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Project MK7 GLI Update - Track Prep

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VIR Track Day with THSCC. Sometimes it's easy to forget that we're fortunate enough to have such an incredible facility just an hour from our door, but on those days when we do find ourselves at Virginia International Raceway we try to take it all in and enjoy every second of every lap. The natural scenery alone is impressive, realizing that may be counter to the reason most people are there, but that still adds to the experience as a whole. Of course on any given day you will find all manner of machine, from classic cars to Ariel Atoms,...

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Project Schwarz Update Part 3

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Project Schwarz : Update Part 3  It's been too long since we've shared what we've been up to with our MK7 Golf TSI Project.  While we haven't gone wild, we've made quite a few updates to the suspension, the exterior, the wheels and tires, and even upgraded the turbo.  The new combination of parts still play well together and equate to a subtle yet effective package.  Not quite a wolf in sheep's clothing, but definitely more than a coyote.  Regardless of what animal you equate it to, it's a ton of fun and is still very easy on the eyes. ...

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Project Blue Ridge - VW Atlas Overland Build

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Project: Blue Ridge 3.6 VR6 VW Atlas It's no secret that there's a growing trend to take a would be suburban hauler and attempt to make it into something it was never really intended to be.  From Subarus to Ford E series, and even a few Porsche 911s as well, this overlanding fad has gained quite a bit of momentum.  While it would be easy to shake our canes at the sky and bemoan the fact that these vehicles are clearly not built from the ground up as true off-road weapons, it's more fun to participate and see just what...

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Project MK7 GLI Update 4 -Turbo Upgrade

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It's the next step for our project GLI and its time for, to quote our friend James Pumphrey over at Donut Media,  "Mo Powa Baby!". Volkswagen has made a switch on the 2019 vehicles with the 2.0 TFSI engines to a Siemens ECU and management, previously utilizing BOSCH.  This is for all the various models that come with the 2.0T, the new for '19 GLI included. Currently, most of the big  VW tuners have software for the stock IS20 turbo, but our GLI is the first to run a big turbo set up.  Teaming up with CTSturbo, and based on...

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Project MK7 GLI - Update 3 - FMIC And More

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In preparation for our upcoming big turbo installation we knew that we had to have our bases covered. With any turbo upgrade, and even with the stock turbo, it's a great idea to upgrade your stock intercooler to one that is a bit more robust and up to the challenge of keeping those charge temperatures cooler.  We chose the Integrated Engineering Intercooler for a variety of reasons, but not limited to its unique construction and fit and finish.  It comes in at a very reasonable price point and includes everything necessary for installation while also being backed by proven results. ...

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