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this is it before any of the major mods were done, i got the wheels from wheelbase almost as soon as i got the car, and the picture's a bit dark, but just imagine a factory standard gti and you'll have the idea:)

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this is after most of the work had been done, OEM R32 kit (VWspeed-very helpful and friendly, good contact-recommended:), Celis headlights (GSF), tints (Tintwerx), LED rears(Ebay), and the old school GTI emblem (Ebay) Milltek Exhaust (Awesome)

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around this time, the nouvolari's had just come out and it was a toss up between the a8's and these ones. my inner brat decided to come out and i couldn't see why i couldn't just have both:) on different sides of the car. :s you cant see both sides at the same time anyway..right?:)

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in order to learn from mistakes, you have to make them:) so it was a while before the novelty of having different rims wore off, and being quite a new driver, i seemed to scratch them into oblivion, which made it embarrasing to pull up in. so it was time for a change..

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i love these rims..the first time i ever saw them was on the cover of top gear magazine, on a red MKV. i didnt think much of the new shape, but those rims..:)they looked like they'd chop your fingers off if you got too close! it was between these and some BK299 black rims with the silver lip(inspired by seeing Cage's ASA's when he had them a while back), but i thought that maybe black rims would be too much on a black car. i like a contrast between the car and the wheels. as for the lights, i got these about a year ago, and i still think they are unbeatable looks-wise when theyre on at night. however, in the day, i've grown to feel they stand out too much and i wanted somethin more subtle. im still considering getting the black versions..i think shiuming had them on a post a while back.

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close up of new rims:) and some not-so-new brakes:(

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phone photo at a filler. sometimes the light catches the car to make it look particularly stunning (to me anyways!), and i feel the need to capture it. although, its always to find out that pictures hardly do it justice. never mind phone ones. which makes me wonder what my favourite cars on the forum >actually< look like! maybe car meets are the way forward..:)

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after a dealing with golfturbo and some hammerite:)

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side profile with the old gti lights back in:

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another view:

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close-up. i got some SL McGards (or is it SU? the higher security ones anyway), cos im not keeping these babies scratch free so they get a good price on the black market, if you know what i mean. as you can see, i kept the dirty VW locking nut on there as well. apparently they're pretty useless, but i figured it'd be more of a problem than a normal nut so i left them on. i went for the zimmermans because of the look, and i painted the calipers so they wont end up like the last ones..and also so they look cool:) my friend said it looked like i'd "ran over an animal and it got caught in the wheel". but she doesnt know anything about cars, so i'll lean towards adding a bit more weight to your guy's opinions:)

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with most of what i wanted on the exterior done, i went for the thing that'd get most value for money in terms of improving the time spent in the car. which meant replacing cloth with leather:) just seeing it when i open the door, or through the windscreen, makes it worth it:) the smell of it while you're in the car is another benefit..the car somehow smells..more executive :p the feel of it is great as well. i went for the grain just below nappa, because i dint think leather looks good extremely smooth. its like its plastic or something. i like to see and feel the grain. obviously, you're not going to feel the leather on the seats when you're driving, (unless you drive starkers-which the re-trim doesnt do much to discourage), so i made up for this by spending the better part of the day just sitting in the car when i got the seats back and groping the bolsters etc:)
this is the first time i've had leather seats (probably determined by the fact that this is my first car:), so excuse my excitement-im not over the novelty:)

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these are the front seats. if you noticed, i wasnt lucky enough to get Recaros as standard so i had those sport seats which weren't really up to par..Luckily, the man in charge of the re-trim was Michael from MJ interiors, and he managed to source me two front Recaros, which i jumped at and saved some money re-trimming them now, instead of the original seats that i was going to have done and getting the recaros at a later date. the side bolstering is amazing in comparison and they look of the recessed headrests is class. although i'll have to admit one of the main attractions is that name stitched in the middle..:)

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Mj's reputation is big enough for me not to have to say how professional the work is, but from a customer view, i can say that he was friendly, kept good communication while the work was ongoing, and more importantly, didnt mind spending (a lot of) time in the beginning discussing the details of what you want done, as he obviously understood that its important to get things 'just right'. Recommended.

Raring to go..:)

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Hide and seek-corsa style :p
and yes, the driveway's raised-its not that high off the ground!

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i've been reading the forum for ages, glad to have posted (finally!)

dele
 

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The car has come a very long way! Looks nice now! Its funny, because as i was looking at each pic, i was thinking in my head "he needs to change that" and by the next pic, you had done! [Y][:D]

Its a good job you got rid of the led lights! Loving the interior! Looks spot on! How much did that set you back if you dont mind me asking? [;)] And as said above, i think it needs to be slightly lower.
 

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Absolutely sweet as mate. Are those replicas as sonnys-sdi had a set of them and they werent exactly the same as the originals - the spokes were different. But yours look spot on.
 

