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One Extremely Clean-Cut Dub

Nov 1, 2002

Is a eurotuner car truly complete without exterior modifications? I think not. And for that matter so does Justin Hilgert of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. It’s a fact that the “styling” experience varies from enthusiast to enthusiast. For most, basic bolt-on ease takes center stage in the context of importance. Others, though, enjoy the “smoove” approach of a shaved exterior, like that found on this 2000 Golf.

Justin started construction on his VW some two years back after purchasing it new from his local VW dealer. Suspension modifications came first. Drop components used consist of Apex/Tokico coilovers with ABD Racing antiroll bars. The front bar measures 28 mm, while the rear unit comes in at 25 mm. Completing the rolling chassis is a set of Millie Miglia Evo 18-inch alloy wheels with tire selection coming from Yokohama in the form of 225/40-18 Paradas.

Having upped the handling characteristics of the Golf, Justin opted to up the braking performance on his Dub as well. To accomplish this task Brembo cross-drilled rotors were installed. Brake pads of choice on Justin’s VW are from EBC, while Neuspeed stainless steel brake lines reduce fade under hard driving conditions.

Under-hood enhancements followed. For added engine response, Justin added Neuspeed’s latest supercharger to his 2.0L powerplant. To get the most out of his forced-induction system, a custom front-mount intercooler was crafted and his cylinder head was ported and polished for improved flow. For further power assistance, Unorthodox underdrive pulleys and a Remus free-flow exhaust system were installed. To transfer the power to the pavement, Justin uses a GTI five-speed tranny backed by a Clutch Masters clutch.

Interior upgrades quickly followed as the third stage of construction progressed. Located inside is a complete VR6 trim package including black leather seating. Topping the factory upholstery is a MOMO steering wheel, shift knob, and pedal set. For listening enjoyment a Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD head unit was placed in the dash. Concert-quality sound reproduction starts with a set of PPI power amplifiers and ends with Boston Acoustic speaker separates while JL subs provide bass.

Last on the construction list was the exterior. Coming from Volkswagen in a factory shade of black, Justin opted for a respray in DuPont Pewter Metallic Pearl. Prior to paint work, the exterior received a clean shave of the door handles, body moldings, and hatch handle. Added to the mix is a Kamei grille, Freedom Design rear wing, and Hella lighting.

Note the fact that no body kit was added—Justin wanted his ride to stand out in a smooth and simple fashion.

Finished in just under a year for approximately $28K, Justin adds yet another impressive Euro to his resume of Audi/ Volkswagen cars. Needless to say, this “Smoove” VW owner enjoys the looks from fellow motorists. And he should considering his VW not only sports a supercharged powerplant, but exterior styling as well. Now that’s what I consider a eurotuner ride.



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