r3GTI – mandatory mod!


Long before I even owned a GTI6, I knew that ‘R’ lights were a must-have. And so, even before taking delivery of my car, I had already started planning and sourcing for what I would call a mandatory mod. Some of you might not know this, but I’m more of an aesthetics person – if it looks fast and sounds fast, I’m a happy camper. So as you can imagine, getting my tail lights sorted was way up on my list of to-dos.


So high up in fact, that the next day, I took a longer lunch break to sort it out.

My options were limited; most of the vendors listed on a local marketplace no longer had any in stock, and with the GTI6¬†getting older, most of them told me it was unlikely they would stock more. Most places which still had them in stock either had oris or reps (Taiwan made, 60% of the price of an original set). Since I’m a fairly kiamsap fella¬†and with a mod budget that does not exceed 10% of the price of the car, mine was a straightforward decision.


The lights are a simple plug & play set, so between two guys, the entire process only took 35 minutes. What’s the difference between ori and reps? Well, I wouldn’t know. But I can share that the build quality on my stock burger lamps feel better constructed and heavier that these reps. Nevertheless, with these installed, I’m super pleased. Result!


Ok- so let me first put it out in the open: my ultimate goal is not to extract every single hp from the engine, or have the stiffest most rigid handling hot-hatch around. My car is a daily driven car so it needs to be 1) reliable 2) usable 3) fun. No plans to ever track the car (tried that on the Polo, doubt I will want to in the Golf), so not necessary for BBK, LSD, etc.

Target? Between 230-250hp, with a slightly more rigid rear. Stock brakes are good for everyday use, SSBH and pads would be perfect, I reckon. Most important (and I’ve mentioned this before) — the car must look and sound fast. What else to work on? Only time will tell. My hands are itchy!




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