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1995 Volkswagen Golf Sport - Part 5: Final Mods Project 2.Slow

In This Final Installment We Carry Out Some Interior And Exterior Upgrades To Our '95 Golf Sport 2.0.

Alex Rogan
Sep 3, 2010
Photographer: Josh Brown

We embarked on Project 2.slow to prove a point; that you don't need 500hp and a huge bank account to have a decent-looking, fun-to-drive VW.

Eurp_1009_01_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+driver_side_front_view Photo 2/29   |   1995 Volkswagen Golf Sport - Part 5: Final Mods Project 2.Slow

So far, most of our work has been mechanical and unseen, yet 2.slow wasn't ready for primetime in the looks department. In this, our last installment, we correct that situation and show off the results - nothing over the top, just cheap and easy changes.

Firstly, we contacted Sly Machines. They specialize in items such as real carbon fiber sheets with adhesive backing, as well as tinted light film.

Eurp_1009_02_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+techtonics_short_shift_kit Photo 3/29   |   Techtonics Short Shift
(1) Techtonics short shift kit has three positions and comes with replacement shifter bushings

The carbon sheets are also available in glassfiber and a multitude of colors like blue, red and pink. Being traditionalists, we stuck with natural carbon, but the more adventurous may find the colors enticing.

We used the Performance Carbon Fiber Sheet on the Drag wheels center caps, and it looks great. It was pretty easy to apply; you just need sharp scissors!

Too bad 2.slow didn't have any flat dash sections, it could do with a dress-up... but we've got plenty leftover for a future project. The carbon sheets can also be stretched around curved surfaces too, but we didn't dive into that realm.

The Crystal Headlight Film from Sly Machine was also easy to apply. It did a bang-up job of covering the many cracked lenses. And don't worry about the sparkly bits you can see in the film because it doesn't show when the lights are on, and only under close inspection when they are off.

Eurp_1009_03_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+old_shift_lever Photo 4/29   |   (2) Remove the 13mm nut (shown here) and pop the old shift lever off the rod, and the shift weight out of the lever (it's a pressure fit, no cotter pins)

We decided on smoked film for the turn signals and yellow for fogs - it's a classic look.

Inside, we focused on the two key areas of driver input: the steering wheel and shift knob. We worked with Shutt Auto, which provided us with a Racing Spirit steering wheel and rally-style centering ring, plus a matching shift knob.

The Shutt steering wheel and knob provide enjoyable interaction with the car. After 240,000 miles, you can bet the stock ones were thoroughly worn, and there's nothing like new suede to fix the problem!

We were also tired of rowing the sloppy shifter, and Techtonics had delivered the goods with its engine parts, so we trusted its Mk3 short shift kit would be just as dependable.

Eurp_1009_04_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+13mm_nut Photo 5/29   |   (3) Install the Techtonics shift in reverse. Torque the new 13mm nut to 15 ft-lb. The further out the hole, the shorter the shift (12%, 31% or 50%). We went with the middle 31% for shorter shifts, but little extra effort

The short shift kit was simple to install and easy to adjust between the three shift settings. There's not much else to say, although it looks pretty with the polished finish... too bad it's hidden! Additionally, it didn't add much effort to the shifter, which is a bonus.

Other final touches included a used VR6 chin spoiler from Jason Mingle at NGP Racing, once his wrecked Jetta TDI no longer needed it. Aside from that, we decided to black-out the VW badge as a final task.

Shutt Steering Wheel

Note: Working with an airbag can be very dangerous. Removing your airbag may be illegal in some states and isn't recommended. Always disconnect the battery when working on an airbag system. Professional installation is highly recommended whenever possible.

Shutt Shift Knob

Sly Machines Carbon Sheet

Sly Machines Tint Film

Final thoughts
With 2.slow being transformed from barn-find to occasional autocrosser, we couldn't be happier with the results: A good-looking, solid-performing Mk3 that didn't break the bank. The horsepower isn't high, but the fun-per-dollar ratio is through the roof!

Eurp_1009_24_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+final_product Photo 25/29   |   The final product: Hard to believe this barn-find cost under a grand and has 240k on the clock. Simple but effective changes mean you can build your own Project 2.slow without breaking the bank

The car really digs into turns, thanks to the FK coilovers, Neuspeed sway bars and Euro Sport stress bars. The Drag wheels and Falken tires from Discount Tire Direct look good, pushed out by FK spacers. And just as importantly, they've held up to the abuse, potholes, city miles and a few track laps.

Acceleration was never going to be 2.slow's strongest attribute, but the changes we've made keep things interesting and make it fun to drive.

The Euro Sport Cool Flo intake, Techtonics 266° cam, cam gear, chip and exhaust are still doing their job admirably - good power, great sound and total reliability.

The EBC Ultimax slotted rotors and Redstuff pads have likewise continued to impress. Rotor wear has been minimal and the pads keep on working. The extremely low dust is another benefit.

Eurp_1009_25_z+1995_volkswagen_golf_sport+engine Photo 27/29   |   The unloved 2.0L 8v might be a slug but it's strong and reliable, even when modified

So where do we go from here (other than lowering the coilovers)? With the simple and relatively lightweight car, the results are far beyond the sum of the parts. In a bigger-is-better world, it's easy to forget the basics, yet we're having a blast in 2.slow.

And although we don't have any immediate plans, we may return for further installments, most likely in the engine department.

We'll try and avoid a turbo, but never say never. We'd like to see how much more power we can squeeze from the naturally-aspirated 2.0, and don't want to sink tons of money into a car we basically salvaged from being scrapped.

We'd like to thank the crew at NGP Racing for their help during the build. And a special thanks to Matt Ford at MF Automotive in Knoxville, TN. He helped us with a roadside problem on a road trip, and his crew went out of their way to ensure we were taken care.

So 2.slow is signing off, but we hope to bring you occasional updates in the future.

Techtonics Tuning short shift kit $45
Sly Machines carbon fiber sheet from $39.95
Sly Machines crystal headlight film N/A
Shutt Racing Spirit steering wheel $189.99
Shutt Racing shift knob $67.99


EBC Brakes
Sylmar, CA 91342
Camarill, CA 93012
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
Euro Sport Accessories
Anaheim, CA 92806
Sheridan, OR 97378
NGP Racing
Aberdeen, MD 21001
FK Automotive
Sly Machines
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