Justin Stepro - 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7.5
I chose this car simply for the fact I loved my mk6 so much. I didn’t even test drive the car off the lot because I already knew what I wanted. I just got so comfortable with working on VWs that it almost became second nature
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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7.5
I was born and raised in Corydon, Indiana and I am currently living in Memphis Indiana. I am a heavy machinery equipment operator and a part of maintenance. Some of my hobbies involve collecting hot wheels, anything car related, and fishing.
Growing up my dad always had cool cars, but what really did it for me was the first fast and furious movie, along with the need for speed underground. I’ve also always had family members who were always at the track racing every weekend. The older I’ve gotten, the more I enjoy these events because you meet so many great enthusiasts in the community. And it is always a great time getting to meet your internet friends!
I chose this car simply for the fact I loved my mk6 so much. I didn’t even test drive the car off the lot because I already knew what I wanted. I just got so comfortable with working on VWs that it almost became second nature. I truly see this as my forever car to keep building and changing up through the years.
Let’s all be real here, who in the car scene can keep a car stock! I didn’t get to do a lot of things I wanted to do on my previous gti because I didn’t have the funds that I do now as an adult. I have seen the full potential of what this car could really be and swung for the fences. Just don’t tell my wife, but it’s far from even being completed!
It feels like an overpowered go-kart if we’re being honest, but it’s such an adrenaline rush every time I get behind the wheel. It only has 1800 miles on it, so when it does come out to shows or pop up meets it’s pretty sweet seeing everyone come up to talk about it or ask questions. It’s a nice reminder that hard work pays off, and is rewarding. But what I love most about it is, giving them feedback or help if it’s something they’re considering installing themselves. Because I have been that guy, you try sourcing all your answers before you do it, but sometimes you’re not finding out exactly what you’re looking for.
I think what makes my car unique is the miles to mods ratio. On the odometer, we just hit 1800 miles in 2 years. But at the same time, we have an is38 turbo, full bolt-on, and supporting mods you could need. I also like to think my interior isn’t your typical set up either
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- Racingline 600 intake
- Racingline inlet pipe/90° inlet
- Racingline catch can
- Is38 turbo
- Forge diverter valve
- Forge twin cooler fmic
- Fluidampr pulley
- Apr downpipe
- Apr exhaust
- Nuespeed charge pipe
- Ecs tuning master cylinder brace
- Bfi engine mount
- Southbend stage 3 daily clutch
- Apr short shifter
- Apr shifter cable bracket
- Torque solutions end link bushings
- Coolerworx shifter
- Spulen bleeder block
- Labelled billet rear main seal
- Bfi trans mount
- Bfi dog bone mount with 034/Apr top and bottom insert
- St performance xta coilovers
- Eurocode front brace
- Racingline carbon fibre rear chassis brace
- Sparco pro2000 seats/harness/quick release
- NRG harness bar
- Cjm delete panels
- Apr boost gauge
- P3 gauge
- Stern performance rear seat delete carpet
- Rennline fire extinguisher seat mount
- H3r fire extinguisher
- Verus engineering hood vents/ carbon fibre canards
- Flow designs front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser
- Ecs carbon fibre spoiler/ rear wiper delete
- Bmp tuning carbon fibre mirror caps
- 18x9+35 Enkei rpf1s
- 235/40/18 Nitto nt555 g2
I have done all the work myself, I like to think of myself as a YouTube certified mechanic! I have had some help along the way from some great friends when I bite off more than I can chew. My future plans are an EQT Vortex xl hybrid turbo, with fueling mods. Hpa front and rear bbk, carbon fibre hood and fenders (painted) and the whole entire verkline catalogue for suspension goodies.
If you’re buying used, just keep an eye out on the water pump, timing chain, or if they need a carbon cleaning. Those seem to be the most common issues. I’d definitely make sure you invest in some torqs bits and triple squares because they’re everywhere on this car!
I stay away from the groups and clubs, but I want to give a special shout out to BMP tuning (Autrey and Coleman). I’ve ordered about 90% of my stuff through them. Everyone there has always been so helpful and they take care of me better than anyone else. Shout out to Paul at shop dap for great content on YouTube to help with all my installs. And Chris from cjm industries for going above and beyond for all the help online and for making me some parts.
Lots and lots of memories, and so many friends! Last year I was able to enjoy the car scene more because I was able to bring my son out to one of our shows. Having him there and getting him into cars is what really keeps me going. This year I’ll get to enjoy that with both my boys.
I’m pretty basic, but a Porsche 911 gt3 RS, but a more realistic dream car I can afford would be a mint/low mileage mk4 r32
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