SBC buys the 5 speed ring gears from VW. VW supplied them with a defective batch a while ago. They would have warrantied yours if you'd contacted them. They swapped out our flywheel stock when they discovered the defects.
When we have a better idea of when they're coming we'll turn the product back on. When it's active but still out of stock you can ask the site to notify you when they arrive. I can also try to remember to post something here when we have a firm date.
Not true, they're sold separately. https://www.idparts.com/fuel-filter-ring-seals-a4b55-1j0198247-p-476.html
VW catalog doesn't show dimensions, but you can buy them at a dealer if you have one nearby.
We don't take down discontinued products because many people find dead links frustrating. And links to our products are everywhere. It's not ideal, but is the lesser of two evils, in our opinion. We had some of these last year but they sold out early, and, as I posted above, hope to get more...
We may be getting more of these this season. We're having major supply chain issues currently (not surprising) but are still hopeful they'll appear. We don't have anything about this on our site because we're not certain enough of getting them before winter.
These guys have a good reputation, too: https://www.dudmd.net/ I learned about them from a friend who had to be able to show emissions compliance in Massachusetts with an X5 that was emissions deleted.
Of course you should do what you're comfortable with, and it's true that Jeff doesn't maintain his web site. His business is largely word-of-mouth, even these days. He was tuning cars years before Malone existed. I got my first tune from him in 2004, and he wasn't new to the market then.
Golfs are great. Here's my son's:
It has a 2" lift, which is great for him because he lives where it snows a lot. He's had it for about 6 years, it's just about to hit 400K miles. He describes it as the best car he'll ever own. In fairness his only other car has been...a Golf. 2-door, also...