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Old 07-28-2014, 02:43 PM
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Exterior
Dat wing, doe.

Superior Interior
Factory Recaros & red seatbelts
Factory rear seat delete with red canoe paddle

Performance
1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinders of fury
Factory JCW CBE

Suspension/Chassis
Factory Bilstein PSS coilovers w/H&R springs

Wheels & Tires
Summer:
Factory Quad-spoke Condomized Penis Ramz
215/40R17 Yokohama AD08r

Winter:
NEED TO BUY

Alignment
SO MUCH CAMBER
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:44 PM
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I had this for 18 months.
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And here's what happened.
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I wasn't looking to buy a new car and trade the GTI in. I was fine with the GTI, after all, it's no secret that I work for a popular VW tuning company where parts for it were plentiful and of the highest quality. It made sense to keep the GTI. It was reliabile (never had an issue outside of the windshield needing replacement), plenty of fun to drive with my GIAC Stage 1 tune, and it could haul more junk in it's trunk than NEEKi Minaj.

Then someone posted a damn Mini Cooper JCW GP on my Facebook wall.

I’m sure the intention behind the posting of the car on my Facebook wall wasn't with the end goal of making me buy it. But if it was… well done, my friend. As a car guy, autocrosser, and general automotive nutjob who can't hang onto a car for more than 18 months, I couldn't resist the opportunity to own what I consider a longtime bucket-list car for myself: the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP. The price was right, the condition was right, and well, I figured, “Why not?” Only problem was, the car was in Chicago.

So, jokingly, I replied to the post, "How about dat CCN, doe?" I'm not sure how many on here know, but my friend from Chicago also moonlights as a 3rd party car purchasing negotiator in his minimal free time. Dat CCN, doe... that would be the Chicago Car Network. I initially treated the shared link to the car listing on Audi Exchange’s website as a joke… because, well, think about it: Was I really going to part-out my 18-month old GTI, drive out to Chicago, stay with people I’ve never met in real life, on an absolute whim to trade it in and drive a smaller car with no back seat and questionable reliability 800 miles back home? Uh, well… yup. That’s exactly what happened.

With things continuing to follow the proper path of rapid escalation, we moved the innocent Facebook commentary to e-mail. I proceeded to draft up a quick spreadsheet in my typical OCD style that outlined all of the current mods on the GTI, how much I paid for them, how much their retail value was, and how much I thought I could get for them. That allowed me to do a quick test of the maths… which looked promising. At this point, I decided this was doable, but only if they couldWe assigned targets to trade-in value and sale price for negotiation purposes. The plan was set. Would the dealer bite?

I left my friend to the negotiation, which allowed me to free up some time to see just how much interest there would be in my goods. First I posted the GTI for sale as a test. Mostly for myself. I wasn’t serious, was I?

Well, doing that only served to further whet my appetite for the GP. As negotiations continued on the Mini and the dealer got closer to meeting my numbers, I decided to take the next step. I changed my initial for sale posting into a preliminary part out, and using my initial spreadsheet as a guide for pricing, started taking deposits for parts that hadn’t even been removed from the car yet. For those of you who had faith in me on following through, I commend you.

And thus began the rapid downward (or was it upward?) spiral towards Chi-town. After just a couple days of negotiation, the dealer just about hit my lofty targets. I was impressed. And at the same time, I knew that this was about to get serious. At this point, I already had the vast majority of my parts spoken for, was I to decide on going forth with the part-out. The only catch, was that my GTI had to stay in it’s current form for one more weekend Volkswagen event: Cult Classic in Coopersburg, PA, hosted by Nothing Leaves Stock. Well, that wasn’t a big deal at all. I could postpone the part-out until after the show, and besides, I needed to have a visual inspection done on the car before I could commit to anything.

The fates were aligning in my favor, though. Since I happened to have a paid holiday for the 4th of July, that meant I could make this whole journey into a 3-day vacation, instead of trying to rush out, do the deal, and rush back home to start work on Monday. Oh boy…

The Friday before Cult Classic, I sent my pal some gas money and had him head up to Audi Exchange the next day to give the car a visual once-over over the phone and snap a few pictures, just to make sure the car was in as great of shape as the dealer said it was. Well, it actually was. A couple small scuffs under the front lip and a nick in one of the rear wheels. Fine by me, the wheels would become winter wheels eventually anyway. They ugly, man.

Passing the visual inspection solidified my interest in the car. The numbers were set, but I had told them I couldn’t 100% commit until I had someone look at the car for me. Well, since that was done… I called Audi Exchange and confirmed an appointment for next Saturday to pick the car up and placed my deposit. It was now on like Donkey Kong.

