Part 1 (The Beginning) of the DAP MK7 GTI Build

November 24, 2015

I know this build thread is long overdue but we wanted to have a place for people to reference the info.

Over a year ago we purchased a MK7 GTI.  This car was brought on for product development and to serve as a vehicle for us to create high quality videos to help the VW community.  Since the early 2000’s I have been a VW enthusiast and I remember what the beginning was like for me.  So many questions about products installs, and what would be the best choice for me to make when modifying my vehicle (an 02 GTI).  At that time VwVortex was really the only place to find any info on this stuff, but even that would often leave anyone who wasn’t ingrained in the community lost.  Getting all the info out there to make everything as clear as possible and help everyone make the decision that suits them best is really my goal.  You can spend just about any amount of money modifying a car, which isn’t possible for just about anyone.  For me that is really important because I have no interest in trying to convince someone to purchase something them might regret later.  To be clear though if you do purchase we would really appreciate if it was from us, your support helps us to continue to dedicate the resources to bring these videos to the community.


Vehicle Specs

Pure White 2015 MK7 GTI S with a 6 Speed Manual


When we looked for this car we really wanted a non lighting package car as we intended to do a headlight retrofit.  Originally we planned on OEM HIDs because this is so often requested but the harness situation and the cost barrier made us end up going a different direction.  As for the rest of the vehicle the only option I really wanted was the Performance Pack which wouldn’t be out for around 8 more months.  The Performance Pack Includes larger brakes (same as Golf R) and an electronic Limited Slip Differential, oh and some sweet front and rear red GTI badges.  Unfortunately we couldn’t wait that long so this is what we have.


Car seen below is completely stock

DAP Build 1-

Paul Barrett


CEO | Ex Dealer Technician | VW Audi Parts Savant | Father | Husband | Chipotle Enthusiast
Creating a VW and Audi Parts Company that Cares


on Part 1 (The Beginning) of the DAP MK7 GTI Build.
  1. Devin

    Sir about the down pipe. I’m kinda new to this car world stuff. I have the mk7 GTI but mine is auto wit the lightening sound package. Will that pipping fit my car?

    • Paul Barrett

      When you say piping what do you mean?

  2. Badr

    Hey there Paul,

    First of all, GREAT WORK. I already purchased Carbon Fiber mirror caps from your place and installed them. Your vids are great!
    I have a question I wish you can help me with.
    I have the same car model with the only difference being that it is a auto-6 speed DSG.
    I am working on the car my self and I plan to make have an APR stage 2 tuning with an APR Carbon finer intake and a Bullet downpipe. I also plan on getting a DSG tune. I will install the catch can at the end of this month, and I am planning to buy it from you. After that brief description, here is my question:

    You display three intercoolers on your website, uniconnect, MK7 R, and the Revo.
    I want a comparison between the MK7 R intercooler and the Revo Intercooler if that is possible.
    The reason for that being is that if the specs between the two intercoolers are not so different then I might go with the R IC because it is cheaper than the Revo.
    So can you please provide me with such a comparison? I want to know the difference in performance between the two, how HP retained in both, etc.

    Cheers and thanks for being awesome!

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