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Milltek resonated or non-resonated?

*P3nfold* Jan 24, 2013

  1. *P3nfold*

    *P3nfold* Member

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    Hi all,

    I bought an S3 yesterday and was wondering whether to keep resonated or not? I only want to go non-resonated if I will get a performance increase!! I could consider a decat and keep the resonated system but only if I get a performance increase e.g. lower EGT and improved flow.

    Currently I have a Relentless 3 inch downpipe with a 200 cpi Magnaflow sports cat with a 2.75inch Milltek resonated cat back system and was considering chopping out first baffle and replacing it with a piece of pipe or seeing if anyone whated to exchange the centre section on the cheap e.g. carriage only.

    When I had the BAM in my MK3 Golf I had a non-resonated, decatted, Jetex system which was 2.5 inch with a 3 inch downpipe and that sounded fierce on throttle but.......

    Though the Audi is more refined I do like the sound on throttle but not the done on the long A roads or motorway.

    Anyway thoughts and comments appreciated please?
     
  2. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    I think a performance increase would be questionable, but non res all the way...or you will be pissed...;)
     
  3. hardhitter

    hardhitter Member

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    Because of the way the back box is on these Milltek's (for the 8L S3 anyway) they are quiet and not boomy as a non-res system. There was a pic on the forum somewhere where someone had cut open the rear silencer to see what was inside. The perforated pipe goes along the silencer and loops back and goes to the tailpipe. The silencer is doing a lot more than a convensional straight through box.

    As S3 Dave said you would probably be dissappointed how quiet the resonated system is.
     
  4. Dan-Jnr

    Dan-Jnr Well-Known Member

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    I went resonated as the non-resonated are far too loud.
    The resonated still has a sportier tone than the standard OE exhaust and full boot sounds really nice.
     
  5. BENJAMIN

    BENJAMIN Active Member

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    Stop being a gay, I'll tig a piece of 2.75" in place of the resonator for some pennies on Saturday. No performance gain or egt drop from res/non res, especially at modest power levels.

    Non res miltek is the best sounding exhaust for an s3 imho.
     
  6. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Haha i can see an argon shortage coming up going by dannys post...
     
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  7. Danny Cawsey

    Danny Cawsey Cawsey

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  8. BENJAMIN

    BENJAMIN Active Member

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    Organise a national de-resonating day Dave. Fire up the welders!
     
  9. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    i was initially dissapointed with my non res it was so tame, but i like it now, it really isnt invasive at all.
    With a cat id say go non res without a doubt
     
  10. Sam_

    Sam_ Down under

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    Non res on mine and now I've had it 6 months it's certainly louder than when I originally had it fitted. Sounds nice though. I still have the cats and the original downpipe. The badger5 inlet + cone filter is louder I think.
     
  11. [Dave B]

    [Dave B] Daddy

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    +1 for non-res, sounds horny up the rev range.
     
  12. Danny Cawsey

    Danny Cawsey Cawsey

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    Stop making me jealous boys. might just have to fork out and buy the non res section from ebay and sell mine.
     
  13. BENJAMIN

    BENJAMIN Active Member

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    Just buy a 1/2 metre length of 2.75" stainless for £15 off eBay and get your local specialist to weld it in. Would probably cost you an hours labour.
     
  14. *P3nfold*

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    Sounds like a plan, non-res it is lol
     
  15. Wingnut Express

    Wingnut Express Audi sponsored by Mastercard

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    I went non resonated and was disappointed at how quiet it was and I am 42, so I ended up fitting a Relentless downpipe and that did make the car sound a bit more meaty with out being boomy inside!

    Sadly for me it was never going to sound as good as my old VR6, god I miss having that V6 sound (But not the MPG)
     
  16. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    Heres mine:

    [ytv]e2aah3-zBFk[/ytv]
     
  17. *P3nfold*

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    Thats good to know!! I got to admit the sound of a VR is awesome on full chat.

    Cheers sounds sweet, yes I feel the need for non-res in my life now!!!!
     
  18. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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  19. *P3nfold*

    *P3nfold* Member

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  20. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Not Yet... ;)
     
  21. *P3nfold*

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    Sounds like a plan!!!
     
  22. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    I've got a non res, non cat, flame throwing miltek :ninja:
     
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  23. *P3nfold*

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    So very stealthy then?
     
  24. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    As stealthy as using a sledge hammer to hang a picture on the wall.
     
  25. Tony gold

    Tony gold Member

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    Go to be non resonated, the wife couldn't get used to how quite it is even though got a Relentless manifold,
    Down pipe and 120 sports cat, nice sound at high revs though, not boomy
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  26. *P3nfold*

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    Tomorrow, I'll go non resonated. I feel like I am losing my virginity.
     
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  27. Routledge

    Routledge Wind Deflector Trend-setter

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    Superkarl does the filter of your video have Parkinson's? I heard more shuffling of the camera than of your exhaust.
     
  28. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    lol, my mate on his phone. Phones dont pick up sound to good as it is. Id make a new one but my car doesnt make any sound at all at the mo :(
     
  29. djarchive

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    Whichever mine is... (the one with a baffle / the quieter one) is IMHO better... Biased :racer:
     
  30. *P3nfold*

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    Well guys, I got to say Ben "skills" did an outstanding job, and thanks to Reesy for helping. I am now the proud owner of a non res Milltex system. Sounds awesome, sounds alive, they way it should be.

    2013-01-26 16.53.48.jpg
     
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  31. Vex182

    Vex182 Guess what I drive...

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    Am I the only one that thinks the standard exhaust is loud enough - and no it does not have any holes in it! Lol.
     
  32. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Oh no! You didn't let reesy help did you ;)
     
  33. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Dont worry Westy,, Reesy will have just being watching................ eating a maccie Ds....:icon_thumright:
     
  34. *P3nfold*

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    Westy and Dave you are not far off, he was a great helper as my wrist is f**ked.
     
  35. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    You didn't have to give him a reach around did you?!

    What did they do. Cut out the resonator?
     
  36. Reesy

    Reesy Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Jus' sayin':

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    And yes that is a milltek resonator and yes it is being used as a backbox..
     
  37. BENJAMIN

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    What restriction?

    You nearly shot your beans when it came on boost.

    [​IMG]
     
  38. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    You 2 are mental. I like your style. Best send me a video reesy!
     
  39. *P3nfold*

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    No mate just teabagging!!

    resonator is no longer.
     
  40. *P3nfold*

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    Ben + Reesy that looks JAP
     

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