Brad Hodges 2004 Volkswagen .:R32Suspension- Blistein PSS9 coilivers rebuilt by Bilstein racing division with more highspeed compression/ rebound control, custom “Tadddda” upper and lower control arms made in Japan, and powder coated R32 factory accent blue.
Wheels- BBS CK 18in.
Brakes- StaSiS/ Alcon 14” big brake kit, 4 piston front Alcon caliper powder coated R32 blue, 14” 2 piece front rotors, and 12” rear rotors.
Body stiffening- Upper Autotech strut brace w/ powder coated mounting rings in R32 blue, lower Autotech “squirrel killer” front stiffening bar powder coated R32 blue, interior UniBrace bar- installed behind rear seats.
Motor- Schrick 264/268 camshafts, United Motorsport programming, Gruppe M carbon ram air intake (imported from Japan directly from Groupe M), HPA carbon engine cover, and VF Motormounts.
Exhaust- APR full 2.5” stainless cat back system w/ Lamborghini phellum “flapper” installed.
Transmission- Ground up rebuild, Pelaquin front LSD, sleeved main output shaft bearing, HPA main bearing shim kit, ECS tuning clutch return damper bypass, Verdict Motorsport clutch shim kit & shift bushing kit, 42DraftDesigns shift linkage bushings, new stock clutch, and flywheel.
Rear Drivetrain- Rebuilt VW Haldex transmission w/ Pelaquin rear LSD, HPA competition rear controller.
Carbon Accents- Custom made EuroGear carbon hood w/ underside carbon treatment, Carbon Dynamics gauge cluster cover, seat rail covers, door sill covers and custom one-off rear view mirrors (not caps!).
OEM+ Mods- W8 sunroof control in black, brushed aluminum lock cover w/ white LEDs, billet seat release knob (first run not by Jays), blue plug wire covers from the factory Passat R36, integrated factory IPod configuration imported from VW Germany, front tow hook powder coated R32 blue.
Jays Billet Caps- Upper & lower seat knobs, R32 Strut caps, dipstick cover, oil cap, power steering cover, dash vents.
Body- Factory European R32 front bumper cover & lip splitter w/ stickers.Shots: Courtney Cutchen
Pure Customs in Coventry built this gorgeous Mk1 golf Gti 8v 1.8.
Rebuilt head running a Schrick 276* cam.
Custom exhaust system made in house.
A lot of new engine components.
Chassis and wheels-
Front and rear strut braces top and bottom
Chassis notch x2
Klutch sl1 15x8.5 et17
2* camber fronts
2.5* camber backs
185/45/15 ns2 tyres
Fully sound deadened -floors and doors
Custom front speaker pods
MB quarts components
Diamond d6 12” sub
Mb quarts 5 channel amp.
White roll cage
Recaro modular seats
Authal Porsche wood wheel.
All bumpers and plastics duckbill spoiler are new.
GTI Heckleblende on the back all red lights
Loads of arch mods front and rear to get it sitting right.
Song: Rihanna - Pour it up (RL Grime remix)
Check them out at soundcloud.com/rlgrime
Videography by: Matt Clifford for http://mattmedia.me
-CLIQUE: (CanE, UK /ˈkliːk/ or US /ˈklɪk/) is a group of “persons who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting.” Interacting with cliques is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity. Although cliques are most commonly studied during adolescence and middle childhood, they exist in all age groups.
"Stay true to the game, never the evils of fame." Not just a company motto, but a code California native and CliqueForever.com owner/ creator Brandon Jordan lives and breathes. Brandon sets the record straight to WCS in his own words…
"There were a couple phases that The Cliqve went through before it was in its current state. I never thought it would develop into an entity anywhere near its current form today. Honestly, it started as just a random hashtag we played around with. From there, collective minds started to come up with ideas and we just kept the momentum going. And after a couple adjustments in names, staff, content we’ve found our niche we wanna fill. My guys, Mike Barry, Antoine Goode, and Sid Titus keep the visuals and content pumping, I single handedly could not do it without them. My main goal and vision for the company is to empower the guys like us! Guys who work a 9 to 5 (or more), and just because you have responsibilities like being a husband, father, or whatever it be….you’re just as important as the next guy in the car game. You rep the rarest set of 3 piece wheels you could find, the passion and pursuit of your mechanic vision always comes first. Build it with your peers and enlighten others and allow this to prosper as a community. Constantly strive for the best you can do with no excuses. Personally, I always go for the quality OEM options. Living on the west coast there isn’t as much of a community VW-wise, our euro scene is a lot smaller. So for me, I feel like I need to make a statement to the East that we’re here, and we’re not to be taken lightly! By no means is there any disrespect in that, just simply trying to hold my coast down.
