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::: Andy Bryant's 1992 MK 2 VW Golf GTi :::

I am the proud owner (again) of this 1992 MK2 GTI 8v. I sold it to a friend, Tony, in November 2001. In August 2003 Tony offered it back to me with only 3,500 miles extra on the clock and five new VW alloys in the boot. I could not resist owning my GTI again and so bought it back.

Being the roll out model it came with a few extras as standard including 16v BBS alloys, half smoked rear lights, 16v Rainbow interior, power steering and electric windows.

Prior to Tony's ownership most of the expensive things were changed including the clutch, rear callipers, power steering pump, idle stabiliser valve, cam belt & tensioner, HT leads, engine cooling fan, an electric window motor, brake proportioning valve and a complete Ernst exhaust system. Tony has only had to replace the front brake hoses and a faulty battery. I have since replaced the radiator, a window switch and the battery.

The headlights have been up-rated to Phillips Vision Plus and a special heavy duty wiring loom ensures that dipped beam is as good as VW intended and the main beam is blinding. I had the original 15-inch BBS Alloys refurbished and fitted with 195/50 Toyo Proxies. The windows have been lightly tinted, a weighted shift fitted and my trusty Momo 'Racing Line' steering wheel fitted.

The brakes needed sorting to help stop the brake faded that comes as standard with the pathetic 239mm discs that come fitted on the 8v GTI's. I sorted out my GTI by fitting Brembo Max discs with Pagid fast road pads on the front and renewing the rear brakes with standard Brembo discs & Pagid pads. This has made a huge improvement and I recommend the upgrade.

The bodywork shines brightly due to the regular use of Swissol polish. This stuff is fantastic and keeps the bonnet red instead of the normal Tornado Red slightly Pink look! The wax is so good that the GTI won 3rd prize at the West Sussex Club GTI Show-n-Shine in 2001 and a 1st in 2004.

The sounds are from an Alpine head unit & changer running two amps. The bigger amp runs a single 10-inch in the boot and the smaller amp runs a pair of Alpine component speakers in the front. This is crossed over and time corrected by the head unit. I also fitted a power cap to reduce the amount the headlamps used to dim in time to the bass!

Security is taken care of by a Thatcham category 1 alarm/immobiliser system plus an additional Thatcham 2 immobiliser and pager system.

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