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CBlockb5a4
05-04-2012, 06:06 PM
Hi everyone,

I've got some info for you all to mull around. Let me start out by telling you a bit about myself. I am a long time Audi/VW hobbyist/tuner/professional European car technician. I have built a bunch of cars using high quality parts and top dollar name brand pieces, this thread is not about that though. This thread will be about affordable parts, how they perform and the longevity of the parts.

I am in no way affiliated with XS Power/SSAC or any related company, I'm just a guy who likes to try stuff out.

First thing I got my hands on was the SSAutoChrome 1.8t B5 A4 quattro stainless exhaust. I excitedly received the exhaust from NC to MA in about 3 days, un-boxed it and was blown away with polished stainless goodness.

For the price point, I wasn't expecting anything monumental so I took a magnet to it. it stuck to the flanges and the hangers and THAT WAS IT! the rest of the exhaust was actually good quality stainless, good tube thickness and good looking welds.

I'm sure if you're reading this thread, you've already seen the indepth detailed installs of the exhaust so I'll just include a few pics.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1168.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1167.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1166.jpg

Next was the XS Power FMIC kit. I found it to be the same quality as any of the other brands of mid line FMIC kits out there. The pipes are welded, the core itself is well built using cast end tanks and a bar and plate core. Here are some pics of when I unboxed it.
Pile o' parts
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1185.jpg
Hanging the core.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1189.jpg
Had to make a block of plate for the map sensor port since I'm running an AEB.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1186.jpg
Routing the pipes
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1192.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1193.jpg
All done.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1197.jpg
all in all, the FMIC is well planned, fits good and seems to have made a difference in intake temps after a few pulls with no pressure drop even with the OEM k03.

Second on my agenda was the XS Power tubular manifold for the 1.8t with the XS Power K04-15.

Un-boxing the manifold was great, its all shiny and looks like its going to make your car super fast...lol
first thing I did was to check the flanges to see how flat the are....they were not even close. I had the flanges planed to flatten them out before installation.

you'll see in the pics, this manifold has an additional bracket to aid in supporting the weight of the turbo from the studs in the head....NICE TOUCH!

the install was typical, remove old, install new....now I run it everyday and play the waiting game to see what happens. I hope it lasts a good long time, I like it a lot. The exhaust has a nice lope to it at idle, I'm assuming due to the changed pulses by the tubes.

Here's a few pics of the manifold.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1180.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1178.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1177.jpg

At the same time I installed the manifold, I installed the turbo.
I didn't take any pics of it because it looks just like every other turbo on the market. Seriously, It looks good. From what I was told about it, the cartridge is manufactured in the same plant as the Borg Warner stuff, balanced on the same machines and installed into a generic housing. I can tell from looking at it that it was balanced well.... same way as all full priced OEM turbo's Ive seen. The housing itself is clean, same as the other non OEM manufactures out there, Turbocharger Pro's/RP Turbo etc etc...its not the 2 piece epoxied stuff that you hear horror stories about all over the internet. Again, its more of a waiting game to see how this stuff holds up.

I have this stuff installed for about a week now, no problems. I will keep updating this thread with any problems/concerns/answers to questions and such over time. I will of course be updating if I have an component failures as well.

And just for good measure, here's my ride in all her glory so far....
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1142.jpg

Oceanside
05-05-2012, 02:17 AM
What Tuning are you running

Mr.Audi
05-05-2012, 05:13 AM
What Tuning are you running


X2?


damn.. no pics of the turbo? how about installed?

how's it drive?

walky_talky20
05-05-2012, 07:04 AM
I wish you good luck with that turbo. My K03 is currently running chinese internals. The turbine shaft and compressor wheel are from an ebay turbo. The rest is the factory turbo.

