I think most of us would consider our rides pretty low. Maybe even slammed. We buy over fenders, flares, and crazy offset wheels that look unnaturally mean. We make sacrifices of reliability, excessive tire wear, and making what seems like 16 point turns all in the name of stance. We can’t drive more than 30 miles per hour on the average street due to pot holes. And trying to explain this to the mass population is like explaining to the officer that just because I’m swerving doesn’t mean I’ve been drinking. Mostly we receive chuckles, shaken heads, and looks of confusion. People don’t understand the extent of modifying our cars. But to what extreme are most of us willing to take it?
(Photos by: Jonas Vermeiren & Words by: Kenny Bacon)
When the Volkswagen corporation was founded I somewhat doubt they were expecting their product to be some of the most radically and widely modified vehicles to roll the streets. Anything you have thought of doing to your car I can almost guarantee it has already been done to a Volkswagen at some point. This being the case if you own one standing out can be difficult. Outside the box thinking is pretty much required. Swapping body parts from different models, personalizing interiors, fabricating and modifying your own parts. All of these are commonly done in the tuning scene. But sometimes to achieve originality this isn’t enough. Jordy from Belgium set out to do just that for his mkVI.
After a little personalization with a GTD grill, GTI front bumper, Highline taillights, and a Reflectors rear bumper it was time to choose some wheels to accommodate his already clean ride. So he ordered some 18 inch Brabus Monoblock VI’s. Jordy then took his attention to his interior. He swapped his entire interior to the GTD model interior and found a GTI headliner. Keeping it simple and classy. But now it was time to get the stance worked out.
To be honest a lot of my inspiration for my excessively long build has come from looking at Volkswagens. And Jordy’s mkVI is definitely something worth looking at. The extremity of his build is something most of us contemplate, but then realize the extent of the difficulty involved and settle for a different route. For instance in order to achieve frighteningly low status Jordy notched his frame. To be this low a common suspension option is air ride. The ability to change ride height while sitting in the drivers street comes in handy. Especially for when you can’t just drive over a speed bump while laying frame. But Jordy prefers riding on his H&R Ultralow coilovers. With shorter front springs just to get it a tad bit lower. Which means while driving you must pick your path carefully.
Once you’re slammed on coilovers there’s no turning back. And most of us don’t keep jack stands and coilover wrenches in our trunk. Setting ride height on the shoulder of a road isn’t fun anyways. Needless to say once that low you’re going to have to deal with a good amount of wheel rub and scraping your chassis along the pavement. But this is just something we as stance junkies learn to deal with.
It’s crazy how much the car scene has changed in the last decade. We have somehow blurred all dividing lines. Combining import with domestic, form with function, but still also obtaining the ability to create something unique. But one thing that hasn’t changed is we have created a culture where anyone can find their place. This culture isn’t just about bolting on parts and dyno charts. It’s about meeting people and having our own lifestyles. It’s living the Lowlife.