Final Engine Install
Custom muffler bracket and heat shield. All made out of stainless steel!
Also installed some additional Thermo-Tec heat shield material above where the catalytic converter goes.
Flex Section -> High Flow Cat -> Temp Sensor -> Custom 2.5" Radius 180 degree turn -> Muffler -> Exhaust (aka "The Cannon").
All made out of stainless steel.
The muffler sits a little bit lower then stock, but is still higher then the cross bar and skid plate. There is probably about 3 or 4 inches of clearance from the top of the cat to the top of the heat shield.
Completely amazing sound from this setup, very low deep rumble, actually quieter than a stock VW setup.
Exhaust header wrapped with heat shielding (not really necessary).
The exhaust header wraps up and over the skid plate as if it were stock.
Turbo: TD05H-16G completely rebuilt and balanced, thermal coated inside and outside.
I gave up a little over 1" of ground clearance with this oil pan setup. However, the engine's oil capacity is almost 5 quarts!
The bottom of the skid plate is made from 1/4 thick steel!
WOW! does this engine feel like it was made for this van!! So smooth, so quiet, completely effortless acceleration at any RPM range.