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      05-18-2010, 04:30 AM   #1
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AA catless exhaust - Write-up, photos, video

There are many threads dedicated to the Active Autowerke signature exhaust, and for good reason. I'm usually not one for long write-ups or anything, and I know a routine exhaust install is really nothing too special, but I felt the urge to share my experience with others. I opted for the full catless system, with the help of Omar@Active. Working with him was very easy, and the transaction was ridiculously smooth. I had my exhaust in four short days.

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Closeup of tip


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The install was handled Monday morning by the guys at Rennspec. Matt did most of the work and did a fantastic, efficient job. The attention to detail these guys give to the entire process is unbelievable. Shooting the shit with Jason made time fly, and before I knew it, I was headed home with a seriously insane sounding car .

Car lifted and ready for surgery


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Taking the OEM exhaust out




Fitting the new system






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Here is a short clip. The car was warmed up, this wasn't a cold start. I plan on shooting some more vids soon.




I am in love with the sound! The car drones a little while cruising on local roads, but is barely noticable when riding on freeways. I love the tone of this system compared to the others and have no regrets. The tips were installed staggered, and don't stick out obnoxiously at all. Big thanks to Omar/AA and Rennspec!
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      05-18-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Glad to see that you are happy with the product and the install!
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      05-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #3
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Nice writeup on an excellent product!
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      05-18-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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      05-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #5
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Very nice! More pics of the car from the rear after the install !!
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      05-18-2010, 07:11 PM   #6
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Very nice! More pics of the car from the rear after the install !!
Here you go.






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      05-18-2010, 07:56 PM   #7
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Catless AA sounds like a scary monster
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      05-18-2010, 08:28 PM   #8
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nice i wanna hear this thing in person!
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      05-18-2010, 11:08 PM   #9
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It's a great sounding exhaust, that is for sure.
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      05-19-2010, 12:54 AM   #10
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nice i wanna hear this thing in person!
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      05-19-2010, 12:34 PM   #11
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Thanks for the extra pics! I have an E90 M3 in Jerez on order, might go for this exhaust - can you post up some more pics of your car for me to drool over until mine arrives !??

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      05-19-2010, 03:25 PM   #12
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Thanks for the extra pics! I have an E90 M3 in Jerez on order, might go for this exhaust - can you post up some more pics of your car for me to drool over until mine arrives !??
Check this out:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=379132
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does is thro on any codes?
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does is thro on any codes?
It hasn't yet, but without a tune, it eventually will.
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Thanks! - looks great with the black grill...might have to order one
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sounds great, congrats. i almost got this one but the drone i couldn't do bc it is my daily so i went with something else, but it does sound nice

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sounds great, congrats. i almost got this one but the drone i couldn't do bc it is my daily so i went with something else, but it does sound nice

enjoy
any problems without a ecu tune or is the cel light just on thinking of doing the same I have an eisenmann race exhaust on right now !
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The drone is almost nearly non-existent with this setup. I realize that sounds crazy, but it's really not that bad.

My SES light came on after 100 miles or so. Once I acquire a couple of other mods, I'll be getting a tune for sure.
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i have the Dinan midpipe with there tune so i don't have a CEL problem

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any problems without a ecu tune or is the cel light just on thinking of doing the same I have an eisenmann race exhaust on right now !
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The drone is almost nearly non-existent with this setup. I realize that sounds crazy, but it's really not that bad.

My SES light came on after 100 miles or so. Once I acquire a couple of other mods, I'll be getting a tune for sure.
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Great to see you are enjoying the setup. Enjoy the car in good health!
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Great to see you are enjoying the setup. Enjoy the car in good health!
Much appreciated, Omar. I'm loving it.
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The drone is almost nearly non-existent with this setup. I realize that sounds crazy, but it's really not that bad.
ummmm...... I'm not so sure I agree with that one.. Give it a couple thousand miles till it breaks in, it gets louder. I took mine off because the drone got annoying after about a half hour drive. It's pretty loud. Granted it's much better than many other systems on the market.
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