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Custom Exhaust, Is it worth it?

 
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sparky  



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Custom Exhaust, Is it worth it? Reply with quote

Hey guys,

It is time to get the exhaust on the car, I went to one of the guys who knows his stuff extremly well over here.

As the setup that is going on the car needs some fancy pipework to get an exhaust out of each side of the 968 ass it bumps the price up..

Well here is the quote inc labour and installation for the full custom job:
PS: Everything is in stainless steal and it is for everything apart from the manifold..

731 or 553 or $1,076

Let me know your views guys..

Cheers,
SparkY
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ideola  



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you running headers or stock exhaust manifold? This is an NA car, right? What size piping will this be?

$1K is a bit more than I personally would spend on a 924 exhaust, especially on an NA because you'll get little performance gain from it...it'll be purely a cosmetic / aesthetic (i.e. aural) investment. Assuming the guy knows what he's doing in terms of tuning the exhaust.

Just my $.02, though, you have a sweet looking ride, and ratty looking / sounding exhaust can totally ruin the whole experience
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC, you dont need to run a cat, so for 2 boxes and some pipework I think its a bet exp.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A thousand bucks for a stainless exhaust system from the collectors back isn't a bad deal - it's about on par with other shops. I paid about the same. Except for one thing: You said it's from the manifold back, which would I assume include the collectors. Dump the cat - get a 3" exhaust.

Custom exhaust jobs are ok - great if they get all the wierd vibrations out of it.

Another option is go to a muffler shop chain and get them to guarantee a cheaper system.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For $1000 you won't get any more hp, that if you salvaged the stock exhaust from a 2.5L 944 or 924S.

You don't need a 3" exhaust. Your engine doesn't breath enough air to take advantage of that size pipe.

Just get the stock exhaust from a 944 from the collector to the tail pipe. Cut the 944 collector pipe at a place where you can weld on a flange to attach to the stock 924 collector, and you're all done.
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morghen  



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gohim wrote:
For $1000 you won't get any more hp, that if you salvaged the stock exhaust from a 2.5L 944 or 924S.

You don't need a 3" exhaust. Your engine doesn't breath enough air to take advantage of that size pipe.

Just get the stock exhaust from a 944 from the collector to the tail pipe. Cut the 944 collector pipe at a place where you can weld on a flange to attach to the stock 924 collector, and you're all done.


+1^

dont get crazy on these things as they realy dont matter....i had a stainless steel exhaust made for 100 EUR...sold it with 150 including the mufler. The difference was there but was small...and the exhaust system that was on the car before i installed the stainless steel one was all rusted and busted. So just get a 944 exhaust and thats it.....if you cant find a decent one...i might be able to help. PM if you are interested...i know a 944 that is being parted out not far from here.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input guys,

I have taken note of all of it.. im pretty sure shipping a 944 exhaust over here aint gonna be cheap and that will still not give me the output at the back that I need. What I will do is find out how much it will cost to do just the rear section with the pipework. Ill get under there when it is on the lift and make sure its not got any holes in it. If that checks out to be good, I will remove the center box, get him to custom make just the rear section and run that into 2 boxes (one on each side)

Does this sound more down to earth?

Many thanks for the offer morghen! Really appreciated
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gohim and the others are right about the size and performance, but 3" gives a sound that is excellent, at least on my car. I've had it for a few months now with no complaints. Come to think of it though I had him check the wastegate rubber and some other things too for my money.

Your new idea sounds fine - but are you intending on running dual exhaust? Most shops have enough trouble just mounting a single exhaust properly on these cars. I can't speak from experience on how they'd do a dual setup but it might be kind of ugly.

Gohim's idea about the 944 exhaust is a fine one because the fitment will be right and it's inexpensive and correct. Going the custom route means they have to make it right from scratch - which means labour.

Also, why is stainless important to you?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news,

I went down to the exhaust shop and saw he had a bunch of 2-stroke kart tyres outside, turns out I use to race against the guy which was a great start to a conversation and turned out I knew the same bunch of people he does..

The new price: $600

That is for a full exhaust with the same setup. He will also check to make sure that the manifold is not leaking at all and will do the back half in stainless steel and the front part in steel.. What do you think about the price?

SparkY
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lot better.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparky wrote:
bla bla bla.....and turned out I knew the same bunch of people he does..


oh realy ? how many people are on that rock again ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankfully, not many at all..

Everybody on the island knows eachother through a couple of people

PS: This looks like it might have also come in handy with insurance! (FINALLY!)

Ill let you know how it goes with both

SparkY

EDIT: The island is 20 miles long and 8 wide! (these are at widest and longest points
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparky wrote:
The island is 20 miles long and 8 wide! (these are at widest and longest points

and at low tide
new price sounds great. go for it!
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