What I found with the chinese CHRA was incorrect machining of the center housing. In a particular, at the part near the exhaust oil seal ("piston ring"), too much metal was left on the housing - way more than the factory piece. This allowed far too much heat to transfer to the shaft which cooked the journal bearing (center bushing). The turbo lasted all of 2,000 miles before it let go with huge clouds of smoke. I got a new piston ring and journal bearing and then I basically rebuilt the factory CHRA with the chinese wheels. The factory wheels were damaged which is why I got the chinese unit to begin with. It has been working "okay", with no oil usage or anything for about 50k miles. Boost comes on late and she screams bloody murder (dentist drill), but it does make 18psi or so on an APR 93 flash.

I hope your experience is better than mine.

mysman
05-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Pictures and opinions are fine, but still waiting for sound clip and dyno results

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/448565-SSAC-Exhaust-for-the-B5-1-8t/page2?highlight=ssac

whowont
05-05-2012, 10:12 AM
Pictures and opinions are fine, but still waiting for sound clip and dyno results

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/448565-SSAC-Exhaust-for-the-B5-1-8t/page2?highlight=ssac

Sound clip on page one of your link

CBlockb5a4
05-05-2012, 03:34 PM
Pictures and opinions are fine, but still waiting for sound clip and dyno results

http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/448565-SSAC-Exhaust-for-the-B5-1-8t/page2?highlight=ssac
video featuring exhaust sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRh5C41czhs

CBlockb5a4
05-05-2012, 03:38 PM
So, I'm not running a tune yet. I will be running it stock tuned for a bit to see how the turbo works on a stock tune as a replacement for a blown k03. I will do a stage 1 tune for a little while after that and then upgrade to the pc-16 file eventually.

the car drives great. it really feels like a k03 stage 1 car, so far so good!!

I hope I dont run into anything like the story above, thanks for the info though!!

howardfootball
05-05-2012, 06:56 PM
Don't do a stage 1 tune and then do the PC-16 file. Save up and do it the right way and save yourself some cash.

CBlockb5a4
05-05-2012, 07:05 PM
Don't do a stage 1 tune and then do the PC-16 file. Save up and do it the right way and save yourself some cash.

what would be the right way, in your opinion?

I already have a stage 1 ecu, and a pc-16 ecu....

howardfootball
05-05-2012, 07:26 PM
In your last post you said that you were going to get a Stage 1 tune and then upgrade to a PC-16 file. I am saying to skip the Stage 1 and go with the PC-16 right off the bat.

CBlockb5a4
05-05-2012, 08:00 PM
In your last post you said that you were going to get a Stage 1 tune and then upgrade to a PC-16 file. I am saying to skip the Stage 1 and go with the PC-16 right off the bat.

ahhh gotcha! one of the things I want to test is how the turbo/manifold/FMIC all perform on a stage 1 tune. its a pretty common upgrade for stepping stone tuning. Its no extra cost to me so I might as well test it so the info is out there!!

howardfootball
05-05-2012, 08:25 PM
Well it makes sense to do what your doing if you have it as a testing option. Good luck!

Seerlah
05-05-2012, 10:01 PM
Wish you had close up pics of the intercooler, showing how dense the fins are inside and outside. What are the dimensions?

GOODBYNAAIR
05-06-2012, 06:42 AM
what web site did you buy all this from ? ebay?

CBlockb5a4
05-06-2012, 08:58 AM
what web site did you buy all this from ? ebay?

XSPower is the company all of it came from.

CBlockb5a4
05-06-2012, 01:17 PM
more pics as requested.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1223.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1224.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1225.jpg

underhood.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1219.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1220.jpg

coolgraymemo
05-06-2012, 01:18 PM
Can you retain the fog lights with the IC?

CBlockb5a4
05-06-2012, 01:26 PM
Can you retain the fog lights with the IC?

I believe so. I dont have foglights but I do have a facelift bumper on the car, I'm going to attempt to get them in eventually....the mounts arent in the way too bad, just a little.

CBlockb5a4
05-06-2012, 01:28 PM
Wish you had close up pics of the intercooler, showing how dense the fins are inside and outside. What are the dimensions?

