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Old 07-15-2009, 02:38 AM
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Default R56 MCS muffler on my R53

I installed a muffler from a R56 MCS on my R53 a few weeks ago...

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...I also used the R56 muffler hangers...

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...there are pre-drilled holes in the rear "frame rails" and the hangers just slide in from the rear as they do on a R56...

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...view from the rear looking in through the grille area...

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...of course with the straight R56 exhaust, the battery box has to go bye-bye...

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...the battery is an Optima Red Top mounted on it's side...

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...somewhat finished battery install...

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...sitting back on the ground...

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...side bumper view...

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...I did have to shorten the tail pipes so the tips didn't stick out to far.

The car was crazy loud with no resonator...snap, crackle, and pop at every shift and decel...

...cold start with no resonator...
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...I have since installed a R53 JCW resonator front pipe, cold start...
http://s64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...t=MVI_4165.flv

...I think the tone now is perfect. I still have some pop and burble, but it's not excessive...and no drone.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:20 AM
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Nicely done!!!
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:57 AM
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Thanks man!
I'm happy with it....except for the tips. I'm gonna make some nice slash cut ones. Powder coated black, of course.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:11 AM
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How about an R56 JCW exhaust?

I like this alot man, I think I will go this route when I get around to doing this!!!
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:01 PM
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You could use a JCW muffler, but you will still have to shorten the tail pipes. Which shouldn't be a problem for you.
I got this muffler for free from a friend who had the Stage 1 kit installed. I just had to buy the hangers and bolts.
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Wow, good job

Have you got a sound file/ video of higher RPMs with warm engine?
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I dig it - very cool.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:01 AM
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Greats sound man
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:42 AM
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Thanks guys!
To be honest... I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I think I just got lucky on the fitment and sound.
I do have a resonator from an R56 MCS that is maybe half the size of the JCW one, I may make another front pipe with that to see how it sounds/performs.

There is a slight difference in pipe size between the R53 JCW resonator pipe and the R56 MCS muffler. I machined a stainless sleeve that is welded to the muffler assembly and slides over the resonator pipe.

EDIT: Scotty...i'm working on a "on the road" clip. Just have to find the right spot.
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looks and sounds great
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:08 AM
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Thanks!
I'll try to make a better video clip this weekend.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:18 AM
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wow .. very nice set up you got there!

I really wanted a straight pipe and this could be the budget set up

Did you cut off the battery box yourself?
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:45 PM
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wow .. very nice set up you got there!

I really wanted a straight pipe and this could be the budget set up

Did you cut off the battery box yourself?
Thanks man!

Yes, I did cut the box out myself...it took about 2 1/2 cutting wheels on die grinder before it hit the floor. LOL
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:07 AM
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Default "Flow-Thru" Rear Bumper Grilles

I was experimenting today to see what it would take to make the stock rear bumper grilles an actual grille, instead of a solid piece of plastic.

I wanted to use the stock ones because they are designed for the rear bumper cover and just snap right in, but I hate having fake/simulated grilles... so after about an hour on the belt sander which included cleaning up/trimming each opening with an x-acto knife, I ended up with this...

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...I did remove a lot of plastic and the grille itself turns out being much thinner, but once you snap it into place, it's fine.


The stock solid "grille" on the drivers side will meet the belt sander soon, just didn't have time today.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:16 AM
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any performance gains from the massive weight savings?


it looks nice
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