Eddy’s MK4 is the perfect example of a clean daily driver done right. Using a formula which has been tried and tested in the US and Europe it pretty much works like a charm when executed correctly. Like we have mentioned here before Juicebox the Mk4 Golf is in plentiful supply throughout Ireland, finding one that makes you look twice in the south is another challenge. Take a look at the MK4 pictured here. Holding it down for MK4′s in the south east of Ireland Eddy’s Golf turns heads, and for the right reasons.
Most of the Volkswagen scene know that with the right wheel setup, the OEM exterior can look as good as any body modifications. Eddies exterior remains more or less stock. It’s a style that works over and over again, the right ride height and wheels with subtle exterior modifications and you will be appreciating the standard exterior of a car much more than an insane Max Power creation, these days many people have come to terms with the fact that most of the time there really is no need for flushed door handles and crazy bodykits, a car can hold a better appeal with less going on.
What you will notice on the outside of his car is a bonnet bra and a roof rack. Two car styling trends that I feel have always looked good when done correct. Eddy has gone for some R32 Xenon lights also upfront to freshen the front end. The front Volkswagen badge was swapped out for a Carbon wrapped replacement and at the rear, the back bumper was gifted a 4motion rear splitter. The look is subtle but works. It’s no lie that the Volkswagen scene has had some very influential styling trends as most of them have passed on to other car scenes over the years.
The roof rack is definitely one of these trends. Eddy actually went and bought a Thule roof rack and wind deflector. Something I had expected to see a lot more in this country but it never really happened. The wind deflector/roof rack style can easily tear friends apart… It’s a much divided argument when people bring them up in discussion; some people enjoy the look while others don’t. When it’s done right like we see here, it can only add to the personality of a car.
What’s awesome about this MK4 is how there is enough power to play with under the bonnet on the daily commute. Pop the bonnet and you will be graced with a 1.8t 20 valve engine fitted with Forge Turbo intake pipe and an ITG filter. The 20valve is also fitted with a Forge 007 diverter valve, this pumps charge air back into the Air intake and keeps noise levels to a minimum. The car has also been fitted with a Forge short shifter and a forge 3″ down pipe with a deleted cat back mated to a Miltek cat-back system. The car was mapped at TDR performance running at 221bhp with 246ft/lbs torque using a ME 7.5 launch control.
The interior adopts the same style as the outside. Its clean and very OEM looking with subtle modifications that adds to the overall look. The edges of the dash and door handles have all been carbon wrapped whilst the radio surround has been swapped out for a much cleaner looking R32 model. The standard seating was swapped out for some Audi A3 leather more classy and comfortable replacements. The original Volkswagen tape deck was retained with the addition of two liquid gauges fitted nicely above. The drivers air vent was replaced with a drivers diagnostic LCD screen, from here you can do a full diagnostics including Dyno graphs, boost levels, intake temps etc.
The real deal is where its at with VW’s and the wheel game. Eddy went all out and ordered a set of 17″ BBS RS’s that are 8j ET +43 up front 9j ET +40 at the rear from wheel specialists Memory Fab in California. Memory Fab finished the wheels with polished lips and J’s racing teal baskets.
Memory Fab also drilled out the wheels from 5×114.3 to 5×100 and are mated to the Golf using 25mm H&R spacers all round which gives just the right amount of fitment to set this MK4 off.
Allowing the Golf to have a close relationship with the ground is a Rayvern Hydraulics air ride system using a Viar compressor mounted in the boot. Up front is a set of Audi TT wishbones and ball joints and at the rear is a set of 2″ camber shims. For braking, Eddy has opted for keeping the standard brakes with the addition of EBC dimpled and grooved brake discs and EBC red stuff pads.
Eddy’s Mk4 is the perfect example of a nicely executed mk4. You really can’t go wrong with a set of BBS on a clean VW. With the right wheels and a drop it goes to show just how these elements can change the entire appearance of a car as we’ve seen here. Even though there is some great MK4’s hiding around the country, hopefully Eddy’s MK4 can inspire others to follow a similar route. It’s a simple but very awesome effective look which will probably have same appeal 20 years from now.
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