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    Thread: The Official MkV Golf/Jetta Aftermarket Exhaust Guide

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      04-17-2012 05:09 PM #231
      Ive searched and searched and cannot find a aftermarket rabbit 2.5l catted downpipe. I really dont want to spend $1100 for oem. The only one i found is a cheap ebay dp. Ill put the link to it. Do you think I should buy it? or does anyone know any better manufactures?

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      04-18-2012 12:31 AM #232
      is it just me or are all of the brand-name exhaust systems super expensive?

      I also think a lot of them sound like cheap rattle-can hondas.

      I'm looking to increase flow and keep mine quiet. I want to go 3" to eventually support other mods like possible turbo upgrade.

      To start with cat-back, I'm thinking of picking up a Vibrant Quiet Performance Resonator
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/VPE-1142

      and then a Dynomax Super Turbo muffler like one of these:
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WLK-17744/
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WLK-17743/

      Then add a tip like this one:
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/FLO-15371/

      And you've got a catback exhaust system for $165... I know a great local installer who will weld the whole thing up with 3" piping for $60-$80, so less than $250 total for a quiet, but free-flowing cat-back...

      Later I'll probably add an ebay downpipe for $140 plus another $40-$60 for welding once I bolt it on, and you've got yourself a full 3" turbo-back exhaust for well under $500...
      If your car feels like it's on rails, then you're going too slow.

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      04-18-2012 08:32 AM #233
      They are expensive because they are selling a researched and developed, plug and play kit.

      If you think you can piece together a better sounding and better performing exhaust than the companies that do it for a living, then go for it.

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      04-18-2012 10:28 AM #234
      Your installer is probably going to crush-bend the 3" pipe (judging from the prices you mentioned). This system will not be as efficient as the performance kits. Also, most of these boutique-brand exhausts are made out of high quality stainless steel; most shops will use much lower quality aluminized steel. This material will probably be fine for most people living in warmer climates, but the high-end kits should last much longer where the winter roads are more harsh.

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      04-18-2012 12:54 PM #235
      I know they won't be mandrel bent, but what's the interior diameter difference between a mandrel bent 3" and a regular bend 3" pipe?? I'm sure it will still be better than stock.

      I know they will only use aluminized steel, but I don't live up north or near the ocean, so I'm not really worried about rust. Plus, the muffler, resonator, and tips will still be stainless, and with the cost savings it will still be cheaper to replace the other pipes than it would be to buy a full stainless kit.

      I will check with my installer to see how much full stainless pipes would run. I'm thinking about another $100-$200 extra tho based on other work he's done. Then the only difference would be mandrel bends.

      I know the brand-name kits are nice and well developed, but I can't bring myself to spend over a grand on something with zero moving parts.

      Also, a lot of these tuning companies do other things besides exhaust. A company like dynomax arguably has more experience making a good flowing and sounding muffler than an all-around tuning company like apr, autotech, etc.
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      If your car feels like it's on rails, then you're going too slow.

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      04-18-2012 01:48 PM #236
      Yeah...I'm sure APR, AWE, and EuroJet did not research and testing when deciding which brand mufflers to use.

      I'm not doubting that you can build something for cheaper. Making it last is the issue.

      You also don't have to always buy stuff for full price or new. I got my 3" APR high flow cat downpipe (used with 5,000 miles on it) for $350 in like new condition. I got my AWE cat-back new for $599 because of a Christmas special discount. So my whole turbo-back only cost me $949 and I can't beat the sound or quality. Been on for almost 20,000 miles and I am positive that it will be in for at least triple that.

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      04-18-2012 02:29 PM #237
      A mandrel-bent 3" exhaust will retain a 3" ID throughout the bends. Crush-bent 3" exhausts will lose 1/2" because of the way they are bent, whether you bend it 1 degree or 180 degrees. Necking your performance exhaust down from 3" to 2.5" is a restriction, and it will effect flow efficiency. Sure, it's better than stock, but it is a big deal.

      I'm not saying you necessarily should run out and drop a grand on a boutique brand exhaust - a much better solution would be to spend the $20-30 ordering mandrel bends from your shop or from the internet, and have your guy throw those on. You will still come out ahead in price, and you will have a true 3" exhaust.

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      04-18-2012 05:37 PM #238
      Cheers. Thanks for the info and suggestion.

      I will also keep an eye out for used setups.

      What experience do folks have with the cheaper ebay downpipes?
      If your car feels like it's on rails, then you're going too slow.

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      04-23-2012 11:12 PM #239
      You get what you pay for.

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      04-24-2012 11:59 AM #240
      Anyone know how much the magnaflow catback is for the 2.5 Jetta?

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      04-28-2012 11:40 AM #244
      Quote Originally Posted by firstorbit84 View Post
      is it just me or are all of the brand-name exhaust systems super expensive?

      I also think a lot of them sound like cheap rattle-can hondas.

      I'm looking to increase flow and keep mine quiet. I want to go 3" to eventually support other mods like possible turbo upgrade.

      To start with cat-back, I'm thinking of picking up a Vibrant Quiet Performance Resonator
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/VPE-1142

      and then a Dynomax Super Turbo muffler like one of these:
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WLK-17744/
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WLK-17743/

      Then add a tip like this one:
      http://www.summitracing.com/parts/FLO-15371/

      And you've got a catback exhaust system for $165... I know a great local installer who will weld the whole thing up with 3" piping for $60-$80, so less than $250 total for a quiet, but free-flowing cat-back...

      Later I'll probably add an ebay downpipe for $140 plus another $40-$60 for welding once I bolt it on, and you've got yourself a full 3" turbo-back exhaust for well under $500...

      Hi there,

      This is very similar to what I installed on my GLI.
      Already has 6 months, perfect sound (which for me means a soft not so loud low tone), and also increased the air mass flow through the pipes and mufflers.



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