My MK4, that thing has taken a lot of turns I never thought it would. When I picked it up, I was fresh out of a swapped Honda that just gave up on me one day. I’ve never been the type to go to a car show and just stick to the crew of Makes I own. Even when owning a Honda, I was, and still am a fan of every platform! From VIP to drifting, to euro. Every genre has its own gems you just have to have an eye for it. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you appreciate it all for what it is, and what it isn’t.
So the next day after the Honda took a dump on me, I went to the local VW lot. There was a red mk4 local to me I kept seeing here and there. Everytime I saw it I was in awe….like it was the first time. Little did I know I’d end up finally meeting this guy, his name was Claude. And if you know this car, then you know exactly what I mean. It’s been featured in numerous magazines and the car is spotless in all aspects. This was my main inspiration for purchasing my mk4. I had test drove it and just fell in love with the VR, the heated seats and all the luxuries. Of course ALL my friends know when I get a new hobby, I throw everything I have at it! First week I had already purchased FK Silverlines, an intake, and exhaust (a MUST for a VR!). Lost 3 oilpans in that first year alone. After dealing with that struggle, the first air setup was in and soon after, the body work, small here and there parts from Europe were acquired.
The Futuras were the first set of multi-piece wheels I had ever purchased, Dave @MemoryFab made that transaction effortless! If you live on the west coast, or anywhere really, Dave is a very knowledgeable guy on just about any wheel. The Futuras have been an ongoing project…cleaning them up and buying new dishes along the way. Between the second and third year of ownership, I was working on the details, notching the passenger side and driver’s side frame rails, raising the motor, trimming the subframe, tie rod notches, etc. And once again, even more European touches. This year will be the 4th year I’ve owned it so I’m still relatively new I guess. And, of course, the list will more than likely never end. But what can I do?!? I’m a lifer! As far as standing out, I really don’t know. I never was the type to want to “stand out”, I love subtle and original touches. Something you really have to study to enjoy it’s true value…anything that’s just seen for face value is too easy right? Staying relative is always good, you never have to worry about “trendsetting”.
And then there’s the big question, “What’s your thoughts on “THE SCENE”?!? This subject alone, I could rant forever. More or less, my opinion on the whole community is easy….There’s guys out there who REALLY do it because that’s all they know. Then you got the guys who want to be Internet celebrities, or the attention seekers at shows which lead to random acts of dumbness just to be the “cool guy”. Those guys get old and burn out quick, gimmicks never last! If you plan on being around, all you have to do is wait till the 5 minute lime light guys get theirs and get bored with it. They’ll move on to something else, they aren’t in it for the long haul. Those guys are only good for pawns, you use’em for what they’re worth and toss’em. The guys I surround myself with, we usually don’t even talk about cars most of the time. Those type of guys know that they make the “scene” work in their life, not work their life in the “scene”. I’ve exchanged words and I’ve built relationships with people I have never met. Proud to say I’ve built something like a family with those people. Flown to Texas and was accepted as family, words can’t explain the appreciation I have for that! Not to mention the sigh of relief that there are still good people out there who just love working on cars. At its current state, a majority of the community is watered down at best. Everyone stays in a comfortable groove and for some, everything lies in its checks and balances, which was cool for a while, but like with every big group, change is needed. VWs didn’t appeal to me because everyone’s looked alike, I was drawn to it for the individual self-expressionistic factors that someone’s car was theirs and DID NOT boil down