What it Takes to Build a RWD VW Golf

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  • Published: 31 December 2019
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    VW is known for making some iconic cars like the Beetle, Passat, Jetta, Polo, and Scirocco. But what most of VW models have in common is that they are FWD (front-wheel-drive). So what exactly does it take to convert a FWD VW Golf into a RWD (rear-wheel-drive) drift machine? Mike Day had a pretty good idea, he pulled the motor out of a BMW and then set off to figuring out exactly how’d he make that powerplant work in the VW Golf … the final result is pretty insane! We are going front bash bar to rear wheel driven Golf on Mike Day’s MKIII Volkswagen Golf.

    Huge thanks to Mike and the rest of the ECS team for letting us film their sick RWD VW Golf!

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Comments • 1 442

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media   4 weeks back

    What's your dream engine swap?

    • Levy Mamabolo
      Levy Mamabolo  1 days back

      A lexus 1uz-fe

    • BEN JOHNSON
      BEN JOHNSON  2 days back

      S85 V10 (E60 M5 Engine) into a E46

    • The Wrenchineer
      The Wrenchineer  3 days back

      Demon engine in a trabant

    • Sir Rivet
      Sir Rivet  3 days back

      Mid engine Subaru Impreza engine on a Ford Fiesta. Or wherever it fits

    • Real Talks
      Real Talks  4 days back

      A GMC-blown Olds 371 backed by a pre-53 Caddy 3 speed, quick-change diff, 1930-31 Ford coupe.

  • True Legend
    True Legend  9 hours back

    That's actually hella badass

    • Jim Toney
      Jim Toney  2 days back

      ECS Tuning is in my hometown

      • eqios
        eqios  2 days back

        2:03 What the hell even was that???

        • Jonny Oyster
          Jonny Oyster  2 days back

          Wait they gotta sensor the cock in cockpit? Lol YouTube has became insane lol

          • Marco Cruz-Palma
            Marco Cruz-Palma  3 days back

            What's the cost of this build 🤔

            • Codrut Bratu
              Codrut Bratu  3 days back

              Respect, I love this car so much

              • Davy Pig
                Davy Pig  3 days back

                What kind of truck was that when they were pulling the donor engine?!

                • you wouldn't get it
                  you wouldn't get it  3 days back

                  I’d love to have a dodge demon v8 in a Ford cougar or Ford F-250

                  • ione tuning
                    ione tuning  3 days back

                    Best part of the video?The rolling up window hahahahahahhahaa

                    • Zachary Williams
                      Zachary Williams  3 days back

                      I did this to a focused zx3 with a fox body small block stroked to 331 with fox body rear end and tremec tko trans

                      • Thomas Hess
                        Thomas Hess  4 days back

                        the first golf i would buy!

                        • Aaron Meyers
                          Aaron Meyers  4 days back

                          What’s that orange truck thing at 2:31 it looks cool

                          • soroosh langroody
                            soroosh langroody  4 days back

                            What’s the song at 7:13

                            • You're on youchoob
                              You're on youchoob  4 days back

                              Kinda sounds like Vaughn Gittin Jr's FD Mustang RTR

                              • Adam Cook
                                Adam Cook  4 days back

                                Music at 6:36?

                                • DanceGeekRob
                                  DanceGeekRob  4 days back

                                  $40,000 worth of labor later....

                                  • Tarex3
                                    Tarex3  5 days back

                                    I like this new donut guy!

                                    • Wickedtwix
                                      Wickedtwix  6 days back

                                      funny that YouTube puts a censor "plip" on cockpit.....I hope it is done automatically and there is no actual person out there that is imagining a literal cock-pit.

                                      • Greco Conduris
                                        Greco Conduris  6 days back

                                        Man that V8 sounds awesome

                                        • Brayden Dunn
                                          Brayden Dunn  6 days back

                                          I have a k20a3 swapped mk4 golf

                                          • Janelle Rae
                                            Janelle Rae  6 days back

                                            I think I have a crush on Zach.

