Mk7 Golf R

Post By: Dan Pham

Date: 02/22/2024

The Story

I bought this mk7 R after my Evo X got totaled. I considered getting another evo but decided to try something different but with the same 4 cylinder turbo and awd layout. I was initially a little bored with it...but then the mods started. I now understand why so many people love these things and the GTIs. It is so responsive to mods and makes power so easily its like driving with cheat codes (especially with the DSG). The haldex AWD isn't as sharp as the Evo was but for daily driving with the occasional track day it's plenty enough. The hatchback body makes it perfect for doing ikea shopping in the morning and then stopping by the track on the way home. The aftermarket is incredible with the number of companies that support the mqb platform and the community is massive. Also, since so many people have these things, saving money by buying used parts isn't hard. Obviously the car isn't without its faults. The dreaded water pump failures are common with these mk7 golfs along with carbon build up on the intake valves . But as long as you keep up with maintenance these cars are some of the most bang for buck you can get.

Current Setup

  • Performance: IE 3" Downpipe • CTS 3" Catback Exhaust • Racingline R600 Intake • Racingline Intercooler • Racingline Diff Drain/Fill Plugs • Racingline Driveshaft Alignment Kit • Unitronic 3" Turbo Inlet • Unitronic Intercooler Hardpipe kit/hoses • CTS Turbo Muffler Delete • Fluidampr Crank Pully • Forge Motorsports Turbo Blanket • ECS Air Inlet Scoop • APR Coilpacks • NGK Step Colder Spark plugs • Unitronic Stage 2 ECU Tune • Unitronic Stage 2 TCU Tune • AEM Boost Gauge • Porsche Brembo 6 Piston Brakes (off a 958 Cayenne) • HEL Stainless Steel Brake Lines • EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads • Zimmermann Rotors • EQT Grounding Kit • Powerflex Dogbone Mount Insert (street) • 034 Rear Subframe Mount Inserts • Racingline Catchcan
  • Suspension: Eurosport Rear Trunk Brace • H&R Lowering Springs • APR Rear Swaybar • Whiteline Adjustable Front Swaybar Endlinks
  • Wheels: Racingline R360 Wheels
  • Tires: Firestone Firehawk Indy500s
  • Exterior: ABT Front Grill • Maxton Front Lip, Side Skirts • Flow Designs Rear Diffuser • Aerofab Spoiler • Racingline R360 Rims • Carbon Fiber Engine Cover • ECS Carbon Fiber Front Bumper Flares • Rain guards • Racingline Oil Dipstick • Racingline Oil Filter Housing

Planned Upgrades

  • Performance: Seibon TM Carbon Hood, Powerflex Front Control Arm Bushings


Dan Pham

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