mcchunkers

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About mcchunkers

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    Stephen
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  • Toyota Model
    VW Golf GT Sport 170
  • Toyota Year
    2007
  • Location
    ---------Northern Ireland-----------

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  1. lol, no, sorry, not now - i traded in my compressor 4 months ago! i loved her, but she had too many problems going on...
  2. then there's not much you can do, to be honest. if you've had inserts, and the sound remains, then aside from a whole new system, there's nothing you can do except turn the radio up a bit to try and drown it out...
  3. to be honest mate, longlife exhaust parts aren't that great - in my opinion, their silencer boxes aren't up to even a half-decent standard, so they'll always carry that dreaded drone. also, the size of the pipes doesn't really matter, it's the quality of the whole system that's put together, and a proper custom job, with custom-made boxes is the only way you'll be able keep the sound the way you want. the pipe diameter on the system i had made up for my compressor was 2.5 inches and it certainly was not loud. this was due to the quality of the boxes. i requested the exhaust to be quieter than usual, so he made up 3 extra-long boxes (the 2 at the back were 18 inches long) and padded extra fibre-glass into them. the sound was great when pushing on, but wonderfully quiet when cruising at low-speeds. i'm afraid if you want a half decent exhaust that doesn't drone, you're going to have to pay good money for it - and that means finding a really good specialist. take it from me, longlife parts ain't any better than powerflow. and as you requested pictures, here's the original thread i posted up when i originally had it made, so you can have look and see what i mean... http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=116277&st=0&p=1050932&fromsearch=1entry1050932 definitely worth paying over the odds for...
  4. mate, my compressor was like new when i picked her up 2 and a half years ago. i rarely ragged it, and i looked after it like it was my own child ffs. it was a great sleeper car, and i adored hammering wee scroats at the lights in their 'souped-up' corsas etc... it even kept up with cars that you'd think would be a hell of a lot faster (gave an r32 an almighty fright one afternoon). i loved it when it was on form. the sound from the exhaust i had on it was outstanding and i wish upon wish that i had've recorded a drive-by video just so i could have shown you's all what the big deal was. unfortunately, after a while, things just started to go wrong. so wrong that i was advised by 3 different mechanics (including mr t's very own - off the record of course lol) to get rid of it while the going was good. i'd had enough, and i just thought i'd trade her in. there would have been a time when i would have investigated every possible avenue to find a 'cure', but the car had demoralised me to the point where i just thought it was 100% completely not worth the hassle any more. the golf is a far better car, in my opinion. yes, it's early days, but it's a hell of a lot more comfortable and easy-going. i've actually started to enjoy driving again, and that has made all the difference. anyway, i'll probably still browse the forums - maybe even to advise the unlucky person who picks my old compressor up lol. anyway, cheers for all the help people...
  5. if the dpf gives me any hassle, i'll get it removed and install a remap, but as for now it's fine - i drive a fair amount of carriageways and country roads so i can regenerate it no problem. the intercooler will be a real bonus during the warmer months, the compressor ran like a bag of nails if it was anything over 18 degrees centigrade ffs...
  6. yeah, it had a few problems and i thought i'd be better trading it in and letting the trade try and sort it instead of selling it and having the new owner batter my door down once he's realised it's a lemon. got a half decent price against the golf, and decided it was for the best. the savings on fuel bills alone will cover the cost of the repayments, and when it comes to shifting it on, it'll be ten times easier to sell...
  7. to be honest, i don't really need more power - the 260lb/ft of torque is good enough for me at the minute. if i finally get bored of it, i'll get her remapped, but for now, i'm just happy taking it easy and cutting my fuel bills down by 2 thirds lol. thanks for the replies guys...
