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Post by LhYnxz on Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:17 pm

Christina Tran has built one of the most electrifying Volkswagen show cars on air ride

writer: Sam Du
photographer: Paul Carlon

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you can't tell from the car already, I love attention," Christina Tran
of Cleveland, OH began. "People automatically assume a guy owns my car.
So when they find out it's mine, they're in shock."This '03
Jetta 1.8T is one of the more extreme female-owned Volkswagens to
appear in et. Custom paint, air suspension, big brakes, shaved
bodywork, full stereo; it possesses an abundance of show qualities that
rival anything on the North American tuning scene.2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t - Air Tran Eurp_0809_09_z+2003_volkswagen_jetta+christina_tran

in her mid-20s, Christina has poured sweat and tears into her Jetta
since she acquired it in '02. Still a student, the road toward building
her dream car wasn't easy, having started out in an old Mitsubishi
Eclipse GS when she turned 16. "I always liked cars because my dad
subscribed to lots of car mags," she explained. "I got the Eclipse and
then met my husband, Minh, a year later. He helped me build it up and
eventually turbocharged it."The rice-rocket quickly showed signs
of poor reliability, so Christina moved onto her first VW. "I always
loved the Jetta," she told us. "I used to go online and see what people
were doing to them. I quickly realized the possibilities, and after
driving one I discovered it was so much nicer than the Eclipse I had!"Christina
drove a new 1.8T sedan off the dealer lot with parts already waiting at
home. She did plenty of the labor herself. "This Jetta has been a joint
project with my husband," she mentioned. "I selected all the parts,
installed the bolt-ons and did some of the bodywork, while my husband
helped with the electrical work."2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t - Air Tran Eurp_0809_05_z+2003_volkswagen_jetta+engine_bay
Show-stopping engine bay with smooth and color-matched covers along with polished caps, intake manifold and intercooler piping
project began with plenty of go-fast bits, such as a Techtonics Tuning
exhaust, cold-air intake and APR software. A Eurojet front-mount
intercooler ensured cool air was fed into the combustion chamber, while
a Forge Motorsport diverter valve released excess pressure.Christina
eventually stopped adding engine upgrades when the five-speed Tiptronic
became an issue. "I wanted a fast car," she admitted, "but realized I
needed that third pedal for speed. So I decided to forget speed and
build a show car."Shifting her attention to visual upgrades, the
project gained momentum the night before a car show. "The garage was a
mess, so I parked the car outside, not thinking anything would happen
to it," Christina recalled. "The next morning, I found the Jetta had
been broken into. When everything was calculated, the thieves inflicted
damage estimated at $13k to fix and replace."2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t - Air Tran Eurp_0809_12_z+2003_volkswagen_jetta+side_view
turned her misfortune around. She contracted a local bodyshop to shave
the door handles, moldings and emblems. With the car at home, she
dipped her hands in fiberglass and bondo to fill the hood notch, mold
the Oettinger valances and shave the bumper moldingsThe car was
originally white but Christina wanted a color that would scream for
attention. So a custom tri-coat blue paint was applied, emitting a
purple glow from certain angles.With an eye-popping exterior, Christina wanted her car to sit on the ground so she also experimented with air ride.The
suspension consists of AirRide Technologies' rear bags with Mason-Tech
coilover strut bags in the front. Two Viair 400c air compressors fill
the five-gallon tank at the touch of a button.2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t - Air Tran Eurp_0809_10_z+2003_volkswagen_jetta+porsche_brake_calipers

right set of wheels was critical, so Christina looked to iForged. "I
started with Konig wheels but wanted something more tuner-style," she
revealed. "The iForged Aeros are better because if something goes wrong
it's easy to replace parts." The polished forged rims measure 19x7.5"
front and 19x8.5" rear, wrapped in Falken Azenis tires.The open
spokes of the wheels left some embarrassing gaps for the tiny stock
brakes, so Christina sourced a pair of 13.1" big brakes from ECS Tuning
that use Porsche Boxster four-piston calipers.

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Two Infinity subs and JL Audio amps sit in fiber- and plexi-glass trunk enclosure
then wanted to showcase more of her skills. "Since I love doing
fiberglass, we did everything!" Created in her own garage, Christina
built custom door cards, a trunk enclosure and gauge pod from
fiberglass. The parts were then color-matched to brighten the interior.
Sparco Milano bucket seats with harnesses secure Christina and her
passenger.Not skimping on quality, she used JL Audio, Pioneer
and Infinity audio components to play her music. Two JL amps power the
speakers and the two 12" subs. A Pioneer AVIC-D3 head unit controls the
multimedia output.It's easy to assume these modifications were
done by a shop, but Christina explained how she poured her heart and
soul into her Jetta. "Approximately 90% of the work was done by myself
and Minh. I like to keep my hands on everything, even the stuff I don't
completely understand. The journey to create my vision has been long
and hard but definitely worthwhile."2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t - Air Tran Eurp_0809_11_z+2003_volkswagen_jetta+front_view

Tech Spec2003 VW Jetta 1.8T Owner: Christina TranLocation: Cleveland, OHOccupation: student
1.8 liter four cylinder 20v with APR software, Eurojet front-mount
intercooler with polished piping, Forge Motorsport 007 diverter valve,
2.5" Techtonics turbo-back exhaust with dual polished tips, polished
3.5" cold-air intake with K&N filter, ECS Tuning ultimate dogbone
mount and race N75 valve, polished intake manifold, throttle body and
valve cover, polished Neuspeed oil cap, dipstick, washer, coolant
reservoir and power steering cap, polished ABD strut caps, Audi S3
shaved and color-matched reservoir cover, shaved and color-matched
engine covers, fiberglass battery cover, Optima Red and Yellow Top
Drivetrain: five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission
ECS Tuning brake kit with Porsche Boxster four-piston calipers and
two-piece floating 13.1"rotors, Brembo slotted and drilled rear rotors,
ECS lines, Hawk HPS pads
Suspension: AirRide
Technologies rear air bags, Mason-Tech front coilover strut bags, two
Viair 400c air compressors, five-gallon tank, eight 3/8" SMC electric
fast valves for FBSS, 3/8" air lines
Wheels & Tires:
19x7.5" front, 19x8.5" rear iForged Aero wheels with 225/35-19 Falken Azenis ST115 tires

molded Oettinger front bumper and rear valance, Oettinger side skirts,
shaved trunk emblem, hood notch, door handles, door moldings and rub
strips, OE HID headlights with leveling motors and Lamin-X covers,
Kamei grille and chrome mirror caps, Hella clear tail lights painted
with red strips, OE blue aspherical mirrors, Sharan antenna, custom
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Interior has plenty of painted trim
Sparco Milano seats, harnesses, brackets and sliders, custom fiberglass
color-matched door cards, trunk enclosure and gauge pod, color-matched
radio cage, vents, ashtray and door trim, AirRide Technologies digital
air pressure gauges, seven-switch air ride controller, GLI door pins,
Audi TT pedals, New Beetle Turbo S dead pedal, New South Performance
dual gauge pod, Auto Meter Competition Series boost and air/fuel
gauges, OE Euro rheostat and headlight switches

Pioneer AVIC-D3 navigation head unit with iPod adapter, JL Audio 1000/1
and 300/4 amps, XR650-CSi 6.5" component speakers, two 12" Infinity
Kappa Perfect DVC subs
Minh Tran, mom and dad, Concepts In Motion, Scott Mason at Mason-Tech, Vincent Wong at iForged, R.I.P. D Zaborniak

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