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      04-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Gintani Sport Exhaust+Valve+Quad Resonated X-Pipe

Just got my Gintani Sport (Black Ceramic Coated Dual Wall) with the electronic valve option and quad resonated X-Pipe with CAT delete.

This will be another DIY, with the help of my wife. We are going to start on it tonight.

I will keep this thread updated with additional pictures and videos and soon as I get it installed.

My car came with M-Performance exhaust and I was happy with the sound but want to get rid of the CATS (in order to take full advantage of the power of my ESS VT2-625 Kit) BUT I didn't want the dreaded raspy sound when pairing the M-Performance with the X-Pipe.
I have always been a HUGE fan of Gintani's exhaust. IMO they make the best sounding exhaust out there. My concern was the drone and just being a bit too loud when taking a road trip, with my wife. I had heard rumors of Gintani possibly doing the Valve set-up so I called and spoke with Arno and asked if he could make it happen... and he agreed
The valve's are electronic and controlled by a small key fob sized remote. When the valve is closed it reduces the noise coming from the exhaust.

Gintani has been great to deal with, they have really gone above and beyond expectations. Communication during the build process was great, they expedited shipping to make sure I received it before the long weekend (had to get it the package to LAX), and provided me with an incredible instruction manual for the install of the valve (complete with pictures and!!:) Big Props to Arno & Nick for great customer service

UPDATE 4-6-12
Today I finished installation of my Gintani Sport + Quad resonated catless X-Pipe. Install went very well. This was my first time doing any type of exhaust work on a car so it took me a bit longer than it would have normally taken. I have now installed (1) KW Sleeve Over Kit (2) ESS VT2-625 (3) Exhaust + X-Pipe (4) a whole slew of cosmetic MODs. It has been very gratifying I do not have any automotive mechanical background, in fact I can't even change my own oil... yet I would have to follow the DIY

I got my exhaust yesterday and later in the evening I jacked up my car and started tearing $hit out. The most time consuming part of the project was running the vacuum line from the front to the rear and wiring everything up for the valve option. Gintani provided me with Step BY Step instructions so it wasn't difficult, just time consuming.

I have found my new addiction, I ABSOLUTELY love doing the mods on my car, not sure what I will do when I finish my projects

RE: GINTANI
I am extremely impressed with this company and their team. Great group of guys that made themselves available for any and all question RE install and were very quick to respond The fit and finish of the exhaust and X-Pipe is superb. Everything fit together perfectly, no cutting or twisting, bending, forcing or any type of modification necessary. The X-Pipe was built with perfect alignment, exhaust was the same... down to the Millimeter. It is obvious that these guys at Gintani know their $hit, and for a "First Timer" like me, this is extremely important. Every part I needed was sent with the package, down to every last nut, Zip Ties, instructions... Packaging was great, exhaust arrived in perfect shape

STARTING IT UP
Finished install (with the help of my lovely wife) then fired up the beast and my wife looked at me and says "HOLY $HIT, that sounds AMAZING" AND THAT WAS WITH THE VALVE CLOSED after I was finished cleaning up my jizz, I put my finger on the key fob and pressed the "BUTTON" and released the full potential of this beast that has been caged. Immediately I smelt the wonderful smell of fresh fumes, PURE 94 octane fuel No longer being restricted by those damn CATS. I must say I have missed the smell of fresh kittless exhaust. This exhaust sounds fuckin AMAZING, it's loud and deep and has the perfect tone.
VALVE OPEN=LOUDER THAN A$$ INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CABIN. This thang fawkin Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeams louder then Sasha Grey takin it in the arse
VALVE CLOSED= NICE EXOTIC TONE OUTSIDE THE CABIN BUT SUBDUED AND STOCK SOUNDING INSIDE THE CABIN. I switched from M-Performance exhaust, and with the valve closed on the Gintani it is actually quieter, inside the cabin, then my M-PERF was. This is extremely difficult to capture on video BUT when the valve is closed the exhaust quiets right down and sounds very "Mellow" compared to wide open..

This exhaust is the Fawkin REAL DEAL

I am attaching a $hitty video but at least you can get the idea. I will try to get better quality videos soon. As said by others... videos do not do justice but at least you can hear it.
The thing that impresses me the most is how the sound changes AS SOON as you hit the remote. INSTANT sound change and that is very hard to capture on the video.

POWER: I really cannot tell you how the additional power feels yet. It's was about 30 degrees F here tonight so I had to be very careful with traction, tires just don't stick in this cold But then again I am just starting to get use to the ESS kit. I will keep you posted

UPDATE:
I was able to program the valve remote onto the homelink buttons, which is awesome. So now just press the homelink buttons to open or close the valve

Keep an eye for 1:45 in the 2nd video, you can see small flames shooting out of exhaust pipes


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      04-05-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Install this thing! I want to ditch my akra and do the same exact thing!!! Make sure you come back and tell us how it is.
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      04-05-2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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Install this thing! I want to ditch my akra and do the same exact thing!!! Make sure you come back and tell us how it is.
Hey Josh yeah sell me your Akra!
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      04-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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So basically this is just closing off 2 of the tips using a solenoid based actuator?

Would love to hear how it sounds. Leaning towards a Gintani exhaust myself.
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SICK!! I have the same setup except without the values your going to LOVE it................post vids of the valves open/closed if you can I'd love to hear the difference I might swap mine for a valved version like this

also, HUGE difference going catless, especially with the blower, enjoy
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      04-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #7
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Congrats! Can't wait to hear it!! Does anyone know if the valved option is done to the both the race and sport versions? Or the hybrid as well? or is the packing inside this exhaust different from the rest? Just curious cause I have the sport and I'm on the fence about going louder
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Damn, youre going all out man. Love following your mods.
But if you got the valvetronic option, why not just go race?
And is this valvetronic setup similar to other brands, the only thing I hear about this setup was that it is used to reduce the drone/noise, while other valve setups are for the sound..

Better have vids!
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Congrats! Can't wait to hear it!! Does anyone know if the valved option is done to the both the race and sport versions? Or the hybrid as well? or is the packing inside this exhaust different from the rest? Just curious cause I have the sport and I'm on the fence about going louder
The valved option comes ONLY in dual wall, but can be in race or sport version, polished or ceramic coated.
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How much are these? Been wanting to get an exhaust and was looking at the akra route but seeing this I think I want to get this exhaust.
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Congrats! Can't wait to hear it!! Does anyone know if the valved option is done to the both the race and sport versions? Or the hybrid as well? or is the packing inside this exhaust different from the rest? Just curious cause I have the sport and I'm on the fence about going louder
The valved option comes ONLY in dual wall, but can be in race or sport version, polished or ceramic coated.
Lovin it!!!
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I want to hear more! post when installed.

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Damn, youre going all out man. Love following your mods.
But if you got the valvetronic option, why not just go race?
And is this valvetronic setup similar to other brands, the only thing I hear about this setup was that it is used to reduce the drone/noise, while other valve setups are for the sound..

Better have vids!
Even the sport can be pretty loud at times
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I think I might have to try that X pipe. Does having the cross over much closer to the headers tighten up the exhaust note?
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I think I might have to try that X pipe. Does having the cross over much closer to the headers tighten up the exhaust note?
Having the X pipe meet closer to the headers helps with more torque and overall power.
Don't know if it will change the tone.

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Can't wait to hear how this sounds with the ESS SC
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Definitely the best sounding exhausts IMO too, gone throu fews and this one is far the best, i have it paired with fabspeed HCF and xpipes with my 535 kit and its already too loud and cant imagine doing Catless. Now with the valves options i think i am doing swap one day. Post some vids of the souding please.
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