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      07-28-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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Fabspeed/Gintani Full Exhaust Install & Review

Over the weekend I had a new exhaust system installed on my vehicle, Fabspeed hfc's/resonated x-pipe and the Gintani rear section. Let me start by saying I have only received positive comments about how nice the car sounds. I did not do any dyno runs as this write up is about the esthetics and sound of the exhaust not power gains. So here are my initial impressions of my new exhaust setup,along with a short video and some pictures. The welds on both systems is of high quality and the tips fill the rear bumper very well in addition there were no fitment issues what so ever and the install went very smoothly. At initial start up I was thrown back by how deep the system sounded it was almost scary for a second I thought to myself "can I really drive this car all the time ?". Then I got in and realized it wasn't bad at all, as I proceeded to pull out of the lot and drive down the road the car roared down the city streets bellowing off of houses, setting car alarms off and waking up babies. Just the way I like my exhaust systems and although the vehicle is loud from the outside it is fairly quite in the cabin (except at wot, haha when I'm on the phone people ask me if I'm on a plane). The drone is only prevalent between 2500-2800 rpm and at cruising speed on the highway it is nonexistent. So over all I'm extremely pleased with my new setup and would recommend it to anyone looking to increase the volume of their vehicle, this is all obviously my personal preference and others may feel my setup is overbearing. With that said my last vehicle was a e46 M3 with Supersprint headers,test pipes,non-resonated x-pipe and race mufflers which was perfect for me. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures and my review. I'd also like to say that Taylor from Ape performance and Alex from Gintani were a great deal of help and are great guys to work with, and for anyone in the tri-state area Bill from the Bimmer Clinic is also a stand up guy who knows his cars and really do a thorough job.

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      07-28-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Any exhaust leaks with the Fabspeed HFC's and midpipe?
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      07-28-2009, 08:26 PM   #3
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Any exhaust leaks with the Fabspeed HFC's and midpipe?
None actually a very tight seal we triple checked .
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None actually a very tight seal we triple checked .
Looks great Ash!
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Sounds pretty good

Get that bumper on!
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That sounds terrific, can u make a video of inside the car?
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sounds pretty nice!!
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Sounds n looks great. I like the pic with the stock exhaust M3 next to ur M3, looks like ur M3 is a grown ass man and the stock one is a little boy
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This sounds like a great setup.

So you're not planning to do any dyno runs at all?

Aren't you curious to see what kind of power it makes now?
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Looks great Ash!
Thanks Taylor !

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Sounds pretty good

Get that bumper on!
Workin on it should be on by next week. Thanks Justin

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That sounds terrific, can u make a video of inside the car?
I will try to make more videos and post them up ! Thanks

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Thanks. Your car sounds great too and I love your QD7's !

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Sounds n looks great. I like the pic with the stock exhaust M3 next to ur M3, looks like ur M3 is a grown ass man and the stock one is a little boy
Thanks. That's why I took that side by side just to give people an idea of what those 4 blackholes that Gintani calls tips look like next to the stock ones.

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This sounds like a great setup.

So you're not planning to do any dyno runs at all?

Aren't you curious to see what kind of power it makes now?
Honestly at this point we all have an idea of the average type of gains from an exhaust set up , so I didn't feel the need to bother. Plus I never did a baseline run which is critical in order to determine proper gains. My lap times improving around the track is just as good of an indicator to me that my car is producing more power plus it's much more fun then 3 pulls on a dyno. I'm not trying to sell a product just enjoy my car !

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I just ordered Fabspeed HFC's and resonated x-pipe today as well. Thanks Taylor at APEPerformance; great service and nice price. I have already done a baseline dyno with just my Eisenmann Race and AFE filter. I will also do a post dyno after the Fabspeed stuff gets installed. I am just trying to decide if I should buy the Eisenmann connecting pipes or just leave the stock ones; not sure if there will be a difference in flow and therefore power. Anyone have any comments on this?
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Does it look better in person, cause i personally see the tips as too big through pictures
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I just ordered Fabspeed HFC's and resonated x-pipe today as well. Thanks Taylor at APEPerformance; great service and nice price. I have already done a baseline dyno with just my Eisenmann Race and AFE filter. I will also do a post dyno after the Fabspeed stuff gets installed. I am just trying to decide if I should buy the Eisenmann connecting pipes or just leave the stock ones; not sure if there will be a difference in flow and therefore power. Anyone have any comments on this?
I really am not sure how much of an impact it would have, however seeing both I would say the Eisenmann connecting pipes is the better way to go due to larger diameter and smoother bends. Make sure you do your dyno runs on the same day, many of the tuners I spoke with said they get fluctuating numbers from the cars on diffrent days. Not sure but better to be safe and assure yourself the most accurate numbers.

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Does it look better in person, cause i personally see the tips as too big through pictures
Then I would say that you would have the same opinion in person. They are large and those pictures should give you some what of a good idea. That is really a matter of preference, I personaly like large aggressive looking tips.
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Wow that sounds GREAT!!!! Any CEL lights???
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Nice!

Sounds Great.
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I just ordered Fabspeed HFC's and resonated x-pipe today as well. Thanks Taylor at APEPerformance; great service and nice price. I have already done a baseline dyno with just my Eisenmann Race and AFE filter. I will also do a post dyno after the Fabspeed stuff gets installed. I am just trying to decide if I should buy the Eisenmann connecting pipes or just leave the stock ones; not sure if there will be a difference in flow and therefore power. Anyone have any comments on this?
Leave it, personally no reason to spend 600 bucks even though I have the connecting pipes...

Do you think you can post some sound clips after you get it? That's the exact setup I want but I'm just holding off a bit. Your clips/dyno would definitely speed up that process

You can PM me if you want man!
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Leave it, personally no reason to spend 600 bucks even though I have the connecting pipes...

Do you think you can post some sound clips after you get it? That's the exact setup I want but I'm just holding off a bit. Your clips/dyno would definitely speed up that process

You can PM me if you want man!
I'm just waiting on Fabspeed to finish fabricating a set of high flow cats for my car. Everything should have shipped yesterday but Fabspeed says it probably won't be until Monday. I am hoping to get all the stuff here by late next week and have it installed soon after.
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Sounds sick Ash. Drop me a PM I gotta hear this setup IRL. I had the same thought the first time I started the car up, but after the drive home I loved the sound.

At least I held the NJ Gintani Title for a couple of weeks
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Wow that sounds GREAT!!!! Any CEL lights???
Thanks ! No lights at all and I do not have a flash. If you wanna check it out in person shoot me a pm .

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I will, I was waiting for you to comment on the thread I took that dead on rear shot just for you !

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Sounds sick Ash. Drop me a PM I gotta hear this setup IRL. I had the same thought the first time I started the car up, but after the drive home I loved the sound.

At least I held the NJ Gintani Title for a couple of weeks
I'll be around this weekend just let me know when you want to meet up. It's funny we both have Gintani exhaust systems and we will both have RAC's and we live 10 min away from eachother. Prob the only 2 in NJ with the same set up. ha ha Thank god your car is SG and I'm AW or it would be real ridiculous. I'll PM you my cell number.
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I'm just waiting on Fabspeed to finish fabricating a set of high flow cats for my car. Everything should have shipped yesterday but Fabspeed says it probably won't be until Monday. I am hoping to get all the stuff here by late next week and have it installed soon after.
I think I'm as excited as you to hear it, my fellow Indian brother! Let me know how it goes, I heard it may rattle a bit, but it's an easy fix, you just need a soft mallet I think? and you can bend the heat shield or something..not sure but if there's a problem I'm sure you'll see it
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