to a strangers opinion on the Internet!Definitely need to shoutout the people that have stood behind me. My local shop, Tomas Sport Tuning, for always taking care of me and making time for me to get stuff done. Of course my mechanic Justin, hands down one of the most legit dudes I’ve met in this car thing. Once again, Mike Barry and Antoine Goode for keepin me going, and NEVER letting me forget who I am. Joesph Laflare of Fittedtho, fam dude I appreciate it. Dave @MemoryFab, Ken @DetailManiac for always having the right answers and guidance for me. Zeb Harris, you don’t get the credit you deserve G, but I’m glad you always put up with my dumb questions. Anyone else who I consider family, It’s more appreciated than you think , trust me.”Mod List
BMC CDA Intake
5/8 Inch EuroImageTuning Motor mount spacers
EuroImageTuning Power Steering billet cover
Magnaflow Race Spec Muffler 2.5 Catback
Grip Royal Sleek
NRG Quick Release and Thin Hub
OEM R Line Shift Knob
Center Console Swap to Newer Style
Audi TT Pedals
SEAT Headlight Switch
Jetta Vent Conversion
C Pillar Bar
W8 Overhead Console
Blitz Ipod converter
Custom Shaved Front Bumper
OG Votex Valance
20th Side Skirts
Helix OEM HID Reps
Shaved Side Markers
Glass wiper delete
Rear Shaved Hatch
Bonrath Badgeless Grill
Trimmed Dorbitz Designs D cup brackets
Slam Speicialites RE-5 Bags
Accuair Switch Speed
Dual 400cc Viair Compressors
Notched Driver side and Passenger Side Frame Rails
Tie Rod Notch
Front 205/45Rear 215/45Shots: Courtney Cutchen
September 26th 2013, H2Oi weekend for me had just begun. I checked everything and made sure I was 100% good to go; seeing as to how it was my first H2O I couldn’t dare leave anything behind. 4:35am I had an hour and 45 minutes until my flight boarded and set off for Atlanta, I couldn’t stop blabbing to my mom about how excited I was yet I was still incredibly nervous. I hadn’t flown in 12 years so flying by myself wasn’t exactly the highlight of my trip. I got to the airport said my goodbyes, saw my mom cry, got through security, and did some last minute mental checks. Then just like that I was up in the air and off to Atlanta International. After a frantic 45 minute layover in Atlanta and a seemingly long flight to Philadelphia I had made it. Wheeling my broken suitcase through PHL and trying to find Roberto weren’t the easiest but I finally found him and we were off to Ocean City!
On the drive down I got some amazing rolling shots of fellow h2oi goers and we even had a last minute shoot on the side of the road with a couple cars! Crossing the bay bridge was really something else, for three years I’d seen so many pictures of it and finally I was crossing it myself, but it was nothing like crossing the bridge into Ocean City.
It gave me goose bumps of excitement and a grin from ear to ear! Once we were finally in OC we grabbed a bite to eat and literally started shooting within the first hour of being in town.
We then met up with Frank Smith and his bagged Tornado Red Mk4 Jetta GLI; we cruised for a bit and found an awesome spot to shoot and did just that!
After shooting with Frank we were at a stop light when I spotted two wagons and said I wanted to shoot them. I yelled out my window and asked Zach Fraser and his friend Rodney Thornton if I could shoot their wagons right then, they were more than down so we found yet another spot to shoot and shot both wagons that afternoon!
After shooting both their cars we were finally able to check into our hotel room, a quick change of clothes, a slight phone charge, and we were ready to head to the More Than More “Cars and Cameras” event at the tap house on 45th street. I can barely put into words how amazing the event was. I have to give it to everyone at More than More for such a well-rounded show!
After checking out the photos and grabbing my shirt I headed outside to see some of the action and to find some people I knew. I ran into Ohio’s finest Erin Hoover, Nathan Hale, and Patrick McCue alongside Officially Made’s Mark O’Donoghue who flew in from the UK to attend the show! As the sun set and the ocean breeze got cooler the crowed started to get a little wilder as did OCPD. They would pull over anyone they could for even the smallest things!
