Very few things really get to me anymore. I typically like to kick back and have a good time, especially when I attend a car get together. I have found though, as I get a little older and start to appreciate the work put into a car that one thing really bugs me.
When scrolling through a car blog it is easy to see a car that has the set it and forget it rule done; the owner slapped a set of coil overs on the car and threw some wheels on and BOOM!
Instant fame, instant feature and plastered all over the internet. Well in this case, Michael Wood has seemingly been overlooked. Canibeat decided that this was not going to happen any long, so without further adieu here is Mr. Wood’s beautiful GTI.
As a VW head for the past few years now Michael Wood is on his second Volkswagen. His prior GTI was a MK4 that sported everything from a big turbo to a full manual transmission swap, but sadly this car met its end due to an accident involving a parking curb and a twisted frame. The MK5 was up next and Mike wanted to go in a little different direction. Being a newer vehicle and sporting the 2.0T motor the engine modification was left light. Woody as he is also known went for an APR Stage 2 chip, a BSH intake, and a 3 inch Euro Customs exhaust. To give the motor a little more shine a cavalcade of Forge goodies were tossed under the hood including a catch can, oil cap, and coolant cap. Though the engine modifications have remain mild Woody told us he plans to do a big turbo build and push for 450 wheel horsepower!
When looking over the outside of this GTI it is hard to miss the differences from its stock counterparts. The first thing is this GTI is accented in the front with the highly popular Votex lip. Look around to the sides and you’ll find Votex side skirts, and if you continue to the back then an OEM R32 rear will slap you in the face and then bellow at you with the Euro Jet exhaust tips. The rear is finished off with a set of Euro LED tail lights to add that OEM plus flavor. Woody knew when building this car he wanted to do something special with the wheels and to get the fitment he desired a plan had to be hatched. Enter Melbourne local and owner of De’Caudella’s custom body shop Clay Dean. Dean and Woody sat down and concluded that a pulled rear and widened front fenders would be the only way to fit the wheels Woody had in mind, and so it was done! The car now sat wider and more aggressive, and the next step was to add the wheels.
The wheels were something Woody really put a lot of effort into, choosing to do the entire rebuild himself. The selection was a set of Work VS-XX and the goal? Well to build them to a final spec of 18×9.5 front et 32 and 18×10.5 rear et 35. A good sized 3 and 3.5 inch lips shine on all four corners of the GTI, and the widen fenders allow the body to sit perfect when aired out…….Oh I forgot to mention that. This car sits on Airlift Performance series suspension, using the adjustable camber up front to allow the front wheel to pull in and sit just right.
The interior of the GTI remains subtle, retaining the stock Interlago plaid seats. Woody being an employee of SeaDek used his creative side at work and mocked up a set of customer floor mats and a customer trunk deck. To finish off the interior a customer, color matched air tank and small hardline set up rest easy in the hatch of this MK5.
Woody has taken a lot of time and put a lot of effort into his MK5 project over the years. Despite being overlooked the MK5 has finally got it’s time to shine. Michael took a moment to let us know he had a few people to thank in this build, including the most important is his lovely girlfriend Alison, his friends that have all had a hand in this build.