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nismodrifter
05-12-2011, 12:50 PM
Heloooooooo all.

The car has changed a bunch over the past couple seasons and I don't think I have posted updated pics in a LONG time.

I will try and do a full 2004 - 2011 "mini-story" over the span of a couple posts highlighting the major changes, posting DOIN WERK pics where possible, and possible DIY's if I have them.

Before doing so I'd like to take a chance to thank a bunch of people who have been invaluable in terms of providing me assistance with technical stuff and providing me with useful advice. This couldn't have been done without yall:
- Bob @ UrbanX -> adapter + tire size guru
- Arif (EK 2.0) -> random advice over the years
- Members of Eurodrivers.ca
- Members on VwVortex.com
- Members of Beyond.ca YO: Support + knowledge = woah. Thanks guys!

:thumbsup:

Thread is pic intensive so let it load!.

2003 - First Day
Brought this bad boy home. Had 113 000 highway kms on it and was in great shape. The only actual wear on the interior was in the drivers seat. I don't think the previous owner even opened the trunk. Was very happy to find one in this condition. TB change + recent maintenance had just been done, win!

How she looked after a bath:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/nightpics2026.jpg

and finally.....you can see that 4x4 status was in full effect:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/stock23.jpg

This would change very very soon. :thumbsup:

2004 - Lets Go Shopping...

Boxing day 2004 was very good for me. Hit up Concept 1 and picked up an FK Hightek Cupkit (35mm front, 40mm rear drop) at a decent price. I then went over to CMS and picked up a set of 19x8 Axis Neos. Also got a set of Audi TT Pedals online.

Awww yeah
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/axis1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/axis4.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/fk1.jpg

Shortly after I picked up some tires from "Altezza": 225/35/19 Falkens. Had them mounted at CMS. They stretched slightly and I got the exact look that I wanted.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/Picture042.jpg

Now the waiting game began. It was February 2005 and there were mountains of snow outside. I went nuts waiting for summer to come around.
:nut:

2005 - Do Werk!

May 2005 I did werk. The snow had finally melted and the rocks were being cleared. I cleaned out the garage and got to work early one morning. Rear suspension took no time to get done. Fronts took some time, alot of swearing, and alot of hammering/kicking. All in a days work I guess :D.

All said and done when the car was dropped off the jacks I had a huge smile for days. Loved the 19's and the amount it dropped was decent.

Went from 5 fingers to this:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/1finger.jpg
Note this was immediately after install, it settled quite a bit after.

Gave it a wash and wax and it was time to go cruisin:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/55dumpedcolormore.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nismodrifter/41.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1626.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/fixed.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nismodrifter/nightfrontsears.jpg

403 Meet:
Bling BLAO
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/meet3.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/meet15.jpg

And the summer Beyond Cruise, thanks Ben!!!!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/nismodroll01.jpg

nismodrifter
05-12-2011, 12:50 PM
2006 - V2.0
2005 was great but definitely wanted to change things up a bit for 2006. Stock piling of stuff began over the Xmas holidays as usual.
Changes included:
- OEM GLI Front lip
- Rear valence was sanded down and painted
- Polished downturn exhaust tips
- Smoked headlights GLI style (outer ring only)
- Tinted tails R/S/S/R (ie: Euro GTI Style)
- Fendi wrapped a couple of interior pieces
- 2.0L MAF sensor

The Result:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/new1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/newnight4.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/endofyear003.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/turbobenz/euromeet/euromeet16.jpg

Taking this pic was an interesting endeavor...knee driving skills to the max while leaning out the passenger window!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/rolling7big.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/endofyear1.jpg

:thumbsup:

nismodrifter
05-12-2011, 02:00 PM
2007 & 2008 - Le BBS Time

At the end of 2006 the Axis wheels were sold. A partout was actually considered at this time for a couple of reasons. Thought it would be game over and the car would go back to stock.

Over the Xmas break a set of staggered LM's from a Porsche came up for sale. Eeek. Bought them that day and never regret the decision. Finally had my dream wheels.

