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iian

MK6 Golf GTI

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Back in a good VW! Been Slacking lately! :lol:

So just to update things, I sold my E46 M3 to a local fella a bit sooner than I'd planned. Loved the car, but couldn't scratch the modifying bug and an E46 M3 is not a car that needs (much of) it. 

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Ended up buying my Da's 140 Passat to keep me going. Handy because I was busy with farm work and also pretty flat out on the mountain bikes at the time. It made for a cracking daily to load the kit up and clock up a few hundred miles every weekend. Plus my Da looked after it well.

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(Car's now for sale if anyone's interested) 
Of course I couldn't leave it alone, so I bought a set of coils and BBS CH-Rs off another forum member to throw on.

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My da however was getting messed about with his new Passat from VW seeing as the whole emissions scandal came about. Dragged out for so long, I didn't get any of the parts fitted and eventually offered him the passat back so we could stop sharing a car, and I could find a replacement of my own, which is when I found the Golf on autotrader. 

Had called up about it before I even realised it was a forum member's car that I knew of! The car was the exact spec I was after (white 3dr GTI, xenons, tartan cloth not leather and RNS510) all except for a DSG Box. Loved the DSG in my last golf so much that I swore I wouldn't buy a manual one. Funny how that turned out! However I'd forgot how much more involving manual cars are, and I definitely don't regret not holding off for a DSG car. Plus I'm not about Belfast as much as I used to be, so don't need the auto comfort just as much,

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Drove it standard for all of a week before I found some brand new FK Highsport coilovers for sale on gumtree for an absolute steal. Normally would write off any coilovers made by FK, however I had the highsports in my last GTI and they were brilliant coils for the money. I've had KWs and Weitecs before, and these easily compete for daily use.

So last weekend, fired the coilovers in and stuck the CH-Rs on.

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Sitting a wee touch arse down, but hope to do something with the front wings to let me drop the front to suit. 

But overall, its sooooo nice to get into something a bit fresher. MK6 Golf GTI is an absolutely brilliant car, and I'm really enjoying this one so far. 

Future plans are some LED Rears, smooth the front bumper, and get stuck into the performance side. Likely won't go any further than stage 1/2, then decent brakes and ARBs etc to suit. Going for a good all rounder, so looks, performance and still everyday usability.

Thanks for looking.
All comments welcome.

Ian

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Its a while since I've last updated. 

Been keeping up with the boring stuff, routine maintenance, got it through MOT etc.

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Got the car Revo'd back in December by Chris at TG Performance after getting their black Friday promotion. Great service,and absolutely love the map. Then to carry on the performance side of things, got a Eurojet De-cat turbo back on a few weeks later, after MOT. Exhaust is spot on for what I was after, minimal increase in day-to-day noise but sounds awesome when your going for it. Need to play about to get it sitting exactly right, but otherwise very happy. Especially considering it was less than the price of most cat-backs alone.
 

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Hope to get an intake sorted then get her mapped up to stage 2, but with other plans this will like be another month or 2 yet. 

Otherwise, just been enjoying driving it. My GFs Dad owns a B&B up in Glenarm, which I've been using as an excuse to rake through the Mournes on a regular basis. 

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Also put the CH-Rs back on despite the winter. Though I'd imagine they'll hold up better to the elements than the factory monzas. 

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Then most recently I ordered a set of SRS tec 25mm wider wings, so I could run lower without any rubbing issues. I contacted the UK dealer and as luck would have it, he knew of a MK6 Golf set painted in candy white for sale privately. Took a punt on them in the hope they would be a good colour match and save me a few hundred quid having to paint a new set, however Parcelforce seemed to damage them in transit over from England, and don't cover body panels in their insurance, so not so lucky. (Colour match was perfect too! Bastid!) Not any extensive damage by any means, but damaged none the less.

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Fitted them yesterday (they've to go to paint anyway) and dropped the car down to go into max lowz sc3n3 mode.
 

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Love how it looks but it's in dire need of a chassis notch, so will be raising it up in the mean-time. And if I'm not happy with how it drives post-chassis notch I'll probably just raise it back up and get rid of the wings and not bother with sc3n3 lowz altogether. Want a good all-rounder, and I'm getting to old for this low car trailing about everywhere carry on. 

Otherwise, it's going to get the number plate recess smoothed and wings repaired soon, then brakes fitted, intake and stage 2. Also have a set of LED tail lights on the way. Should be done by Dubshed and leave me free to enjoy the car for the better weathered months. Hoping to try some drag / track / hill climb days with it too. 

I'm sure there's other stuff I've forgotten to add, but sure.

Cheers for reading.
Ian

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