#LIFEONAIR: Todd Nakanishi’s VW Golf Sportwagen

Dumped wagons rock. There’s something undeniably cool about seeing a big ol’ people-mover slammed to the ground on air suspension. Maybe it’s because it is such an unusual base to work with, or could it be because hatchbacks are more common place? Either way, we’re MASSIVE fans here at Air Lift Performance, and Todd Nakanishi’s VW Golf is […]

By: Air Lift Published: July 20, 2017 Comments: View

Dumped wagons rock.

There’s something undeniably cool about seeing a big ol’ people-mover slammed to the ground on air suspension. Maybe it’s because it is such an unusual base to work with, or could it be because hatchbacks are more common place? Either way, we’re MASSIVE fans here at Air Lift Performance, and Todd Nakanishi’s VW Golf is one of our favorites to date.

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The build started its life as a 2015 TDI SE Sportwagen, and from that Todd has created the ultimate mile-munching daily driver, with just a few key modifications in the process, including Air Lift Performance’s’s Mk7 platform suspension kit. This kit uses double-bellows air springs placed over a threaded-body monotube strut, complete with 30 levels of damping adjustment – that’s more than enough to go from race car stiff to a smooth and comfortable ride, all with just the twist of a knob.

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The rear suspension also benefits from double-bellows air springs in the place of the factory coil spring, dropping the VW 5.8” from the original stock height.

But here’s where it gets really good –we also replace the factory OEM control arm with our industry-first, CNC laser-cut, robotically-welded lower control arm to deliver maximum drop and cornering ability!

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Todd’s Mk7 Sportwagen isn’t what you’d call “easy to miss.” Aside from riding super-low, Todd wrapped the car with a bespoke, almost polka dot, scheme which, although not loved by everyone (including his girlfriend), gives it a killer look, something unlike anything else on the roads.

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In the wheel department, a set of 19 x 9in Fifteen52 RSR Holeshots give a motorsport look to the Golf and sit perfectly within the arches when aired out. It’s the perfect design for the Wagon, and combined with the wrap, Votex valance and side skirts, it has a real presence.

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You can read the full feature on Todd’s Golf over on StanceWorks by clicking the following link: http://www.stanceworks.com/2017/05/on-the-spot-todd-nakanishis-2015-volkswagen-golf-sportwagon-tdi-se/

Got a Mk7 Golf in need of Air Lift Performance? Check this out: https://www.airliftperformance.com/vehicle/volkswagen-golf-mk7/