Sorry, missed your post....here is the link, with dimensions for the kit.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUDI-2002-2005-B6-A4-FMIC-INTERCOOLER-KIT-PASSAT-AUDI-A4-1-8L-TURBO-/330700958455?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4cff502af7&vxp=mtr

howardfootball
05-06-2012, 06:36 PM
Gotta clean that bay up there man.

CBlockb5a4
05-06-2012, 07:03 PM
Gotta clean that bay up there man.

yep I sure do.....I've had the car for 2.5 months, give me a little time....lol.

Gberg888
05-06-2012, 07:23 PM
Interesting! Going to follow this as i am in the market for a A4 and only have a small budget to work with once i get it. Its going to be a Daily. My R32 is my real toy.

Mr.Audi
05-07-2012, 06:56 AM
any pics of the turbo installed on the mani?

M-Hood
05-07-2012, 07:17 AM
Wish you had close up pics of the intercooler, showing how dense the fins are inside and outside. What are the dimensions?

Just go to the B6 forum, people have been running that same FMIC for years sold under the Boost Brothers name since they are the importer. Same FMIC Brent was selling for a while. I remember trying to get him to make a B5 kit for a few people and they just ended up sending them a B6 kit which didn't fit because the pipes were wrong.

The core is not that great. Here are pics from a B6 thread. http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/439319-boost-brothers-fmic-on-ebay!?p=6787627&viewfull=1#post6787627
http://www.kevinwimberly.com/images/audi/FMIC6.jpg
http://www.kevinwimberly.com/images/audi/FMIC7.jpg

M-Hood
05-07-2012, 07:23 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1219.jpg


Is that pipe going straight into the TB or does it have a bit of angle? Because it almost looks like a pipe for a B6 not the B5.

Seerlah
05-07-2012, 07:33 AM
Mike I sent a message to Treadstone yesterday (they should see it today) to see how many people would be necessary for a production run of a 2.5" thick intercooler capable of 500chp. Waiting on them to reply and it would be really cool if they were to do it. If they say they will do it if xx amount of people sign up, going to ask Dan from the B6 section if he could host it through the RAI banner. I want to keep my bumper [cool].

M-Hood
05-07-2012, 09:46 AM
Mike I sent a message to Treadstone yesterday (they should see it today) to see how many people would be necessary for a production run of a 2.5" thick intercooler capable of 500chp. Waiting on them to reply and it would be really cool if they were to do it. If they say they will do it if xx amount of people sign up, going to ask Dan from the B6 section if he could host it through the RAI banner. I want to keep my bumper [cool].

That would be cool but not sure if they will seeing that they just started offering a 3" core while all their other cores are 3.5". Might be a little hard to make a 500hp core that is 2.5" and still fit behind the stock bumper, might end up being rated a bit below 500hp.

The Garrett 530hp core that is 2.3" thick is 24" long and 10.5" tall, I don't think that core would even fit if Garrett still made it.

CBlockb5a4
05-07-2012, 06:02 PM
That would be cool but not sure if they will seeing that they just started offering a 3" core while all their other cores are 3.5". Might be a little hard to make a 500hp core that is 2.5" and still fit behind the stock bumper, might end up being rated a bit below 500hp.

The Garrett 530hp core that is 2.3" thick is 24" long and 10.5" tall, I don't think that core would even fit if Garrett still made it.

Please start your own thread to talk about your group buy.

CBlockb5a4
05-07-2012, 06:04 PM
The kit is a B6 kit. So you are correct in thinking it looks like a B6 pipe.

M-Hood
05-07-2012, 06:59 PM
Please start your own thread to talk about your group buy.

Where did I ever say anything about a GB? If your talking to someone else then you might want to quote them not me.


The kit is a B6 kit. So you are correct in thinking it looks like a B6 pipe.

I figured it was seeing they have never actually offered a B5 kit and the 2 use completely different cold side IC pipes. You might want to make a new cold side pipe that fits correct on your B5.

