DAP MK7 GTI Build Thread

January 25, 2016

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.

Happy Modding!

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 2

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 3

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 4

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 5

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 6

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 7

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 8

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

VW MK7 GTI Project Part 9

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 

MK7 Build 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

MK7 GTI Build Part 11 Catch Can

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

MK7 Build Part 11 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.


Part 14 –  Coilovers


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


Coming Soon


Part 16 – Front Grille


Coming Soon


Part 17 – Downpipe


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Part 18 – Center Exit Exhaust


Coming Soon


Part 19 – Maintenance


Coming Soon


Part 20 –  Intercooler


Coming Soon


Part 21 – Short Shifter


Coming Soon


Part 22 – Shifter Bracket and Bushings


Coming Soon

Paul Barrett


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


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  1. Shawn

    Hey, I love your site and videos.

    As a MK7 owner myself I’m always looking for ways that I can get the most out of my car. Maintenance is due up in the next month for me. I would love to know what your steps are for the first maintenance check for your MK7. All I know so far is that I’m putting in some 5W-40 synth inside, but would love to know what you would recommend doing on the first scheduled maintenance.


  2. Christopher Casburn

    Is the center exit exhaust still offered?

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    Just got my new 2016 Golf R. I want to improve performance ASAP. what mod would you recommend first. Tuning Exhaust Intake? I don’t know who I the East Texas area is good with this car and if they carry your line of mods. Got any suggestions? It’s blue

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