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      09-29-2012 11:20 AM #1
      hello all. I am new to this great forum. I live in California. just got my 08 MK5 R32 (4761). I am looking for a good exhaust. I am leaning more towards the Borla catback but would like some opinions on exhaust options and why. I like the fit and finish of the Borla but is the Borla sound... worth it vs neuspeed or miltek as examples??
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      09-29-2012 11:31 AM #2
      Am stock but from what i read on forums Neuspeed drones alot and some people had bad customer service with Miltek... again am stock

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      09-29-2012 11:46 AM #3
      I have had a Borla now for 6 months. It's quiet at idle and low load...sounds great opened up. I wish it was a tad bit louder at idle, to be honest. There isn't another exhaust that matches it in tonality as far as I'm concerned (for the MKV) though.

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      09-29-2012 11:50 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by TVirus View Post
      hello all. I am new to this great forum. I live in California. just got my 08 MK5 R32 (4761). I am looking for a good exhaust. I am leaning more towards the Borla catback but would like some opinions on exhaust options and why. I like the fit and finish of the Borla but is the Borla sound... worth it vs neuspeed or miltek as examples??
      What do you want? Deep? Screaming? Loud? Just some sound? Planning any more tuning (HFC/ Cams? ....)? Budget?

      From Tampa mod to Supersprint there are many options.

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      09-29-2012 12:13 PM #5
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      What do you want? Deep? Screaming? Loud? Just some sound? Planning any more tuning (HFC/ Cams? ....)? Budget?
      From Tampa mod to Supersprint there are many options
      i like the current sound of the exhaust just a bit louder and deeper would be much, much better in the R32. some crackling or backfiring sounds (like my BMWZ4 had) would be awesome. as of right now though i am not planning any major mods. i want to go with intake, exhaust, debating on headers right now and will be shopping for a better suspension (non adjustable... I think). i havent read much into ecu flashing or anything else as of yet.
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      09-29-2012 12:18 PM #6
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      I have had a Borla now for 6 months. It's quiet at idle and low load...sounds great opened up. I wish it was a tad bit louder at idle, to be honest. There isn't another exhaust that matches it in tonality as far as I'm concerned (for the MKV) though.
      If you were to choose an exhaust again would you stay stock, go with the Borla or another?
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      09-29-2012 12:20 PM #7
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      I have had a Borla now for 6 months. It's quiet at idle and low load...sounds great opened up. I wish it was a tad bit louder at idle, to be honest. There isn't another exhaust that matches it in tonality as far as I'm concerned (for the MKV) though.
      Do you prefer stock over aftermarket exhaust?
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      09-29-2012 12:32 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by TVirus View Post
      If you were to choose an exhaust again would you stay stock, go with the Borla or another?
      I've had the Borla on for ten months. I'd do it again.

      It's a good compromise between "wife friendly" in the DD regime and intoxicating when flogging the snot out of it.
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      09-29-2012 12:38 PM #9
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      My wife has a 97 240. she is into cars like i am. when you say "wife friendly" do you mean not noisy like a mustang V8 exhaust or a honda scratchy exhaust?
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      09-29-2012 12:55 PM #10
      i want something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c33wnxuxAKg

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      09-29-2012 01:30 PM #11
      From what I've heard, the borla is nice but if I was buying aftermarket, I'd get miltek or scorpion. Based on what you said you wanted, best bet is to just do the tampamod and maybe use the larger resonator that has been mentioned here.

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      09-29-2012 06:23 PM #12
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      From what I've heard, the borla is nice but if I was buying aftermarket, I'd get miltek or scorpion. Based on what you said you wanted, best bet is to just do the tampamod and maybe use the larger resonator that has been mentioned here.

      See my sig for ideas/discussion about suspension.

      Anyways, welcome! You going to be at Oktoberfest?
      Tampamod?? i am not even sure what that is? i am not even sure i where we discussed a bigger resonator here... where is your sig and where is the Oktoberfest happening?
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      09-29-2012 11:47 PM #13
      If i were to do it over...I'd probably just get my OEM muffler cut off and install new tips and retain the stock resonator.

