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      11-30-2009, 05:38 PM   #89
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Any update on the exhaust setup? I'm thinking about getting the akra/fabspeed combo, so I'm looking forward to your review.
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      11-30-2009, 07:05 PM   #90
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Sorry for the delay : )

I'm hoping to get some video of the exhaust this weekend. Overall, I love it, but I keep throwing codes due to the fabspeed. I'm working with WheelSTO (reseller) to see what my options are now.

The Akra slip-on is definitely louder than the stock axle back, but the sound is more uniform. It is bassy and aggressive, but there is some resonance at startup. This resonance goes away once the car is heated up - about 2 mins. If you live in an apartment or condo, this might be dramatic in the early AM. I might have some small leaks down there, or this may simply be how this will sound. My guess is that it is very close to the "normal" sound of this combo.

With the windows up, you can still hear the exhaust, but it is not overwhelming at all. If you drive the car awkwardly, in bizarre RPM/load combos, you can get some hum and additional volume. I really wouldn't call it a resonance because it doesn't really shake the car or bother your ears. With the windows down, the car is fairly loud, but still sounds great. One is still able to control the volume if you are driving in a nice area, parking garage, whatever. It is not crazy loud all the time like some race exhausts.

The sound of revving the car is simply amazing. It sounds similar to the full Akra setup, but there is definitely additional volume and a touch more raciness - I like it better than the vids I've heard. You can hear how unique this engine is; the exhaust enhances it IMHO. If I could just get this CEL issue sorted, it would be the perfect exhaust for me. Something tells me I'm not going to find a solution to the fabspeed problem though and I will have to chose to live with the CEL, or put the primary cats back in.

One issue my installer did run into is that the slip fitting for the fabspeed kept leaking. This is the joint where their HFCs meet their xpipe. After struggling with it for a couple of hours, they decided to tig weld it. I also have to get under the car to check for a potential leak - I saw some exhaust accumulation on the xpipe. I'm not sure if the X is leaking, or if it is something upstream. I was hoping to get to this on the weekend, but getting the winter setup on was more important.

There is my mini-review for you : ) Please ask whatever is on your mind!
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      09-11-2010, 12:32 AM   #92
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Winter is coming...

At least it feels that way in Pittsburgh tonight ; )

Here are some pics I took in February 2010. Paint on hood vent surround and honeycomb by IND.







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Nice car bro, love the hood vents, how much were they?
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Nice car bro, love the hood vents, how much were they?
Thanks. I'm honestly not sure because my wife bought them for me for Christmas! ; ) Ilia, Nate, or Andrew will respond within a day or two if you request a quote via PM or email. Give them a shout!
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One issue my installer did run into is that the slip fitting for the fabspeed kept leaking. This is the joint where their HFCs meet their xpipe. After struggling with it for a couple of hours, they decided to tig weld it. I also have to get under the car to check for a potential leak - I saw some exhaust accumulation on the xpipe. I'm not sure if the X is leaking, or if it is something upstream. I was hoping to get to this on the weekend, but getting the winter setup on was more important.

There is my mini-review for you : ) Please ask whatever is on your mind!

I have the same issue with my Fabspeed X Pipe with HFC's.. They said to made sure the pipe slides in ALL THE WAY.. I did re-check and there was room to slide in more.. Unfortunately it still leaks a bit.. I tried some exhaust sealer but that didnt really help.. Guess I will take it off and TIG as well
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      05-04-2011, 10:57 AM   #96
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I have the same issue with my Fabspeed X Pipe with HFC's.. They said to made sure the pipe slides in ALL THE WAY.. I did re-check and there was room to slide in more.. Unfortunately it still leaks a bit.. I tried some exhaust sealer but that didnt really help.. Guess I will take it off and TIG as well
Those style connections are never perfect IMHO. I like the connections on the new AA pipe and the new challenge pipes better, but they weren't available when I bought the fabspeed.

It might still be setting up. Sometimes the small leaks get sorted when everything settles into place.
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car looks great, best color yet!
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      12-17-2011, 06:05 PM   #98
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Update - 12/17/11

Just a quick update on changes to the car and some current pics of the summer setup:

-LUX led corona replacements
-LCI tail lights from ECS; did the coding myself with laptop and internet
-Turner Motorsports 12.5mm spacers on all corners (these are, IMHO, the best spacers on the market)
-MS SII intake from IND
-Akrapovic CF tips from IND
-Evolve Automotive tune - still need to do some testing in the spring, but very impressed so far : )
-Deleted chrome license plate trim and got new plate - I actually like the PA plates
-Misc coding like disabling the yellow corner lights when the headlights are on...

Items waiting to be installed:

-IND painted SSII BMW performance spoiler (I'm lazy I guess?)

I think that's it...any questions let me know!

