DAP MK7 GTI Build Thread
Follow along with our build thread of our MK7 GTI. On this page you will see regular updates with links to all the info you are looking for when modding a MK7 GTI.
This page was put together to help anyone who has a MK7 model. Its intention is to share our journey of modding our VW MK7 GTI, as well as have a single place to put all the various helpful DIYs and informative video around our project car. If you have a MK7 or you are just into these things you might want to bookmark this page as we will be constantly updating this page with more info. We hope that this resource is helpful for you.
Part 1 – Our Stock MK7 GTI
We explain a little more about what our plans are, as well as the specs of the stock MK7 GTI we started with. This is here to show you the stock vehicle so you can see the progressive changes.
Part 2 – LED License Plate Lights
Our first mod, we installed OEM LED License Plate Lights. The factory fog lights on the MK7 GTI are LED so getting the license plate lights swapped over keeps everything more consistent.
Part 3 – Remote Windows Coding
Remote windows…. This mod is very easy and either free or inexpensive. A great and convenient way to roll down the windows on your MK7 via your key fob.
Part 4 – Euro Headlight Switch
Euro Switches have been a very popular mod since the early watercooled VW models. Adding a European headlight switch often gives you a few functions you wish your vehicle had.
Part 5 – Electronic Boost Gauge
If you are going to be modding your turbocharged car then knowing your boost levels is important. In part 5 we added a digital vent gauge with has a boost gauge and so much more.
Part 6 – Our Intake
Intakes…… We add an intake to our vehicle and share a little more detail about the why we chose the intake we did, and what we would have done different.
Part 7 – Lowering Springs
We install lowering springs on our MK7 GTI, make a DIY and talk about what made us choose this brand…. even though we were going to take them off for coilovers.
Part 8 – OEM European LED Tail Lights
European LED Tail Lights. This is what we are most know for since we developed the first plug and play harness (patent pending) to make make this install possible with the correct functionality.
Part 9 – Blind Spot Mirrors
Blind Spot Mirrors, the correct term for these is aspherical mirrors as the outer edges of the glass are rounded. Take a look here for more info on how these work and why they’re useful.
Part 10 – Mirror Caps
We install mirror caps on our MK7 GTI and go over a few options available for you to change your mirrors. This includes some imported OEM European mirror caps. We also have a DIY on how to remove and install mirror caps on a MK7 inside.
Part 11 – Catch Cans
A catch can could be a great addition to your MK7. This would be a preventative item to ensure you keep the intake air as clean as possible. Take a look inside to see how it works, and how to install this catch can on our MK7 GTI.
Part 12 – Black Emblems
We get rid of the chrome VW emblems and swap to black. We also have a DIY on how to perform the install for these black MK7 Emblems.
Part 13 – Software Tuning
Tuning software is likely to most common modification for those looking to get more power out of their VW or Audi model. Take a look inside for more details about tuning software and selecting the one for you.
Coilovers are a great way to lower your vehicle. This offers you great ride height adjustability to dial in your stance while offering improved handling. Take a look inside for more details on MK7 coilovers.
Part 15 – Helix Headlights
Part 16 – Front Grille
Part 17 – Downpipe
Part 18 – Center Exit Exhaust
Part 19 – Maintenance
Part 20 – Intercooler
Part 21 – Short Shifter
Part 22 – Shifter Bracket and Bushings
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