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      04-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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OBX 335XI downpipes? $149? <--Really?

As the tittle states, I just came across some downpipes on ebay for a 07+ 335XI made by OBX for $149. Just wanted to see if anyone has been brave enough to try and wanted to share some insight? I'm assuming they just got ahold of some AR downpipes and copied the design or something along those lines.


Go ahead and call me a cheap a$$ but if they are "ok" build from a "ok" material, why not? I had good experiance with them before but it was with a set of headers for an Acura haha

I should be kicked out for asking, I know.
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you get what you pay for with these cars 99% of the time...
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      04-25-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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Sounds attractive, but as ZTZ1010 mentioned you get what you pay for!!!

I 'd better wait for VRSF dp's for xi, they should be released soon!!!
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you get what you pay for with these cars 99% of the time...
haha very true, but I'm mainly just curious at this point. For the price, I might be the first one to try here
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You definitely get what you pay for; I think their products are hit or miss...depends on what you buy, but the good reviews seem to be mostly for their mufflers.

A few thoughts.
Their slogan seems to be "Shit is good"
Their about us page indicates that "PREFERRED BY OBX DISTRIBUTORS AND OBX RETAILERS"

The first just strikes me as odd for a corporate slogan, and the second is like saying people who make their living selling Cola flavored beverage prefer it to Coke.
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      04-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #6
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Yea and these are probably 2.5 inch anyway.
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Buy them, but have another set ready just in case they don't fit. You don't want to start installing them only to find out they don't fit.
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Yea and these are probably 2.5 inch anyway.
Moot point, considering xi pipes need to be 2.5in WAY sooner than a regular pair, just so they can fit.

OP: I say either wait for VSRF if you can, or just pick up a pair of CP-E.
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These are probably crap. But this whole you get what you pay for attitude is what allows the vendors to continue to overcharge us off because we have a BMW. The BMW tax is crazy
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Agreed with the "get what you pay for" crowd here. Then on another note, anything for a BMW costs more than any other car. R&D is the same, the materials, when indicated, are the same. Yet for some reason the cost is more. Funny how that happens. Would never scrimp or settle though. So inflated prices we pay!
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they are 3 inch and taper down 2.5 just like every other pipe mated to stock exhausts. installation would cost me three times that, i think ill pass as the mule this time.
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OBX pipes fit the 335i just fine. They also do accept returns. So if you can install yourself and aren't losing out on labour you don't really have much to lose.
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Materials-wise, OBX is just fine, it's fitment you have to worry about; and even then it's low-risk.

My experience with them involves parts for my 240sx KA-T, my SC300 turbo, and several friend's cars (s2000, another 240sx, etc). Their fitment improves over time, so if something doesn't quite fit, they get the jist from reviews, and it gets fixed. I've not seen any issues with returns and such with their vendors either, so it's a low-risk option generally speaking.

To be honest, the downpipes on the 335i are pretty expensive. There's nothing about the quality, fitment, or parts for the downpipes that makes them any better than some other car. It's just that 335i owners will generally spend the money (and generally have more money to spend) when there is no other option out there. Same goes for exhausts, $1500 for ANY exhaust system short of a titanium system or something, is ludicrous; especially when they sound like complete ass.
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Ultimate Racing, CP-E, AR Design, OBX - they all work and they all do the same thing. Pick your poison based on your price limit... DPs aren't a bit deal for the XI's.
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It's two pieces of metal w/minimal welding. Don't listen to these "get what you pay for" fiends, it's not that complicated.
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It's two pieces of metal w/minimal welding. Don't listen to these "get what you pay for" fiends, it's not that complicated.
Never understood this mentality. Why buy a $50k car then cheap out on parts? There are numerous threads about fitment/install problems with various 'bargain' parts like this.... Why not save yourself the hassle and spend $150-$200 more to do it right?
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Ultimate Racing, CP-E, AR Design, OBX - they all work and they all do the same thing. Pick your poison based on your price limit... DPs aren't a bit deal for the XI's.
I agree and I've been told their pretty good so far for the price .
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I for one always go for quality but the price is very attractive and may be worth a shot if you install yourself. I believe the only concern I have ever read about these DPs is regarding the fitment. Buy the VSRF if you can wait, or the AR DPs if you have the funds. GL.
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