  8. traded in my compressor for a golf gt sport tdi 170. i've have had it for over 2 weeks now, and in my opinion, it's twice the car. it pulls a lot harder in-gear, is a lot more refined and i've just clipped over 500 miles to a full tank. as much as i loved my compressor, i just couldn't keep up with the maintenance/fuel bills. also, it wasn't hitting lift at all, and when mr t doesn't charge you for a full inspection because they know something's up and they can't find out exactly what it is, you know it's better to get rid of it. i convinced the wife we should change to a torquey diesel and we haven't looked back. to be honest, the compressor served it's purpose with me anyway, i loved it's high-revving nature and it's ability to blow away most competition, but i'd grown out of racing about like a maniac. so it was time for a change... thanks to everyone who ever gave me advice and helped me out in times of need. Stephen.
  9. i loved my compressor when it was on form, sadly i had to shift her on. i miss the sound but not the fuel bills. good luck getting sorted mate. i'd say you'd need to travel a bit to get the job done and it'll take a few days so be prepared to leave it at their workshop. believe me mate, i wouldn't trust a powerflow on my wife's polo let alone a 218bhp compressor...
  10. i had a powerflow exhaust fitted on my old compressor and simply had to get it replaced within a week. it was fitted by a 'younger gentleman' and it was woeful - it sounded awful, and one tail-pipe stuck out a good 2 inches than the other. not only that, it had started to rust. yes, after a week. so, i did a bit of research (which i should have done the first time round ffs) and i went for an independant guy in belfast who charged 650 quid for a cat-back with 1 middle box and 2 back boxes. the workmanship was second to none, and it definitley freed up a bit more power (after a resetting the ecu). but the best bit was the sound. in lift, it sounded immense, and i could not wait to blip it up and down the aisles of a multi-storey just to hear it echo. best thing i ever did to the car. my point is:- if you want an exhaust made up for a powerful car, you 100% need to be sure you get someone who knows what they're doing. powerflow are too hit and miss, so you're better paying the extra for a professional job. a bit of research goes a long way mate. the reason i said £700 and upwards is the fact that this is the average price i was quoted from a few different specialist places. ckman85 spent far more than this to put on a hayward & scott system :- he knew the importance of getting a good exhaust installed. ps.. here's a thread i made at the time i had it installed, it contains a few pics. i think you'll agree the quality is second to none. http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=116277&st=0&p=1050932&fromsearch=1entry1050932
  11. powerflow is over-rated. i'm afraid if you want a half decent exhaust made up by someone who knows what they're doing and not some spotty teenage trainee, then you're going to have to bite the bullet and pay upwards of 700 quid...
  12. ...right folks, not really a problem, more of a concern... went out for a short journey there with the wife, and upon returning (with the engine up to operating temperature) i heard the exhaust rattling a tiny touch when reversing into my space. that didn't really concern me, but it was only when i got out to inspect and my wife hit the revs to scare me when i was face-level with the exhaust. the noise was fine and normal until the very end of the rev and then it made a slight growelly sounding blip of noise. so i got her to give it a few revs and it made the noise each and every time, the higher the rev, the longer the duration of the weird sound at the end of each of them. i might add that my wife never blipped above 3500rpm at any point. i've been having problems with hitting lift lately, and my exhaust was popping like mad during the summer but it has subsided with colder temperatures creeping in, even though it does still pop every so often when i'm changing from 1st to second gear or putting it in reverse. i believe it's running rich, and has been all summer, but this sound is new to me. would anyone have any idea if it's just the exhaust burning off the unspent fuel? or should i start worrying about exhaust valves and the like? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance...
  13. more compressor problems - what a surprise! my one is the same and has been for a couple of months. have you noticed a dip in power at all?
  14. mate, i bought it 2 and half years ago in edinburgh and it was mint. it only had 11k on the clock and it was like new, my father who is a retired mechanic came with me to check it over before i bought it and he commented on how well it drove and how well it had been looked after. he also knows that i'm meticulous with my cars and seldom drive hard or 'push-on', so to speak. he's baffled as to why it's become such a lemon, but it has. he keeps telling me to get rid of it, and if i had the cash, i would...
  15. i completely agree with you mate, that's why i'm giving my advice to the guy looking to buy one, just so he knows the score. don't get me wrong, i never expect to own and drive any car without problems arising, let alone a performance car, it's just that the guy asked if there were any common faults with the compressor and i wanted to give him an honest answer...