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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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Cool exhaust suggestions for my zhp

i have an 05 330i zhp completely stock...im looking to upgrade to an exhaust that gives my car a deep and throaty sound. im not expecting any v8 sound but something muscular thats NOT annoying...any suggestions?

...should i get headers as well or is exhaust alone str8? thnx
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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Rogue Engineering DMS sounds great. I had it on my zhp and loved it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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i have an 05 330i zhp completely stock...im looking to upgrade to an exhaust that gives my car a deep and throaty sound. im not expecting any v8 sound but something muscular thats NOT annoying...any suggestions?

...should i get headers as well or is exhaust alone str8? thnx
I would keep it stock - the zhp drone is prolly the best balanced!
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:23 AM   #4
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the zhp drone


The stock exhaust doesn't drone, perhaps that's what you were alluding to?
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #5
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zhp sounds great... thing is you don't hear it as much in the car. Have a buddy blast down the road in your car with u standing close by so that you can hear it, you'll be pretty impressed I'm sure. If anything try replacing just the muffler or removing some resonators... oh and an intake will add some more music. GL
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:43 AM   #6
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stay with stock ZHP
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The stock exhaust doesn't drone, perhaps that's what you were alluding to?
..not drone exactly, but I'm sure you caught the drift!
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I have the TSE3 and it sounds great. If you want something conservative, try the Eismann Race muffler.
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TSE3. It's loud and aggressive, but it's amazing.
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thanx for the input...but should i get a full exhaust with headers or just the piping back to the muffler? what would be the difference between the two?
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thanx for the input...but should i get a full exhaust with headers or just the piping back to the muffler? what would be the difference between the two?
A full cat-back WITH headers will be ungodly loud. Stick to either 1) headers with a resonator deleted or 2) stick to OEM headers and get a full cat-back or axle-back exhaust for sound and MINOR performance. Keep in mind that headers will make it VERY hard to pass SMOG inspections unless you either wish to re-install OEM headers for each SMOG check or install aftermarket racing-cats which are very expensive.
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