1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI VW Mk2 VR6 Motor Swap with Custom Interior and Audio

1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Condition: Used
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Golf
Type: Hatchback
Trim: GTI
Year: 1991
Mileage: 186,500
VIN: 3VWDB21G6MM007151
Color: Red
Engine: 2.8
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: 93 Octane
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: FWD
Interior color: Black and Red
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Power Locks, Power Windows
CD Player, Sunroof

Description for Volkswagen Golf 1991

Up for auction is my Mk2 1991 VW Volkswagen GTI with a VR6 OBD2 motor swap that was installed professionally by DubWerx in Cincinnati, OH back in 2004 at 148k, now has 186k. I bought a donor car that had a 75k something mile motor with a built tranny that had the 1st, 2nd, and main gear out of a G60 Corrado along with the front brake set up as well. They swapped the rear from drum to disc as the GTI was originally an 8 valve. They also installed a new larger Passat radiator with custom brackets.

The car was used as a demo vehicle for a car audio shop and has a custom audio system with the main focal point being the floating subwoofer box that is actually a strut tower brace (it bolts in-between the strut towers with brackets). It also has a painted fiberglass front panel with a plexiglass window so you can see the interior of the box which is lit with red L.E.D.’s and flocked in red to look like suede.

The car was in the Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs Car Show in 2007, 2008, 2009 with the first system set up, and in 2012 with the second set up.

I garaged this car from 03’ to 15’ (also garaged by the previous owner, but not sure for how long).

See below for full upgrades and new parts which are dated


VR6 OBD2 Approx 120k (averaged less than 5k miles a yr since the swap was done in 2004)

Passat Radiator

GIAC chip (requires 93 octane and thats all that has ever been used)

AEM Air Filter

Futrell Auto Werks Tach Signal Converter

Taylor Spiro PRO 8mm Spark Plug wires and NGK Plugs (4/30/16)

New Bosch Crank Position Sensor (5/3/17)

New Water Pump (4/30/16)

New Aluminum crack / coolant pipe (4/30/16)

New thermostat housing and components (4/30/16)

New 42 Draft Designs Polished Coolant Y Adapter (4/30/16)

New in tank fuel pump (4/3/17)

New Fuel Filter (4/3/17)

Transmission rebuilt with 1st, 2nd, and main gear from a G60 Corrado (estimated 60k miles)

New axels (4/30/16)

EIP short throw shifter

Gruven Parts Billet 304 Stainless Shifter Bracket/Short Shift Kit (4/3/17)

New Clutch Master Cylinder (4/3/17)

New Slave Cylinder (4/3/17)


16x9 Miro STP1 et15 wheels (3” step lip) with used Nitto Neo Gen 205/40/16 and 10.5mm ECS spacers/bolts on the rear. (some corrosion starting and one rear wheel has some nicks in it)


Corrado front brakes with Brembo rotors and Gran Sport Carbon Ceramic Sport Pads 11/7/16

16v Rear disc swap with Mk4 Calipers (was originally a 8v drum car)

Emergency Brake is not working


Ground Control Coil Overs with Koni Adjustable Struts/Shocks

Lower control arms with Mk4 R32 bushings and new ball joints (4/30/16)

Tie Rod Ends (4/30/16)

Front Sway Bar Bushings (4/30/16)

Nuespeed rear sway bar


Factory Mk3 VR6 into a Flowmaster muffler with stainless tip

Body Upgrades:

Bonrath Single round badge-less grille

Kamie upper eyebrow painted black

Shaved rear wiper and fluid nozzle with Jetta wiper stalk so no rear wiper option

Shaved rear body lines (area below hatch - body seam that runs vertical)

Shaved rear emblem

Rear G60 fender flares (needed for the Miro’s, never obtained a front set)

Mk3 Chinese door handles

Black Textured GL Side View Mirrors

Tinted “Blacked out” factory turn signal (bumper lights), side marker lights and tail lights (one has a small hair line crack)

New Hatch Shocks


Full custom interior with black vinyl and red synthetic suede originally done in 2007

Reupholstered Recaros with red centers

Custom door panels

Custom stitched dash


Hatch area is paneled out with a false floor

Red Synthetic Suede headliner

Custom Black “Essex” Grade carpet w/ custom floor mats for front

Aftermarket Spawl Power Windows

Grant Steering wheel

*Has won best interior at a few car shows over the years with the most recent being at Dub Dash 2012

Audio System:

Kenwood KDC-X500

JL Audio HD900/5 Five Channel Amplifier 900 watts (retails new for $1000)

Custom black suede wrapped amp board with “chipped ice” plexiglass lit by red L.E.D.’s

Focal 6.5” Coaxial Speaker Set

Power Bass 5.25” Component Set w/ 1” Tweeters

New Kenwood 12” Subwoofers

Shuriken SK-BT45 AGM Battery

Strut Tower Brace Sub Box with black painted fiberglass front panel with see through plexiglass window (interior flocked in red) with red L.E.D.’s


Scytek 5100RS 2 Way Alarm / Remote Start System

Comes with:

Everything to make the car look factory as seen in picture number 7

15x6.5” Corrado BBS RZ wheels with brand new Toyo Extensa HP 195/50/15 tires (less than a 1500 miles on them)

Factory dual round Red Stripe grille with inner lights attached

Factory tail lights and side marker lights (hairline cracks in both side marker lights)

Color matched side view mirrors (faded paint)

Factory steering wheel

Late 90’- Early 00’s ABD Front Floor Mats (RARE)

Factory Hatch Area Carpet and parcel tray (rare)

Stainless steel front brake lines (not installed)

New Hawk rear pads (not installed)

What I would do:

My next step was going to be body work and a new paint job with new “plastics”. The current plastics (flares, sides skirts, and the textured parts of bumper) were painted and you can see the paint flaked from improper paint prep. The fenders and flares were cut in a “G60” pattern for the Miro wheel fitment.


Emergency brake is not working

Has UV fade on some of the suede

NO 8” speakers in the rear panels or tweeters in the custom build pods on upper door panel

Has some dings, dents, and scratches.

Some difference in paint on panels from partial paint job in a rush to get it to Cavalcade of Customs Cincinnati 2012 after the rear emblems and wiper were shaved (the car was partially painted in the rear/ sides, there is a little paint fade / pinkish color around the rear window).

There is a little rust on the drivers door and in the rear passenger wheel well (it was cut out of the rear well when the fenders were modified and then prepped with rust inhibitor).

Drivers mirror plastic is cracked but will come with another set of GL mirrors as well as the factory ones that are color matched but faded.

Driver’s door panel interior window trim is broken and missing

Back of driver seat falls backwards sometimes when no tension is on it, I was told the cable is loose

Screw holes in both L and R rear side panels where capacitors were mounted and holes wheres wires ran for old system

Three small holes in front of current amp rack from where old amp rack mounted

Window Tinting is old and needs replaced

No Air Conditioning but GOOD Heat

More pics upon request and I also have a walk around cold start video I can send as well