The next morning I set out with some friends for breakfast and then of course immediately started shooting. As I waited for Aaron Tupper and Cole Martin to pick me up I heard a “Hey Kate” from beside me I turned took my glasses off and still couldn’t recognize the tall guy who had said hey I gave them a unsure hey back and it turned out to be Andrew Larson, who I had set up a shoot with earlier that week after an embarrassing introduction I told him we’d shoot when I got done shooting with Cole! One of the coolest parts of my trip was riding up and down the strip in the back of Cole’s caddy with Neil and Myerlee, we rolled around, found a spot to shoot along the bay and got some great shots.
Immediately following I met up with Andrew and his bagged Mk6 Gti on CCW Classics, I wanted to shoot his car along the boardwalk which didn’t happen but the inlet and beach worked for me! Andrew, Justin, and I all headed down to the tap house and hung out there to watch all the madness unfold!
A few hours at the Tap House and multiple trips to WAWA later we met up with Andrew’s friend Jeremy at the flamingo hotel. After a long night with my new friends I’d finally made it back to my hotel and slept a few hours. Waking the next morning with an awful head cold wasn’t what I wanted, but its defiantly what I got. Feeling terrible most of the day I laid low going to a couple meets throughout the day, shooting the strip and meeting more and more of the “I think I follow you on Instagram” people.
Saturday night I was wound up and not sleeping anytime soon; that being said, within the night I shot the Tap House parking lot multiple times, saw someone take their rear spacers off in a parking lot, rode in a few different cars, made my way to the ice cold beach, and then finally found myself in the driver’s seat of Andrews Mk6 which was a real joy to drive. (minus the 800 dapper comments I got pulling in and out of parking lots!)
After all the excitement of the night we headed back to the flamingo to hang out all night and that’s when we found Devan Plantamura who’s Tiffany Blue wrapped BMW I sadly didn’t have a chance to shoot. As the night went on people started to drift off to hotel rooms or the nearest bed they could find. When finally myself and about three or four other people saw the sun start to rise; that’s when I decided I should probably go to sleep!
Then out of nowhere here came Sunday and you could feel the sadness everywhere you went, no one wanted the weekend to be over, no one wanted to pack up and make their long journeys home, and certainly no one wanted to face the fact that we have to wait another 365 days until next year. I headed to the show for a little bit on Sunday, peeped some booths for a few shirts and headed back to the Makai for some goodbyes and to also meet up with two Brothers from Canada! Marc and JP the “bag bros”, they drove me back to where they were staying a beautiful condo complex where I shot their Mk6’s together at sunset which made a perfect shoot along the bay side, even though we got shooed away by a local the shots still turned out great and I was very happy to meet them!
I made my way back to my hotel to curl up and get rest after seeing the sun come up that morning and catching a slim three hours of sleep. Monday morning I woke up with such sadness among me knowing that in a matter of hours I would be boarding a plane to go back to Indianapolis. Little did I know at the next few hours would be the most on edge I’d ever been leaving Ocean City at 10:30 and boarding my flight home in Philadelphia at 1:35 wasn’t what I or anyone else had planned. Seeing the Philadelphia international airport passenger drop off sign at 1:15 was a huge sigh of relief but the race against time wasn’t over yet, after a few quick goodbyes to my Watercooled Society family, I darted through the doors racing through security and to my gate which was the very last one at the far end of the airport. Once making to seat on my flight I could finally breathe easy knowing I’d made it and I was on the way home, but realizing home meant no more Tap House, parking lot meets, running on the beach, staying up to see the sunrise, or even hearing people say I think we follow each other on Instagram really made me miss Ocean City the most. My flight landed in Indianapolis Monday night around 7:30 after collecting my bags and waiting outside I finally got to see my mom for the first time in five days and boy did I give that woman a big hug, I yet again couldn’t stop blabbing to her about the whole trip.
I really can’t thank everyone who made my first H2Oi the best trip of my life enough and I’ll miss ocean city a lot over the next few months but next year will come soon enough.
Words and Shots: Kate Bell
Shots: Deawnne BuckmireFor more photo coverage checkout our Flickr: http://www.Flickr.com/WatercooledSociety
Rob Nesvanulica’s 1986 bmw 325ES
The rally fog lights are vintage “hella” brand with E34 5 series projector lights.
