My new word for the day... MUFFLERECTOMY @ StyleDynamix Hayes
Had a catback fitted today at StlyeDynamix exhaust center (Hayes). Wait was kinda long to have it done but I half expected that from what I have read in general about getting custom exhausts fitted and to be honest is mind settling as you know its not a rush job! Had plenty of tea's at the ready good conversation and movies playing in the rather warm waiting area so can't complain really. Gotta say, I'm pleased with the immediate results! I was actually very surprised on what it did to the way the car drives/ performs tbh as from reading if exhausts are worth the bother if not going down the hybrid route gave mixed opinions. I'm no good at explaining these things and a tuning/mech newb so I won't embarrass myself trying to get indepth, but what I did notice immediately was the car is slightly more eager in 4/5/6 @ lows revs and there is less lag in the turbo now. Actually pulls a little harder too, or so it seems anyway. The exhaust note is not as loud as I anticipated but it sound real nice when your heavy with the right foot. Could be a little louder but I am told the decat will make it louder still when that get's done so I'll wait till then before tweaking anything. Low revs it sounds very OEM to me, hardly notice it was on there.
What I had done was to remove the back box completely and have a silencer/ muffler box just after the center section of the system. Was a little apprehensive about what it may sound like after hearing a straight through sys on Passat they had there, not that it was crap sounding, but I couldn't live with it as a daily due to the loud turbo sound and 'Woooosh - booom!" produced upon accelerating. Was eager to hear what mine would be like after hearing that! I was praying we were singing off the same hymn sheet!!:sadlike:
The lads there are a good laugh though, had a few chuckles while I was waiting, their video on a **** exhaust job done by a competitor was rather amusing! Subtitles were a nice touch :sly:
YouTube - Exhaust on bmw gets rebuilt @ styledynamics/styledynamix 0208 561 0001
One of the lads there - Craig wound me up after finishing an MR2 they had on the ramps... It sounded good after they'd finished but a lil loud for me... upon enquiring whether mine would be as loud I was told with a straight face that it should be a little louder, kinda like a scoobie which I took a pause to think about before seeing the smile start to creep onto his face.... I'm told customers have been told their car had fallen off the ramp for a giggle, then they forgot to tell them it was a prank! Lmao! good set of lads...
Anyway, I digress...
I have been told by chipped UK whom I got my remaps of, that I should disconnect the battery overnight to reset the ECU then connect back up in the morning and let the car idle without revving at all for 10-15 mins. Something to do with the throttle and ECU learning, I be fooked if I can remember exactly what it was now. But I believe it is to get the best from fitting the catback. We'll see if this does anything as I gave her a good blast on the way back. New exhaust and the good diesel I put in, ummmmm what's it called... V power that's it, lol... and it's fast as you like! :happy:
Here's a few dodgy pics taken on off my phone of the exhaust and next bit to come out the cat! I was like a kid in a toy shop as I never seen under my car before! lol!! Sad ay, I know but seems that bloomin modding bug has bit me good and proper! After the spool up difference from just the catback, I'm thinking de-cat then hybrid and new maps! Until the misses cotton's onto how much it will cost with other mods planned! Lmao!!
Now if any of you guys are as green as me to this stuff here's wear your cat is and what the thing looks like:ninja: excuse pic quality
Rest are self explanatory...
Opinions good or bad appreciated