Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

Postby dziner82 » December 18th, 2012, 11:37 am


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dziner82 wrote:Having 2 sets of cats, 2 resonators and a muffler just seems like overkill.


The EPA says you're welcome.

2 sets of cat's is normal. Most are stuck with 3 sets now esp if they're trying to get SULEV for CARB.


It must have been a European thing?? with these mods the car still passes all regulations/tests in the USA, i think even California, and there are so few of the cars that nobody knows what its 'supposed' to have. i can understand resonators, because yes my car is louder than most people would want, but a 2nd set of cats?

i would understand if it were a 2009 model or something, but 1999? again, makes me thing it was done for europe :?

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dziner82 wrote:It must have been a European thing?? with these mods the car still passes all regulations/tests in the USA, i think even California, and there are so few of the cars that nobody knows what its 'supposed' to have. i can understand resonators, because yes my car is louder than most people would want, but a 2nd set of cats?

i would understand if it were a 2009 model or something, but 1999? again, makes me thing it was done for europe :?


It's usually the other way around, the reasonator they could ticket you for being noisy, but not for emissions. The cat's are a big deal even though everyone does it (my C5, Nissan and Acura all had at least 1 set of cats removed).

Every state is different, but in many states any removing of a cat (even if it's un-necessary such as a 3rd cat) is illegal (most shops won't notice/care, but some will, especially if it throws a CEL from the O2 Sensor). Usually it's just the fact that they can't tell which makes it fine.

In VA they would actually do an emissions check and look around the car, so you'd have to disguise the fake cat with some bogus heat shields and an O2 Simulator to avoid the check engine light. The Acura had 3 cats so you could remove the 3rd one without it throwing any lights, but it was still technically an "off road" pipe.

Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

Postby Lmo » January 1st, 2013, 7:00 pm

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I'd like to see the plumbing for the rad. I always wanted a Subaru powered Type 3 squareback with AWD. I lack almost all of the engineering ability to make it happen though;)


I have the "engineering ability", I just don't have the motivation to bang through all the trial and error. Guess what Ray, it's already been done for us!

see > http://www.rjes.com/html/conversion_overview.html

Which now has me thinking.... VW transmission, 3.3 liter Subaru engine, and then throw away the rest of the VW in favor of something home-brewed to hook all the pieces together.

But you'd probably prefer this... http://forums.aussieveedubbers.com/view ... ?tid=85099 :wink:
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I want the AWD too though!
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Would I kill for it? Probably not, but I'll certainly never part with it unless I would absolutely... die if I kept it. :( :?


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Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

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Love the personalized plates (FRFGNGN) even if the "spelling" is incorrect. Kinda dates those plates to the early 90's when VW was using their Fahrvegnügen campaign. FahrVerGNüGeN

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I've hit the sweet spot on cars I love to drive (Gretchen the M3 is a growling RWD beast and Rolf the X5 handles better than most sedans, has XDrive for winter and lives up to its 'luxury' description) Since both are sticks and I maintain them I plan to keep them for the long haul. If I could add a few bays to the garage and spare a few hundred thousand to boot without the wife questioning my intentions I'd definitely pick up a pre-25th Anniversary Countach and a Z1 or Z8 - those I would probably kill to keep! I've got no love for our Prius though - sad huh...the most responsible car we have and I see it as nothing more than a big coffee maker.

The MVA in Maryland is very strict but you can slide a few things, Gretchen passes all the requirements only because they can't hook up the OBDII to read her outdated Bosch DME, otherwise they'd haul me off to the slammer. Inspections here are required every 2 years but because of her lowered height and age they only do a tailpipe-at-idle test, newer cars get hooked up directly to their DME and revved to 2500RPM in park to monitor particulates. The inspections also cover roadworthy condition (body, components, etc) and have to be up to snuff to get their registrations renewed. No bungee cords holding trunks shut in Maryland! Like California, after Gretchen is 25 years old, Maryland doesn't care anymore so I'll finally be able to pull the head, have it machined for a Shrick racing cam, ditch the cats and do a free flow headers-to-tip exhaust!

Living a half hour outside Baltimore (1.5hrs N of DC, 45mins S of Philly, 2.5 hrs S of NYC) has been the perfect spot for driving - we have farmland with rolling hills and sweeping backroads, a nearby State Park with amazing twisties, I95 with light enough traffic for triple digit speeds (and with 23 years in this area I know the cops, what they drive and where they roam), local autoX's at Cal Ripken's stadium 5 miles East and a drag strip 10 miles northeast. I don't think I'd want to deal with NYC/Chicago/LA traffic and I've been lucky not to have to experience morning or afternoon rush hours since 2007.

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Lmo wrote:Love the personalized plates (FRFGNGN) even if the "spelling" is incorrect. Kinda dates those plates to the early 90's when VW was using their Fahrvegnügen campaign. FahrVerGNüGeN

We sold our '68 KG about 15 years ago and I still see it on the street occasionally. Having been thoroughly restored by it's new owner, it now in about the same state of decline that it was in when I sold it to him. I should consider approaching him with an offer.


lol! Pick back up where you left off! That's a hoot! Yeah I had that plate on it since the mid 90s. My mom and I analyzed the spelling till 1 in the morning and decided to go with the phonetic "F" rather than the Germanicly correct "V". Maybe in a couple years when I get her back on the road I'll switch it out. Or maybe I'll update it to DASAUTO!

Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

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go with the phonetic "F" rather than the Germanicly correct "V".


Leave it. Unless, of course, you're planning on moving to Düsseldorf :wink:
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Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

Postby Lmo » April 22nd, 2013, 10:49 am

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They were finished by model makers


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Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

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That made my day!


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^I liked the small white car.Nice.............

Re: I have owned exactly one car I would kill for.

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How on earth would you do that? How do you finish a 3D part with all the growth rings like this:
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into properly shiny chromed parts like that:
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Or is the different camera offset responsible for most of the added smoothness?

How do you "sand" those? What layers of finish?

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