Some pics of the car from my buddy with a G4 at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and car show. It was literally like 95F with and high humidity that day. Absolutely brutal. But there were girls in dirndls serving us free beer at the Spaten tent - free for BMW CCA members. Best club ever?










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A couple pics with my point and shoot SD3500IS....










Next up is a little project with IND on the X side of the house : )

Have a great weekend. Go Steelers! ; )

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      12-18-2011, 12:41 AM   #99
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Very tasteful, looking really good! Nice job!
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      12-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #100
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Sick man very nice
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      12-18-2011, 06:35 PM   #101
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Thanks gents - appreciate it!

Thinking of a debadge on the trunk when I add the spoiler to tone it down as I tone up the downforce and styling ; )

Still on the fence, but leaning towards it...thoughts?
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      12-18-2011, 06:38 PM   #102
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Great looking car.
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Would you mind sharing how you code LCI youself ? Did you have some one remotely code for you ?
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      12-18-2011, 08:38 PM   #105
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Nice car. Tastefully modded!

May I ask you how you went upon obtaining the new cf tips. Did you just buy them straight up, cause that is $$$$$. Or did you trade + some cash. Where are your Ti tips.
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      12-18-2011, 10:36 PM   #106
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Would you mind sharing how you code LCI youself ? Did you have some one remotely code for you ?
Just do a search for "bmw coding" on google and you should find hits for this web site and others. I posted everything that I learned during the process! Yes, did it myself with a windows xp laptop and a cable purchased off internet : ) Just PM me if you have problems finding what you need.

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May I ask you how you went upon obtaining the new cf tips. Did you just buy them straight up, cause that is $$$$$. Or did you trade + some cash. Where are your Ti tips.
Thanks!

I actually kidnapped someone of interest to IND, then ransomed them back to them in exchange for the tips : P

They are stupid expensive, but yes I did buy them. My titanium ones were sitting in my garage until I was satisfied with the change. Now they are sitting there because I'm too lazy to clean them and sell them. You interested? : )
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Nice work. I enjoyed seeing the progression all on one thread.

I have a shot of my SSII debadged w/ the painted spoiler that you can check to help make your decision. I will find and upload asap.

FWIW- I ended up re-badging because it made me feel more OEM...
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      12-18-2011, 10:55 PM   #108
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Nice work. I enjoyed seeing the progression all on one thread.

I have a shot of my SSII debadged w/ the painted spoiler that you can check to help make your decision. I will find and upload asap.

FWIW- I ended up re-badging because it made me feel more OEM...
Thanks - I like both styles that people do - all in one thread, and the big announcements also. Pros and cons to each I guess.

Cool - look forward to the pic.

I love the M badge. I think it is one of the most beautiful car badges ever, which is really the only reason it has lived this long on the car. Not to mention the obvious, proud racing heritage. Typically I like cars without badges. Also was considering adding an M frame to the plate in the middle, but I really like the floating PA plate as-is. Also considered having IND do the M colors in pinstripe on the spoiler - decided against it initially; maybe it makes more sense now without the M3 badge...

I know what you mean about OEM-look though. There is a balance to be struck depending on what you want out of the car ; )
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Performance spoiler painted by IND FINALLY going on!

...and I have to say, this install is a bitch. OEM spoiler had been on since 9/08, and you could tell. It was the worst debaging/removal jobs I've ever done. Even with heat and solvents, it was really tough. The paint also required a fair amount of correction because the OEM spoiler has a gap before it hits the tape that holds it on, so hard water and contaminants can pool in there and damage the clear. The good news is that you don't really have to correct all the paint because the performance spoiler covers about 75% of any damage left by the factory spoiler. Took like 3 passes by hand with Meg's 105, but in retrospect, I should have just busted out the porter and been done with it in 60 seconds.



...another comment I would add is that K1 dries to a hard rubber consistency. So it isn't entirely accurate that items applied with it cannot be removed; they will just be very hard to remove. Also found a guy on the e90 post section here that was able to remove his spoiler - took him 3 hours : O

The sides are on incredibly well, but my spoiler was not a great fit to be honest - took a fair amount of work to get it to sit right and it still isn't perfect. Specifically it was close to impossible to get it to sit properly on the sides AND in the middle. Still, I think it will be about 98% when cured. Will post additional gotchas when I have the finished product and can analyze what I could have done better and if there are any problems.

I also de-badged the back. Once I mocked up the spoiler, the back was too busy for me, but I'm a minimalist. Much more aggressive and exotic looking from the rear now IMHO.

Have a great day folks!
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      03-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #110
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Looking good as always


Any plans to swap out the OEM chrome grills to match the Gloss black accents?




*Also noticed that you blocked out your plate all the other pictures but the last one you posted... Just a heads up
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