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Old 11-22-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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After market backbox

Hi everybody want some advice about what backbox get. I've got a 2000 1.8 e46. Or if it's a good idea to cut the backbox out and weld some tips on
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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I'm assuming you mean a muffler? I did the muffler delete on my 328i and I couldn't be happier with it, especially for the price. It sounds great & is easily reversible if you don't like it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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How much did it cost you to do and Is it a easy DIY job do yourself
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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It cost me $50, including a new muffler tip, at my muffler shop. If you can weld I guess it's an easy DIY, but I can't so I just paid to have it done.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:08 AM   #5
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I can't weld no. But I think im going get it done tho it sounds loads better from what I watched on YouTube. The only trouble is mines a single pipe and I want a double
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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I have the single pipe as well, and have a single muffler tip coming out of the back, it looks ok, nothing spectacular. I can post a pic if you'd like.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:22 AM   #7
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Yeah go on then mate. If yours looks alright I might go with the single pipe then
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:02 AM   #9
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That looks spot on not to big or small you've done a good job there. And has that made much of a difference in noise terms too
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #10
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That looks spot on not to big or small you've done a good job there. And has that made much of a difference in noise terms too
Thanks! It's louder on the outside, but I can't tell a difference on the inside. It has a nice sporty tone & gurgle but nothing too obnoxious.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #11
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I know I'm being a pain but could you do a video of it please
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #12
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No problem, give me a day or so, I need to put it on the battery charger so it will start.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #13
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Nice one mate your a star
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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Sorry it took so long to get this up, the car was down this weekend while I was working on it, but here's the video!

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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That sounds great it's got a nice deep tone to it but not to much.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #16
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Yup, it's perfect for my taste.
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Sorry it took so long to get this up, the car was down this weekend while I was working on it, but here's the video!

I am in love. I bookmarked that video. I plan to do this soon as well. just to figure the process, you used a pipe cutter, cut out the piping next to the final muffler, and then used some pipe clamps to hold in the new straightpipe?
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I am in love. I bookmarked that video. I plan to do this soon as well. just to figure the process, you used a pipe cutter, cut out the piping next to the final muffler, and then used some pipe clamps to hold in the new straightpipe?
I took it to my muffler shop, but that's basically what they did, but everything is welded. Only cost me $50 and that's including the tip.
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I took it to my muffler shop, but that's basically what they did, but everything is welded. Only cost me $50 and that's including the tip.
I plan to give it a try, once I fin the clamps lol, then I'll probably just call it a DIY, advantage with clamps is that when emission time rolls around, I can throw the muffler on, and be in the clear =3
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I plan to give it a try, once I fin the clamps lol, then I'll probably just call it a DIY, advantage with clamps is that when emission time rolls around, I can throw the muffler on, and be in the clear =3
Sounds like a good plan, we don't have inspection in Alabama so I made mine more permanent.
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