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Hi all,

Anyone got a V5 with an aftermarket exhaust??

I need a bit of advice/guidance,i have a V5 golf and wondered what the best exhaust was, i'm leaning towards Milltek because they do the Discreet tailpipe, but i've heard good things about Jetex and BlueFlame!?

Any advice would be appreciated (plus it'll give me something to do at work :eek:)

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Hi Mark

I have got a V5 150, 10 Valve. I had the Milltek cat to back fittd to it a while back now. It does sound great, especially when I am standing outside the car when one of my mates is driving it past me! However it is a bit boomy inside the cabin. Mine suffered badly from vibration and lots of silly noises after 18 months or so but AMD kindly positioned it perfectly for me and it's now much quieter. As for performance gains I cant say as I had it chipped at the same time the exhaust was fitted.

All in all not a bad exhaust but just make sure it's fitted right!
 

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Hi Skymaster,

I have heard a few people mention the boomyness (i do realise thats not a proper word) of the Millteks (the discreet tailpipe is rumoured to be a bit louder), but like you said its probably down to the fitting (and the revs :eek:), and to be honest my cars got so many squeeks and rattles since i upgraded......actually thats not the right word....buggered up, the suspension by putting the Streetline kit on!!) it'll be nice to listen to something else :eek:)

Thanks for the advice.

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Hello again Mark

What is the streetline kit you installed? I am seriously thinking of getting lower springs and new shocks for my V5. The stock springs leave the car far too high when it's got 17s on it in my opinion. Also, after nearly 75k the handling is degrading somewhat!

If you could tell me what you did with the suspension it would be appreciated, I dont want to ruin my car when and if I upgrade it. I was thinking of the Koni sports kit.

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Hi JD,

Hope i can help.

I bought the Bilstein Streetline kit and full set of powerflex bushes about 9 months ago (on standard 16's), i was in the same boat as you (so to speak), had about 65k on the clock the car felt saggy and bouncy, i'd had it remapped at AMD (took out the flatspots) and wanted to stiffen it up a bit, dont get me wrong the Streetline kits good if you live in an area without potholes (not sure such a place exsists in britain!?) but for me its way too harsh and i wouldn't recommend it.

From what i can gather the Bilstein Shocks that come with the Streetline kit are pretty much "OEM Sport" but the Springs you get are made by Ventura and they are pretty hard, they lower by about -30mm (which i should mention means that every time you park front on to the curb you'll catch your bumper! how some people lower their cars more is beyond me).

So in short if you do get the Streetline kit be prepared to replace the springs (just to let you know that standard VW OEM springs are around the ?240 mark for a full set, and can only be bought from VW, i found this out after i'd thrown my old ones away!?) i've just ordered some Oettinger Comfort Springs from RSD for about ?220 (so all in the suspension has cost over ?400.....what kit could i have bought for that???)

I wouldn't like to advise you as i dont have the knowledge, all i will say is dont buy the Streetline kit. If i could go back in time i'd go for the Koni sport kit as they are adjustable.

Any other questions let me know.

all the best,

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i'd had it remapped at AMD (took out the flatspots)
Any chance you could post up the results of the rolling road from your AMD remap ?

I only ask as I also have an AMD remap, but they weren't able to remove the flatspot that I had a 4200 RPM, nor after 2 years and multiple visits to numerous garages can I find anyone that can explain the cause of this flat spot.

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Yes, of course I will, give me a day or 2 to find a scanner, and the print outs for that matter (one day i'll get a little folder for all my car stuff!)

I promise i'll have it up by Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

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Yes, of course I will, give me a day or 2 to find a scanner, and the print outs for that matter (one day i'll get a little folder for all my car stuff!)

I promise i'll have it up by Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

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mark.
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Hi Mark

Thanks for all the info on the suspension. a bit off topic I know but you have been very helpful. I think I might go for the koni kit as I originally planned and I am gonna stick with oem bushes all round. I dont want a bone shaker! Just out of interest.... is your V5 a 150bhp 10 valve or a 170 bhp 20valve?

