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      10-11-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Your thoughts and feedback – catless X-pipe with resonators (4)

I thought the post can help me form a better decision on the modifications I am thinking about.

First my goals are
  • To get to the same horsepower to weight ratio as the coupe (yeah I have a convertible)
  • If I go catless, I would like to be able to easily change and go back to stock (complete bolt-on, no cutting, welding or fabricating and I need to be able to use any 'cat-back' or rear muffler sections after the resonators) in case I need to do it for inspection.

Based on my calculations (assuming a 15% delta between CHP and WHP) I will need to aim for at 410 WHP and I would like to stay NA if possible.

The improvements I am currently thinking off are
  • Air filter (probably BMC race) – still need to check whether I have the restrictive stock filter.
  • Dynamic air scoops (either RPI, aFe, etc…)
  • Pulley (probably Macht Schnell)
  • Primary and secondary cat delete (either Borla X-Pipe with test pipes and 4 resonators, Dinan High Flow Middle Racing Exhaust or Gintani E9X M3 X Pipe)
  • Tune 93 Octane
  • In the future I might go with new mufflers (looking at weight savings; titanium, but this will be pricey); either Akrapovic Slip-On or Remus.

So my questions now are
  • Can I use the stock OEM muffler with all of the listed X-pipes?
  • Was someone able to do this complete bolt-on, no cutting, welding or fabricating and any 'cat-back' or rear muffler sections after the resonators?
  • If yes, would it be possible to get sound clips? – assuming nobody lives in the area so I can listen to these combinations.

Feedback and opinions are welcome.

Thanks for reading,
Guenther
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      10-11-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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Honestly, for the price youre better off going with a supercharger especially if you intend on doing akra plus an x pipe which will easily tally 5K whereas you can do a new supercharger for ~8K.
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      10-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
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Yes, thanks, I thought about this option too.
My main concern is my current understanding that superchargers are not street legal in California, so I am currently assuming that I will have a problem with inspection in Massachusetts as well. I think the regulations are the same.
So for me - changing the X-pipe and the tune to get an inspection is just a lot less work than with a supercharger.
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      10-12-2012, 05:19 AM   #4
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You really care...about street legal tune in So Cal??

Catless X-pipe is not street legal. Tint is not legal in CA. Tune to 93 octane also..I believe...

For the exhaust..if you do not want to spend a lot of money..

Buy Macht Schnell test pipe ($500) and do OEM mod ($200)....

If you delete resonators, you would get raspy
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      10-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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You really care...about street legal tune in So Cal??
No, sorry my mistake for not providing enough details.

I am currently "trying" to use the Cal rules, because it is my impression - what passes inspection in Cal will also pass in MA. I am sorry I don't know the exact differences between MA and Cal, meaning what will not pass in Cal but will pass in MA. So I kind of go a safer route at the moment.
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Bolt-on's are a great place to start when trying to unleash the maximum amount of Horsepower from your S65 engine. With our full Bolt on N/A system our customers have achieved excellent numbers (398 whp) above the stock (350 whp).

Our Kit consists of the following

AA- Axle Back Exhaust System
AA-X-Pipe Catless
AA-Power Pulley Kit
AA-Green Filter
AA- Tuning Software

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You really care...about street legal tune in So Cal??

Catless X-pipe is not street legal. Tint is not legal in CA. Tune to 93 octane also..I believe...

For the exhaust..if you do not want to spend a lot of money..

Buy Macht Schnell test pipe ($500) and do OEM mod ($200)....

If you delete resonators, you would get raspy
have you done the OEM mod with the test pipe? I havent been able to find someone with this set up any were. please let me know
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Have you done the OEM mod with the test pipe?
No I have not and I am not sure whether this is a good idea, because of the sound effects.
There is also a separate thread called “OEM mod + Catless” on this subject it think.
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With our full Bolt on N/A system we got 398 Whp
That sounds great.

Could you also please be so kind and help me understand whether this will pass MA state inspection? I really would like to be sure before I make my decisions.
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With our full Bolt on N/A system we got 398 Whp
That sounds great.

Could you also please be so kind and help me understand whether this will pass MA state inspection? I really would like to be sure before I make my decisions.

You can and here is how!

Option A.We also have a special software to pass obdII testing with catless xpipes but this will not work if you have a sniffer test in your state.

Option B. Stubbies http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...rke+emmissions

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