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      09-30-2012 02:25 AM #14
      So the Borla exhaust is not worth it? are there any owners here that have a sound clip of there Borlas or scorpion exhaust, Milteks and so on??
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      09-30-2012 02:37 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by TVirus View Post
      So the Borla exhaust is not worth it? are there any owners here that have a sound clip of there Borlas or scorpion exhaust, Milteks and so on??
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prJP-...ature=youtu.be

      http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...t=281e69e6.mp4

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      09-30-2012 03:03 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by TVirus View Post
      Mr_Peach


      My wife has a 97 240. she is into cars like i am. when you say "wife friendly" do you mean not noisy like a mustang V8 exhaust or a honda scratchy exhaust?
      I don't know those two systems...

      Mrs_Peach and I have our AARP cards. She cuts me some slack on performance mods, but if I had an exhaust that you had to raise your voice to converse while cruising, I'd hear about it from her. Some of the non resonated ones seem to be getting pretty loud, judging by those who've moved away from them.

      It's hugely subjective. If you're in a decent sized city, go to a gtg and ask for a ride in a car with the exhaust you're interested in. I've done that for others.
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      09-30-2012 05:12 AM #17
      Had a Borla Exhaust on my .:R32 and I never regretted it.

      Excellent sounding exhaust system.

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      09-30-2012 06:49 AM #18
      I tried a resonator delete for a while. Then went with a Borla. I liked the resonator delete sound at nearly all load and throttle positions (except a couple where it gets a bit raspy). I went with the Borla as I got a good deal and like Mr. and Mrs. Peach we are card carrying AARP members.
      I have the ECS resonator delete pipe for half price if you'd like to buy it. Still shiney and used only about 2 months.

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      09-30-2012 08:22 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by TVirus View Post
      Tampamod?? i am not even sure what that is? i am not even sure i where we discussed a bigger resonator here... where is your sig and where is the Oktoberfest happening?
      yes tampamod

      Originally Posted by r32aspirant another happy owner

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      09-30-2012 10:36 AM #20
      I have the milltek non-res system. I ended up adding a 4" diameter resonator because it was way too loud for daily driving. Even now the drone below 2500rpms is still rediculous. Most aftermarket exhausts will drone at least a little bacause of the acoustics of the hatch back. The milltek and scorpion will be the loudest because of their pipe diameter. with that said im going to add higj flow cats when I get my cams installled because for me, just a little bit louder is worth the performance gains.

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      09-30-2012 11:27 AM #21
      I have Borla over a year now. it has nice deep sound, not overly loud and has minimum drone.

      However if i have 4k to burn, I will get capristo.
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    22. 09-30-2012 01:11 PM #22
      Its been a month or so since I did the tampa mod. The video posted here is a cold start. Once the engine warms up, the sound is much deeper. The exhaust pops as well

      I think the flapper system on the stock is a great feature if you want to do the tampa mod (There are a couple or so after market systems that have it. Not to mention they cost north of 3 grand). The flapper is open at idle, 1st and 2'nd gear. Rest of the time it opens after 3500rpm. Zero drone on highway.

      Really happy camper here! Would definitely recommend

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      PS: Also, when testing the tampamod, the shop discovered a leak in one of the CATs. Needless to say my awesome dealer (douglas VW) replaced it without any problem.

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      09-30-2012 05:57 PM #23
      So far i will stick to borla. price will be $725 shipped... is this a reasonable price??. next will be headers (unless i am told via my new forum pals) that stock headers are good to go. i just want to get my R32 some good breathing room without exhaust being to loud and obnoxious about upgrades.

      So Borla sounds to fit my interest then

      VWVortex buds thanx for pointing me in the right direction
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      09-30-2012 05:58 PM #24
      Headers = not very effective

      Hfc = way better bang for the buck

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      09-30-2012 06:23 PM #25
      Amazon is $719 shipped (+ tax?), so that's a fair price.

      I hit an oddball deal there lat year for $545 shipped +tax, so miracles do happen. I wasn't even thinking about doing exhaust untill they teased me with the deal.
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