CBlockb5a4
05-07-2012, 07:24 PM
Where did I ever say anything about a GB? If your talking to someone else then you might want to quote them not me.



I figured it was seeing they have never actually offered a B5 kit and the 2 use completely different cold side IC pipes. You might want to make a new cold side pipe that fits correct on your B5.

The "please make your own thread" was directed at both of you.

The cold side pipe fits fine. It may not be 100% perfect and in line but it connects the core to the throttle body. That works for me in this case. Im dealing with inexpesive parts and a $700 car that Im going to beat the crap out of and throw away when Im done. If someone decides that that isnt good enough, they should probably spend a little more on pars that fit 100% anyway. You cant buy a yugo and expect it to perform like a ferrari.

CBlockb5a4
05-07-2012, 07:34 PM
any pics of the turbo installed on the mani?

No. Sorry i dont.

A1 A2 German
05-07-2012, 08:52 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/IMG_1180.jpg




I've been running this manifold for ~3 years. You can probably Google some threads using my user name about it.

EDIT: O.P. Once tight, tack weld those 2 Allen bolts on the collector..they like to back out.

M-Hood
05-08-2012, 05:24 AM
The "please make your own thread" was directed at both of you.

The cold side pipe fits fine. It may not be 100% perfect and in line but it connects the core to the throttle body. That works for me in this case. Im dealing with inexpesive parts and a $700 car that Im going to beat the crap out of and throw away when Im done. If someone decides that that isnt good enough, they should probably spend a little more on pars that fit 100% anyway. You cant buy a yugo and expect it to perform like a ferrari.

Why exactly would I need to start my own thread to comment on someones response? Sorry for posting in your sand box.

BTW I had 2 B5 owners put this exact same B6 FMIC kit on their B5 a few years ago and it fit like complete crap. You are also not going to see all that great of results once you start running that PC16 tune. Cheap core is going to have cheap results.

CBlockb5a4
05-08-2012, 09:05 AM
Why exactly would I need to start my own thread to comment on someones response? Sorry for posting in your sand box.

BTW I had 2 B5 owners put this exact same B6 FMIC kit on their B5 a few years ago and it fit like complete crap. You are also not going to see all that great of results once you start running that PC16 tune. Cheap core is going to have cheap results.

Ok thank you for your input.

Turbwhistle
05-08-2012, 11:10 AM
Op, can you pm me a link to the ssac's exhaust?

10kredline
05-08-2012, 03:21 PM
Op, can you pm me a link to the ssac's exhaust?

I got mine in eBay. I think they have a website but not sure if its on there.

Turbwhistle
05-08-2012, 03:26 PM
I looked, couldn't find it. O well.

GOODBYNAAIR
05-08-2012, 03:28 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/A4-B5-1-8T-Quattro-1996-2001-Stainless-Steel-Catback-Exhaust-/270893801197?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item3f12875eed#ht_500wt_948


just put mine in on friday running with apr stg 2 and a test pipe sounds great !!

Turbwhistle
05-08-2012, 03:29 PM
ended, and they haven't listed anymore.

GOODBYNAAIR
05-08-2012, 03:49 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item3f12875eed&item=270893801197&nma=true&pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&rt=nc&si=AkMweujNLMvh8Spq3Ur58Mza%252BdI%253D&vxp=mtr&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_500wt_969

just click on the pic new link ^^

Turbwhistle
05-08-2012, 03:57 PM
I don't see it, i am 1.8t by the way.

CBlockb5a4
05-08-2012, 04:26 PM
Op, can you pm me a link to the ssac's exhaust?

I looked and I'm sorry, it appears to not be listed on the EBay page.

GOODBYNAAIR
05-08-2012, 04:36 PM
yeah im a 1.8t and I just got mine more should update later i guess.. sorry man check the other threads ?


http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/564956_168356206626953_100003577245664_230214_1831 356080_n.jpg

CBlockb5a4
05-08-2012, 06:09 PM
I don't see it, i am 1.8t by the way.