Immediately after arriving home from Cult Classic on Sunday, I began to tear into the part out process, throwing the car up on jackstands as soon as I got the car in the garage. I then started to remove the tougher stuff, or at least what I thought would be the toughest ones to remove. Off came the sway bar, exhaust, Unibrace UB, AWE TOP, TR MT1 wheels and DW tires, etc. The second night was reserved for the removal of the Newsouth Boost Gauge, S3 Short Shifter, and Euro Switch, amongst other less-significant pieces. That ended up being a much longer night than anticipated. Woof.

On the third day, I began shipping the assortment of parts to the different buyers located all across the nation. 8 different states in all, 9 different packages, and a couple personal deliveries, to boot. Sometimes I astound myself to what I can accomplish when I have my mind set on something; everything I initially listed was sold in a week and a day. Thanks, of course, to all who helped me indulge my inner plac.

And so the week went. With the mod removal complete, the car packed full of parts, and numbers agreed upon, I rolled out of my garage at 4AM on the 4th of July and pointed my car towards Chicago, documenting the trip via Instagram along the way. After 12 hours behind the wheel of the GTI, I arrived at a friend's place in Indiana, not too worse for the wear, surprisingly. The GTI proved to be a phenomenal highway cruiser, gobbling down all 769 miles with ease, even getting up to 37.5 (calculated) MPG along the way. Thanks, stock mode and flat mid-western croplandia!

After emptying the car of the majority of it’s precious parts cargo and hand-delivering it into my buddy's garage (Unibrace UB, Neuspeed 25mm RSB, AWE TOP, Thule Aeroblades, sexual flavors, etc.), I gave the GTI one last bath. I wanted to scrub off the patina of bug guts and road grime that had accumulated from the day’s drive and I wanted there to be no question as to the condition of the car when it came time to officially hand over the keys to the dealership. Besides, it just wasn’t me to drive a filthy car.

Saturday was D-day. I rose early, hitting the road around 6:30, but stopping briefly to snap a few last shots of the GTI at a local park. You can find those in my GTI build thread, HERE. I also had to stop off in Barrington and deliver my Unibrace XB to another local GTI owner. Finally, at 9AM, I arrived at Audi Exchange in Highland Park.

The deal couldn’t have been any smoother. Bill Gillen and Drew Malone from Audi Exchange proved to be a total pleasure to deal with, and including a final test drive of the Mini, a couple photo-ops, signing the final paperwork, and waiting for my insurance company to make the flip on my policy, I was in and out of the dealer in about 3 hours. I hit the road back to the blessed lands at noon, gently caressing my near-new Recaros the whole way to Pittsburgh, where I stopped off to grab a couple beers with a buddy of mine and spend the night. I hit the road the next day towards home, finally landing in my driveway around 2PM, after over 24 hours and 1600+ miles of driving in 2 vastly different cars.

If you’re interested in checking out my Instagram shots from the trip, you can find those, here: instagram.com/zill0n

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All cleaned up after an 813 mile drive home.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:01 PM
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And of course, here's how I've spent the last 3 weeks of ownership.

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Old 07-28-2014, 03:02 PM
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The R56 GP is a damn good looking car. Really good choice
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:06 PM
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The R56 GP is a damn good looking car. Really good choice
Agreed. I test drove the F56 for shits and giggles a few months back, as I just wanted to sample the new Minis. Visually, they're a little underwhelming with the underbite of the front fascia, plus the limp clutch and the feeling of isolation behind the wheel... woof.

The R56 is just so much more fun to drive and look at.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:40 PM
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They're aimed at different groups of people I think. The F56 is aimed more at the general populace while the R53/56 was aimed at more driving enthusiast focused people.

I can't wait to get some coilovers on my F56 to see how it changes how the car feels, but right now it feels more like a cruiser than a performance car.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:43 PM
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They're aimed at different groups of people I think. The F56 is aimed more at the general populace while the R53/56 was aimed at more driving enthusiast focused people.

I can't wait to get some coilovers on my F56 to see how it changes how the car feels, but right now it feels more like a cruiser than a performance car.
I really want to get my hands on a 3-cylinder with the sport suspension and a stick.

The GP is going to ruin me, though. I've hit the slippery slope of 'nothing else will ever be good enough.'
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:10 AM
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Nice!! Welcome.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:39 AM
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Bit of a photo update.

Spent all day Saturday detailing the round-vented go-kart. Hit it with Meguiar's M205, Prima Amigo, and Prima Epic with my new Griot's 6-inch DA that I ordered from Detailersdomain.com a couple weeks ago. Finally got a chance to teach myself how to use it.

So, without further adieu... please, behold the fruits of my labor.

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Old 08-04-2014, 05:28 PM
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love the interior of that car!
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That interior is phenomenal.
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That interior is phenomenal.
Agreed. The interior is an incredible place to spend time.

The only thing I wish for was a more capable stereo at times.
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It stinks like sex in here.
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Wow, Car porn ...
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