Frankenstein Suspension, a “sleeve and spring kit” with cut stock strut housings and run Bilstein yellow struts all around.
BBS rm’s 012s 15x8.5 F and 15x9R.
Side skirts are zender, the front bumper straps are from a old ammo bag.
Full feature can be found on our Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/watercooledsociety/
Shots by: Courtney Cutchen
Edition 38, one of the UK’s biggest VW shows, now into it’s 13th year and bigger and better than ever before. With hundreds of cars from all over Europe, Edition 38 certainly has something for everybody…whether you’re looking round the Show and Shine or the car park and campsite.The sun was shining and enthusiasts were polishing their pride and joys to perfection in a chance to win one of the 50+ show trophies.The Show and Shine area is where it was all happening, from the main drive on stage to the numerous vendors selling their merchandise such as Wheel Whores, Air Lift and many more.Edition has a very chilled out vibe, many people just chilling on the grass in front of the stage, watching the cars drive up and over while the owners talk about their project.All the top european show cars were there, from a SWB Audi Quattro, to the Players B5 wagons. Many cars were showing off their shaved engine bays with some serious swaps. R32s in Mk1 and Mk3 golfs among many others.Although it is essentially a VW show other marques were showing the VW boys how to do things right, such as this MG MaestroVIP is slowly coming across the pond, I spotted a total of 3 slammed Lexus GSThe French guys from ferdinand brought both their MKV golfs.Although fake rat looks aren’t my thing this Lupo was a great fun example, plenty of interesting details.Slammed all white MK3 on Fifteen52 snowflakes repping Fapper.The rest of the coverage can be found on our Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/watercooledsociety/Words and Shots: Tom Wheatley
WE CARE! And so should YOU! There’s more to the VW/ Audi Community than drop and wheels!
Steve Ionescu, Bellingham Washington
2006 Audi S4 25th Anniversary:
-Rear DTM Bumper Swap
-LED City/Running LightsShots: Daniel Gregory
Back in late July of this year I had the pleasure of attending Apex Tuning’s grand opening for their new facility. Their new shop was amazing; it is truly awesome to see them go from working inside of a single car garage to where they are now. Apex Tuning has always put their customers first and treated everyone as if they were family. So I decided since they are always giving back to the community, I thought it was time for me to return the favor and feature of their shop.
The shop’s staff consists of Gerich Kadala, Kevin Hassel, Kevin Chilton, Nathan Pope and Daniel Harvey. They have worked long hours and strived for nothing but success!
Apex Tuning first started doing business in 2006 inside of a small single car garage in Gerich’s apartment complex. After doing everything from your small oil changes to your big turbo set-up, the guys decided to risk it all and rent out their own very first shop space. With all great gambles comes trials and tribulations, Gerich told me jokingly, ”There would be times I’d call the shop phone just to make sure that the phone would ring.”
Of course not everything went to plan, there were times they wanted to pack it all up and call it quits; but the love they shared for the VAG community and their responsibility to the loyal customers kept them motivated. As the years continued Apex started to expand not by flashy ads on VORTEX but by word of mouth. Apex tuning is a company that has started from nothing, and with the hard work and dedication of the staff comes the big payoff.
The new location is absolutely remarkable. They have gone from operating out of a single bay garage to a facility with three lifts, large office space and a place they can finally call home.
Apex tuning offers everything from a standard oil change to a stage 3 Unitronic flash. Last weekend they finished my buddy Luiz’s R32 with the 034 Motorsports R32 turbo kit with low compression head gasket. They made this thing scream down the road and the best part about it was the fact that they were able to make Luiz’s dreams come true.
While walking around the shop I noticed that there was a purple elephant vinyl on Gerich’s car.He explained that the elephant vinyl was called Susie’s elephant and it was a memorial for his sister who passed away from F.O.P. and about a year before his sister passed away his mom got her a gift certificate for a tattoo. Susie wasn’t able to do a lot of things due to her condition but getting a tattoo was one of the things the doctor said was fine. His sister loved the idea of getting a tattoo and while choosing her favorite she selected an elephant. Gerich also made the decision to get the same tattoo as memorial to his sister.
