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M –37
Laramie, Wyoming
United States


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Silver_Shark83’s Profile Photo
Nov 20, 2009 at 1:52 am
This Bad-Boy is Clean...Looks well maintained, I like the clean look and lines, reliability is the key!
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Nov 4, 2009 at 12:59 am
Dood NICE GLX!! I have been trying to find a lower mileage vr6 for a long time!! Those motors are amazing!
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Sep 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Don't put down your car's looks - It looks great to me! It's not overdone like so many sport compacts I see.

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1998 Ford Contour SVT


  • #SVT: 37 pts (win)
  • Go before Show: 28 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 13
  • Ended: Nov 22, 2011
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1991 Chevrolet Beretta


  • #Sleeper: 49 pts (win)
  • Go before Show: 6 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 11
  • Ended: Nov 22, 2011
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1990 Ford Scorpio

Owner: Zagato

  • Scorpio: 37 pts (win)
  • Go before Show: 33 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 14
  • Ended: Nov 22, 2011

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX (Go before Show)

Last updated Jun 12, 2011  

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One day in 2001, I decide to drive to Ft.Collins, CO (about an hour away) to buy myself a new guitar. Instead I bought myself a '98 Jetta GLX!! I had been driving a POS '86 Ford Ranger so it was a major upgrade.

It's not fast but it's a lot faster than it used to be. At sea level it would be a lot faster than here. A lot of people don't realize how much the altitude affects naturally aspirated cars. A turbo or supercharged car doesn't lose near as much power, cause 7 psi is 7 psi regardless of where you are. They don't spool as quick and if your pushing the limits, you may not make 20 psi, but for the majority of bootsted cars it's only a tenth or two slower. My car of the other hand is at least a half second slower up here, probaly more 'cause all my mods are to increase the flow of air that we just don't have up here. I haven't had it below 5000' ft since I put in the new 6 speed so some day I'll have to head down hill and get you guys some actual numbers instead of pulling them out my rear.


VW calls it the VR6, it's a low angle V6 with the cylinder banks only 15 deg apart as opposed to a domestic V8 that are 90 deg apart. It guess in German, VR are the initials for the words meaning 'low angle'. Even though it's a V6 it only has one head and one exhaust manifold. They designed it to have the power of a straight six, but short enough to fit transversely for a front drive car.
I haven't had it dyno'd yet 'cause I'm not done building it, but I should be in the neighborhood of 200 BHP at my altitude of 7200', that's 2000' higher than 'Mile High' Denver, CO. ANY naturally aspirated car is going to make 20-30% less power up here. At sea level my car might have 200 HP at the wheels. I don't know current 1/4 mile times. A couple of years ago without the trannsmission and pulleys I G-Tech'd a 16.1 running against a late 90's Mustang GT convertible with the 4.6L V8, and beat him by half a car. I'm guessing it runs a low 15 up here and maybe a mid to high 13 @ sea level. The chip removed the speed limiter, so it'll go about 135 before running out of gear and hitting red line in 6th. The gearing in the new tranny is lower than stock, so low that it runs at a higher rpm in 6th than it used to in 5th with the old tranny! Makes for good launches and keeps the gears close when we speed up King's Canyon to Wycolo.

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My car came stock with a 176 HP, 2.8L VR6 & 5 speed transmission. The GLX was the fully loaded Jetta with leather seats, power sun/ moon roof, power steering, 4 wheel ABS disc brakes with traction control, 'Dragon' green paint (has lot's of blue pearl), AC, power windows, rear defrost, heated mirrors, 15" alloy wheels, and premium 6 speaker Bose package (the head and rear speakers have been upgraded but the Bose amp and fronts and dash tweeters are still there)


I've made the following mods:
Neuspeed P-flo cold air intake
Neuspeed P-chip
Unorthodox lightweight underdrive pulleys
AEM big bore intake tube
Eibach Pro-Kit springs (lower about 1.5 in)
Eibach Pro-Damper struts
Eurospec 6 speed transmission (stock 1st-4th, custom 5th & 6th gears, custom ring and pinion lowers all six gears)
Centerforce clutch
Lightweight flywheel
B&M short throw shifter
Quaife LSD
Polyurethane motor mounts
Long tube header
High flow cat
Flowmaster exhaust
Slotted & drilled rotors
Tinted windows
Mirrored fog lights
Clear corner markers
Autometer DPIC in pillar mount
JVC head w JBL speakers in the rear
Boss Audio 1200 watt amp
Rockford Fosgate Punch 3 sub
3.0 Farad capacitor
AutoTech 262 cams
Lightweight lifters
Sport valve springs
MkIV head gasket (increases compression to 10.5 - 1)

Mods to come include (Hopefully sooner than later)
Strut tower braces
S.S. brake lines
Custom body work to remove side moldings and fill plastic license plate trim and remove the reverse lights and reflectors from the trunk and relocate reverse lights to bumper
Body kit
New 2 tone paint job

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Finally getting a little progress made on my car. Just installed an Autometer DPIC (digital performance information center.) It tells 1/4 mile times, 0-60, 60-0, lateral g's, & h.p. Haven't got to use it much yet, but once I get some number's I'll be...

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