Changes for 2007:
- Staggered 18" BBS LM's (Porsche Fitment: 18x8 et50 front, 18x9.5 et55 rear). Was running 235/40's up front...totally melted the hell out of the fenders. 255/35's in the rear also left melted rubber everywhere.
- 25mm H&R wheel adapters (5x130 to 5x100)
- Custom fabricated sideskirts w/plastic welded end caps
- Painted bumper markers black
- White lettering on tires
- Fat downturn tips
- Custom fabricated skidplate
- Programmed "service interval mod" into cluster

Canadian Tire ballin $$$ ;)
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/bbs4.jpg

25mm H&R adapters:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_3953web.jpg

The car remained the same for 2007 and 2008. Some pics from those 2 years:
Aww yeah:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/bigtopost2.jpg

Sittin nicely outside of the rear fender:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_0051web.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/13.jpg

Gotta love May snowstorms...
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/2web.jpg

Do work:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_3097.jpg

Custom skidplate w/fabbed brackets and everything. Run over anything you want and that oilpan will be safe:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_3111.jpg

Classy lookin...
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/reareditedyellow.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_3409.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/summer12.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/summer2.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/Downtownday/rollingwide.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1876-1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/summer5.jpg

:thumbsup:

nismodrifter
05-12-2011, 02:55 PM
2009 - Makeover

So the car had stayed exactly the same for 2007 and 2008. Was happy with the way it looked but I wanted to do more. With those wide wheels in the back I knew there was potential for this thing to look bad ass.

I picked up a set of Rieger skirts + Rieger rear valence from a friend on Eurodrivers.ca when he parted out his Jetta. The sides were in great shape but the rear needed some work as you can see here:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_4759.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_4752.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_4747.jpg

Had never worked on ABS pieces before so it was something that took a bunch of researching. Using 3M panel adhesive we were able to fix those cracks. That stuff is crazy strong. The piece was then sanded down and smoothed out using Evercoat. I lost the in progress pics, damn it. The pieces were painted and were ready for install.

I had been wanting to do a mufflerectomy for some time so now was my chance to do so to nicely fill up the Rieger rear. Muffler was cut out, straight pipe welded in, and it leads to some fat dual 3.5" tips coming out the back end.

A Van Aaken tuning box was also installed for some power + smoke gains. :burnout:

The final product......
http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/rieger2009/rieger3.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/rieger2009/rieger1.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/rieger2009/rieger9.jpg

Pokin with some fat tips:
http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/rieger2009/rieger5.jpg

http://members.shaw.ca/nsuppal/rieger2009/rieger8.jpg

2010 - Got kms?
Car hit 255k in 2010. Driven daily year round.

Only change this year was a switch to 225/40/18 Bridgestones on the front, and the white tire lettering was also removed.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_5322.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_5321.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_5333.jpg

My free source of fuel....
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_5358.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_5385.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/downtown.jpg

Tik-Tok
05-12-2011, 03:42 PM
Were you on Deerfoot southbound, around 11:30 last night?

nismodrifter
05-12-2011, 03:45 PM
2011 - The Final Chapter.....

The final change: Le tint = Gone. Took me 2 hours, a steam gun, and a razor blade...finally did it.

Thats it. Thats all. This is how it's going to stay.

Very happy with the final product, just going to focus on keepin her clean and enjoying every second driving it for many hundreds of thousands of kms to come.

Once again, thanks to all who have contributed; whether it be giving a helping hand, or answering a question I may have had. Mad props to all of you.

Not many pics from 2011 because I was injured in an accident, here they are:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6805.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6799.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6912.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6858.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6928.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/IMG_6933.jpg

:thumbsup:

ExtremeSi
05-12-2011, 04:38 PM
Always liked your car. Nice and clean

darthVWader
05-12-2011, 09:32 PM
SWEET!!!!!!!!!

btimbit
05-15-2011, 07:31 PM
Saw it on vortex and had to find it here.

Love the car

s dime
05-15-2011, 09:05 PM
looks great without tint! I've always liked your veedub.

mowglee
05-15-2011, 09:10 PM
Looks good!

ekguy
05-15-2011, 09:44 PM
Wow that car looks nothing short of amazing.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Scope951
05-15-2011, 11:23 PM
Looks great, I remember in 2008 when you came to a wednesday night with the BBS's, had me stunned!

