The Car Thread

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  1. sakeido

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    Got the new rims on. Went with Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires... it is a total ripoff of the Pilot Super Sport that costs about $50 less a tire. Very, very impressed with the tires. I had thought going up an inch in rim size, from all season tires to max performance summer tires, things would be much louder and rougher riding, but the ride is actually smoother, quieter, and more controlled.

    The reverse mounted LMs look fucking incredible and are the perfect offset for this car. I kind of wish I had non-staggered rims, or could have gotten a 9" front/10" rear set. The 9" rears have a different, flatter face and much more lip than the 8". The center caps didn't fit in the front! Stock dust cover is too big. Trying to source some new ones from Japan so I can get the caps on front & rear... the BBS caps are too sexy to leave off.

    Going to have to lower the car a bit more now, though. I went from 225/50R16 fronts to 215/45R17 and they still rub so I need stiffer springs anyway.

    Car needs a wash so bad... finally got the parts in to fix the windows so they roll up again. It is starting to show some rust in a few spots so I'll have to take care of that soon too. I want to just bolt on a bunch of go-fast parts, but I think a restoration and full paint job would be a better move at this point.

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    So in your guys' opinion, who makes the best sounding aftermarket exhausts? And if I were looking to mod my car to improve the sound without going catless, should I upgrade the headers too or is the exhaust enough?
     
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    Ah yeah they just do bmw stuff and I actually sold mine a few months back so thats a no go
     
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    Best brand changes from car to car but in my experience, the best sounding stuff is usually built by a company dedicated to just one brand. If there is an OE vendor selling aftermarket parts (Mazdaspeed, Ford Racing, Mopar, etc) their exhausts are almost certainly going to the best mix of performance, volume level, and tone. Aftermarket companies can't compete with OEM engineering.

    Or you can find custom exhaust guys just like you can find custom guitar builders... they can build you whatever you want, and you just pick mufflers based on your desired volume level and tone. Some companies will have sample clips of each of their mufflers on the same engine so you can compare them. The cost, around here at least, is the same or less than an off-the-shelf system but we have a lot of talented but out-of-work welders in this province right now.
     
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    DOH!...I missed the M3 departure :drew:
     
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    I just helped my son put a new honeycomb Quattro grill on his A4 :)

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    Yeah that makes sense. I guess I'll just have to do some research or see if I can find someone who has my car with an aftermarket exhaust at a car meet and compare!
     
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    Ah yeah I traded it in a few months back, still a wonderful car!
     
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    @sakeido I love those wheels. Great color combo. A little bit of camber and gentle rolling of the fenders may help you fit the 225 up there.

    What are you driving now? There's most likely proven aftermarket setups you can quality samples from. Going catless really helps reduce exhaust drone for some cars as well. Might be worth trying for optimal sound quality and just swapping them back in every two or so years for smog.
     
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    I have a 991.1 Turbo S, I don't think I can go catless because it will fail emissions and the car is CPO'd so that might affect the warranty. I think a regular bolt-on exhaust with high flow cats would be sick, but I just don't know which brand to go with and who is reputable.
     
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    haha, the fronts are rolled as much as they can: right flat. I'm looking into changing the suspension... I'd have to pull the fenders with it as is, but it sits too high anyways and I want to keep the stock body cuz it's a 10AE. Stiffer springs or larger sway bars should do the trick. Waiting to hear back from Tokico about the highest spring rate I could run with the Blues, because the ride quality right now is outstanding (relatively)

    But I found a smokin deal for a standalone so I think I'm going to do it first... the stock electronics in this car are making me very, very frustrated



    Sharkwerks are your boys
     
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    I don't know if I'm sold on the Sharkwerks and I have a shop telling me Tubi is the best, and another one saying to get a Kline with 200 cell cats and this other dude telling me to get the Armytrix, but truthfully they are hard to judge in the videos, and they all just kinda sound like the Turbo S, and the Turbo S is known for a lot of things, but its exhaust note is not one of them if you catch my drift hahah.
     
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    Picking an exhaust out is really tough if you can't go hear it person. Honestly, it's fairly similar to trying to buy an amp online with only sound clips :lol:. I ran two different setups before I settled on my existing header back system for my car. The first didn't change the tone that, the seconded sounded exotic above 6,000 rpm and made all sort of wonderful pops and crackles upon startup, but hurt to drive long distances with and set off car alarms when it was cold haha.

    Drone can really ruin a great exhaust if you have to drive a car everyday or long distances. Everyone's tolerances are different so basing the decision off forum sound clips and some guys saying "yeah it doesn't drone much" isn't the best way to go. With the amount of cash I can see a Turbo system costing it might be worth tracking down local owners or seeing if you get rides in shop cars.

    And yeah, turbos don't do much for sound :lol:
     
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    God I love FCs so much, mad jealous.

    Done much engine wise? Been thinking of trying to snap one up and do a heavily ported 20B swap. Those engines are getting cheaper here now.

    Won't be for awhile now though, this eats all my money...

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    It's getting a tune in a few weeks but it should be making 220-230kw at the wheels (350bhp ish?). Where I live is a labyrinth of windy roads so it's a good amount for now. Going to drop the boost slightly and advance timings instead though, smooth power delivery out a bit.

    Looking at getting an Evo III whilst I'm overseas next year too. Can only bring one car in every five years under that scheme or I'd get a IV as well. :agreed:

    Exhaust wise my headers are a custom job, then everything after that is Kakimoto Racing. Sounds pretty good and isn't that loud. Great when you put your foot down but doesn't drone on the highway.

    I've pretty much always had the best experience using local guys with good reputations over big name brands. Notable exception would be Daishin Racing on my bikes, they're amazing. This car already had the Kakimoto setup when I got it otherwise I would've had it done locally.

    Tough part is finding out who is actually good in your area.
     
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    Not too much. It has a turboback exhaust with the cat deleted, ported wastegate, boost controller and a little piggyback ECU on it to get some more fuel into it. It'll boost 10psi when its cold so it might be up 40 or 50hp on stock with all those mods combined, but it's still not that fast :( they only had 197 stock after all.

    I've got a line on a Haltech and a guy who will build me a custom harness local so plan is to go standalone then push the stock turbo as far as it'll go. But, I really want to get the car's body totally fixed up and repainted too and I can only do one or the other this year... not sure which way I'll go just yet. A 3 rotor would be awesome and we have two awesome rotary specialists around here that will build them, but they are $$$ in Canada now.

    Nice Evo though! I've been seeing a few of those getting imported into Canada now. Very cool cars.. and I love that 4G63 motor
     
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    250hp still sounds like a blast in one of those. They aren't exactly heavy cars.

    Haltech is really popular here (for obvious reasons) and a great piece of kit. I'm most likely going to be putting an Elite 1500 into another project.

    The go-to here on 13B-REW for awhile at one stage was pretty much what you've got already plus an intake, front mount intercooler, injectors, and a GT35 or GTX30. Can't imagine it'd be much different for a DEI. From memory with some minor porting people regularly got 300hp+ with that route. Probably easier nowadays with Goopy seals and things like that though. :agreed:

    I'd say get the body fixed first though if you've got gremlins showing up. The engine will wait for you, the body won't. It'd suck to put money into the engine only to have rust kill it.

    I'm planning to head over there for a year to catch up with relatives. As long as I stay for twelve months I should be able to bring an Evo III back to Australia with me. I'm putting a bit over 24psi through mine at the moment, but I'd rather be 200kg lighter haha.
     
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    Car is almost done being wrapped and I think i'm picking her up later today, so excited!!
     
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