[Vwdiesel] Rabbit exhausts

Gary Shea shea at gtsdesign.com
Mon Aug 8 10:38:54 EDT 2005

Nice rant :)

Two questions:

What's the 'minor die grinder work'?

I'm using a Jetta exhaust manifold on a 1.6TD, I think I'm hearing you
say you'd go with the stock down pipe and toilet bowl, and add the 2
1/2" exhaust behind that.  The turbo out is nearly 2 1/2", I'd
considered building something right from the back of the turbo and using
a Saab flex pipe or something to absorb engine movement.

    Gary S

On Mon, 2005-08-08 at 02:45 -0600, James Hansen wrote:
> Dude, I have never had a problem with that exhaust connection, ever.  I have
> alot of vw miles on them too. They are absolutely brilliant, with minor die
> grinder work, flow excellent, and can accomodate a 2-1/2" exhaust with ease.
> Feel free to send me your old disgusting diesel manifolds and ball flange
> connections.
> simplest thing to install and remove I have ever seen. WITH THE PROPER
> TOOL.(the wedge, not that muffler clamp contraption)
> Turn a shitload of exhaust studs off someday on a regular exhaust manifold
> connection, drill, tap, torch. and remove these same rust seized broken
> studs overhead laying on your back with pools of fresh sparks still
> smoldering in your chest hairs and you'll see what I mean.
> As to the ease of service...
> I agree, there is a different mindset you need to go under the hood of a VW.
> It's called RTFM.  It's a simple methodical engine to service including the
> ancillary devices.  Agreed, the water pump is harder to get at than a chevy,
> but then a chevy motor usually requires a rebuild while you are stiill
> wearing the first water pump out on the volks, so changing the chev pump
> gets even easier when it's on the engine stand..  Alternators the same- chev
> puts them on top so you can change them like socks.  Bosch lasts the life of
> the car, so why plunk it on top like a hood ornament?  WHen is the last time
> a chev or ford needed a clutch? They usually don't, they last the life of
> the car, which is a tiny fraction of the life of a volks, so yeah, you gotta
> do the clutch on a volks.  that's like 3 hours by yourself.  It takes longer
> than that to do so on my racecar, and that thing is practically naked under
> the hood compared to any passenger car, and it's an aluminum T-10, not that
> heavy, but heavier than the whole volks transaxle.
> -James
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