ForumFriday: Mk7 Golf R Build

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We love Volkswagen builds because it’s incredible to see what both amateur and professional mechanics do with these versatile vehicles. Forum user mxrider9239 surpassed all our expectations with his recent Mk7 Golf R build. Let’s take a look at this epic project that he’s been working in since 2015 and see where he started, what he’s done so far and where he hopes to go from here.

The Build

Mxrider started with the aesthetics first – carbon fiber mirror caps and an upgraded license plate frame and front and rear emblems. He also had a transparent film and tint installed on the windows to protect the beautiful gray paint and give the car a clean look. The next step was to put a new upgraded diverter valve and a turbo muffler delete in place. A new carbon fiber shift knob, black billet dipstick and aluminum valve caps soon followed.

He then added a carbon fiber intake to make the engine compartment look sleeker and more streamlined as well as a set of mud flaps to help keep the car clean on the dirtiest of roads. The introduction of a billet steel dog bone mount helped to reduce vibrations. He had to learn how to measure his springs in order to get a new set of VWR lowering springs, but those helped created with the vibrations too. An upgraded braided clutch line helped the car shift much smoother, and a carbon fiber turbo blanket helped to reduce the under-hood temperature. New tuning wheels and tires, complete with racing lugs, helped to improve road handling.

Mxrider paid attention to every detail, even swapping out the white washer fluid cap for a black one to make the engine bay look more balanced. Even the door hinges and latches got carbon fiber covers. A wiper delete plug replaced the rear windshield wiper and made the rear end look much cleaner.

The biggest and most recent project that mxrider tackled was replacing the stock clutch with a DKM twin disc clutch and upgrading the rear main seal and subframe. There aren’t a ton of write-ups on how to swap out the clutch on a Mk7 Golf R, so he took pictures throughout the build and posted them on the forum to help future Golf R owners who might be looking for a bit of help when it comes to their clutch upgrades.

The whole clutch swap took him roughly 12 hours, which is pretty decent for someone who doesn’t do this kind of thing for a living.

Next Steps

It doesn’t seem like mxrider is planning on slowing down on this build anytime soon and we couldn’t be happier – we can’t wait to see what he does next. The work that he’s done on this Golf R is beautiful, and it elevates an already good car to an entirely new level. These builds have two benefits. First, they let us see the amazing work that other mechanics do on their vehicles, and second, they give us ideas for new things to try on our builds! We can’t get enough of these build posts and are already looking forward to mxrider’s next update.

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We love Volkswagen builds because it’s incredible to see what both amateur and professional mechanics do with these versatile vehicles. Forum user mxrider9239 surpassed all our expectations with his recent Mk7 Golf R build. Let’s take a look at this epic project that he’s been working in since 2015 and see where he started, what […]

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