They're putting up a new listing EBay - XS-Power

CBlockb5a4
05-10-2012, 06:07 PM
Just an update 2 weeks in and all is well!!!

Turbwhistle
05-17-2012, 07:47 PM
Just incase anyone else is interested. If i didn't just buy wheels i would pick it up. It would be nice to get a group buy going for 2.5" pipe though.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A4-B5-1-8T-Quattro-1996-2001-Stainless-Steel-Catback-Exhaust-VW-VORTEX-FORUM-/270978285456?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f17907f90&vxp=mtr#ht_500wt_971

10kredline
05-18-2012, 01:11 AM
I can't seem to get the mid section to stop hitting/ vibration again the belly/heat shield of the car. I jacked my car up like 3 times and still can't try to get it to clear, does anyone have this same problem?

CBlockb5a4
05-19-2012, 10:33 AM
I can't seem to get the mid section to stop hitting/ vibration again the belly/heat shield of the car. I jacked my car up like 3 times and still can't try to get it to clear, does anyone have this same problem?

My heatshields were hitting too, because they were falling out due to corrosion around the mounting points. SO I just took them out. not a whole lot of heat there anyway.

10kredline
05-19-2012, 11:59 AM
My heatshields were hitting too, because they were falling out due to corrosion around the mounting points. SO I just took them out. not a whole lot of heat there anyway.

Well, my heat shield is flush again the surface and the downpipe is still hitting it, I think the quality of the fitment isn't that great, they need to bend the mid section a little more and align it to clear that section. Other than that, the quality of the piping is good, real stainless steel and nice sound.

55fanatic
05-20-2012, 09:05 AM
Cblock, where in MA are you located? I'd love to meet up and hear this thing in person if you aren't too far away

Sidewayzracer
05-20-2012, 09:08 AM
Cblock, where in MA are you located? I'd love to meet up and hear this thing in person if you aren't too far away
+1

Also i hear the wensday night Volkshore meets at the south shore malls UNOs is a cool place to hang out ;)

55fanatic
05-20-2012, 09:16 AM
You guys ever been to Cars and Coffe at Larz Anderson in Boston? It's early AM but lots of hot cars, maybe get audizine cars to park together?

CBlockb5a4
05-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Cblock, where in MA are you located? I'd love to meet up and hear this thing in person if you aren't too far away

I live in Salem,MA and work in Gloucester. I'm around usually. if you want to meet up, lets try to coordinate.

CBlockb5a4
05-20-2012, 05:25 PM
Well, my heat shield is flush again the surface and the downpipe is still hitting it, I think the quality of the fitment isn't that great, they need to bend the mid section a little more and align it to clear that section. Other than that, the quality of the piping is good, real stainless steel and nice sound.

you could always go to an exhaust shop and give em 25 bucks to heat the pipe up and tweak it a little.

10kredline
05-21-2012, 01:06 AM
You guys ever been to Cars and Coffe at Larz Anderson in Boston? It's early AM but lots of hot cars, maybe get audizine cars to park together?

I've been to one here in California, Irvine location. Lots of nice bitches and cars. Makes me want to go 8===D~~~~

CBlockb5a4
06-12-2012, 05:21 PM
turbo lasted 2 days after adding a Stage 1 APR tune into the mix......boosted hard, still does.....now it just sounds like a dentist drill over 12 PSI......

XloMotion
06-12-2012, 05:56 PM
:(
I was hoping for better results with the turbo.

Sent from my PC36100 using Xparent Green Tapatalk 2

CBlockb5a4
06-12-2012, 06:45 PM
:(
I was hoping for better results with the turbo.

Sent from my PC36100 using Xparent Green Tapatalk 2

I was too, I'm going to pull it Saturday and see what the failure is.

