Samuel Di Tommaso 2003 VW Golf TBGLIVE PASMAG lead

Samuel Di Tommaso got into car modifications as so many of us do; his friends were into it and so he gave it a try. To hear Samuel describe it, his modifications started out simply enough with wheels, suspension and a subwoofer the passion grew from there.

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He purchased this Golf GL in 2005, but it wasn't until 2007 that he began to modify it. What began as a hobby with friends, grew into much more. In fact, Sam is so dedicated to this car, which he describes as his "first love," that he rebuilt it from scratch after the interior caught fire.

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The fire, which happened in 2012 while he was working on welding the shaved engine bay at a friend's house, could easily have scrapped the car entirely. But for Sam, the better choice was to strip it and do a full makeover. For the rebuild, he chose parts based not on brand, but on quality. Sam estimates he spends about $5,000 a year on parts, and is so happy that he has been able to create a finished product of this caliber.

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#TBGLIVE WINNER: 2015 EUROKRACY, CIRCUIT ICAR, MIRABEL, QUEBEC, CANADA
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ESSENTIALS
2003 Volkswagen Golf GL
LOCATION: Laval, QC
CAR CLUB: SoClean. Clique.
ENGINE: Audi 1.8L Turbo 20VI-4 (2001 Audi TT)
HORSEPOWER: 221 HP
TORQUE: 240 LB-FT

ENGINE
Integrated Engineering (1.8T 20V valve springs / retainers, connecting rods) 
K04-022 turbocharger 
Vibrant Performance intercooler 
HKS SSQV2 
Unitronic air filter 
APR (Stage 2+ ECU, motorsport inlet pipe) 
Bosch 4-bar fuel pressure regulator 
Audi TT 225 fuel injectors 

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EXHAUST
Magnaflow (for 1967 Firebird)
Custom down-pipe 
MOMO Corse exhaust tip

DRIVETRAIN
DXD Racing Stage 2 daily clutch 
2004 VW TDI transmission

WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES
Weds Adula wheels with custom lips –18x9+20(f),18x11+15(r)
Zeta ZTR10 tires – 225/40R18 (f/r) 
20th Anniversary GTI vented / slotted / drilled front rotors 
2002 Porsche Boxster 4-piston front calipers (polished)
ABS delete with Jegs proportion block 
Custom brake lines 
Haggar Fab custom brake fluid tank 

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Air Lift Slammed Series front suspension with Management V2
Hardlines trunk set up by Intech Performance 
Firestone Air Ride bags (f/r) 
Bilstein rear suspension 
Prothane bushings 
VF Engineering motor mounts 
Neuspeed front strut bar 
Shaved engine bay with 1-pc. firewall and notched frame

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EXTERIOR
2004 Golf R32 front and rear bumpers 
GTI 337 side skirts 
FK badgeless grille 
Custom bozer hood, widened quarter panels and rear bumper 
Modified Extreme Auto Design spoiler 
Black Forest Industries black e-code headlights 
Hella Magicolour black taillight housings 
Upgraded lighting

INTERIOR
2011 Audi S4 (shift knob, seats) 
2014 Audi S4 steering wheel 
MOMO Corse F16 shift boot  
42 Draft Design A-pillar mount 
Auto Meter Cobalt gauges 
Custom (instrument cluster, headliner, chrome vent grilles / commands)

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MOBILE ELECTRONICS
Pioneer AVIC-V930BT head unit 
Soundstream (Picasso 1.500d sub amp, Tarantula T5 subwoofer, Tarantula 6.5-in. mid-range speakers) 
Sealed custom enclosure inside spare tire well

SPONSORS
GAB Eurosport 
Intech Performance 
Transbec DAI

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