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 Post subject: 89 GTi - Zippy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:27 pm 
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My son named it. :razz: But this is the just like the car I had when I was in college(except its a 5spd), many many years ago, so I found a nice example and bought one.

Here is how it look when I picked it up:
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Made it home and took the wheels from my old 94 GT
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Tinted the windows today.. MUCH better
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Next up is to R&R this mess.. its plexi with tint on the outside :!: :?:
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Here's the engine as-is.. some cleaning up to do here too.. notice the battery.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:05 pm 
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That's sweet looking!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:20 am 
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Very nice... Keep posting...

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Looks good. Just need to get rid of the Wal-Mart upgrades. :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:34 am 
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Looks good. Just need to get rid of the Wal-Mart upgrades. :roll:


Well, first thing I did was replace that FRAM filter with a WIX one..

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:54 pm 
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Looks good. Just need to get rid of the Wal-Mart upgrades. :roll:


I wonder if he means "upgrades" like the ventshades????.. and that sunroof???....

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top down@-40 wrote:
Looks good. Just need to get rid of the Wal-Mart upgrades. :roll:


I wonder if he means "upgrades" like the ventshades????.. and that sunroof???....


I think so? I'm going to replace that sunroof but I sort of like the ol ventshades!

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Gotta keep the ventshades, they're nice when it's raining. Wish mine still had 'em all I have left is the tape glue mess!


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very clean gti !

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Did some errands today. Got a price on replacing the 15x30 sunroof with a 17x32. Ouch.. its costly. But it needs to be done.

Also I had exhaust work done. The cat appeared very old, so I have it removed, along with the resonator and kept the same factory style muffler. I went with straight 2" exhaust. The sound is a little bumble-bee ish in certain parts of the powerband, so I need to address that. But there are no rubs and hopefully the fuel mileage will increase.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:43 am 
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If it is possible, post pictures of the exhaust.. Did you eliminate the cat. conv. or the resonator? Got a feeling that if you get rid of the resonator you do get the bumble bee sound... Just curious...

Keep it up!

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Yes I got rid of both. There is a Bosol muffler on there now. Its not bad.. but it needs a resonator at least. I want to try a Magnaflow with a resonator.. my old 89 GTi had a Flowmaster, resonator and a cat. It didn't sound too bad, the the drone was annoying.

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Yes I got rid of both. There is a Bosol muffler on there now. Its not bad.. but it needs a resonator at least. I want to try a Magnaflow with a resonator.. my old 89 GTi had a Flowmaster, resonator and a cat. It didn't sound too bad, the the drone was annoying.

One of these?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:46 am 
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Yes it was something to that effect. I am thinking about this muffler
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But I sort of like this tip better:
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It seems to fit the opening better.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:03 pm 
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i've found it pretty tough to find a good muffler that will fit in the 18" or so space that's available.

i've also gotten some tips that were too long. they'd bark your shins every time you got close to the back hatch. choose a short one. :-P

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There is a nice muffler up here in Canada via Canadian Tire that you can get that fits really well. APC used to make it and I had it on my Turbo Sprint. The one from Canadian Tire is brand name Tuned. It is 4" round in the middle with 3" out. It fits perfectly. Knuckles has a great set up with a long Magnaflow dual tip muffler and it looks and sounds really good.

That's a nice looking car too by the way. I am still working on my wife to let me get another one.......... The Momo's that came on it, I haven't seen those in a long time.

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Well, I bought that muffler pictured above and got it installed. From the manifold back is 2" piping, with an 18" resonator and that Magnaflow muffler. The sound is great - no popping, drone or farting. I'm happy with it.

I can't tell any sotp performance gains.. :shrug: but hopefully I'll see a few more mpg's with a new extractor.

Pics to come. Maybe a sound clip too.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:14 pm 
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Does this butt make my muffler look big? :razz:

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That is one great looking car.. Congrats!... Keep it up!

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" Does this Butt make my muffler look too big?"
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your car looks mighty fine.

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 Post subject: Re: 89 GTi - Zippy
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Well here was my big mod yesterday. It tested out fine... ran great really... then I left again for a longer trip and it pooped out on me. It started to loose power like a slow system shutdown. I coasted into a stop and my battery was dead. Got a jump, made it another 4 miles and it happened again. So I had to get towed home. :oops: Jumped the car again and I'm only getting about 13v at the battery with NO fluctuation when its running. So I guess I'll throw a new alternator on. Its just one thing after another.. but I'll get these bugs worked out.


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 Post subject: Re: 89 GTi - Zippy
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Check the power wire that runs from the alternator to the fuse box, which then goes to the battery. If there has ever been high load through it, the connector can literally melt that attaches the cable to the fuse box. I had HUGE issues with this until I figured it out one day!

Of course, it could also be your alternator =)

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 Post subject: Re: 89 GTi - Zippy
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Check the power wire that runs from the alternator to the fuse box, which then goes to the battery. If there has ever been high load through it, the connector can literally melt that attaches the cable to the fuse box. I had HUGE issues with this until I figured it out one day!

Of course, it could also be your alternator =)


Had the same issue on my christmas car, when i was driving and I put the clutch in it would die, lights out, etc.

I would pop the hood and just fiddle with the power wire right under the fuse box near the battery and if I jiggled it to the right it would work lol.

If it's a consistent problem, the alternator would make sense, but if it's dying randomly, then could be that wire?

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Yep, I tore that power wire out and cleaned it up real good well before this happened. No melting or anything like that, everything is well connected and grounded.

I'm going to get a new alt and have them load test the battery too, even though it is new.

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Well put in a new alt, now I'm only getting 12.5v at the battery.

I give up. I pushing this trap off a cliff. Or dropping it off at an auto elec place - they can figure it out!

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