Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

Erik Gillund didn't have any intentions to modifiy his 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S when he purchased it; it was bought as a family vehicle. But after three sets of wheels, finally choosing a set of ISS Forged "Snowflake" wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus Evo tires, he began to take the car to shows and meets.

Written by Randi Bentia. Photos by Nick Bottini

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

At shows, he befriended like-minded car enthusiasts and eventually caught the (modify) bug! Diseased with this severe illness, he purchased an Air Lift Performance XL Slam Series air ride kit with two 480cc compressors to cure his "ride height" symptom.

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

Soon after, he worked on the exterior of the Jetta replacing the front-end and converting it with a 2012 VW GTI, including a Euro GTI front bumper (smoothed upper grill) and custom lower-center grill. He matched the height of the front with Votex side skirts and added dark tint to keep away unwanted attention to his interior.

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

The stock front and rear Jetta seats were replaced with ones from a GTI to match the custom red and black suede on the headliner, a/b/c pillars, rear deck lid, lower b-panels and lower door-trip panels. A NRG black suede steering wheel was mounted to the hub, and red LED interior lights were installed as accents.

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SSlam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

ESSENTIALS // Owner: Erik Gillund // Location: Woodbridge, VA. USA // Vehicle: 2008 VW Jetta S // Club Affiliation: Xclusiv Alliance

ENGINE MODIFICATIONS // 2.5L // APR (carbonio intake, stage 1 tune) // IE billet valve cover // Porsche 911 oil/coolant caps // Semi-wire tuck // NRG engine bay dress up kit

SUSPENSION // Airlift XL slam series kit // 2x 480cc compressors  // 2x 2-Gallon air tanks, custom-wrapped with Budlight and Mountain Dew can-themes  // Custom box with plexiglass to show off everything // 9-Panel switch box 

WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES // ISS Forged Snowflakes wheels - 19x10 with +32 offset and 3" lip (f), 3.5" lip (r) // Color-matched windows with brushed faces and polished step lips // Hankook Ventus Evo tires - 225/40 R19 (f/r) // R1 concept slotted and drilled rotors // Stoptech street pads

EXTERIOR // 2012 GTI front-end conversion // Euro GTI front bumper // Custom lower center grill // Smooth upper grill // Shaved hood notch // Votex side skirts // Smoked mirror signals // Window tint

INTERIOR // GTI seats (f/r) // Red and black suede (headliner, a/b/c pillars, rear deck lid, lower b-panels, lower door trim panels) // NRG black suede removable steering wheel // Red LED interior lights

SPONSORS, SHOUT-OUTS // My wife and family // Fast Eddies Autobody in Manassas, VA // Kenny Marion // Nick Bottini - Alles Gute Designs (photographer) // Iceboxx Customs

Slam Series: Erik Gillund's 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S

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