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I don’t necessarily consider accessories to be the same as modifications. This is where I’ve collected the “nice-to-haves” in a place that’s separate from the “mods.” Here is a summary:
Splash Guards – I’m a fan of splash guards, aka “mud flaps,” on my cars. I didn’t realize how much I’d miss them until I left them off my Mk6. Sure enough, I found myself needing to clean tar and grime off the rocker panels and rear bumper skin on a regular basis. As a result, I knew I wanted splash guards on my GTI. My paint stays nice and clean in those areas, thanks to the extra protection.
Convenience Mods – Modern VWs and Audis come from the factory with many conveniences which make driving and ownership a little better. However, most owners never know about the features that are not activated at the factory that can be activated at home. I’ve enabled features such as remote window opening/closing and disabled some annoyances such as the seatbelt chime. Those are just two of the many things that I’ve done. Learn more in this entry.
3M Clear Bra – Rock chips: Everyone hates them! Touch-up paint never really looks quite right and the damaged area is subject to rust if you don’t fix it quickly. A clear bra is a great solution! A 3M clear bra is expensive, but I knew it was worth it after the first time I saw a rock fly over the center median and strike my hood without damaging it. A close inspection of the bra reveals several tiny gouges in the material, but none of the damage goes through to the paint. PRICELESS! Read more in this entry.
Canvasback Cargo Liners – What began as a quest to protect the driver’s side of the trunk from accidental contact with my bicycle chain during transport became a full encapsulation of the trunk! HAHA! This product is made with dogs in mind. I don’t have dogs, but that didn’t stop me from overdoing it with fabric protection. See more in this entry.
Findway Floor Liners – I tried WeatherTech floor liners first. Later, I decided to give Findway floor liners a try. I prefer their carpeted look and improved “traction” when wearing dress shoes. They’re made in Canada, where people know snow, ice, and salt, so they’re bound to be durable. They’re also less expensive than WeatherTech even though they include protection for the “hump” in the back seat. Read more about these liners in this entry.
Smaller Rear Headrests – Many have scorned the large rear headrests in modern cars. My primary reason for disliking the larger headrests is because they interfere with quick folding of the rear seatback. I routinely carry a bicycle in the trunk and prefer that the seats lay down without restriction. I wanted shorter headrests so I could lay the seats down without having to adjust the front seats or remove the rear headrests.
Window Tint and Shade – I decided to tint my windows with a ceramic tint for excellent heat rejection. Later, I decided to add some VW accessory pop-in sun shades. The combination of the two makes the rear glass fairly dark and practically impossible to see through from the outside. It’s great for privacy if I’m carrying precious cargo in the back. I grouped the two items together here, but have separate pages for them. See this entry to read more about the window tint; see this entry to read about the pop-in sun shades.
Next, learn about the different cargo-carrying methods I use with my GTI.