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Exhaust manifolds for the ko3s Cupra - options?

Discussion in 'Leon Mk1 (2000-2006)' started by kineticz, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    Hey,
    I want to replace my exhaust manifold. There are numerous cheap stainless on ebay and one cast manifold for £139. I've heard all these will crack. How accurate is this... I've heard even the £200 INA ones crack.
     
  2. Fadel

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    Not for the leon but I bought a cheapy manifold for a previous car, had no problems with it cracking and hear most of the time they crack when heatwrapped but as said this wasn't for leon. Interested to hear if anyone has one though
     
  3. ibizacupra

    ibizacupra Jack-RIP my little Friend

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    A £200 is still a cheap mani, and a lot of them crack unfortunately

    if your oe one cracked? is this why you are changing it?
     
  4. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    Yup after months of me running around in circles changing gaskets I took it to another garage and they concluded it's actually a cracked manifold. They have suggested welding it but it sounds too temporary tbh. So I decided why not take the opportunity to upgrade.
     
  5. Pyro

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    Y not splash out and get a hiflo mani ;)
     
  6. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    Hiflo? You mean the ATP one?

    This is what I want to find out... Is there any truth to these claims of cracks, and what makes ATP better over INA which is £150 less....
     
  7. Pyro

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    I ment Hi-Flow ;) uprated maifold to help the flow of your emission improve spoiling etc
     
  8. DPJ

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  9. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    Nice cracks :(


    Which mani is that DPJ?
     
  10. DPJ

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    It says on it.
     
  11. ADAM_84

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    Be warned though a new manifold comes with it's own problem, tubular mani's say that give good gains but flex alto with heat and can be a right pain to fit like I found out and they shrink on to the studs making them a big time consuming job to get off, took me a whole day to get mine on then find out I couldn't get access to to one of the 3 nuts/studs to get it bolted on properly then couldn't get it off again, in the end it took AmD over and day and a half to get it fitted and they didn't like me very much after lol. My advice would be speak to bill about maybe having your old mani bored and smoothed out, shows just as good gains as an uprated one and is easy to get on and off unlike a tubular and will be a fraction of the price too.
     
  12. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    Oh yes I can just make out the ATP.


    So are you saying it is hit and miss? The ATP ones are £350 and they still crack... :/

    What would you advise is the best route to go, DPJ?
     
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  13. Damoegan

    Damoegan Sir Bob,a geordy legend..

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    Not to mention how hard these things are to fit, Dave!!

    If you want to upgrade then I'd get another standard mani and send it to Bill to port it, flows the same as a INA/ATP...
     
  14. kineticz

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    PM on way to Bill.
     
  15. Fadel

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    Kineticz can you let us know what bill says? Would be interested if the standard flows just as well when it's been ported
     
  16. kineticz

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    Yeah certainly :)
     
  17. Damoegan

    Damoegan Sir Bob,a geordy legend..

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    Have a look in Bill's section, theres a thread on it....
     
  18. Damoegan

    Damoegan Sir Bob,a geordy legend..

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  19. kineticz

    kineticz Forever moddin'

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    £80 including 20% VAT to get it done, pretty damn good!
     
  20. ADAM_84

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    Another recommendation for Bill he speaks the truth and has the research to back up what he says.
     

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