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      04-19-2012, 12:03 PM   #45
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how much is their valvetronic system? i can't find pricing anywhere
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      07-31-2012, 02:41 AM   #46
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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


After reading this post and hearing another Gintani system I went down the same path as you except I have the HFC version instead of the quad resonated system My experiences were the same and I also imported my own system to OZ. Nick, Alex and Arno at Gintani made the whole experience a pleasure and could not do enough,I've seldom come across such incredible customer service. The system arrived when Nick said it would, the packing was perfect and the system arrived it was flawless. No doubt about the build quality, second to none. I removed an Akra Evo full system to install this and I'm so glad I did. The sound from this Gintani system is truly incredible, and the valve system works so well, either open or closed the sound is awesome.
The valves achieve what a regular system does not, great as daily drive, quiet and subtle sound on light acceleration and great idle tone. Give it some revs and it transforms into a monster with the best sounding traditional V8 tone, either with valves open or closed. The ceramic coating also makes the system look really tough and was the ideal color choice for my car. It's hard to get a good and accurate results with audio, but these are reasonably close.



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      07-31-2012, 08:14 AM   #47
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I'm shocked you traded the akra evo for this setup. From my personal experience, the quality of this system over time is terrible. My xpipe has just recently cracked in 5 different locations after 1 year of owning it. Furthermore, after rewelding the pipe we inspected it a week later and found a new crack up on the xpipe where it meets the header. Seems like the thing is falling apart, I'm going to replace with a challenge race xpipe soon.
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      07-31-2012, 10:13 AM   #48
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I'm with Ricky on this one. My xpipe also has a small crack in it after about 1 1/2 years of use and 10kmiles on it. My car never see's rain or snow so its always dry
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      07-31-2012, 12:11 PM   #49
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Weird, I have two of gintani's X-pipes. One on an 08 M3 and one on a 2010 M3 and both are fine. Hmmmmm
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      07-31-2012, 02:08 PM   #50
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Hi Guys,

I'm sad to here you've had a problem with one of our products. We have sold hundreds of these systems starting from 2008 and have not had a complaint about any cracking from welds. Our systems are fully tig welded and we use the highest quality US 304 stainless steel, We also purge all of our pipes while assembling to get the highest strength & durability. We back our welds a 100% that is why we offer life time warranty to original owners on any cracking of welds and two year warranty on muffler's. If there is anyway we could help you with your issue involving one of our products please contact us and let us know don't leave us in the dark we like to know about any problems with our product so we can resolve it and always make it better if needed.

P.S Just a heads up since both of your cars are supercharged i would pay attention to exhaust temps especially with these cars having 02 sensor issues they tend to get Fairly high temps which can cause some issues with cracking. Please do not take this information the wrong way just some stuff we have noticed with these cars it has nothing to do with which companies S/C system you are running......

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      07-31-2012, 08:11 PM   #51
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Looks really amazing and sounds even greater!
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      07-31-2012, 11:47 PM   #52
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OK, it's official, you make the best videos in the world :-)

Bravo sir, great job.

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      08-02-2012, 03:21 AM   #53
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OK, it's official, you make the best videos in the world :-)

Bravo sir, great job.

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Thanks for the kind words Sean, makes it a pleasure to share.
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      05-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #54
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Can you PM me price of valvetronic system please!! Looks great and sounds even better!! Shouldnt have found this thread!! Now I want one
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