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2009-10-30 00:22:49
what all ya got?
2009-10-30 01:35:11
Originally Posted by lynchfourtwenty
from what i have been told the 3" isnt much louder as long as it still has a good muffler and resonator..

No I ran 2.5 SSAC to a 3" NA. It was the JDM DE before I re-turbo-ed it. Pretty loud even with a cat a big resonator and a big muffler. All magnaflow bits. Good power and very good tq surprisingly.
2009-10-30 02:42:15
ya but arent the VE's quieter then the de's? well i guess till the cams kick over anyway.. still, worth loudness when runnin n1's or whatever
2009-10-30 05:40:47
Originally Posted by lynchfourtwenty
ya but arent the VE's quieter then the de's? well i guess till the cams kick over anyway.. still, worth loudness when runnin n1's or whatever

I think they're quieter when on the low lobes, louder when the high lobes engage.
2009-10-30 16:09:36
Yeah the VE are quieter on the low lobe but I don't think a 3" is worth the noise for a daily driver.
I have made 3 exhausts for B13 with my fabricator in the last 2 years. It costs me ~$300 usually all included with good components paying him ~$50 and some burgers or whatever.
That said I'd definitely go with a pre-bent tubing kit in the future.
2.50" OD, 3.75" Radius, 16 Gauge, Aluminized Super BK Columbia River Mandrel Bending
2009-10-30 17:42:38
^Wow, that's cheap. You can't get ONE pipe for that cheap.
2009-10-30 17:52:10
Haven't read the full thread but here is my take on the eBay exhausts...

Originally Posted by Vadim
I've learned the hard way, I don't want anyone else to go through that same crap, so here I'll give a few reasons why to keep away...
  1. Fitment wont always be the best
  2. Quality is below par, the stainless steel metal is so thin that the hangers ripped a chunk off the pipe. Gaskets are crappy too
  3. Very Loud and very raspy
  4. Changed the Muffler to make it quiet, started sounding like ass because the resonator was very crappy. New resonator later finally sounded better.
  5. Muffler is a typical ricey 4.5" can that every cop will pull you over for.
  6. After I was done with it the only part of the ebay kit that I had left was the b pipe (one that circles around the gas tank).

From a price stand point...

Exhaust - $250ish shipped
New Muffler - $150
New Resonator - $80
New better quality piping kit (no reso or muffler since you already have better ones) - $250.

So you basically go back where you started but you have wasted $250.

Get a exhaust from OEM guys or VRS. Both are worth the money.
2009-10-30 17:59:27
Oh and with my MEgan ex also supposed 2.5" mandrel necked down at every turn. On some almost to 2". Fitment was a total bear like Vadim says.
2009-10-30 19:02:11
I think I had the N1 exhaust, and the turns to go around the gas tank where fine, but going over the axle, it went down to 2" or below right below hitting the muffler. That was very annoying!
2009-10-30 23:37:19
So, they're junk. I've already decided that I'll just go OEM.
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