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Hassmeister
12-20-2005, 06:39 PM
Before (after the stock Cat fell out of its flange on the highway):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/Hassmeister/CatJPG.jpg

The Parts from my life-long buds at Techtonics Tuning:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/Hassmeister/TT.jpg

After (NEW Techtonics Tuning High-flow Cat):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/Hassmeister/NEW.jpg

I am very lucky to have a freind that owns a shop with a lift. Our findings regarding the install tonight:

(1) Have an impact ready to break the old shit off. Don't re-use the old hardware, have new handy. WD-40 works great too!

(2) Have some very long extensions to reach the 12mm downpipe nuts from the bottom side.
And narrow open-end wrenches to fit around the 13mm bolts on top (the welds are huge on this downpipes flange and we had a hard time gripping the top of the bolts to secure them).

(3) Have a tap available incase whomever welded the O2 sensor outlet to the Cat may have gotten debri in the treads. (we were lucky, this didn't happen to us).

(4) Remove the airbox and all place it's associated stuff up and off to the side. (we did this in order to remove the old Cat thru the top).

(5) Sawsall is my friend! We had to cut a few inches off the exsiting exhaust piping aft of the downpipe in order the fabricate a reducer fitting to fit and couple the downpipe and exhaust piping together.

(6) FIND A LIFT otherwise you will cuss until the cows come home!



Ride after install = PRICELESS!

The Turbo accelerates with authority now. I'm not a butt dyno expert... it feels as though it has more oomph when you slam the throttle down. Mid-range response and top-end have improved as well.

Would I do it again? Yes.

Before X-mas? No. (only under this situation I encountered).

I truly would have done it earlier when I did the K04 upgrade if I knew what a difference it makes and cash flow permitting.

So happy I am... Merry Christmas Audi!

And most of all a BIG thanks to the guys at Techtonics Tuning for making such quality performance items!!! [up] [up]

My friend and I would have taken step-by-step pics of everything we did... but due to the Tech FAQ no longer being here, it wouldn't make sense.

Cactus00S4
12-20-2005, 06:48 PM
yeah, my stock cat did the same thing to me, i was jus driving and it jus got reely loud and i was like WTF! turbo spooled like freak, but i jus got mine welded bak on wen that happened

AudiSnawb
12-20-2005, 07:00 PM
happy the install went as planned! now you just need that damn lift baby!

ianlionzion
12-20-2005, 07:10 PM
how much was the cat?

Hassmeister
12-20-2005, 07:16 PM
$295 for the Cat.

CaSp3r9
12-20-2005, 08:11 PM
I just got the same cat installed on my '98 1.8tqm. i LOVE it, TT makes AWESOME products! I cant wait to get their DP!! ....and the AWE DTS, and a GT28RS.... and a FMIC and uhh.... yeah, i need a job! [:(]

Hassmeister
12-20-2005, 08:37 PM
You'll be broke like me and happy all at the same time!

alen
12-20-2005, 09:10 PM
what size is their DP?

Hassmeister
12-20-2005, 09:45 PM
2.5

pigliiit
12-20-2005, 11:49 PM
is their cat a 400 or 200 cell?

Aliel
12-21-2005, 01:21 AM
what about the downpipe that comes with the borla exhaust? What size is it?

salz2135
12-21-2005, 01:53 AM
borla = 2.25 inch piping.

Aliel
12-21-2005, 02:03 AM
Worth switching to a TT downpipe for a PC-16 setup with a milltek high flow cat?

Hassmeister
12-21-2005, 06:31 AM
Originally posted by pigliiit
is their cat a 400 or 200 cell?

400

Hassmeister
12-21-2005, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by Aliel
what about the downpipe that comes with the borla exhaust? What size is it?

Who's Borla?

Suhail
12-21-2005, 07:32 AM
Good job on a nice clean install, you work quick [up] . I remember when this happened to me it was such a headache but going the HFC route was a good choice.

Hassmeister
12-21-2005, 02:10 PM
Yeah it took some time to do. Worth the wait!

Thanx for the kudos.

duhvinci
12-22-2005, 02:28 PM
Congrats on the upgrade!!! I'm so excited you are happy with results, getting my turbo back next week installed too!!![wrench]

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Kruat
12-23-2005, 08:15 PM
Nice Hass. I kinda want to go to a HFC also, but will wait untill the stock one dies. Glad to see you finally got the TT DP. TT rocks, they just got done with my GLI, making the turbo back exhaust for it also.

And, TT's borla exhaust for the audis is 2.5, not 2.25.

xcdhracer15
12-23-2005, 08:56 PM
bahn brenner sells the 2.5" downpipe, same exact thing as the techtonics (i think techtonics makes it for them) and its like $100 cheaper. not sure why, but i got it and quality is excellent.