– Words: Ryan Lewis & Byron Hayes. Photos: Byron Hayes.
The Aussie VW community is a tight knit and closely connected group. A wave at the lights, a beep here and there, and monthly meets over food are all staples of the Aussie dubber scene. So when Alex decided to go against the grain of performance modifications and build something purely aesthetic that would be respected in the US and Europe, he was really making a stir on our big island.
Alex’s ride is a VW Mk5 Golf TDI, a mostly standard car suitable for just about any four-wheeled task you can throw at it. The front bumper, rear bumper, side strips and door handles have all been colour coded and that’s more or less where the modding stops. That is, excluding the party-piece suspension and wheels, of course.
We won’t say that this was the first bagged Mk5 in Australia, because the jury is still out on that, but it’s most certainly the first one to hit the wider scene in Aus.
Having travelled from state to state for shows and scoring props from groups outside the VAG community, Alex has done what he set out to do. The car caused a real stir earlier in the year when the StreetKarnage crew drove it down from Queensland to New South Wales for the WTAC Show & Shine.
Let’s put aside ride height for a minute because we all know that what’s under the guards is what makes or breaks you. Alex already owned this set of BBS RS having rolled hard on them in his old Subaru, and it made sense to hold on to them when his VW oiler came on the scene.
The setup is staggered with 17x8in up front and 17x9in in the back; offsets are +35 and +40 respectively. Between the Subaru and the Golf, Alex had the wheels split and rebuilt. You’ll notice that the faces are also finished in matching white.
The idea was to keep the car simple. It is daily driven, provisional licence legal and manages to avoid all unwanted attention from the authorities.
Keeping it low is a full air-ride setup with struts in the front and bags in the rear. There’s a five gallon tank in the boot supplying the pressure.
Twin 380cc Viair compressors are managed by a very simple two switch setup hidden with the pressure gauges away from view.
In the end what Alex has put together is the perfect blend of daily functionality and slammed Euro style. It is low, slow and understated for all the right reasons. If this car doesn’t prove that less is more, we don’t know what will.