Review/Compare: Genuine VW DriverGear Sport Exhaust for MKV GTI
Stock exhaust action:
It has seen better days..
Off comes the stock exhaust. ;) Note: It makes life a lot easier if you simply take some WD-40 to the rubber hangers holding the exhaust in place.
Side by side comparison. DriverGear is much sexier as you can see..
The biggest difference with the DriverGear Exhaust is that it eliminates the muffler before the tips, making it louder, lighter and much less restrictive than stock..
This is the sleeve that connects the inlet side of the exhaust to the catalytic converter. 2x 13mm nuts secures the clamps. Sort of like a aftermarket intake hose clamp.. except beefier.
Simply transfer it over to the new exhaust the same way it came off the stock one.
With the old exhaust off, the DriverGear sport exhaust is now almost ready for install..
But first, you need to mount the included hanger (the piece below on top of the blue bag) onto the subframe.. in the instructions manual, it will tell you to feed the bolt through the hole on the subframe to the passenger side..
Here is where I ran into a little bit of trouble.. for some reason, the supplied bolt is too big for the hole on the subframe.. I have no idea why since this is a factory part, so everything should bolt right up.. but anyways. I busted out a drill and enlarged the hole a little and everything went on fine.
Finished product!! Shiny shiny!! It looks very good and fitment is just perfect!!
WARNING! if you are looking for a LOUD exhaust, this is not for you. After all this is a factory accessory from Volkswagen.
So far, I am VERY happy with the exhaust!! There is no drone what so ever.. matter of fact, you can't even hear the exhaust if you are just cruising between 2k-3k RPM (highway crusing). When you decide to step on it, the exhaust does open up.. in a very mature and deep tone, none of that raspy ricer stuff. I also like how it enhances the "burble" in certain RPMs.
I highly recommend it!! Get yours for the blowout pricing while you can!