Yes, Exactly. Be careful, there are 2 lines running near it. Not sure what they are for, I didn't trace them. Adjusted my angle a few times during my cut to avoid them.Looks good Loki! Where did you make the incision? Looks to be right above the rear-end. I'm thinking of trying to get mine installed today.
I agree it won't be as much as they claim. Other people have dynoed Jetta's with basically the same system and seen gains. Small, but still gains. Every little bit helps...especially in getting the hot exhaust gasses out...That's pretty sharp.
Regarding performance enhancements, I don't think you're going to notice any gains by removing the rear muffler, as the major restrictions in the system are the DPF, cat, and other emissions components. If you remove those, then you will certainly realize some extra potential. I definitely don't buy AFE's claims of 9 hp and 32 lb-ft of additional torque from this cat-back system.
It appears the 2 "lines" near where you made the cut are 2 wiring harnesses. One wrapped in split loom and the other wrapped with that special electrical tape. I didn't investigate to much to see where they go either but definitely something to keep an eye on when making the cut.Yes, Exactly. Be careful, there are 2 lines running near it. Not sure what they are for, I didn't trace them. Adjusted my angle a few times during my cut to avoid them.
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I truly feel there are gains to be had. Opposed to what most people have said.. "Exhaust and intake aren't worth any gains until you get a tune."
Speaking from experience and not speculation, replacing that cat back does nothing for sound and performance. Slight weight reduction.
I completely disagree. Not a change inside, but outside, when you get on it, there is definitely a difference. My wife even noticed after I installed mine when I left the house one day. I never told her I had it installed, and she noticed. Not like the loud ridiculous exhausts on most cars, but it is a change.