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Well, not completely sorted out. One of the 4 pipes seems to have a restriction where the tip cannot be pushed in as far as I'd like. so now I've got one pipe that needs to stick out a bit more. I am able to reach in there with a 13mm wrench and make adjustments on the other clamps and the attached is the best I can do.

Also, no matter what I do, the outer pipes are pointing down a bit more than the inner pipes if I want a staggered look. Seems to be no solution for that short of modifying the pipes.

The good news is that the clamps that control the up/down movement (while hard to reach) of the pipes leading to the tips is just tight enough that I can massage the positioning with a gentle tap of a hammer and a block of wood with a towel for protection... at least a couple more times. I pushed the inner pipes up a bit to see if I like it.

As someone else mentioned, a real exhaust shop could resolve this stuff easily. But the removal of the bumper is the challenge.

But I'm also feeling like this exhaust itself has some tolerance and manufacturing issues.
 

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Well, not completely sorted out. One of the 4 pipes seems to have a restriction where the tip cannot be pushed in as far as I'd like. so now I've got one pipe that needs to stick out a bit more. I am able to reach in there with a 13mm wrench and make adjustments on the other clamps and the attached is the best I can do.

Also, no matter what I do, the outer pipes are pointing down a bit more than the inner pipes if I want a staggered look. Seems to be no solution for that short of modifying the pipes.

The good news is that the clamps that control the up/down movement (while hard to reach) of the pipes leading to the tips is just tight enough that I can massage the positioning with a gentle tap of a hammer and a block of wood with a towel for protection... at least a couple more times. I pushed the inner pipes up a bit to see if I like it.

As someone else mentioned, a real exhaust shop could resolve this stuff easily. But the removal of the bumper is the challenge.

But I'm also feeling like this exhaust itself has some tolerance and manufacturing issues.
It looks good. I'm a perfectionist myself so it's a shame you're going through so much trouble.

Looking forward to some sound clips :)
 

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I have OCD too and I think this looks perfectly acceptable. I cannot see much of an issue now. I fitted Remus on my 2.0 and there were alignment issues as well. So yea most of these have manufacturing tolerance errors to some extent. For the money they cost it should be bang on perfect!

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QV with front pipe back Milltek, flaps open always (home depot hack):

Cold start in garage:
https://youtu.be/Le5VJMY8kFo

Just after cold start (about 1 minute), with all windows up in garage, flaps open:

Just after cold start (about 1.5 minute), with all windows up except for drivers window down, in garage, flaps open:
https://youtu.be/sK5hpHA8yDk
Thanks for posting but the second and third videos had no audio

Edit: at Max volume, I hear the faintest sound. Not sure what the issue is.
 

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Well, not completely sorted out. One of the 4 pipes seems to have a restriction where the tip cannot be pushed in as far as I'd like. so now I've got one pipe that needs to stick out a bit more. I am able to reach in there with a 13mm wrench and make adjustments on the other clamps and the attached is the best I can do.

Also, no matter what I do, the outer pipes are pointing down a bit more than the inner pipes if I want a staggered look. Seems to be no solution for that short of modifying the pipes.

The good news is that the clamps that control the up/down movement (while hard to reach) of the pipes leading to the tips is just tight enough that I can massage the positioning with a gentle tap of a hammer and a block of wood with a towel for protection... at least a couple more times. I pushed the inner pipes up a bit to see if I like it.

As someone else mentioned, a real exhaust shop could resolve this stuff easily. But the removal of the bumper is the challenge.

But I'm also feeling like this exhaust itself has some tolerance and manufacturing issues.

Sorry to hear about all these hassles. Unfortunately, installation and fitment problems seem to be fairly common with aftermarket exhaust systems. For the money Milltek gets for their system, fitment should be perfect.

The only time I have ever found perfect fitment with any aftermarket exhaust was from the major Japanese aftermarket companies, like HKS and GReddy. Those guys really had good engineering and attention to detail.
 

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Thanks for posting but the second and third videos had no audio

Edit: at Max volume, I hear the faintest sound. Not sure what the issue is.
Hmmm... not sure why... maybe there's some type of filtering being applied by youtube.
Did the first one work ok? I can try to make one while pulling out some time in the future.
 

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Sorry to hear about all these hassles. Unfortunately, installation and fitment problems seem to be fairly common with aftermarket exhaust systems. For the money Milltek gets for their system, fitment should be perfect.

