Well I dont drive it yet...this is my build thread so im hoping shortly that statement will be true. I recently picked up the MKV airlift slam kit with manual management from ECS tuning...awesome price and should be pretty easy for a first time air noob to install at home. I had a kid last week so time is critical and I just couldnt justify spending gobs of money on the suspension setup as I just bought my wheels recently and they were not cheap!. So when I saw the pricing for the manual air lift kits and saw how nice everyone was saying their stuff was I figured why the hell not...I may regret not saving up and doing it big the first time but this is how I learn..
This is all taking place at Spangdahlem Germany im stationed here with the Air force have been in 6 years so far and 3 years of it has been here in Germany. I recently got approved for an extension giving me until 2014 to live here...I could not be happier..thats 7 years of my life in Germany.
So here is the rundown. I will post pics of the install and everything as it goes along right now its all just a bunch of dreams sitting in my basement.
Car is a 2009 united grey GTI
Stage 2+ APR flash and ebay catless downpipe.
Minor exterior mods include badgless grill smoked mirrors and sidemarkers. Working on finding a place to do my hood notch fill for a decent price...nothing extreme bodywise yet...maybe in time.
My wheels are my pride and joy...I saw them on RBwheels last year and had to get them...They are Work Equip M1's (mesh). I just found out they are in the 2010 Ultimate wheel and tire guide listed in the rare section :eek:
They are 18x9 in the front et 38 and 18x10 rear et 32. Tires will be 205/40/18 and 215/40/18 respectively yoko s-drives.
I have to drive 1hr to belgium to get a guy to mount these...Germany is not as stretch friendly I thought for being the *creators of stretch* What they consider stretch and we consider stretch are two very different things But since Im not bound to the TUV I can get by it..
Here is a few pics of the wheels and some of the airlift setup...
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pardon the dust...and the emblem (thanks dr. fraser) ..well its hard to explain just know its a hop grenade and that I love beer...I mean really love beer..I brew my own and its the only way I can legally bring my two loves *cars and beer* together without being dishonorably discharged from the Air force.
[Blockierte Grafik: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4451132426_fb2de0e14e_b.jpg]
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Now for the nasty part..I know that my car is extremely dirty it had snowed that weekend when I test fit these wheels and im ashamed but its the only shot that I have showing the fitment and why I know this is going to rock when it all comes together...
[Blockierte Grafik: http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu309/shagenefu/DSC_0025-1.jpg]
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Rear fitment...again i apologize for the salty dusty car... :banghead:
[Blockierte Grafik: http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu309/shagenefu/DSC_0041.jpg]
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So Im planning on doing the install after the parents leave town from visting the baby...I could really use any advice and/or help on it since there is basically nobody in this area familiar with air ride installs unless I drive to bullock style and pay an arm and a leg.
Basically any tips that someone might not think about for their first install I would really appreciate it..