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Teachin’ You How to EMKAY3


Mike Robles from NJ can be proud of his achievement this year of bringing back home the second place trophy for Best MK3 Jetta of the 17th edition of Waterfest.

As I was talking with him last month about a possible AirSociety feature, Mike was down but didn’t have any pics up for us just yet. Next thing I know, Mike and my partner Rick met up in New Jersey for a photoshoot. Talk about service! An 8 hour drive just to feature this rockin’ Jetta  ( ok ok Rick was there for WF too lol ).

On a serious note, it’s pretty obvious to figure out why Mike took a trophy back home with him. Everything done on this car is simply done up the right way. While some MK3 rock the ratted out look, Robles kept it clean with a full Silver Arrow respray, many OEM Euro parts including the VR6 lip, shaved Euro bumper and others. Most of them are subtle add ons that many might not even notice unless you’re a judge at WF or a MK3 fanboy.

To contrast with the silver paint and differ from anyone with silver RS’, Mike went with a set of staggered 15×7.5 and 15×8 Gold BBS RS with Gold bolts, 1.5” front and 2.0” rear lips and Original German flat caps wrapped in 195-45-15 Proxes.

Not that I’m lazy but here’s an example of why these cars are a pain to feature lol

Engine and Transmission mods :

  • engine/Trans
  • 2.0 ABA
  • 42mm intake valves
  • 35mm exhaust valves
  • TT 276 camshaft
  • Ported polished head
  • Milled head .002in
  • TT adjustable cam gear
  • Gruvenparts billet lightweight crank pulley
  • Gruvenparts billet lightweight alternator pulley
  • Yarrowsport aluminum tensioner pulley
  • TT lightweight aluminum intermediate shaft pulley
  • Polished BBM fuel rail and FPR adapter
  • SS fuel lines and AN fittings
  • BBM plug wires
  • OBX header
  • 42DD test pipe
  • TT catback with borla muffler
  • New South Performance intake manifold gasket
  • BFI C2 Stage 2 eprom
  • Deleted a/c
  • Deleted p/s
  • Deleted coolant ball
  • Deleted fan control module
  • 2 x 10in slim fans mounted in front of radiator
  • Polished intake manifold
  • Polished throttle body
  • Polished rear motor mount bracket
  • Chrome valve cover
  • Chrome starter
  • Chrome alternator
  • Chrome front motor mount bracket
  • BFI .5 motor mounts
  • CSR inline hose filler
  • Lightened and balanced eurospec flywheel
  • USRT smart shift linkage
  • Shaved engine bay with rain tray and wiper delete

I mean … 1 category of mods and there goes half of an article, thank God I didn’t talk about the interior, right Mike ?

So let’s go to the Air Ride details:

  • Air Lift MK3 struts
  • AccuAir VU-4 manifold
  • Generic compressor
  • AVS 7 switch brass knuckle box
  • Dakota Odysessy Series 1 digital gauge
  • 5 gallon tank with hardlines by Swoops



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