Mr.Audi
06-13-2012, 01:51 PM
damn.. turbo's blown?

smh..

sorry, but thanks for confirming that for everyone. myself included

CBlockb5a4
06-13-2012, 04:56 PM
damn.. turbo's blown?

smh..

sorry, but thanks for confirming that for everyone. myself included


sure does look that way, I dont know what else could make a loud dentist drill sound under high boost....so I'm assuming. I havent pulled anything to confirm yet. but it all points in one direction.

2001A4
10-01-2012, 05:37 PM
Any update on the cause of failure?

Mr.Audi
10-15-2012, 09:11 AM
i'd love to know what the deal is with this!

CBlockb5a4
10-15-2012, 03:55 PM
Man, been so busy I forgot to update. well. I pulled the turbo and it had zero shaft play. the turbo is fine, the loud dentist drillish noise was an exhaust leak. It only made noise under boost, bizarre to say the least. I put the stock turbo back in and havent had time to put the K04 back in.

The manifold is doing GREAT! I have gotten it so hot it's glown red/turnd black....no cracks, no noises. awesome piece.

GOODBYNAAIR
12-16-2012, 05:59 PM
any more up dates on the manifold and do you guys think it flow better then ATP or 034 cast high flow manifolds?? For something like a GTRS turbo ?

CBlockb5a4
12-17-2012, 05:23 PM
any more up dates on the manifold and do you guys think it flow better then ATP or 034 cast high flow manifolds?? For something like a GTRS turbo ?

I am not having any problems with the manifold. As far as flow, I cant say.....If I was to say it did by guessing someone would prove me wrong with bench flow stats from 10 years ago. ....I dont see why it wouldnt flow more.....1" tube from each cylinder to a collector.

nynoah
12-17-2012, 07:57 PM
Just buy a manifold from the franken turbo guy. Its only a few dollars more and known to be way better the XS anything and its cast.

CBlockb5a4
01-01-2013, 10:17 AM
Just buy a manifold from the franken turbo guy. Its only a few dollars more and known to be way better the XS anything and its cast.

comparing apples to oranges my friend.

you basically just said, "dont buy a Toyota you should totally buy a Bentley."

nynoah
01-01-2013, 10:23 AM
I paid less than 300 for the franken turbo manifold

CBlockb5a4
01-01-2013, 10:29 AM
I paid less than 300 for the franken turbo manifold
this manifold is less than half that.

nynoah
01-01-2013, 10:33 AM
You get what you pay for. The franken unit I have never heard of any complain of cracking. Its a good proven design and comes ceramic coated already. I can't remember how many times I had to learn the lesson that you buy the cheap shit and you end up paying more in time and money because you end up buying the good part later. Cheap manifolds made out of light grade pipe material are time bombs.

CBlockb5a4
01-01-2013, 10:37 AM
You get what you pay for. The franken unit I have never heard of any complain of cracking. Its a good proven design and comes ceramic coated already. I can't remember how many times I had to learn the lesson that you buy the cheap shit and you end up paying more in time and money because you end up buying the good part later. Cheap manifolds made out of light grade pipe material are time bombs.

this manifold is holding up great after almost a year of beating on the car and numerous heat cycles. the purpose of this thread is to test the theory that all cheap parts are junk. It is NOT the case, this manifold is cheaper than your manifold, its good quality for a moderate upgrade and has proven to last Not just with me but with other people on this forum who have the same manifold.

CBlockb5a4
01-01-2013, 11:38 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/sopranosupasta/GIRLSCOUTANDKO4015_zpse0a6b7f4.jpg

A4SUM
01-01-2013, 09:16 PM
I get hooked up on all SSAC/XS-Power parts. If anyone is looking for stuff, PM me for details =]

Duds
01-02-2013, 08:00 PM
I can't seem to get the mid section to stop hitting/ vibration again the belly/heat shield of the car. I jacked my car up like 3 times and still can't try to get it to clear, does anyone have this same problem?

