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Old 06-08-2016, 04:03 PM   #43
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DIY GTI EXHAUST ON 2.5L

So I decided to switch from a single outlet 2.5L exhaust to a duel outlet GTI exhaust. Primarily because if I want any exhaust in the future, I can easily purchase any GTI exhaust. Also, the rear GTI diffuser/valence looks more aggressive.

Since swapping exhausts its not a straight swap, a little DIY was in order. The basic breakdown is that the 2.5L stock exhaust has two resonators and the GTI only has one. Once swapped in, a 24" piece of exhaust piping needs to be fitted between two exhaust clamps to connect (the length of the second resonator.)

Parts required:
  • 1x Stock GTI Catback
  • 1x P/N: 1K0253141N OEM Exhaust Clamp. I got mine for $23.09 on Parts.com —OEM beats aftermarket on this one big time. Trust me.
  • 1x P/N: 5K6807521H9B9 OEM Exhaust Valance. I got mine for $119.07 on Parts.com. There is a aftermarket OEM replacement at RockAuto.com for $101 shipped.
  • 1x P/N: 5K6807441C9B9 OEM Tow hook cover for the valance. $9.20 on Parts.com.
  • 1x ROL P/N 548634 24"x 2-1/4" ID Tailpipe. Got this from Oreilly for around $7.
  • 1x Exhaust expander for the above pipe. Oreilly rented me one for free.

The whole project cost me roughly $225 when it was all said and done. This DIY project is obviously about aesthetics over performance. The actual gains of the exhaust are minimal. The sound itself has changed, becoming deeper and a tad louder since you're essentially deleting a resonator.

Once you're done, take a step back and enjoy! Definitely makes a difference!


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Old 06-08-2016, 04:20 PM   #44
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JUST THE TIP, JUST TO SEE HOW IT FEELS

After the exhaust swap, I noticed a lot of carbon buildup on the exhaust tips.

Obviously, it time to do something about it. After reading some threads on here, I decided to purchase some Eagle One Never Dull and some "0000" Grade Steel Wool. It worked like a fucking charm!

Check out the results below. (Ignore the broken license plate frame! )

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Old 06-15-2016, 10:09 AM   #45
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VIOLA!

So I got the wheels and tires figured out and mounted. I decided to run 215/35s originally but ended up returning them for 215/40s. I was afraid the 35s were too thin for the roads that are in my area. I haven't had a lot of time as of recent to update but I've been loving them since I've gotten them.

MAKE: ESR
MODEL: SR02's
SPECS: 18x8.5 (et30) 18x9.5(et35)
TIRES: Nankang Noble Sport 215/40s all around.


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Old 09-15-2016, 10:00 AM   #46
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Those look great! Legit CCW? Also, what are the specs?
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:52 AM   #47
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Those look great! Legit CCW? Also, what are the specs?
Nah, reps. I can't afford CCWs at the moment.

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SPECS: 18x8.5 (et30) 18x9.5(et35)
TIRES: Nankang Noble Sport 215/40s all around.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:20 AM   #48
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QUICKIES!

Just in case anyone was interested in seeing additional pictures + stretch on the tires. They're from my iPhone so bare with me.


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Old 09-15-2016, 11:29 AM   #49
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I see you're in Richmond! I'm over in the Charlottesville area.
Going to H20i this year?
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:04 PM   #50
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Damn your Golf looks stunning! Thanks for the FYI on what you used to clean the exhaust tips. Wheels look great.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:11 PM   #51
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What a clean looking ride! Looks good with the ESM's.
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Damn your Golf looks stunning! Thanks for the FYI on what you used to clean the exhaust tips. Wheels look great.
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What a clean looking ride! Looks good with the ESM's.
Yo! Thank you! Stoked to hear that. Fucking
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Still looked good!
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Still looked good!
Feelin' the love today. Thanks bro.
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Old 10-13-2016, 02:25 PM   #55
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WHERE'S THE GAP?

So the car has gone through some changes since the last time I posted. I haven't been able to get photos of everything but will try to get some up soon!

Here is a quick list:
  • Purchased Beetle Engine Cover
  • Removed H&R Street Performance Coilovers
  • Installed Airlift Slam Series Suspension w/ Autopilot V2 Management
  • Sold ESR SR02s

H&R Sport Coilovers have been replaced with Airlift Slam Series fronts and rears with Koni Yellow shocks. I paired this with the Autopilot V2 management system. The whole setup was done by a local VW mechanic who even put in a false floor and cut the rear carpet cover to fit the tank. All said and done, super impressed by the quality of work and end result.

I'm still dialing in on the settings and presets to what I like but everything thus far has been wonderfully fun. The car's driving characteristics has changed slightly – seems to be more comfortable of a ride when driving through pothole riddled city streets. Haven't noticed any performance increases or decreases with the new suspension but Id consider myself to be a mild driver — not terribly aggressive.

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Old 10-13-2016, 04:27 PM   #56
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WHEEL GAME

Stating to look at new wheel options. My final thought is to go with Mercedes Alphards (Machine Faced) with 215/40s. Really like the OEM+ look and these wheels are just beautiful.

Some photos that have inspired me:

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