Rocky Mountain Club B5

Members => Member of the Month => Topic started by: ColoradoB5 on October 09, 2003, 05:46:03 PM

Title: October 2003 - Winston
Post by: ColoradoB5 on October 09, 2003, 05:46:03 PM
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Well, my Volkswagen passion was ignited in my junior year of high school when I bought my first VW, a 1982 Scirocco.  It was silver and was the best thing I had ever seen, much less owned.  I slept in it my first night I was so excited.

The second one was a highly modded 1984 1.8 Callaway turbo Scirocco.  Black with gold BBS wheels, I was in love and the modding bug had bitten me hard.  I added racing seatbelts, european headlights, and various and sundry other mods.

After that was my white 16v Scirocco, which I regret selling for my Pathfinder.

Seven years with the SUV and I was tired of a heavy gas guzzling truck, even though it was convenient for hauling stuff, biking and camping and the big dogs.

Enter for a short period, my thoughts about the new BMW 323CI, which I really liked, but just couldn't justify $30K for it, even though it was very nice.

A few months later, I started noticing a lot of Passats around, and my wife had a 1992 Passat (B3) which I really enjoyed driving.  I had been reading for months how tuneable the 1.8t was in European Car, and I wanted to go take a test drive.  

So, off to McDonald VW I went and a few days later, I was the proud owner of a 2000 Passat 1.8t that was a demo with 3800 miles.

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The first year, my mods were rare.  I think the only thing I did was the AlienTech window remote.  This I found after checking the internet like mad for Passat websites.  At first I found POW (Passat Owners of the World), which was a good start.

Then I found ClubB5.com and it was all over.  I was amazed at the amount of knowledge the B5 enthusiasts had and realized that this was going to be a favorite site real soon.

Next came clear corners after a little accident involving one of Jen's friends.  After that came the suspension from a group buy from ClubB5.

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After a couple of years in ClubB5 I began to realize that Denver has quite a few active ClubB5 members, so I decided to put some effort towards organizing RMCB5.  Jay, Rob and a other folks helped decide on a name and a club was slowly in the making.

Right after the National ClubB5 GTG in the summer of 2002, I got an Upsolute chip installed and went through of issues that are now commonly known:  Diverter Valve, Vaccum Hoses and MAF all ended up being replaced before I realized the true performance of my chip, but it was well worth the wait, and I learned a lot about my car in the process.

Since then, I had to save save save, but finally scraped together enough money for wheels, which really made a huge difference with both appearances and handling.  I would definitely recommend this and suspension as the first two mods for anyone tuning up their VW.

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Mods so far...
-Upsolute Chip
-Crystal Clear Corners (yellow bulbs replaced amber)
-Crystal Clear Side Markers (yellow bulbs replaced amber)
-AlienTech Remote
-KW V2 Coilovers
-S2K Antenna
-Mintex Red Box Brake Pads
-Tinted Tails
-Audi TT DV
-Kenwood DEH-7400MP Headunit
-Euro Headlight switch
-W8 light
-Jetta Blue Aspherical Mirrors
-Autometer Cobalt Boost and A/F Gauge
-Chas's Lower Tie Bar
-Hose Techniques 4mm vaccum hoses
-Isotta Steering Wheel Cover (Thanks Gietl!)
-Isotta Chrome ring around the shifter
-Ro_Ja (Motegi) Neo Kruzz 18x8 wheels
-Falken GRB FK-451 235/40ZR18 tires
-Votex Front Spoiler
-ABD 28mm swaybar

Future Plans:

That depends on whether I keep my car at the end of the lease.  If I do, I'd like to upgrade the turbo, put in a FMIC, get exhaust, get the body repainted and maybe do some other fun stuff.  If not, then I want to go for the B6 Passat 1.8t  4-motion.  I can't wait for that!