Jekyll & Hyde: Ryan Jacobs' 2011 Volkswagen GTI

Jekyll & Hyde: Ryan Jacobs' 2011 Volkswagen GTI

Photography by M.Spad Photography

Known on the forums as HYDE16, Ryan Jacobs stuck with the Jekyll & Hyde theme during his extensive build to strike a balance between a fun daily driver during the week (Jekyll), and aggressive performance machine during track events (Hyde). Ryan focused on increasing stiffness, improving suspension geometry, gaining traction, and adding gobs of power.

Ryan started with a stock 2011 Volkswagen GTI, added every bolt-on he could, and upgraded to a ported and polished K04 turbo with Aquamist direct port methanol. More recently, Ryan worked with Pag Parts Turbo in Deer Park, New York, for a built long block engine with forged internals, upgraded valvetrain, Torqbyte fuel system, TyrolSport radiator, and Pag Parts’ front-mount intercooler and EFR 7163 turbo kit capable of 550 horsepower.

Ryan has attended Waterfest every year with his car on display inside the Garden State Euros club booth. For more information, Ryan has extensive forum build threads and a detailed catalogue of upgrades on Instagram.


Owner: Ryan Jacobs
Vehicle: 2011 Volkswagen GTI


  • ARP (head studs, main studs)
  • Audi (Allroad intake manifold, fuel rail, R8 coil packs, oil cap, rod bearings, TTRS low pressure fuel pump)
  • Aquamist (10L baffled tank, check valve jets, manifold)
  • Bosch EV14 twin spray port fuel injectors (2)
  • Braille GU1R Green Lite lithium battery combo
  • Brute IX 144x21-mm connecting rods
  • CP Carrillo 83-mm forged pistons
  • DEI Reflect-A-Gold heat reflective tape
  • Dimple magnetic engine drain plug
  • ECS Tuning catch can
  • Eurocars Billet fender bolt kit
  • Eurodyne EFR 7163 software
  • Fluidampr TSI crank pulley
  • Forge Motorsport washer bottle filler
  • FourSeasonTuning battery bracket
  • Greddy Profec boost controller
  • GruvenParts 2.0T billet intake manifold linkage arm
  • INA Engineering (coolant flange, rear main seal)
  • Neuspeed HI FLO (air charge pipe, turbo discharge pipe)
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs
  • Pag Parts EFR 7163 turbo Kit w/ Borg Warner EFR 7163 .85AR (internally gated)
  • Porsche 991 coolant cap
  • PPT (port fuel injector holders (2), FMIC, 3-inch stainless steel flex-pipe, 3.5-inch MAF housing, 3.5-inch silicone intake, coolant line kit, oil feed line kit, oil return line kit)
  • PTP (EFR turbo blanket, turbo firewall blanket, Turbo Lava downpipe wrap)
  • Tial Sport MVI-2.5 internal wastegate actuator
  • Torqbyte (BM1 Bluetooth unit, CM5-LT controller, 4-bar MAP sensor, PM3 pump amplifier, VAG plug-n-play adapter)
  • Treadstone Performance HoneyComb MAF mass air meter airflow straightener
  • TurboSmart Kompact VAG II plumb back diverter valve
  • VW 2.5-bar MAP sensor
  • TyrolSport UG aluminum radiator
  • Supertech (Inconel exhaust and intake valve sets w/ Singe groove keepers, exhaust springs w/ titanium retainers, intake springs w/ titanium retainers)
  • Tool Steel 21mm wrist pins
  • VW MK5 R32 belly pan
  • WhanAB Billet aluminum dipstick handle
  • ZZP Opel HP direct injection fuel injectors (4)


  • SPM custom 3-inch turbo-back track exhaust system
  • PPT exhaust manifold


  • 034Motorsport Street Density (engine mount, transmission mount)
  • APR Pendulum Mount w/ SuperPro Bushings
  • BMC short throw clutch stop
  • Clutchmasters FX400 clutch w/ DMFW
  • Darkside Developments (02M/02Q gearbox, 4th gear input shaft support, gearbox reinforcement plate, 6th steel shift fork)
  • DieselGeek Sigma 6-speed short shift kit
  • Dimple magnetic transmission drain plug
  • Driveshaft Shop 6-speed manual 500HP Level 2.9 direct bolt-in axles
  • ECS Tuning MK6 GTI 6-speed clutch bleeder block
  • Fluidampr TSI crank pulley
  • Peloquin’s LSD
  • Raceseng Circuit Series shift knob
  • Racingline subframe mount
  • SQS Racing 02Q fork bronze sliders
  • TyrolSport solid shifter bracket bushing kit
  • USP Motorsports (1st-2nd & 3rd-4th steel shift forks, stainless steel clutch line)
  • VW (“F” version throw out bearing, NLS 02Q shims, Mk4 GTI metal shifter cable bracket)


  • Advanti Racing Storm S1 wheels - 17x9 ET45 (f/r)
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires- 245/40/17 (f/r)
  • Audi (TT-RS brake scoops, TTS master cylinder)
  • Hawk Performance HB544B.628 HPS 5.0 pads
  • Neutron Coatings custom powder coated black rear brake calipers
  • TyrolSport master cylinder brace
  • VW MK5 R32 rear brake conversion w/ StopTech 310mm rotors & SS brake lines
  • Wilwood forged narrow Superlite 6R front BBK & SS brake lines


  • H&R front 26mm & rear 24mm sway bars
  • ST Suspensions XTA coilover kit
  • Stern rear subframe brace
  • SuperPro (ball joints, front sway bar end links, performance control arm kit, rear sway bar end links)
  • Swift rear 400lb progressive springs
  • TyrolSport (DeadSet Rigid subframe collar kit, hatch brace)
  • Unibrace UB
  • Whiteline rear trailing arm front bushings


  • deAutoKey LED (license plate kit, parking city lights, reverse lights, turn signals)
  • DeutscheAutoParts exhaust alignment bushings
  • Maxton rear diffusers
  • PIAA 18535 H8 Plasma Ion Yellow fog light bulbs
  • Splitter’s P.R. front splitter
  • SRS-Tec rear spoiler add-on
  • USP Motorsports RFB LED puddle light kit
  • VW (Golf R LED tail lights, Highline front grille)


  • AEM (Digital Wideband UEGO AFR gauge, water/methanol flow gauge)
  • Corbeau RRB seats
  • deAutoKey (interior LED Lights, rear footwell LED lights, stainless steel seat inserts)
  • Double Apex (USB charger, water methanol button)
  • German Automobile Technic (E-brake handle, steering wheel)
  • Podi steering column pod for Aquamist HFS-4 Gauge
  • Polar FIS+ Advanced (F03) MFD display
  • Redline Goods perforated leather shift boot
  • Stinger (RKCP12 Roadkill foam pad sound damping kit, RKXTK Roadkill trunk kit)
  • VW (auto-dimming mirror w/ Homelink, dash cubby, Euro switch, underseat storage trays)
  • WeatherTech digital floor & cargo liners


  • Cadence amplifier
  • Digital Design subwoofer
  • Supreme Sound custom slim-line subwoofer box

02 Ryan Jacobs 2011 VW GTI Waterfest 2017 PASMAG

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