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      11-13-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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SoCal: if you have 3” catless downpipes but stock exhaust on 335i click here.

I’m in the process of looking to get 3” VRSF downpipes for my 335i, however before committing to a purchase, I need to know what they sound like with stock exhaust, so like the title says, if you have a 335i (N54) with aftermarket catless downpipes, 3” a plus, VRSF a huge plus, I would like to meet up with you for a ride (you will be driving) and do a pull or two, there will be a $20 bill in it for your trouble.
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Where are you located? Also, search YouTube. I have this and it sounds great.
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Where are you located? Also, search YouTube. I have this and it sounds great.
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I know about youtube videos I saw/heard a bunch of these but I know I will get what it actually sounds like by being inside the car.

I am actually trying to keep my setup as quite as possible without any drone.
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HAHA I'm about to install mine, and put a stock exhaust back on, I'm located near LTMW tho so let me know!
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      11-13-2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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Quite a few stock exhaust setups here:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc....1.KPRm1dw0k70

Hit me up if you need any help installing these or run into any snags
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It sounds pretty good. I have 2.5in though crappy racelands but cant complain when they fit and for $160
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I've heard ar catless downpipes on a stock exhaust and I've gotta say... its extremely raspy and not exactly a great sound, a buddy of mine had them on his car and it was louuuudddddd. The rasp is similar to a e46 m straight piped (if you are familiar with how that sounds)
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All catless downpipes will sound more or less the same. What you're paying for is the fitment and the quality of construction.

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I've heard ar catless downpipes on a stock exhaust and I've gotta say... its extremely raspy and not exactly a great sound, a buddy of mine had them on his car and it was louuuudddddd. The rasp is similar to a e46 m straight piped (if you are familiar with how that sounds)
They are probably hitting each other and that is causing some rattling sound. Properly installed downpipes are not raspy.
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All catless downpipes will sound more or less the same. What you're paying for is the fitment and the quality of construction.



They are probably hitting each other and that is causing some rattling sound. Properly installed downpipes are not raspy.
Hmmm quite possibly, it reminded me of a straight piped civic on stock muffler but with a deeper race tone
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Hmmm quite possibly, it reminded me of a straight piped civic on stock muffler but with a deeper race tone
This is why it is really important to buy good downpipes. Cheap downpipes can have really bad fitment issues and that is not a problem that I would ever want to deal with.
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I know you want a stock exhaust catless DP ride but if you want to hear what catless BMS DP's plus the BMW PE sounds like on a E90 N54 then lmk. I'm in O.C. area.
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This is why it is really important to buy good downpipes. Cheap downpipes can have really bad fitment issues and that is not a problem that I would ever want to deal with.
That is true but I hear that ăr dps are a pretty penny and are constructed just as good as the price tag?
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I know you want a stock exhaust catless DP ride but if you want to hear what catless BMS DP's plus the BMW PE sounds like on a E90 N54 then lmk. I'm in O.C. area.
can you take a video of the pull? im curious cuz i have PE and been thinking to get DP, so far i have 2nd kitty deleted too, so i wanna see how loud is that gonna go first. thanks!
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I'll try and get one tomorrow. I think my exhaust set up would be to raspy without my secondary cats though.

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can you take a video of the pull? im curious cuz i have PE and been thinking to get DP, so far i have 2nd kitty deleted too, so i wanna see how loud is that gonna go first. thanks!
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Created a new thread, but I'll ask here... I have downpipes on my car _ just moved here and need to get cali registration. If I have catless pipes on now and can obtain smog paperwork, can I try to register it without issue here or will I get in trouble at the DMV? Thanks everyone.
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I'm not in so cal... but I have MS down pipes and stock exhaust and the exhaust has zero drone and sounds stock... if you want it to be quiet, it definitely will be....
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I'm not in so cal... but I have MS down pipes and stock exhaust and the exhaust has zero drone and sounds stock... if you want it to be quiet, it definitely will be....
I also have MS catless downpipes (rest of my exhaust is stock) and it most definitely does NOT sound like stock lol. It is fairly loud and really screams in the higher RPM range.


I have an E92, though, so it will be louder than an E90, naturally.
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Created a new thread, but I'll ask here... I have downpipes on my car _ just moved here and need to get cali registration. If I have catless pipes on now and can obtain smog paperwork, can I try to register it without issue here or will I get in trouble at the DMV? Thanks everyone.
In california, in order to pass smog, you'd need the entire emissions system on your car (original cats, resonators and muffler or at least CARB legal ones) I highly doubt you can pass smog legally with anything catless down here unless you know some people. Btw, california isn't very nice to the mod scene you must also be a certain decibel level of sound well even for some race tracks.
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I've heard ar catless downpipes on a stock exhaust and I've gotta say... its extremely raspy and not exactly a great sound, a buddy of mine had them on his car and it was louuuudddddd. The rasp is similar to a e46 m straight piped (if you are familiar with how that sounds)
interesting, the pipes could be hitting the subframe
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I know you want a stock exhaust catless DP ride but if you want to hear what catless BMS DP's plus the BMW PE sounds like on a E90 N54 then lmk. I'm in O.C. area.
that’s a possibility, however if I’ll be throwing money around id rather wait for the right person to come along, I will keep your setup in mind thou.
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Created a new thread, but I'll ask here... I have downpipes on my car _ just moved here and need to get cali registration. If I have catless pipes on now and can obtain smog paperwork, can I try to register it without issue here or will I get in trouble at the DMV? Thanks everyone.
if you can wait until 2013, they changed the law so that cars 2000 year or newer only have to pass OBDII scan, no more tail pipe sniffer, so as long as your car doesn’t shoot codes you’ll be ok.
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