Looks great! would love to drop the rear just a tad to hide the top of the tire but otherwise very tastefully done!

props +1

TE4MFaint
05-15-2011, 11:49 PM
so. so. so clean without the tint.
this car is absolutely insanely clean. do not change a thing. drop and stance is perfect.
kudos my friend.

euro_racer
05-16-2011, 01:40 AM
I always gave you mad props for this car and always liked it alot...but... I lost a bit of love for it after the Rieger pieces, personal preference i guess :(

still keeping it clean though, keep it up brah!

Gibson
05-17-2011, 11:24 PM
This is a great example of how a car can be cleanly modified and still a daily driver. Looks great, I hope it goes for hundreds of thousands of more kilometers.

msommers
05-17-2011, 11:35 PM
The BBS wheels look significantly better than the Axis wheels before. Clean ride man...black is always sexy when it is done right :thumbsup:

nismodrifter
05-24-2011, 10:13 PM
Originally posted by euro_racer
I always gave you mad props for this car and always liked it alot...but... I lost a bit of love for it after the Rieger pieces, personal preference i guess :(

still keeping it clean though, keep it up brah!

The decision of changing the whole theme of the car was a big one. One of the major deciding factors was the fact that the Rieger pieces are pretty understated on a black car vs what they would look like on a lighter colored vehicle. I am very very happy with the final outcome.

Thanks everyone for your comments/constructive criticism. Always appreciated. :thumbsup:

TT-fast
05-25-2011, 05:38 PM
big brake kit, fmic, and seats would make it look badass

nismodrifter
12-27-2011, 10:48 PM
LOL at me sayin "thats it, thats all" in the last post. Really thought that would be it. Car recently hit 275k and it keeps on purrin.

Wheels have been in need of a refinish for sometime now.What better time to split wheels and prep for a refinish than Xmas eve! :D

3rd garage turned into a project zone, heaters setup, luxury milk crate seating:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/blackjetta/IMG_0826.jpg

Doin werk (white box contains new Raxles, will be installing them tomorrow):
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/blackjetta/IMG_0828.jpg

Split!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/blackjetta/IMG_0831.jpg

Let the sanding begin!!!!

:clap:

CanmoreOrLess
12-27-2011, 11:31 PM
Anyone who can keep a car for nine years, drive it daily and have it look that good is deserving of props. I was half way through the pics and thinking "get rid of the tint", sure enough... done.

I have a car for five years and get to thinking for the last two years that I would like a different car.

Maybe it is time to find a diesel wagon in any colour but black (everyone owns a black car ONCE, bloody hard to keep clean). VW, MB, Audi, guess that is the limit of scope in Canada. VW would get my vote.

Redlyne_mr2
12-29-2011, 01:48 AM
Wow no tint looks amazing

OriginalGoods
12-29-2011, 02:36 AM
Finally people are starting to see that tint is ugly ! Looks clean dude. Props.

Team_Mclaren
12-29-2011, 03:22 AM
Fuck, I don't have the balls to take my LMs apart... That's some intense shit

EK 2.0
12-29-2011, 03:30 AM
Originally posted by Redlyne_mr2

Wow no tint looks amazing



Agreed...and thanks for the shout out...

jdmXSI
12-29-2011, 10:45 AM
Wow, car looks great!!

zipdoa
12-29-2011, 12:04 PM
+1 for no tint. Looks way better.

ricosuave
01-01-2012, 02:47 PM
great looking ride.

an inspiration.

nismodrifter
09-05-2012, 04:17 PM
;)

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_0873.jpg

Totally forgot to post pics of the finished product. Have more pics on my external HD, will upload when I get the chance :thumbsup:

gonadatron
09-05-2012, 05:26 PM
Niiiiiiiiiice!!!!!

Do want to see more.

TomcoPDR
09-05-2012, 05:29 PM
Good read, thanks for sharing. :burnout: and keep up good work.