Mine vibrated against the crossmember by the transmission until I realigned it all a bit better. My main problem I had is the bolts that connected the downpipe to the exhaust melted. Had to get new ones from fastenal/brafasco

CCA4
01-03-2013, 06:30 AM
I'm fairly happy with my SSAC exhaust. Sounds pretty good, especially between 3-5k rpm. Fitment is meh, but I think if I can ever get it on a lift that could be sorted out with a torch, dead blow, and some muscle. Can't really beat it for the price IMO.

CBlockb5a4
01-03-2013, 05:48 PM
I'm fairly happy with my SSAC exhaust. Sounds pretty good, especially between 3-5k rpm. Fitment is meh, but I think if I can ever get it on a lift that could be sorted out with a torch, dead blow, and some muscle. Can't really beat it for the price IMO.

a couple of tweaks on the hangers and a strategically placed hose clamp or two will line it up just right!!

I think mine sounds best at about 7k, WOT....it sounds rather refined......

CCA4
01-03-2013, 05:54 PM
a couple of tweaks on the hangers and a strategically placed hose clamp or two will line it up just right!!

I think mine sounds best at about 7k, WOT....it sounds rather refined......

lol I've never revved my motor that high...

coolgraymemo
01-03-2013, 05:57 PM
lol I've never revved my motor that high...

You're like me.
My car has never seen over 4k RPM. That's at the point my exhaust starts sounding non-stock too.

CCA4
01-03-2013, 06:03 PM
I usually shift between 3500-4000 rpm. If I'm passing somebody or trying to look cool in front of my friends (lol) I MIGHT wind it out to 5000 or 5500. I'm pretty sure my motor has never seen 6k, let alone 7+

CBlockb5a4
01-03-2013, 06:04 PM
You're like me.
My car has never seen over 4k RPM. That's at the point my exhaust starts sounding non-stock too.

oh, holy crap, mine regularly sees 6k-7200rpm.......
The best is when you scan it, I get a code for "engine speed exceeded, warranty void".....because the software upped the rev limiter from stock.


I hit the rev limiter of 7200rpm in first in this video.....its WAY louder now that I've burned the mufflers out from getting the exhaust hot at the track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRh5C41czhs

stanfordjv
01-05-2013, 02:44 PM
I recently got a xs-power exhaust and test pipe. And installed it on my a4. all the stuff looked great and fit great. less than a week later my turbo sounds like a dentists drie tull and blows smoke. could thrbo e gone bad cause of a new exhaust? car has 160k miles

GOODBYNAAIR
01-05-2013, 05:22 PM
I recently got a xs-power exhaust and test pipe. And installed it on my a4. all the stuff looked great and fit great. less than a week later my turbo sounds like a dentists drie tull and blows smoke. could thrbo e gone bad cause of a new exhaust? car has 160k miles

I would say no with a new exhaust maybe if you chipped the car going from 8 psi to 16 pis will kill a 160k turbo. really if the the turbo has 160k on it and you have a chip or not that turbo (K03) has had a nice long life. its just its time.

stanfordjv
01-05-2013, 05:33 PM
no chip... was in the plans for it but... xs makes a turbo kit with a manifold.. i will most likely get and see how that goes.
they seem o be good ppl and have nice stuff. and the price

XloMotion
01-05-2013, 05:55 PM
That's what the op is testing and it's working out fine

Tapatalk 2!

CBlockb5a4
01-13-2013, 12:43 PM
I would say no with a new exhaust maybe if you chipped the car going from 8 psi to 16 pis will kill a 160k turbo. really if the the turbo has 160k on it and you have a chip or not that turbo (K03) has had a nice long life. its just its time.

That's what the op is testing and it's working out fine

Tapatalk 2!

YEP! working out well!!

CCA4
01-13-2013, 03:55 PM
YEP! working out well!!

I thought the turbo died?

CBlockb5a4
01-13-2013, 04:12 PM
I thought the turbo died?
I thought it did too. I took it out and it was fine....I put it in my other car and its still boosting properly! The noise I had was an exhaust leak at the manifold to head gasket.