He realized that throughout their life they could never do a lot of the brotherly/ sisterly things together because she was constantly in an out of hospitals from the age of 2 to 29. So sharing this tattoo would be the perfect way to remember her and that wonderful moment they shared!
Through the loss of his sister Gerich wanted to create a car show to raise awareness of F.O.P. He and Mike Brazil got together and created Dubs for a Cause. It’s a way for VAG owners and car enthusiasts in general to get together and raise awareness and support a great cause. This show is one of a kind and an all-around blast.
Last year was the launch of DUBS FOR A CAUSE and the turnout was great. There were cars as far as the eye could see.
Words & Shots: Deawnne Buckmire
Words & Edit: Daniel Gregory
So this was the 2nd year of ‘DubSplash’, a VAG Carshow put on by the Dallas ‘Der Luftkuhlers Crew’ and they’re definitely making a big splash!!! This year there were more than 2300 people in attendance and 548 registered cars. That’s almost double 2012s registered cars and people. Congrats to the DubSplash crew!! 348 of these were Air-cooled and about 200 Water-Cooled. Way to go ACs for showing up the WCs!
This is the largest VAG show in the immediate DFW area because it combines the oldschool Air-Cooled with the new kid Water-Cooled VDUBs. What could be a better setting to host it than Sandy Lake Park in Lewisville, Texas. The venue was full of cars, vendors, and people with tons more room to expand for the future. The DubSplash crew was awesome by providing food, drinks and entertainment for all!
There were so many amazing rides attending this year and some of them will be featured on WCS in the very near future. The cars that really blew everyone away were the OG Beetles. So many showed and so many of them deserved awards.
The one that won Best of Show Air-Cooled was Ricky Marshall’s Silver Type 1 Split & Oval 1955 Beetle. This ride was super clean!! There were so many sweet Beetles I’m not sure if I could have picked one as ‘Best of Show’ honestly.
They had Beetles, Buses, Ghias, Notchbacks, Squarebacks, Fastbacks, Campers and even had a gorgeous vintage Porsche. The show had a great selection of ACs to look at and several of them were up for sale. While driving to the show some sneaky Beetles came cruising up behind me, so I had to snap a few rolling shots of Jon and Jackie Avery in their ‘67 and Larry “The VW Doctor” Moore in his ‘66 Patina as they buzzed by. I’ve always loved the sound of a Beetle passing by!
Across the gravel path was the Water-Cooled gang, most of them low enough they could have mowed the dry Texas grass with their front valances.
Many of these guys are my buddies and I’ve seen all the updates and changes in trends over several years. Shoot, most of them I’ve already photographed their cars. For instance Cub’s MKI Rabbit, ‘Yella’, which was just featured in April’s edition EuroTuner sitting next to Scott Stewart’s MKII GTi that won ‘Best Engine Bay’ at this year’s show.
Even one of the other local photographers, Daniel Baum won ‘Best Interior’ for his hoodless MKIV R32.
Now don’t think I’m just going to mention the new rides and my buddies. There were some Water-Cooled DUBS I’ve never heard of; like a Dasher?!?! I didn’t know VW named a car after one of Santa’s Reindeer, but it was wicked and clean.
Karl Kindt’s 1974 Dasher, is probably the only one in DFW and I’m glad that there is so much love for VWs and people like Karl who love to fix them up.
There was also the 1987 MKI 16v Scirocco which was a stunner that Fernando Resendiz has really cleaned up. Can’t wait to see what he does with it and hope to shoot it in the future.
And don’t think all of the people that showed up were just from the DFDUBYA area. Tara Evens and her husband Aaron, drove down from Kansas in her gorgeous New Beetle, (IMHO, pimpest ride at the show!!)
People gathered around this bagged Bug and the Show’s clean-up crew had to mop up everyone’s drool. There were many enthusiasts that came from all over Texas and surrounding States to make this an amazing Show. I know the DubSplash Crew are happy that part 2 was twice the size as the first. Do you think #3 will be 3 times the size as the first? Me personally……I’m hoping so!
Words & Shots: Jakeb Miller
The rest of our full coverage can be found on our Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/watercooledsociety/