“You never feature Passats! You guys need to get out more. You do know the scene is about more than just the GTI and Jetta don’t you?”
We hear this a lot at eurotuner.com and Passat owners get pretty bummed-out over the lack of coverage they receive (or don’t…). Our long-time patented response has always been that we’ll feature the good ones when we find them, and we’ve been good to our word.
The reality is, there just aren’t many Passats built to where they merit a feature but Ross Morehead’s’06 B6 VW Passat 2.0T is proof we’re again good to our word.
The problem is, Passats are generally bought by people with a family who don’t want to compromise the ride with suspension that jars them awake every time you change lanes on the freeway.
Fortuantely, Ross had other priorities. He decided to build a car that answered the Japanese VIP scene. Despite essentially copying the product of the big German Mercedes-Benz tuners like Brabus, Lorinser and AMG, the JDM crowd think they invented the look. So Ross decided to wake up his hometown of McKinney, TX, with a VIP-style Passat. “The Passat seemed like a cheaper way to get into a big-body car and do the whole VIP thing. So I set my sights on an ’06 B6 in Midland, TX and planned my future mods.”
The VIP look centers around the car being lowered over big wheels. So air suspension and negative camber provide a legit appearance.
Fortunately, the B6 Passat is similar to the Mk5/6 Golf under the larger skin, so finding air-ride component wasn’t difficult. “I went with Air Lift Slam XL front struts and Slam Specialty’s rear bags,” Ross explained. “I pieced together my selection for compressors, management, etc, and made the trunk enclosure myself.
Having never done that before, it proved to be the biggest challenge of the entire build – well, besides when I sold the entire system and had to buy another one!” More of that later…
With the air-ride sorted, the choice for wheels was all-important, but this is where the story gets a little hazy. We could tell you about the RS6 wheels he began with, or the Bentley Continental GT wheels he’s getting, or even the Mercedes wheels he has now, but since the photos represent a set of ESM wheels resembling the BBS LM, we’ll simply discuss them.
At 19x8.5” front and 9.5 rear, they suit the VIP theme nicely. The polished rims give the required bling and the “BB5” center caps are a nice tongue-in-cheek touch.
The Passat exterior might seem unmolested, but the most significant change are right before your eyes. The car has been treated to a full respray: “I’ve always been a fan of white but never liked the yellow tone in VW’s Candy White, so I sprayed it a brighter white with a dash of ice-white pearl to add something extra,” he explained.
Making the car look even more slammed is the painted VW Hi-Def body kit consisting of a front lip, side skirts and rear valance. This is identical to the one we fitted to our Project Passat (who said we don’t do Passats?) that can be found here:
There’s even a video:
We digressed… Ross also added interior upgrades such as brushed aluminum pedals, a European VW CC headlight switch, white interior LEDs and CC window switches to make the driving environment more special; more VIP.
A couple paragraphs ago we mentioned Ross bought a second air-ride system. The reason behind it is somewhat humorous, but something most of us can probably relate to. We’ll let him tell the story: “The car was actually built twice. After about a year of owning it I decided I was going to sell it, so I parted-out the air-ride, wheels and a few other parts, basically putting it back to stock. After having it for sale for about a month, I missed seeing the Passat all low ’n sexy, so I began to rebuild it!”
Yes, we can relate to his story, and it’s a perfect illustration why so many people simply don’t understand what drives a person to modify their car.
Hopefully, Ross learned a valuable lesson and will continue tweaking his Passat until he’s 100% certain there’s something better out there. Who knows – maybe he’ll paint the car a different color (he mentioned Lazer Blue), go crazier with the body mods, and let us see the car a second time – I would be nice to have another easy opportunity to show the Passat owners we haven’t forgotten them.
2006 VW Passat 2.0T
Owner: Ross Morehead
Location: McKinney, TX
Occupation: Assistant Branch Manager, Bank of Texas
2.0L four-cylinder 16v turbo with Evolution Motorsports intake
Air Lift Slam XL front struts, Slam Specialty RE-5 rear bags with Dorbitz Designs D-Cup brackets, twin Viair 400C compressors, AVS switch box, Dakota Digital gauge panel, three-gallon tank color-matched pearl white, Asco four-way valve set-up
Wheels & Tires:
19x8.5” front, 18x9.5” rear ET43 ESM-004 wheels, 5mm spacers on rear, 215/35 R19 Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires
VW Hi-Def front spoiler, side skirts, rear valance), clear front signals, OEM European projector foglights, 6k HID low-beam headlights, car painted pearl white
brushed aluminum Phaeton footrest, brushed aluminum Mk5 GTI pedals, Euro VW CC headlight and window switches, white LED lighting, Monster Mats
Kenwood DNX-7180 head unit, JL Audio HD-900/5 amp, 13” W3v3 sub, Focal 165 A1 6.5” door speakers and tweeters, JL Audio wiring with four-gauge power and ground wires, RCAs, fuse block and bass control knob near the shifter, Dynamat
Shiloh Bradford at Heritage Collision Center (paint), Kevin Connally