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Jd,

No problem at all, its given me something to do at work, and i'll be honest its been a nightmare trying to sort out the suspension, so i'm glad i've saved you the hassle and its nice to know that there's more to the internet than porn :eek:)

Mine is the 150bhp model :eek:( after the remap it was 167bhp (but if anyone asks i say 170 :eek:)

I found the printouts from AMD last night, i've just got to wait for the boss to go home and i'll scan it in.

All the best,

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And here's the Lb_ft part, sorry about the quality but if you click on the picture it'll open up a bit bigger.

If you need better quality let me know.

I cant say that i notice the flatspot at 4200rpm anymore, the remap was done about 2 years ago, decent sparkplugs can help (platinums are very good but costly) i also put in a can of ASTRA 3000 (from QVC.....yes i know i shouldn't be watching things like that but i was bored and at 3am i'll buy anything!!) which is a fuel cleaning liquid (it takes excess water from the fuel) and i've got to say it worked from the offset.

Hope that helps, anything else let me know.

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Hi Mark

Sounds like your car is prety much identicle to mine. I had mine remapped by AMD and it went from 152 up to 167, not a huge gain but it certainly made it more responsive and it seems to have more torque up hills. I had the exhaust done at the same time as the remap. Going back to the exhaust, I am thinking of getting a load of that dynamit stuff and lining the boot floor with it and maybe inside the boot lid. To try and quieten the exhaust down a bit.

It's good to discuss this with someone else who has an older V5. They are pretty rare compared to the 1.8 T! One thing I find with the handling of the car is with the stock suspension it feels a bit like you are dragging a heavy weight around in terms of the front end handling. It feels like the engine is very heavy and wallows all over the place with the soft, high suspension. Does yours feel a bit more nimble now the suspension has been changed?
 

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Afternoon,

You know i was starting to wonder if i was the only person to buy a 150 V5! i only ever see the red V5's (would it be sad to paint my 5 in red as its almost 170bhp!? ;o)

Yeah the remap made a big difference to mine as well.

Exhaust wise, i'm going to be finding out soon, i've gone for the Discreet tailpipe, which is rumoured to be noisier but i dont spend much time on motorways so i'm hoping it'll be ok (as long as it not as noisy as my old TVR 350i wedge with a straight through exhaust, god i do miss that car, although my neighbours dont)

I was talking to one of the guys at Awesome about the Bilstein Streetline kit, he said they dont stock them anymore due to all the complaints, the shocks are brilliant its just the Springs that let the whole package down (made by Ventura) he recommended the Eibach Springs as a replacement (wish i knew that before i ordered the Oettingers!)

As far as the front end goes, yes its much better with the new Bilsteins (i agree the standard suspension is pretty awful, but i think the V5 was meant to be a cruiser/tourer and not a sports model....this is my own guess so it could be complete bollocks, but its the only logical explanation for such soft suspension) the fronts tighter and alot pointier but still a bit rigid, but not as bad as the backend, it will oversteer on most roundabouts in the wet (which can be fun) and if you hit a bump/pothole the bang/jolt is quite amazing (its so loud it scares the dog when she's in the car!). If you upgrade to powerflex bushes it will make the road surfaces a bit more noticeable for the first 500 - 1000 miles but they do settle down. As soon as i get my exhaust and springs on i'll post an update for you, it might be in a new thread but i'll do my best to make it noticable for you.

It been a pleasure squire, cheers for the advice/help anything else you need let me know.

All the best,
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Hi

Thanks for all this info, again it's much appreciated. With my exhaust I had the 4 motion style tail pipes fitted together with the valance. It looks great and at least it means you can see what you have spent all that dosh on!

I would consider this as the noise does annoy me a lot!

Bye for now

JD
 
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