CanmoreOrLess
09-05-2012, 06:02 PM
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! Orange rims! Not so sure about this, polarizing move which I kinda think will work. Genius. Pure genius. The only way I could like this car more, if it were a wagon. I need to hit Kijiji and do a knock off of this project, the blueprint has been done.

Closest I can get today (someone buy this Passat):
http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-cars-trucks-2005-Volkswagen-Passat-Wagon-W0QQAdIdZ400644457

btimbit
09-05-2012, 06:57 PM
Where is this one now?

Can't decide if I like the reflex silver car better or not. Both are:drool: :drool:

euro_racer
09-05-2012, 07:23 PM
holy fuuuuuuuckkkk :eek: :bigpimp:

pics of the full car please!! making me want to get back into the mk4 game again :banghead:

nismodrifter
02-05-2016, 01:28 AM
An update as I have some time tonight.



After dismantling the wheels this is how she went, and progressed:

I painted these myself:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_0866-1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_0873.jpg

Drove to las vegas, and then onwards to Newport Beach. Visited Cars&Coffee in Irving on the way.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1082.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/orangecounty.jpg

Vented tank to the brim:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/nevada-1.jpg

San Fran chilling:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1110.jpg

Cars and Coffee Irvine:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1097-1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1096-1.jpg

Vegas Hotel Scene:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/20120525_114808.jpg

nismodrifter
02-05-2016, 01:28 AM
Pic whoring

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/thebuild/IMG_1018.jpg

nismodrifter
02-05-2016, 01:33 AM
2015 Update

Back to silver.

http://i57.tinypic.com/1reyag.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/turbobenz/yolopimp_1.jpg

She shines.

Kilometres = 366k.
She keeps on purring. No engine concerns at all.
Have rebuilt the front end over the last 2 years (ball joints, tie rods etc). But thats about it.

I keep thinking about what to do if the car ever fails. I love the chassis, I love the engine. I don't want to ever let the car go. Financially not worth putting any money into it but I love the car. Ugh.

All is well now, lets see how things go, out of all my other cars this is an easy decision......I plan on keeping it till death (mine). My goal, keep her goin.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

JRSC00LUDE
02-05-2016, 01:35 PM
Originally posted by nismodrifter
I keep thinking about what to do if the car ever fails. I love the chassis, I love the engine. I don't want to ever let the car go. Financially not worth putting any money into it but I love the car. Ugh.

The minute your automotive financial decisions have to make sense is the minute your fun died! Keep it minty and moving!

88CRX
02-05-2016, 02:41 PM
Woah!

Can't believe you're still around and still have your OG car, that's awesome. As good as the orange wheels looked the silver works perfectly.

Also don't get rid of it, keep it! Makes me want to update my EP3 thread somewhere on here.

EK 2.0
02-05-2016, 03:21 PM
Meh bhoth bhoth orange pyaar karthahun...

But I say this as a guy with yellow wheels on his Civic...haha....

I should really also update the Hollie's thread on here hahaha....

Team_Mclaren
02-05-2016, 03:27 PM
I've always wanted to own a car for life, but financial logic always steers me away from doing so. Props to you for making it work. The best color for LMs is still silver btw! :D

vengie
02-05-2016, 04:31 PM
My dream Jetta.

01RedDX
02-05-2016, 05:00 PM
This is the definition of a "labour of love."

nismodrifter
03-20-2016, 09:43 AM
End of an era.

Sold.

R154
03-21-2016, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by nismodrifter
End of an era.

Sold.


:barf: :barf: :cry: :cry:

but, why?

:(

rage2
03-21-2016, 04:14 PM
Originally posted by nismodrifter
A slammed VW on stretched tires that has the aroma of diesel fuel and cannot get over speed bumps apparently doesn't work so great when you're married.
:whipped:

http://forums.beyond.ca/st/397621/suv-purchase-ideas/

nismodrifter
03-21-2016, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by rage2

:whipped:

http://forums.beyond.ca/st/397621/suv-purchase-ideas/

You do recall I have another one....that is lower.....with wider wheels..:D