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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:04 am    Post subject: Stainless exhaust from Vintage Speed Reply with quote

ok, ive had my eye on this for a couple years and now see they have a distributor in Cali. ive done a bit of searching and i cant believe nobody has done a review of this piece.

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seems like a great price for what it is vs. the systems that are > $1000

i built a 1955 stroker for my bus with stock ride height and am currently running J-tubes with a crusty ass extractor and SQP.

i would appreciate any feedback. i dont really understand what they mean by "will fit strokers with stock rods??"

thanks in advance,
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a nice exhaust. But...No heaterboxes possible. That's wat makes them less interesting for me.

Ik like the OG look vs RVS very much.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run that exhaust and it is awesome. It sounds great and looks great too. As far as heater boxes go I have seen here that Mr. Lee has just made a system for type 1 that works with heater boxes. Maybe he is in the process of doing the same for the Type 2 exhaust.

Here is the link to the Type 1 exhaust that accepts heater boxes.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=622315

You should read his buyer/seller feedback. He has received high praise for his products and customer service. I know I have contacted him and he was great to deal with.

Best of luck with your decision.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They had them at winterjam in Daytona.

They do have a new version that will work w/ heater boxes!

Looked like great quality.

this one has bug tips
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Stainless exhaust from Vintage Speed Reply with quote

westy66 wrote:
... i dont really understand what they mean by "will fit strokers with stock rods??"...


I think it's a backdoor way of saying it won't fit engines that end up wider because of longer cylinders or excessive shims. The exhaust studs will be too far apart for a jigged set-up like that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed this exhaust on my Crew Cab last summer. I love the look and sound. The only issue I have is it does not clear the empi spin on filter I currently have. I've got the shortest filter I can find and it's still to long to install without unbolting the exhaust.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does the sound compare to a single quiet pack muffler?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dyno tested here

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=364298

I think I am going to start making this type of exhaust for strokers as well. First version will be a 4 tip style for type I.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting... i didnt see the dyno specs from Ronnie. i also have a spin-on oil filter which i didnt take into account.

also interesting the rusty, crusty extractor and SQP i have probably more than adequate and will keep $500 in my pocket????
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Vintage Speed exhaust on 60' bus Reply with quote

Hi all,

I am also interested in any feedback from people who have installed the Vintage Speed exhaust on an early bus, or other upright motor VW's.
I am building a 1850cc, single port, mild cam engine and want a somewhat original looking exhaust/ muffler; fairly quiet and that does not limit the flow of the 1850cc's. No heater boxes is OK with me.

thanks and aloha,
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Vintage Speed exhaust on 60' bus Reply with quote

jmo2255 wrote:
Hi all,

I am also interested in any feedback from people who have installed the Vintage Speed exhaust on an early bus, or other upright motor VW's.
I am building a 1850cc, single port, mild cam engine and want a somewhat original looking exhaust/ muffler; fairly quiet and that does not limit the flow of the 1850cc's. No heater boxes is OK with me.

thanks and aloha,
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I've got the Vintage Speed exhaust for lowered buses on mine. I love it. Sounds good, relatively quiet, and looks good too. Definitely worth the money IMHO.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Taiwan last month and stopped by Vintage Speed to check out the shop and the factory and it was very impressive. Ming Tang Lee is really interested in producing a quality product and he seems to respond to his customer's individual needs. I am not into big engines, but if I was, I would have brought home an exhaust in my suitcase because it sounded great as we were speeding around Taichung.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed it on my 1968 stroker and love the sound and look. Only negative, which he seems to be working on now, is the lack of heater boxes.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one fitted to my 2007, sounds great, not too loud and the fit was perfect, just a little bend of the rear valance as I wanted more gap between the valance and the exhaust

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Hope thats enough pics for you,,lol


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking set up you have Dave.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DJ Pierre wrote:
Looks like a nice exhaust. But...No heaterboxes possible. That's wat makes them less interesting for me.

Ik like the OG look vs RVS very much.


I just bought the exhaust modified for heaterboxes recently. Looks absolutly perfect and a'm very pleased with Mr. Lee as a supplier. It's the best bang for the bucks for me.

I haven't fit it yet, i haven't heard the sound yet. But i'm sure it will sound great.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee from Vintage Speed is very responsive to customers needs. I have one of his heater box mufflers here I'll be using on another engine. Also have Gersons DC here with a 1776 with one of Lees mufflers and it runs and sounds great, had a little hick-up but Lee took amediate care of it.

Stand up company, great customer service, backs his product. Vintage Taiwan will be at Bug-In 35 next weekend if anybody local wants to hands on the products
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Vintage Speed with Type 2 and Heater Boxes Reply with quote

Sorry guys, reading above it is not clear to me. Has anyone actually installed the Vintage Speed exhaust with a 49-67 Type 2 bus and heat exchangers? I'm currently building a 2007 cc for my stock height '67 Standard, and would like to use the Vintage Speed exhaust if it will work without sheetmetal alterations. If someone has already done this and has photos, I'd be very interested in seeing and hearing about how it has worked out.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: vintage speed exhaust and stock thermostat Reply with quote

Hi all,

Just got the exhaust system from Vintage Speed. Mr. Lee has been great and made custom modifications for heat risers and wider port spacing.
Going in a 60' bus with a 1850cc (76 x88) motor, j-tubes/ no heater boxes.
The headers interfere with the stock lower tins, thermostat and bracket.
Does anyone have experience or advice on fitting/ modifications to the tins, thermostat and bracket. I already have the industrial heat shields.

Getting really close to running and am really excited. Thanks for all you help!!!

thanks,

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it worth the dough?? i remember seeing that the torque and hp are not that much better, so whats the deal?
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