The only time I have ever found perfect fitment with any aftermarket exhaust was from the major Japanese aftermarket companies, like HKS and GReddy. Those guys really had good engineering and attention to detail.
yes, I think you're right... given that some other systems out there are like over $5k USD, it's to be expected I suppose.
But still not sure how I feel about the pipes sticking out like that. 3 of the 4 pipes can move in and out but one will not go in further, so it's setting the tone for how far out the other 3 will have to be. Most likely I'm the only once that notices.

Glad I went with carbon, it matches the spoiler (a little) and looks good especially with the Endizone package.
 

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Hmmm... not sure why... maybe there's some type of filtering being applied by youtube.
Did the first one work ok? I can try to make one while pulling out some time in the future.
First one did and I really wanted to hear the revving
 

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Ok I figured out the problem, if the car is connected via bluetooth there's no audio. I don't know why exactly, maybe the Mic in the car is used and it's cancelling the car noise?

Here's a small rev video, in the garage, flaps open, car wasn't "warm" but had gone through the warm up cycle.

 

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Ok I figured out the problem, if the car is connected via bluetooth there's no audio. I don't know why exactly, maybe the Mic in the car is used and it's cancelling the car noise?

Here's a small rev video, in the garage, flaps open, car wasn't "warm" but had gone through the warm up cycle.

I think you hit the nail on the head. I like this exhaust but do I like it for 3k
 

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I think it sounds better than the centerline, which I have heard. interestingly there was a small rattle with the stock exhaust that I heard under the right conditions and now it’s gone. Not sure if it was a clamp that caused it or something else in the stock system.

these systems are all too pricey, but I blame that on the lack of the mass production. if someone like corsa or Borla starts making these maybe the overall prices would go down...but that won‘t happen either.

someone asked if I would add the xpipe. I am driving with the valves open, so there’s plenty of decibels here... maybe it would be different if I didn’t have the flaps always open.

the cold start with valves open and this exhaust is loud and not exactly smooth..,i wonder if there’s a way to get rid of the cold start cycle in the ECU? I did that on the m3.


I’ll make some more videos in a while.
 

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I think it sounds better than the centerline, which I have heard. interestingly there was a small rattle with the stock exhaust that I heard under the right conditions and now it’s gone. Not sure if it was a clamp that caused it or something else in the stock system.

these systems are all too pricey, but I blame that on the lack of the mass production. if someone like corsa or Borla starts making these maybe the overall prices would go down...but that won‘t happen either.

someone asked if I would add the xpipe. I am driving with the valves open, so there’s plenty of decibels here... maybe it would be different if I didn’t have the flaps always open.

the cold start with valves open and this exhaust is loud and not exactly smooth..,i wonder if there’s a way to get rid of the cold start cycle in the ECU? I did that on the m3.


I’ll make some more videos in a while.
You have the stock resonator mid pipe?

I wonder how much that would add, I guess what I'm wondering is how much the axel back adds since I already have the x pipe lol
 

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Sorry I have no idea, you’d need to hear a car with the different combinations. I can try to use a decibel meter to show interior volume level and you can compare Of course there’s more to it than just loudness but that’s a good way to compare.
 

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Sorry I have no idea, you’d need to hear a car with the different combinations. I can try to use a decibel meter to show interior volume level and you can compare Of course there’s more to it than just loudness but that’s a good way to compare.
I tried that with mine but don't think I was being very accurate with it. I think I was in the 80s, but that was windows down in a tight garage on cold start
 

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I used my phone and measured the sound level. At idle outside, with all windows down, flats open: 87 dB. Does not change much until reviving over 2500. Phone was held at center I’d steering wheel with mic pointed down.
 

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I think I was something similar. Wish I would have done the same pre x pipe
 

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Mikoz, Thanks for the video. Very interested in this one. The sound is what I am looking for. The stock sound needs some improvement. Is this the catback or midback Milltek exhaust? Are those the carbon tips? Where did you purchase? Labor hours to install? Are you concerned about warranty?
 

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Mikoz, Thanks for the video. Very interested in this one. The sound is what I am looking for. The stock sound needs some improvement. Is this the catback or midback Milltek exhaust? Are those the carbon tips? Where did you purchase? Labor hours to install? Are you concerned about warranty?
I think I covered all of that earlier, but here are the answers to your questions:
Front pipe back, not catback
Yes carbon.
Overseas vendor via ebay.
4 hours.
I asked this of the service manager and he said no. It's hard to imagine a dealer fighting you on an exhaust for warranty claims. If it had touched the cats, they said it would be a problem and they wouldn't even do it.
 
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