Low is a lifestyle! This is certainly the case for Julian Naidoo and his air riding VW Polo Vivo. He purchased the car in 2012 and had a set of Maxtrac coilovers fitted a few days later. I would often watch him jacking his car to adjust his coilovers at car meets to get it down low until he one day finally realised; he needed air.
September 2015 saw Julian take the big step to fit on a fully customized Air Suspension system. He believes in the theory of “What wheel gap?” which he certainly lives by. He is currently rolling on a set of 17-inch fifteen52 Tarmac replica wheels wrapped in 185/35/17 Nankang tyres. However, don’t get too accustomed to this look as Julian is fond of changing his wheels.
Julian knew that the standard Polo Vivo interior was never going to do it for him, so he had the seats removed and replaced them with a set of original Recaro leather seats at the front while the rear seats were re-upholstered in Ox-blood red. To compliment this style he had areas of his dash stripped and sprayed red. He kept the standard deck and had a set of Pioneer mids and tweeters to give him the clarity he desired. His dials and controls for his air suspension are located below his deck for his convenience.
Speed was never one of the requirements on his checklist, however he had a free flow exhaust system installed to give the Polo Vivo a little “vroom-vroom” to it. This was the only tinkering that was done to the engine. A set of Polo GTi style side skirts, mirrors and a rear diffuser were custom fitted to the car with the front grille and fogs giving it the 2015 facelift look.
Julian has spent much time and effort to attain the ideal style for his Polo Vivo and with much envy from others, he has set out on the path of perfection. Although the Polo Vivo may be everything he wants right now, Julian aspires to own a VW Golf 5 GTi next.
Words and photography by Jitesh Mohun from Stream Line
VW Golf 1 - the worlds most recognized car. Either you own one or know someone who does. The reason I chose this golf to be my very first feature on durbandrags.com is because it looks good, has a banging audio system and has performance upgrades as well.
Akhil Haluman was presented with a stock standard Golf 1 on his 17th birthday. It wasn’t long after that the bug had bitten and the modding began. The exterior has been tweaked with a number of aftermarket goodies the most noticeable being the 17” LENSO BSX rims fitted by the awesome guys at G-Force Tyres. To make the car stand out even more it was brought closer to the ground with a custom 60/40 drop. With the ride height sorted, Akhil decided on having the Vw logo blacked out and also added a set of angel eye headlights coupled with an H.I.D kit, so no more dark nights lay ahead of him. The front end received a color-coded eyelid and the striping on the grill and bumper has been dipped in orange. The bumper sees the addition of the Golf 2 lip as well as smoke indicators.
Onto the interior - orange in all the right place. The seats, door cards & subwoofer enclosure was covered in orange and black leather and orange vinyl was added to the accents on the dash. The car has an array of L.E.D lights all around the interior as well as orange under dash lighting .The driver’s side air vent has been customized by Akhil himself and now houses a digital voltmeter that keeps an eye on the voltage when the bass drops. The audio setup consists of a Jenson in-dash DVD player that sends signal to a Targa 4 channel amp and a Audiogod monoblock. The 4 channel amp powers a pair of Pioneer 6” coaxial speakers while the monstrous monoblock powers the 2x12” Targa Street Series subwoofers which are housed in a custom built fiberglass enclosure that consumes the entire boot. Everything is linked together with 4gauge wiring and the outcome is a really impressive street system.
Finally we come to the engine bay. The engine bay is spotless and that’s hard to come by when a car is daily driven. The engine cover has been chromed and various parts have been sprayed black and orange. That’s not all - the entire engine bay has been given a lick of clear coat and when I say entire engine bay I mean it all , from the rubbers to the hoses to the battery , it all has a coat or two of clear on them. Akhil is a hands on guy so he fabricated a battery cover and wrapped it with orange carbon fiber vinyl while the underside of the bonnet received a splash of orange plastidip. Performance wise the cars 1400 lump has been fiddled with. It now sports a cold air intake with a STK 272 cam, branch and Wildcat exhaust system.
Akhil’s ride has won various trophies over the years in both show and shines and sound off competitions and with regards to future plans we just have to wait and see…
In the stance world, 2015 has been the year of the VW Polo’s so far. A car loved by many – especially Jarred Govender. Jarred’s 2012 Polo Vivo stays more in the category of a stance ride so you wouldn’t expect her to be tearing up the streets, but she’s a real beauty nonetheless!
For Jarred there wasn’t much to worry about when it came to choosing a custom colour for the car because the white paint already complimented the car so well when he first got it and he realised that. Jarred opted to focus on other aspects of the car instead and installed a sunroof for those relaxing Sunday afternoon drives on the highway. A crispy clean ride in every aspect and we're loving it!
Jarred’s Vivo originally came with a set of VW long beach wheels which has since been upgraded to all wide 8.5j chrome BBS rims wrapped in 185/35/R17 Nangkangs and Cobra coilovers have been added.
The interior is pretty much stock standard (for now) with rich oxblood seats. She is still equipped with her stock standard sound system but Jarred has no complaints considering the high quality of the Vivo’s original sound system.
This Vivo is still a work in progress but that hasn’t stopped Jarred from entering competitions. If this is a work in progress then we can’t wait to see the final result!
There is no doubt plenty more to come from this ride as time goes by. Exciting times ahead for Jarred and we wish him all the best!
Feature by Stance Kings
Kerwin Chithray’s 1986 Golf 1 is no stranger to Durban Drags. This showstopper first appeared on our page a few months back and we've wanted to do a full feature on her ever since. Today we’re proud to announce her as our first full feature on Durban Drags!
Originally a two-toned Citi Golf (yellow and white) in 2011, Kerwin stripped and rebuilt the car to his liking over the next few years to achieve his dream of owning a daily-driven show car with a Euro twist. By the mid-2013, she was complete and Kerwin started entering automotive competitions at local car shows. Since then, she has taken Kerwin to JHB and back twice for the VW Camp Festival and she doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon!
A few more of Kerwin’s achievements include:
· A Sunday Tribune Feature
· Selected To Be On Display At The State Of Stance 2014 Event
· Selected To Be On Display At The Durban Motor Show 2014 Event
Now, for the mods…
Engine: Pretty much a stock standard 1300 4 speed carb with a top mount strut bar
Exterior: Full set of beadings and 3 piece chrome grill as well as an original AA Badge, Roof Racks, Crystal Cross Headlights, Crystal Indicators, Life Semi Smoked Tail Lights, Front And Rear Fogs, Xenon kit, Bent Euro Themed Tail Pipe, VMAXX Coil overs, Lenso BSX 15 Inch rims, 7j front, 8j rears wrapped in Federal 165/50/15s and Nankang 195/45/15s, Slight negative camber at the rear wheels.
Interior: Full Terra Brown leather seats/door pads with a black velocity hood-lining. It has an imported cluster from a GTI with the 3 gauges, water temp, voltage and oil bar pressure. A gear lock, central locking and an auto watch level 2 alarm has been added for security.
Ice: Fully customised boot setup in terra brown leather, Sony MP3 player, Pioneer super tweeters, Four 6 inch Pioneer mids, 2 Pioneer 6x9s, Pioneer 12 inch sub, Two Linertec amplifiers, Targa cross over all running off an optima yellow top battery.
Up next for the car is an engine upgrade to a 2l 8v with 400mm sideys, a full wire tuck and a shaven engine bay. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!
This definitely won’t be your last time seeing this ride! Big ups to Kerwin for proving once again that hard work pays off.
Photos: Ape Automotive Photography; Stance Kings