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Born and Raised: Jesse James’ 2013 Passat TDI


Photos via Andrew Grossmann
13 years ago in a small garage just outside Montreal, Canada, a group of best friends had just graduated high school and picked up probationary drivers licenses. With limited budgets, this group of enthusiasts made the same move and each picked up a Honda Civic EF’s.Andrew GrossmanToms Motorsport coilovers were ordered for all and were custom cut and installed on every car. Starting to turn heads wherever they rode, a team name was needed to give them an edge. After much deliberation and influences from other crews, hip hop lifestyle and low rider culture, the simple “2LO CREW” was chosen. That’s how Jesse James journey in the car scene started, but that isn’t where it ended.Andrew GrossmanClimbing up the automotive food chain from humble beginnings, Jesse now needed a newer car that would protect his beautiful newborn baby girl while still being classy as f**k to be seen in. The no-brainer choice came via a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI.Andrew GrossmanAt first Jesse was very hesitant to modify the car, wanting to keep it practical for family and work only. Unfortunately the temptation of having the first bagged B7 Passat in the world won him over and a call was placed to Air Lift to drop ship something reliable.Andrew GrossmanAir Lift Performance Slam Series front air struts and rear bags were soon greeting him at home alongside a V2 Management.Andrew GrossmanOut back, a custom hardwood floating floor was made which rests underneath a 5-gallon skinny tank paired with dual ViAir compressors. A humble ten inch subwoofer graces the corner of the trunk to keep the hip hop beats pumping when the baby goes to sleep.Andrew GrossmanOutside, simple HID fog lights were installed to brighten up those rough Montreal roads and a Votex front lip was added as well as an OEM Volkswagen trunk lid lip with Limo tints and window visors giving it a clean, European look.Andrew GrossmanNow, when it comes to wheels, Jesse is the equivalent of a lady with a no limit credit card in a Christian Louboutin store. The 20×8.5″ and 20×10″ Gianelle Mass 8 triple chrome wheels are the 16th set to be run on the car this summer, giving it a mini VIP look. Who knows what set of wheels he’ll be rocking next.Andrew GrossmanBig thanks go out from Jesse to Strasse Autowerks for air ride install, Plaza Performance for all the wheel and tire installations, Air Lift for the air ride, and of course his family over at the 2LO CREW who have been there from day one making things happen. All they do is win.Andrew Grossman

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