Josh E - Wait in Gold - Canibeat Feature
I know I’m not alone in saying that things can spiral out of control when getting the “mod bug”. For a lot of us car enthusiasts, wheels and suspension are a given. For others, go-fast bits are more important. For the rest, an almost religious attention to cleanliness is of utmost importance. For Josh Esfahani, a car isn’t complete until it contains all these aspects. This car is low, this car is fast, and this car is clean. This, is Josh’s 2002 B6 Audi A4.
Owning the car straight out of high school, Josh’s initial intentions were to keep the car stock while he saved up for an Evo or STI. After a few lapses of wanting to sell the car and moving on, Josh decided to keep the Audi, and begin the transformation. With a notably undersized turbo on the A4’s 1.8L 4-cylinder, Josh threw on the first of eventually 4 different turbo setups. His current setup includes a Precision PTE5857 Billet Turbo, which has been powdercoated a royal purple. The list is long, but long story short, Josh hasn’t cut any corners when making sure the powertrain was up to spec.
Wheels were next on the list. With measurements of 20”x10” and 20”x11” on his staggered set of VIP Modular VXS-110’s, Josh’s initial test-fit proved that the car must go through quite an extensive overhaul to make the wheels fit, but also look good. Fitment always seems to be a trial-and-error affair, and with these VIP’s, the help of a solid bag setup was a must. James Osborn of Becausebags was a key player for Josh’s build. Guiding the process of installation, the setup on the Audi is one of the cleanest we’ve seen, and the layout in the trunk is proof.
With the 24k Gold-plated VIP Modular’s now snugging up nicely in all four corners of the car, Josh wanted to make sure that the car’s overall theme flowed. As mentioned, accents of purple have been added to the car, as well as hints of gold in the engine bay, as well as interior with the gold-plated Nardi Classic steering wheel.
Josh’s build taught him a lot; the most important being to “buy nice, or buy twice.” It’s one thing to be able to toss on a bunch of stuff right away, but when cheap parts begin to show their age quickly, you’re back to square one. Buying quality parts truly pays off in the end, and it shows. Josh’s build on his Audi may not have happened over the cold winter months, but when the quality of a car such as Josh’s rolls out of the garage for the first time, the wait is well worth the time it has taken to complete.
Josh wants to thank James and Roy at Becausebags, Ken, Christian and Shirwin at 034 Motorsports, David and Anthony at VIP Modular, Ben and Reno at Accuair, Anthony at Audizine, and most importantly his closest friends who stuck with him throughout the build, “helping me on the street, in the garage, the front yard, and in the shop, you all know who you are.”