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im loving this car, looks like you have put a lot of time and effort (and £££££) into it! i like so many things about it especially that interior, really like how you ran different wheels on each side, iv thought about doing it too lol

keep up the good work [Y]
 

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your car looks fab ,same question agen if you dont mind me askin ,i want my interior done aswell could you give me a rough price please lol ,and im glad to see the led's have gone aswell [Y] ,ive got black wheels with a black car and i reckon they look phat ,you should of been a devil and tried some im sure you would of loved them [:)]
 

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it looks soo nice mate, but im not to keen on the mkv alloys but they still looks amazing mate. the gti lights are classy the first mod i did on mine get ride of the sh!t 1.4 lights and up to the gti ones. VERY VERY stunning.mate
 

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Hey guys:)

thanks for takin time to check out the post and for the positive replies.[:D] im glad people like it- means a lot from forum members[:)]

as for some of the questions/comments,

marc-dub:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] i'd really love to lower it, i was planning on getting the koni sport kit from awesome, but im just really scared of damaging my bodywork and underside! the sump guard isnt in good shape as it is, and if i run my hand under the front bumper i can feel loads of scratches! thing is, the roads around here make me wonder what road tax is for, and they've gone to town on speed bumps, and i dont like the idea of having to go at snail pace all the time[:(] however, if they do sort out the roads, and anyone has experience with the koni sport kit on a standard height GTi WITH an r32 front bumper (important!), then i'd love to hear how the comfort factor plays out, cos im worried about that too!

veedubdude:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] im glad you guys approve the change-i know the consensus RE rear lights on here so i kinda expected it[:p] looking at them now, i wonder why i changed them in the first place! then i remember that i just wanted to change anything for the sake of it cos i was so eager to get modding[:)] glad i've calmed down (kind of) a bit now[:)]

Y15HAL / xsuex:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments[:)]

Y15HAL: seems our modding minds are alike! im thinkin about a remap and de-locking, and smoothing the tailgate-as you probably thought[H]

xsuex: i was toying with the idea of black rims for so long..but cos they were such a big factor in how a car looks, i didnt want to get it wrong. however looking at your pictures, i might've made a mistake! Wolfrace's iirc? Yakuza i think..? those rims look sick, although theres probably not much chance of showin off a brake conversion behind those monsters!?[;)]

As for the interior, im guessin you get what you pay for, and i was tempted by some retrims offered for around the 800/850 mark, but by some less well-known names. however, if you go to a specialist(MJ's for example) if it is more expensive, i'm happy paying that for peace of mind, knowing its gonna be done once, and once properly. i cant be bothered finding time go back for corrections etc. in the end i paid a thousand and fifty for mine(without door cards- i dont see the point if they're black already). its a one off, and if you treat it well, its a worthwhile investment i think. it pays itself off through smile factor in no time[:)]

Trollgeddon:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] If i did have the nouvo's im sure you'd stop being interested- they were wrecked! also, you'd only end up with two, which im sure wouldnt help. however, if you've got 18" tyres, you might be able to get them from wheelbase(where i got them from) i think they've gone down in price.

Bike_Boy :

Hi, cheers for the comment[:)]

danw19:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] i know what you mean, i think i saw them on here before, theres something different about where the cut-out bit meets the lip? i cant remember exactly. but yeah, these are replica's- im not rich enough to go to the dealers for rims-Yet[:p] when i saw them i was impressed as well, they look a good match i think[:)]

golfzzin:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] i have put a lot of time into it-i look after it better than i do myself! (btw, good first impressions are my forte[:p]) glad you like it mate[:)] i thought it was pretty cool running different rims too, but let me tell you, if you do it, the world'll become a lonely place! people'll start lookin at you funny like you're a bit weird and they'll check to see if your shoes match!

thomas.parke: hi, and cheers for the comment mate[:)]

cat1.4: hi, thanks for the comment[:)]love your conversion by the way[;)]

daflyingfinn:

hi, thanks for the comment[:)] i started to go off the nouvolari's after a while, the design makes it quite easy to catch on kerbs, and they look smaller than they are- i actually wondered whether they had made a mistake and sold me 17"s instead! maybe it was just the fact i was comparing them to the a8's which fill out right to the rim.but they are still nice, and i havent seen many golf's with them on. they might suit your SEAT better, but seeing your rims, i think keepin yours is the better idea[:)]

Jatie 150:

Hi, thanks for the comment[:)] they're OEM so im guessin they're VAG make, but the model is the R32 skirts, i bought them with the rest of the bumpers/spoiler as a complete kit from VWspeed, who were very friendly/helpful[:)]
 

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Congratulation on a fantastic looking car - that interior is sweet as - were the 2 front recaros originally cloth or leather? did the stitch the RECARO name in again afterwards? it looks the job , i have recaro cloth seats and one of the main things turning me off getting them re trimmed is losing the RECARO name of them! How much for the re trim if i may ask? - shane

Oh yeah lower it!!!
 

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Y15HAL:

i know, you can tell i'm new[:)]

tossy:

Hi, thanks for the comment mate[:)]

see my reply to Y15HAL/xsuex further up RE:price&lowering

i had the vw seats originally, and the Recaros were sourced by MJ's interiors. they were originally the cloth versions, but since i was having the car done anyway, they got substituted in (thankfully!) for the sport seats that would've been in those pictures if it wasnt for his help. i noticed when looking at the cloth recaros, that the logo is quite small. the ones in the photos are a bigger than standard size. When Mj's did the car, he told me that the stitching would be a bit bigger than normal, which is good cos it looks like it should be that size- i feel it fits the seat now. not -too- big, but not standard either[:)]

as for losing the recaro logo, i think any -decent- re-trimmer would re-stitch it in as standard, but it may be best to call a few trimmers to see if they;

a) stitch it in for you
b) if you can customise the size&colour of the logo

I say DEFINITELY go for it! find a decent trimmer and you won't regret it[Y]

good luck[:)]
 

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Hi dele,

You;ve got a really good lokking car there, keep up the good work.

I'm hopefully going for the same supsension from awesome fairly soon,hence will let you know how it rides there are some bumpy roads near me but most of them are pretty decent so my sump should be ok, although I have seen that you can get ally sump gards might be worth looking into.

take it easy
 
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