Project: ‘04.5 GLI

“I’m not going to mod it” were the words uttered when this car was first purchased seven years ago. The GLI being the epitomy of the Jetta mark, coated in that candy Tornado red paint, made for a beautiful sight off the showroom floor. Naturally it would make sense to attempt to preserve it’s original luster for as long as possible and not spoil it with over the top modification.

While the philosophy has remained the same, the car has not. A little less than a week into ownership the first small modifications to the car came in the form of a stubby roof antenna, then clear sidemarkers. Surely these simple changes did not compromise the original nature of the vehicle? Ultimately this was only the tip of the iceberg. A fitting analogy to be sure as it takes looking far below the surface to comprehend the amount of time it has taken to amass the quantity of sublte tweaks and modifications since those first minor changes.

This once daily driver has been BFI’s test bed for anything and everything MK4. If we sell it, chances are it has been installed and tested on this ride. Multiple sets of coilovers, spring and shock combinations, brake set-ups, turbos, exhausts, and software files have found their way onto this car over the years. This experience means that we can help the customer make a more informed decision by sharing our direct first hand experience with the variety of products out there.

While the popularity of the 1.8T and MK4 chassis has given way to the more modern cars, this Jetta can still hold it’s own in both the looks and performance departments in comparison.


BFI Stage 1 Dogbone

BFI 4 Cylinder Complete Replacement Engine Mount – Stage 1

BFI Mk4 4/6 Cylinder Complete Replacement Transmission Mount – Stage 1

Samco boost & coolant kits,

Custom T.I.P,

Pwrhaus FMIC, APR software w/vtune / C2 ECU

Custom 3″ DP,

Jetex 2.75″ Exhaust,


SPA 5000 Turbo ,

415 cc Genesis Inj., Ross Machine fuel rail, AGN shaved vc, Ross Machine intake manifold,

Kinetic Top Mount Turbo Manifold and Up Pipe,

R32 Short Shifter


custom metal boser hood,

BFI Smoked E-code headlight,

Wolfsburg Sidemarkers,

Euro Textured Molding, euro 25th ed mirrors, , shaved trunk lid, tint,

JOM Badgeless Grill,

Brake Ducts, textured b pillars,

BFI Stubby Antenna


euro MFD Navi, Blitz turbo timer,

NS Column Pod,

42dd LED’s, Boston Acoustic seperates, PG amp, AVI sub,



Spax Coilovers,

BFI Lower Tiebar,

BFI Rear Tiebar,

BFI Strut Tower Bar,

Stabila Street Rear Sway Bar,

SPC Camber Kit


R32 front brake set up

w/ Slotted Rotors,

Rear Slotted Rotors,

SS Lines, pbr metal master pads


BBS motorsport 3pc magnesium center rims-17×8.5f 18×9.5r 2 sets

1 in gold 1 in black, gold tires-215/40/17f 225/35/18r Sumi HTR+, black tires- nitto 555 225/4017f 225/40/18r

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