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I paid 930$ USD all in for both parts in November 2020.
Now I just looked at the price, 878$ USD for the DPF and 768$ USD for the downpipe (1646$ USD!!) outch
Plus $1875 USD for this...

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And we haven't even talked about the tune + tunezilla or Godzilla or whatever dollarzilla it's called..... pretty much $5k or more CAD to do it.

HAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDD NOOOOOOOOOO
 

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The only problem I see with the aftermarket mufflers is the extra attention from cops. I am trying as much as possible to keep an OEM+ look; although I would LOVE a full 3in line and replace the suitcase with other mufflers.
I'm not gonna say anything... I'll just leave this here (with you being lowered and cops being clueless, no one would ever know visually)

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Looks strangely familiar to mine 🤔🤔

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Discussion Starter · #328 ·
Deleting just the suitcase must not make a big difference on sound. You need to delete 2 to get a significant difference on sound.
1- The cat on the downpipe
2- The DPF
3- The suitcase

Now deleting all 3 will be noisy & unpleasant for sure lol

As for this kit
This is not what I call sleeper. Awesome yes, but sleeper no
Also, they claim:
Note: Exhaust sound will not increase much at all with this kit only. Noteably louder when coupled to the DPF upgrade exhaust kit.

You need significant sound damping (muffler) with the other 2 gone




There are alternatives as well (less awesome, but yeah), but I fear it will increase noise level & attention.

To be honest, I would take a hair more noise; but I fear VERY MUCH that it will become too loud & expensive with no performances gains. So I'll pass for now, but if my suitcase ever shows signs of wear & tear (leaks) it will be gone before you know it!
 

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Deleting the suitcase muffler with stock exhaust makes absolutely minimal noise difference, if you were an enthusiast and you know what these sound like stock versus not stock you will pick it up, it's a little louder and the exhaust has slightly deeper bass to it, mostly from the outside but you can tell a little on the inside. Definitely picked up some responsiveness though and that annoying throttle and put lag is basically gone.

Coupled with a DPF and catalytic converter delete the vehicle gets extremely loud
 

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I am planning an eventual brake service.
Found those non-identical twins 18Z. I'll rebuild them and get them powder coat kaki green. I know it is not necessary, but it is not a lot more expensive than OEM so yeah... Of course I'll use 350mm rotor, they guy gave me a used pair with the caliper. 350$ CAD (both calipers, wear sensors, used disk & pads). Not bad.

I don't anticipate any improvement in braking feel & performance, but if there is I'll take it.


Still need to troubleshoot my towing harness issue, just need to find a trailer to test the new pigtail & connector.
 

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no errors at all. I'll test a trailer tomorrow or so and if it still doesn't work I'll pull VCDS again. Found a used controller for 125$. They goes for much more on ebay or anywhere else...
 

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kinda boring update.

I got the alignment done last fall, everything was on specs. Fast forward one week ago, found a ****ing screw at the junction of the sidewall section just before our holidays where we intend to drive 1200km. Rushing to a tire shop, the guy doesn't recommend to fix the tire because of the sidewall load/movement. So I put one winter tire on and we drove away.


Now looking at the wear on the tire... WTF is this ****. All 4 tires were new 5000km ago. Now I have crazy camber in the back.


Got an appointment Thursday for a new alignment, I will most likely replace the 2 rear tires again...

Random picture of the ride with a roofbox I rented few weeks ago. I removed the bars immediately after I returned the box.


Lastly, I replaced all interior lights with LEDs, color is 2700K so about the same as OEM (which might be 2200K as it is quite yellow). I did NOT want the 5000K blue light. The light output is very impressive, I am pleased with that. Left is OEM, right is LED. 5 front reading light, 4 footwell, glovebox, 2 trunk. The only one I don't like is the one on the taillight, I prefer the model I got for the front door where the bulb is not replacable.


I should get my 18Z caliper back from powdercoating tomorrow. Looking forward for that as well!

lastly, I got a minor fender bender in a parking. The rear left reflector in the bumper cracked and broke the mounting tab, insurance company want to replace the whole bumper and rear diffuser. The rear left tail light got scratched as well. This will be the perfect opportunity to look for the towing controller...
 

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Yep tire rotations every oil change and alignments minimum yearly are critical. Nobody believes me.
 

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You will be replacing the two rear tires with exactly the same name, model and tread pattern as the pair on the front?

Hopefully, given the mileage covered, the difference between the tread depths on the front and rear axles will be less than 3mm or 3/32ths.

Keep the good tire of the pair you have taken off - it might come in handy should you get screwed again!
 

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Discussion Starter · #340 ·
yes, I'm looking for the same Pirelli scorpion verde. looking indeed for less than 3/32 diff between all 4. Since the front one are almost new, I should be fine.

but the tires are 5000km old (3100mi!!), I didn't expect that!
 
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