2004 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA GLI
yle Pearson has held a particular affinity for the Mk4 Jetta since he owned his first VW, back when he was just 17 years old. “I chose this vehicle because my previous vehicle was a Mk4 Jetta as well, and it was taken from me in an unfortunate situation that was beyond my control,” he tells us. “I never got to finish that build, and so I vowed to come back with another Mk4 Jetta, bigger and better than my last one.”
With intentions to follow up on a vision he had, he set out to modify his new 2004 Jetta GLI. His obsession with modifying cars started where many other young enthusiasts catch the modification bug from – the Fast & Furious and Need for Speed franchises.
“After experiencing both of those, you could say I was bitten by the building bug," Pearson laughs. "I went through a few
Kdifferent phases in my younger years and made some pretty poor decisions with previous vehicles, but just as your taste buds change over time, your taste for vehicles will change as well.”
Keeping things simple and clean, Pearson had the car painted in Mercedes-Benz Dolomitbraun Metallic paint, a paint that stands out on the showroom floor, but still maintains some civility on the street. He also opted for wheels of the Japanese variety, tucking some Work Meister S1Rs to the fender with the help of Air Lift Performance's Slam Series XL bags up front, and a combination of Koni FSD shocks and Firestone F9000 air sleeves in the rear.
Inspired by other VW builders around the world, Pearson has been working non-stop to change things up and take part in his local scene.
“This is an amazing scene to be a part of, and I have enjoyed every moment of being a 'car guy,'" he writes to us. "I have met many strangers who have become friends, and friends who have become family. Aside from the small number of exceptions, that's what this scene is about."
We couldn't have said it any better.