Just like that!
i'll prolly buy mine within the next couple of days or weeks... and install it before the end of nov.
this is just the beginning.
it ws dirty
just polished a bit
wiring, relocated. SAI hoses removed.
a side look.
on the SAI removal.
i have 2 codes so far. nothing to worry about
it gets a lil rich on star ups.
once warm it goes back to normal
i havent yet gotten my block off plates... but the SAI is disconnected, and so are the hoses. but the thing is just physically there... for now.
i was bored, and decided to thermal coat the exhaust... i'm doing it by sections, so i started from the back, just cause it was easier.
I know, I missed h2o too... Such a fun event...
Hopefully I'll be able to attend next year.
But I'm 99% on sowo! You should go.
me is happy.
they are pretty
for some reason they look freaking wide! but sexy!
tomorrow i gotta wake up at 630 to fix the car... the thread in the tranny for the dogbone mount got all messed up, cause when we did the tranny swap the air tools over torqued it and when i took the bolt out on thursday to install the HPA puck, there was no way to get it back in.
today i got the Heli Coil kit, and tomorrow i gotta wake a 630, drill the hole, tap it, insert the new thread, put bolt and torque down to 30lb.... then its the test drive.
in the last 2 months, i have had the car down for 5 weeks. it sucks...
as for the exhaust, my trunk was getting unusually hot after road trips... and i mean REALLY hot... so i decided to wrap it, to contain the heat.
i wrapped the headers cause the engine bay was getting really hot... and it actually helped a LOT.
and well, now the exhaust cause like i said, the trunk was hot.
stainless releases heat REALLY easy. same with aluminum
ok so, finally i fixed the car, and i could drive it.
the issue had nothing to do with HPA or its puck!
a little back story: my car is a 6spd MT jetta 2.5L
-high flow cat/ downpipe
-neuspeed power pulley
-unitronic stage 2
-bsh motor mount
-bsh tranny mount
-bsh dog bone mount
-HPA 85a puck.
so.. i turn the car on, instantly i can feel more vibrations.
i put it on reverse, and well.. it shaked a little... nothing bad i tell myself.
then i put it in first... i drive up to 3k, same as it was...[shift to 2nd]... and then the car shaked some more. every thing was rattling... and i told to myself, this is why i chose 85a... its the 2nd hardest... i can tolerate the in cabin shaking (more than little vibrations)
then eventually i get to the hwy. i stop on the side of the road and wait for a clearing. then i SHOOT out 0-90mph.
my tires are a little bold, and the floor was wet, so i started on 2nd gear. without 100% throttle i get to 7k, and shift to third... then a smile creeps into my face. "wow, this is some CRISP, SOLID and PRECISE shift"... in comparison to having the neuspeed insert, all i can say is: before it was like i was slowly sliding the gear into place... now? i'm PUTTING it where it belongs. Then, again i thought: THIS IS WHY I GOT A 85a.
by reflex, i shifted into 4th (3rd only reaches 80 at ~7k) and i kept on flooring it... i was doing 100mph [on a close course, of course] without knowing it, and the car felt good. When i saw the speed i inmediatley braked a lil and downshifted into 3rd. and BAM, it was in.
i dont really know how to explain how GOOD this thing actually is. But i can say is that with my set up, you can feel a definite connection with the car. You can feel the clutch connecting with the flywheel, you can feel each gear going into place. Throttle response is even better!
all in all, a GREAT upgrade from the "band-aid" of an insert.
out with the old
in with the new
dogbone mount, with the band aid
notice how quiet the exhaust is at regular cruising speeds... which is why i love it.
its perfectly nice when you want to hear it, and quiet when you dont.
this is what happens when you try to make a fun vid with bald tires, wet floor and ESP on.
just some "fast" or loud city driving.
today i got my new tires in.
FWIW, i had Yokohama EnVigor(w) they suk. while they lasted 33k miles, they are the worst tires, ever.
they offer little to no performance, steering response is a little un precise, cornering speed is diminished, they are hard on the road (uncomfortable) and after 10-15k miles, they started hydroplanning BAD. their grip (wet and dry) is aweful. On the hwy, i was trying to stop... i was going at 60, and i had to enter a toll at 25mph, and stop to pay the coins... the hwy was wet, so i started braking early (thanbkfully) and while at 40, i dowshifted to 2nd... i had NO traction! even with ESP on! the car just wouldnt stop, nor accelerate, NADA!...
so.. i went back to what i have tried, and loved: Yokohama S.Drive.
hopefully they'll be as fun as they were the first time.
well, another weekend, another exhaust section to get the thermal treatment.
this time, its the "downpipe's" turn. Right now it has the first 2 layers of thermal coat. Some more tomorrow, and then its thermal wrap just before putting it back on.
my 18" magnaflow muffler... love it
the whole pipe section: muffler+ 3 o2 bungs + PCV dump + high flow cat
here is the high flow cat... and some of the bungs
lol, its all about the cheap fun mods to do.
by paiting and wrapping the exhaust, it improves flow, and contains the heat. Stainless and aluminum are notorious for releasing heat... this way the exhaust is more efficient. It's also advertised to make some HP, but i honestly dont care much about it... if it does, it would be a max of 2... :S
Last edited by thygreyt; 10-30-2011 at 06:26 AM.
I wrap my harley exhaust for looks. because it is a street bob (dyna w/fork gators and old school styling). Don't think I would waste my time on a car though. to originallity. How much do you have wrapped up in exhaust, exhaust mods, and motor mounts total now? $3,000?
I'm dumping the pcv into the exhsut, the hotter it is, the better it will burn the gasses.
I don't see why the ammount sspent is important...
In florida, we have a couple of storms and bad weather a year. And streets flood to the point of getting water inside the cars... And 3 of my friends have alredy been hydrolocked... The short ram gives me "peace of mind". And it looks cleaner
No wrapping for this section simply because i dont have any more thermal straps...
but it does have 4 coats of paint, which should sufice.
MAGNAFLOW! awesome sound
the whole "downpipe"
the only unconnected part is where the clamp goes.
and yes, i like to do the little mods that tend to carry me to over do things!
so, this is what i did today.
no more nipples. i also hid the vacuum from the throttle body, undet the mani
Last edited by thygreyt; 11-03-2011 at 05:25 PM.
black again... i just want it to b smooth and oem-like
-sand down, bondo, sand, cover and paint black!
Last edited by thygreyt; 11-03-2011 at 05:24 PM.