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Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
The Greater Boston Metropolitan Area
Car(s)
2019 Golf R

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
The Greater Boston Metropolitan Area
Car(s)
2019 Golf R
Nice. Hope it ends up working out!
 

Daks

Autocross Champion
Location
Toronto
Car(s)
GTI PP
Got the exhaust. It's in great shape, but the Canadian winters have caused the two slip on portions to seize/get stuck. I'll have a buddy come over with a torch next weekend so that we can hammer them out and get him to lend a hand at installing this thing. Looking forward to being a menace.
 

Daks

Autocross Champion
Location
Toronto
Car(s)
GTI PP
All that's left is struts, which I'll order.... And then what? I just maintain it and enjoy it like a normal human being? That's fucked up.
 

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
The Greater Boston Metropolitan Area
Car(s)
2019 Golf R
All that's left is struts, which I'll order.... And then what? I just maintain it and enjoy it like a normal human being? That's fucked up.

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DSC808

Autocross Champion
Location
HI State
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE MT
Don't worry something will going wrong. It's only a matter of time..... 🤪
 

dood.

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Seattle
Car(s)
2017 GTI S DSG
Since you’re doing struts might as well get some camber mounts. Oh and then reduce your unsprung weight with aluminum control arms and 2 piece rotors.

We got chu 🫂
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
Since you’re doing struts might as well get some camber mounts. Oh and then reduce your unsprung weight with aluminum control arms and 2 piece rotors.

We got chu 🫂
I mean if you’re doing two piece rotors, you might get a better deal if you bundle them with a StopTech Kit. And it’s lighter
 

Maiden69

Autocross Champion
Location
Texas
Car(s)
2020 GTI
Before you torch it... get a bottle or Kano Kroil if available there, or do a little chemistry experiment and use 50/50 acetone to ATF fluid. That should loosen it up enough so you can start twisting it out. The problem with the torch is that if you overheat the stainless and it sugars between the tubes you are not going to be able to remove it at all.

Found the below on a google search, but I have heard of the 50/50 mix for years, some people use power steering fluid, but ATF is cheaper.

"Machinist's Workshop" recently published information on various penetrating
oils. The magazine reports they tested these products for "break out "torque" on rusted nuts and bolts. A subjective test was made of popular penetrating oils, with the unit of merit being the torque required to remove the nut from a "scientifically rusted" bolt.

Average torque load to loosen nut:

No Oil used ....................516 foot pounds
WD-40 ..................... ......238 foot pounds
PB Blaster ......................214 foot pounds
Liquid Wrench ...............127 foot pounds
Kano Kroil ......................106 foot pounds
ATF/Acetone mix............ 53 foot pounds

The ATF/Acetone mix is a "home brew" mix of 50/50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone. Note this "home brew" released bolts better than any commercial product in this one particular test.
Our local machinist group mixed up a batch, and we all now use it with equally good results. Note also that Liquid Wrench is almost as good as Kroil for 20% of the price.
ATF/Acetone mix is best, but you can also use ATF and lacquer thinner in a 50/50 mix. ATF = Any type of Automatic Transmission Fluid

This version of the story was in one of the USA's Military Vehicle Club newsletters.
 
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