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Old 08-30-2016, 07:31 PM   #1
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Centered exhaust?

I own a 1999 323i manual transmission, and love it. I'd like to upgrade my exhaust system. But if possible I'd like to put the exhaust pipes down the middle instead of the left side. Not sure if anyone has done this already, if so! Any reccomendations? Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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If you look under your car you will see there is no room for exhaust in the middle due to the spare tire area. Would likely require heavy modification. But I couldn't say if it has been done.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:50 PM   #3
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I saw one guy's mod that routed the exhaust to the right side without modifying the trunk or body at all. So it's doable, but probably not worth it just for the look.

Plus, center exhaust cars like the original Boxster look like a poop chute.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:02 PM   #4
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I think what OP wants is an e28 look.

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Old 08-30-2016, 09:22 PM   #5
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I saw one guy's mod that routed the exhaust to the right side without modifying the trunk or body at all. So it's doable, but probably not worth it just for the look.
The spare tire sits in the middle of the car, not on the right side.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:14 AM   #6
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Yeah it may be more trouble than it's worth. It's just an idea at this point. I know it's not a great comparison but I love the exhaust on the new corvette stingrays. So in my head it's gonna look badass but yeah that's just in my head.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:16 AM   #7
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Yeah something similar to this but larger pipes. Nothing huge but bigger than that.
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Old 08-31-2016, 04:56 PM   #8
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That's the e46 from under... You'll have to tear apart the spare housing, IMHO totally not worth it.

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That's the e46 from under... You'll have to tear apart the spare housing, IMHO totally not worth it.




Just for reference, that's an e28:

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Old 08-31-2016, 07:11 PM   #10
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Almost every car on the planet has exhaust to one (or both) sides. Was actually the trick in a "car talk" puzzler - you can figure out where the fuel door is on 98% of cars by looking at the exhaust - it is always on the other side.

So many better things to do for the car than that!
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