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Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing

Back in February I had some bad luck and tore the exhaust off of my car. See <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=114114&postid=1183245" TARGET="_blank">destroyed exhaust</A>. Really odd timing as I had started looking into a full exhaust upgrade just weeks prior. Long story short, the first shop I went to proved to have a good website and I was sold over the phone that they would be perfect for my project. Sadly, that was not the case; I could right a book on the sh*t work and lousy experience. So I had to find a second shop that was the real deal to resolve horrible install issues. After months of a Visa claim going back and forth, I was creditted in full the work from the first shop, and can now post the build.<br>This is a full 3" system from the turbo back, using oval after the resonators to attain maximum clearance at the rear tranny. This is important for me with NJ roads and NYC parking. I have a full 3-7/8" clearance at the rear trans with this setup.<br>Parts- from the turbo back include an AP 608227 High flow cat, Magnaflow 14419 resonators (2x, one right after the other, to keep noise levels low), Burns Stainless long oval transition 300-300-L, Oval tubing- straight, Oval tubing- 60 degree (this starts before rear tranny and turns just after clearing it), Long oval transition 300-300-L, Magnaflow 1229 rear muffler, and finally an Exhaust Tech/ Dynaflex tip #T455625SP painted flat black.<br>The second shop has beautiful flowing welds, and included a "shield" at the bottom front of the first resonator should I ever clip something. They also created a really nice rear bracket.<br>Service detach: in case DP and exhaust ever have to be taken off, you don't have to remove at the turbo. (wields by first shop)<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17096.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Dual resonator<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17090.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Dual resonator to 3"SS to oval conversion<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17089.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>3"SS to oval conversion to oval tube to oval 60 degree bend<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17088.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Rear trans from right side<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17094.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Under rear trans- nice bracket.<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17092.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Rear view.<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17087.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Tip close up<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/100_2623.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Note the old gullwing and my car on the lift behind it. This is an original MB in for a full restoration. $550K+ just for the car. Wow!<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17099.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Great work was performed by Mark and Brian (who are not DJs) at Exhaust East in Lebanon, NJ. This shop specializes in restoring oldold cars; plenty of RR Phantoms in the shop. Their attention to detail was terrific. I can't praise them enough. <A HREF="http://eastexhaust.com/custom-exhaust-services.html" TARGET="_blank">Exhaust East</A><p>The tone is subtle, with a murmuring burble when driving slowly through a parking lot. Definitely turns the heads of those that notice these things, and raises eyebrows with a "Is that a Volvo <U>wagon</U>?" expression. My wife doesn't like it much; too bad. I am thrilled by the performance and the sound when I get on the throttle. Refined, yet agressive. My two year old son says "Vroomvroom"- he knows what's what. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> And those Vdubs going to/from WaterFest a few weeks ago didn't know what hit them on routes 287 and 78. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br>I can't define the cost due to the associated damages and the double install. In the end I got just what I wanted, and insurance covered the whole thing. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I know a sound clip is due. Give me a few days...<br>Best- Scott<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Lightspeed at 11:27 PM 8-5-2009</i>
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Lightspeed)

Looks fantastic. Sound clip(s) a must-do. I've always wondered about oval exhausts - can't wait to hear it, especially compared to the 3" EVOLVE sound clip.<p>They did a custom DP for you too?! That shop is very skillful for a 1-off system.<p>Your best line of the story: <I>"My wife doesn't like it much; too bad".</I> Ain't that the opinion with all of us! HA!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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looks super clean!
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Lightspeed)

Looks great though I don't really understand the DP pic. Is it a custom bend, the flange looks big, is that the cat to the left of the pic. I'd like to see another picture of the DP. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Lightspeed)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lightspeed</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">. After months of a Visa claim going back and forth, I was creditted in full the work from the first shop, and can now post the build.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wondered why it took you so long to get this up. Looks great Scott!
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Johnr352)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johnr352</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks great though I don't really understand the DP pic. Is it a custom bend, the flange looks big, is that the cat to the left of the pic. I'd like to see another picture of the DP. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I too would like more info on the DP. <p>But that flange, John, is to aid in removal of the DP-back system without having to go near the turbo.
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Short Circuit</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...especially compared to the 3" EVOLVE sound clip.<br>They did a custom DP for you too?!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I am sure my setup is much quieter than evolve. Exhaust East vastly improved the DP the first shop created.<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johnr352</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is it a custom bend, the flange looks big, is that the cat to the left of the pic. I'd like to see another picture of the DP.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>There is a mandrel bend out of the turbo with 3"SS that leads to the flange, and then to the cat on the left. Oddly, I don't have any other pics of the DP. Let me work on that...<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I wondered why it took you so long to get this up. I too would like more info on the DP.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I have been waiting to post for months, literally. The DP is 3" mandrel bend to flange, 3"SS to an AP high flow cat, and 3"SS towards the first resonator.<br>Scott
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (Lightspeed)

<br><IMG SRC="http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s212/b5v2000/09April17092.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Hey, that's a nice gullwing....a nice gullwing for me to poop on!!!!!!!!!<p>Love the tip (that's what she said).
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (sh8kdwn)

Having seen it in person, the exhaust is a true work of art. It was exactly what I had planned on doing before my many projects snowballed into a giant mess. It sounds amazing, and looks even better <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The clearance is, well, probably the best you could get while still running an exhaust at all. The two resonators truly do wonders. On the way to Carlisle, I'd follow Scott just to stare at his ass <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Custom 3" DP and exhaust w/ oval tubing (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">On the way to Carlisle, I'd follow Scott just to stare at his ass <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Adam, perhaps you are not on the proper forum? You make me blush... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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... I make your 'cheeks' turn red? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Aaaaanyway, Pete, I think you're missing something! Maybe this is a case of "The Emperor's New Exhaust"? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<br>Looks great Scott - nicely engineered. Think I'll build one just like it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Parts- from the turbo back include an AP 608227 High flow cat, Magnaflow 14419 resonators (2x, one right after the other, to keep noise levels low), Burns Stainless long oval transition 300-300-L, Oval tubing- straight, Oval tubing- 60 degree (this starts before rear tranny and turns just after clearing it), Long oval transition 300-300-L, Magnaflow 1229 rear muffler, and finally an Exhaust Tech/ Dynaflex tip #T455625SP painted flat black.
I found references to this exhaust in a few threads - Lightspeed, any chance you still have any of the pictures? Would love to see them.
 
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