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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The 2nd Coming

Sean Kirk started with a 1999 Tornado Red VR6 GTi. Unfortunately for him, the car was plagued with tons of problems. These problems would eventually drive Sean into buying a 2003 Silverstone Gray GTI, thought he kept the VR6 heritage alive in this car. Initially Sean had both cars as he kept the MKIII has a daily driver while throwing money into the MKIV. After attending H2Oi in 2008, he really got into the whole dub scene. Slowly but surely, his MKIV became an obsession as he traded a set of 18x8.5 HRE 448R’s for his TR GTi.

As we all know, this is where the addiction really takes over as Sean became to throw time and money into his car. At first it was small upgrades and details to help make the car Sean’s own. However he soon wanted the perfect fitment and ride height. He first got himself an air-ride setup to help drop the GTi to the ground. He then rebuilt his HREs turning the final specs to 18x9” with 2” lips in the front and 18x10” with 3” lips in the rear.

Expect to see this car again as a lot more is planned for this car in the future. Sean has plans to do a full respray as well as add more camber to the rear wheels to tuck it in slightly on top of a long list of other changes he wants done.

Pictures courtesy of bazookaphotograghy
Spec List:
Performance/Engine Bay:

-Autotech Cold Air Intake

-Custom 2.5" non-resonated catback with a Mangnaflow muffler

-GIAC reflash

-APTuning Stage 2 dogbone

-42DD solid shifter bushings

-OEM Audi R8 oil cap

-Slight wire tuck and engine bay cleanup


-Originally 18x8.5 et33 all around with 1.5" lips all around (painted all black with red bolts)

  Currently 18x9 et27 with a 2" lips and 18x10 et14 with 3" lips 

-215/40/18 Nankang NS2's

-HRE centers powdercoated Empire Bronze, Hand polished bolts, polished lips


-Airlift XL fronts

-Firestone rears with AAC brackets

-Accuair Switchspeed with touchpad controller

-Single Air Zenith OB2 compressor in chrome

-5 gallon tank powdercoated Empire Bronze

-WRD rear upper stress bar powdercoated Empire Bronze

-Passenger side frame notch, minor subframe trimming, bent pinch welds and light griding for tie rod clearance


-BFI black housing headlights

-OEM Stubby passenger mirror (heated and powered)

-OEM Sharan stubby antenna

-Euro GTI/R32 taillights

-30% Window Tint

-Rear wiper delete using a OEM wheel lock


-Reupholstered headliner and pillars in plaid

-Red stitched OEM leather seats, ebrake handle and shift boot

-R32 brushed aluminum dash trim

-MK5/MK6 golf ball shift knob

-OEM lighted Jetta vents

-AWE Tuning brushed aluminum pedals and deal pedal

-OEM Monster Mats

-Brushed aluminum door lock pins

-Black leather wrapped trunk floor


-Alpine headunit

-Factory Monsoon speakers and amplifier

-Alpine 10" Type R subwoofer

-Kenwood amplifier

-Rewrapped sub box in same plaid as headliner, flush mounted in floor

Words by Calvin Lun  
Photos by BazookaPhotography


Maria Mendez said...

That is one gorgeous looking car. As a family man, all my money is spent on Nissan Maxima parts, but if I was 10 years younger...Love the blog by the way.