                                            • Ruddy Perez
                                              Ruddy Perez  7 days back

                                              I liked this

                                              • Luis Longoria
                                                Luis Longoria  1 weeks back

                                                Sorted. Proper

                                                • Colt B
                                                  Colt B  1 weeks back

                                                  Zach, you don’t know me but I’ve been in a wheelchair for most of my life and today I finally stood up to turn off your video.

                                                  • hateful Joey
                                                    hateful Joey  1 weeks back

                                                    this is such a nasty golf. I love it. props to mike.

                                                    • _qwerty_
                                                      _qwerty_  2 weeks back

                                                      Was that rolling acers mall? If so its gone now and Amazon owns it

                                                      • Tony Velasquez
                                                        Tony Velasquez  2 weeks back

                                                        tbh it kinda sounds like a Z

                                                        • ADRIANO LACERDA ASSIS MOREIRA Lacerda

                                                          Dude this is by far, the best exhaust sound ever

                                                          • Glycerin
                                                            Glycerin  2 weeks back

                                                            wtf you can't say c*ckpit on the show?
                                                            WTF you can't even say c*ckpit in the comments?!

                                                            • fouad aoudidi
                                                              fouad aoudidi  2 weeks back

                                                              i was like whaaat !!!!!!!!!!

                                                              • Matthew Jones
                                                                Matthew Jones  2 weeks back

                                                                Why is he so handsome

                                                                • magnumtrooper17
                                                                  magnumtrooper17  2 weeks back

                                                                  8:50 closed captions: "as comfortable as sticking his hand into an old baseball bat"

                                                                  • Mr. VeereSan
                                                                    Mr. VeereSan  2 weeks back

                                                                    why does he kinda sound like james?

                                                                    • Brandon Spargur
                                                                      Brandon Spargur  2 weeks back

                                                                      Really wish you showed us how the exhaust sounds from outside the car when you start them up

                                                                      • Martin Ramm
                                                                        Martin Ramm  2 weeks back

                                                                        Bla Bla bla ... how much ? $$$

                                                                        • No To Pseudoscience
                                                                          No To Pseudoscience  2 weeks back

                                                                          Seriously? Censoring the word "cockpit"?! How ridiculous that you have to be THAT careful when it comes to YouTube?

                                                                          • Lucore Auto and LucoreRacing

                                                                            Woo woo didn't realize your newbie was from Ohio! Woo woo! Can we subscribe more than once to the channel?

                                                                            • LJ Phoenix
                                                                              LJ Phoenix  2 weeks back

                                                                              #bringtoburnyard this thing is insanely cool, f**kin love it!!

                                                                              • Mrkva The Epic
                                                                                Mrkva The Epic  2 weeks back

                                                                                and here comes the question... Is it road-legal tho?

                                                                                • Konnie Gizzi
                                                                                  Konnie Gizzi  2 weeks back

                                                                                  This man is my new hero and inspiration

                                                                                  • Sam Hall
                                                                                    Sam Hall  2 weeks back

                                                                                    that thing is sick!!!! now i want one lol

                                                                                    • Colin Stuart
                                                                                      Colin Stuart  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I remember this car on the ECS channel!

                                                                                      • Haystack Malone
                                                                                        Haystack Malone  2 weeks back

                                                                                        COOL. So while all the shipments are getting fucked and mislabled and broken, this guy builds this. Reminder to join the "I Hate ECS Tuning" page on FB, for all of the wonderful fuck ups.

                                                                                        • Bushido Brown
                                                                                          Bushido Brown  2 weeks back

                                                                                          This is the only donut video I haven't watched immediately in years, and omfg I'm so sorry

                                                                                          This fuckin fabrication is mind blowing. TWO AND A HALF MONTHS WHAT

                                                                                          • Curoar
                                                                                            Curoar  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Is it street legal?

                                                                                            • Fixing Fixation
                                                                                              Fixing Fixation  2 weeks back

                                                                                              That’s honestly all I want in life. V8 noises and a slippy slidey rwd hatchback.

                                                                                              • M1L05K0
                                                                                                M1L05K0  2 weeks back

                                                                                                what are the rims? are the BBS RS orig or aftermarket?