5 and Mk2 bud!

 

So even though the car is a 2004, they will still replace the wings? I'm definitely going to have to take it down to them then and have it sorted! Cheers for that Steve!  :)

 

Looks very nice pal

 

Much appreciated bud!  :)

 

What did you get for your mk3 matey?? :(

 

I've still got it at the moment, just putting some different wheels on it at the moment as I've transferred the Schmidts on to the Mk2 (Schmidts were 5x100, and have bolted straight on to the Mk2.. So there's a little clue for you as to what the Mk2 is running  :P )

 

Mk3 will be up for sale soon enough though  :(

 

 

Gurpal

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Awesome looking mk5 dude.

Thanks man! :)

 

Small update coming later today!

 

Gurpal

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So, a small update for you guys..

 

The car came with some universal rubber mats that I took straight out because I felt that they made the interior feel less "luxurious", so I ordered some black "luxury" genuine mats with the correct fittings for both the front and the rear:

 

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Fitted:

 

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Also ordered some seat belt shoulder pads to add something different to the interior:

 

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Fitted:

 

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I had some 10mm spacers put on the front to help with clearance as the Speedlines were touching the struts. This was all fine and dandy but the car had a weird stance.. The front was wider than the rear, and the look started annoying me after a few days. So I put the 10mm's on the rear and bought 5mm ones for the front, and it sits so much better  :) :

 

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So that's the current state it is in.. Keeping an eye out for some leathers and will also get the wheels refurbished too. Most likely wheels first  :)

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Gurpal

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So after playing around with the offsets, I carried out some ghetto arch rolling today with the yellow pages to get the rears sitting a bit better and ruining my arches a bit less..

 

This is how it's sitting now after some fettling today when fully aired out, side view:

 

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Rear:

 

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Full shot, love the way the rear sits here  :wub: :

 

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Thanks for looking people..

 

Gurpal  :)

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So this happened:

 

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My uncle, Sunny (wide arch silver Mk1), opened up a new german car specialist garage in Horton. With me starting university very soon, I wanted to get the Mk5 running the best it possibly could be. So my plans were:

 

- Oil change. Replaced the oil with Mobil 1 5w30

- Oil filter change (OEM replacement)

- Air filter change (OEM replacement, none of this aftermarket non-sense.. it's modern diesel  ;) )

- Fuel filter change (OEM replacement)

- Pollen filter change (OEM replacement, old one was filthy!)

 

While the car was up in the air on the ramp, I had a good nose round the car and found what else needs to be done. Took a few pics of the clearance I now have the wheels with the new spacers setup.

 

Front: 

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I need to take the wheels off and the wheel arch guards and give everything a real good clean underneath as I want the car to be as clean as possible.  :)

 

Whilst under the car, I came across a few things that also needed doing in order to make it mechanically perfect:

 

- Seals from the turbo to the intercooler require replacing.

- New undertray 

- Nearside console bush

- Brake fluid change

 

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I'm also going to perform a coolant flush and replace the coolant in there with genuine G13 coolant. 

 

A picture of the car back on the floor (literally):

 

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So I've arranged to have those jobs done next week. So I look forward to giving you another update then!

 

The car runs a lot more quietly and a lot smoother after replacing the oil and all the filters, and feels nice and tight. 

 

Thanks for looking! 

 

Gurpal :)

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Ok, so a small update for you guys! I made it to Homegrown last Friday night briefly. Some seriously nice cars on show there  :) :

 

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Then on Sunday, it was the Westside show! Absolutely amazing show, the weather was perfect too!  :wub: .. Couldn't pass up not going so, washed the Mk5 in the morning and headed down.. Here's some pictures  :) :

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Some seriously impressive cars at the show too! The Mk1's and Beemers really impressed me this year  :)

 

Enjoyed having a look around some of the fellow members cars there too! Always nice seeing the actual car in the metal too  :)

 

C&C welcome as always

 

GurpalD

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Nice car dude, I'm still wondering about getting rid of my m3 for another bagged car!

Which M3 do you have? E46 or E90? Bagged cars are awesome! :)

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I had the pheonix yellow e46 that was parked at the end on Sunday at westside

Oh yeah! Sweet car dude! A few friends of mine have M3's. One has an Imola Red convertible, really really nice. He hates the fuel consumption though haha

 

Gurpal

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this seriously puts me in the mood for bagging my mk5! love it dude!

Do it! The way a car sits on air with right chassis and suspension mods is epic. Plus the practicality is second to none :)

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So... something happened  :P

 

 

I've been wanting to do this upgrade ever since I bought the car, it was just a matter of being patient and waiting for the right deal to come along. It was an interior!

I've always thought the car would benefit from a leather interior in both the look aspect of it, but as well as the overall way in which the car felt, and how it made me feel when driving it. So here's what happened:

 

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That's right! I bagged a full GTI interior! This included:

- Front seats

- Rear seats

- Front door cards

- Rear door cards

- All the aluminium trim

- Flat bottom GTI steering wheel

- GTI gearknob

- Floor mats

- Black headliner with all the black plastic parts

- All black pillar trims

- Centre console with leather armrest and 6 disc CD changer

- All seatbelts

 

I bagged the whole lot for a good price, and the chap I bought it off was converting his car to race spec to compete in the Mk5 series, so I managed to get practically anything I wanted from the interior!

 

I'll be looking to fit things slowly and take my time, so none of the fragile clips break and all the interior fits together properly as it should  :)

 

Another pic of the front seats: 

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Oh and my next target on the list to get completed before next years show season, the speedlines!:

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Apologies for the iPhone pictures, but C&C welcome as always!

 

Gurpal  :D

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So managed to fit a few more parts of the GTI interior, namely the steering wheel and gearknob+gaitor. 

 

Steering wheel before:

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After:

 

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Gearknob before:

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Gear knob after:

 

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Steering wheel is in lovely condition, and love the way it feels too when driving. Gear knob has seen better days, but nothing that can't (and will be) easily refurbed, probably using the furniture clinic products. 

 

On the look out for a set of new wheels, preferably 18" that I can roll on through the winter, allowing me to take the speedlines off, split them and get to work on refurbing them. Also on the look out for an R32 rear bumper, a splitter of some sort for the front, and to get a few things re-wrapped too.

 

More to come soon  :)

 

Gurpal

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I've seen that car on the car park near to the earl of Cornwall. For me stunning car mate!!

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Good work on the interior. Certainly makes the biggest difference for me and my car. Its where you spend most the time after all!

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