Gents and Ladies,
With the help of my co-worker and friend Chris Catlin, who did 98
percent of the install, the Techtonics Tuning exhaust is installed and
running. All I can say is WOW, what a difference. The TT is
essentially a straight pipe setup from the cat all the way back.
We jacked up the rear of the car and put it up on 2 4x4 blocks of wood.
Essentially, Chris removed the hangers and disconnected the stock
exhaust at the cat. We lowered the front of the exhaust and then
proceeded to try a manual hacksaw to cut the pipe just to the front of
the rear axle. After limited success, Chris got out a jigsaw which
worked fine until the blade broke. We went to the hardware store and
picked up some DeWalt cobalt jigsaw blades and once Chris got into the
pipe with that thing we were through it in about 30 seconds. Once we
got the stock exhaust out from under the car, I was amazed at how
heavy the "suitcase" and stock muffler were! Todd at A&WE told me the
suitcase weighs 37 lbs! The entire new exhaust weighs 33 lbs, I read
the shipping label.
Finally after install Chris fired up the engine and I was ecstatic!
What a sweet sound! Real throaty and pleasant, not too loud but loud
enough. When I test drove this thing on the way home the power is
really noticeable from 4k through redline. Totally smooth power all
the way up, no loss. No loss on the low end, either. Great sound
when I double clutch to downshift and then blip the throttle (thanks
to the list member who taught me how to do that, although I forgot who
taught me!). On the highway, no annoying sounds in the car. Just
about as quiet as stock in all honesty at high speeds.
Thanks to Chris for all the help, otherwise my VW dealer would have
gotten my cash for the install. Thanks to Todd at A&WE for the
recommendation of the Techtonics. You guys can email me directly with
any additional questions or if you need more impressions of how it
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