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      04-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #111
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For those interested in resonated pipes....we're working on it!!! Should have samples within the next couple weeks

For everyone else......we have 3 sets of catless pipes in stock, next order is 4-5 weeks out.

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      04-23-2013, 04:20 PM   #112
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I'd have some interest in the resonated version; any sense as to what pricing will be yet?
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I'd have some interest in the resonated version; any sense as to what pricing will be yet?
Initial numbers are looking around $175 - $200 more per set!
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      04-24-2013, 09:23 PM   #114
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      05-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #115
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How is drone? Is there a dyno from the tune and test pipes?

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As someone that was really scared the rasp was going to be too much, let me tell you it isn't (IMO of course). We aren't talking E46 S54 level rasp here. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of rasp in general, but I have to say I've really fallen in love with the way this car sounds, and I'm paired with the OEM exhaust mod.

While most people don't seem to like it on the boards, 100% of the people that I have heard or ridden in my car said to not switch the muffler out
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      05-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #116
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How is drone? Is there a dyno from the tune and test pipes?
As with any louder exhaust combos, there are some, and it's not that bad to me. Of course, everyone has different ideas of what drone sounds like. Having said that, I saw a set of Borlas for sale at a very good price so I picked them up. I wanted a little bit more bass at the lower RPM range.

There's dynos floating around for sure. I'll let someone else confirm but you can expect probably 30-40hp from this combo?
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      05-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #117
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For those interested in resonated pipes....we're working on it!!! Should have samples within the next couple weeks

For everyone else......we have 3 sets of catless pipes in stock, next order is 4-5 weeks out.

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Any update on the resonated test pipes? Pictures and/or a sound clip would be awesome.
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      05-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #118
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      05-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #119
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Any update on the resonated test pipes? Pictures and/or a sound clip would be awesome.
Unfortunately doesn't look like this is happening. Really not much room to play with.

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      05-18-2013, 01:16 AM   #120
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Hoping to pick some of these up once I get back from the desert.
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      05-24-2013, 10:31 PM   #121
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Still available? Please quote price shipped to 91789? Resonator is still not an option?
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      05-25-2013, 12:07 AM   #122
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By any chance anymore of this set-up? Thanks!
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      05-28-2013, 08:00 PM   #123
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Got a call today from Matt today @ AUTOcouture, saying the second batch of pipes are in. (Already impressed with the service) Can't wait to install them and hear how they sound!
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      05-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #124
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Got mine installed last week along with a tune - car feels/sounds amazing! Thanks ACM!
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      05-31-2013, 01:44 AM   #125
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I'm very interested. I bought my 08 M3 used last year and it came with an Akra cat back and the rear resonators deleted. I'm debating getting the Akra x pipe or maybe just your test pipes. I guess I'm confused where the test pipe goes relative to the xpipe and and how the test pipes will be affected by my lack of rear resonators. Please advise me on what to expect. Thanks!
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      05-31-2013, 10:53 AM   #126
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I'm very interested. I bought my 08 M3 used last year and it came with an Akra cat back and the rear resonators deleted. I'm debating getting the Akra x pipe or maybe just your test pipes. I guess I'm confused where the test pipe goes relative to the xpipe and and how the test pipes will be affected by my lack of rear resonators. Please advise me on what to expect. Thanks!
There's a very good chance that if you don't have resonators, and you swap out the primary cats with test pipes, your setup will be very load and raspy.

The primary purpose of test pipes is to replace the primary cats, which restrict air flow through the exhaust. By replacing the primary cats with test pipes, you increase air flow, which increases sound, and also allows the opportunity for increased horsepower provided you take advantage of a software update to match. However, it should be noted that the intent with test pipes, is to keep both the secondary cats and resonators from the stock x-pipe in place, to allow for some sound filtration.

I'm a bit confused with what you mean by Akra cat back. Akra has two different systems. The X-Pipe (Which I suppose could be called cat-back, but isn't usually) and the Slip-On (Axle back). I'm assuming you meant to say you have the Axle back, because I would be very surprised if someone bought the Akra X-Pipe and removed the resonators.

If you really did mean that you have the Akra X-Pipe without resonators, personally, I wouldn't install the test pipes on a resonator-less xpipe. I would double check to see exactly what x-pipe you have, and go from there.

If you do have the Akra slip on (Axle back), then you could try the Test Pipes first, and if you didn't like the sound, get the Akra X-Pipe. It all depends on what setup you actually have.

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      05-31-2013, 01:42 PM   #127
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      06-01-2013, 02:26 AM   #128
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There's a very good chance that if you don't have resonators, and you swap out the primary cats with test pipes, your setup will be very load and raspy.

The primary purpose of test pipes is to replace the primary cats, which restrict air flow through the exhaust. By replacing the primary cats with test pipes, you increase air flow, which increases sound, and also allows the opportunity for increased horsepower provided you take advantage of a software update to match. However, it should be noted that the intent with test pipes, is to keep both the secondary cats and resonators from the stock x-pipe in place, to allow for some sound filtration.

I'm a bit confused with what you mean by Akra cat back. Akra has two different systems. The X-Pipe (Which I suppose could be called cat-back, but isn't usually) and the Slip-On (Axle back). I'm assuming you meant to say you have the Axle back, because I would be very surprised if someone bought the Akra X-Pipe and removed the resonators.

If you really did mean that you have the Akra X-Pipe without resonators, personally, I wouldn't install the test pipes on a resonator-less xpipe. I would double check to see exactly what x-pipe you have, and go from there.

If you do have the Akra slip on (Axle back), then you could try the Test Pipes first, and if you didn't like the sound, get the Akra X-Pipe. It all depends on what setup you actually have.
I have the slip on. The previous owner also deleted the resonator from the stock xpipe...and it already sounds raspy. Looks like I need to consider the Akra pipe... Or maybe pick up a used OEM xpipe and put the test pipes on it.

Just to clarify, can the test pipes be removed and the primary cats reinstalled for smog testing? A pain but it just goes with living in CA.
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      06-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #129
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      06-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #130
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I assume this is a butt connection? How well does it seal if not welded (although I would most likely weld)? Is there documentation on where to cut the stock pipes so I can prepare?

And finally, price to 30066. Thanks.
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      06-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #131
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Anyone done this with the oem exhaust?
Can I get a price shipped to t3h0g6
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      06-25-2013, 10:25 AM   #132
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If anyone out there would like to get just the pipe, let me know, we can split the promotion and both end up happy as I only need the software.

We can both get the promotional price, $379 for the pipe, and $900 for the software.

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