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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-21-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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exhaust sound

so I have a 2005 m3 e46 completely stock. I want it to sound aggressive and loud. if I get straight pipes on it and leave everything else stock will it sound nice? if not does anyone know a good setup that will not be too expensive and make the car sound nice?
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:49 PM   #2
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If you just want it to be loud throw on a top speed muffler and call it a day. Super cheap as well. If you want it loud but to sound nice you will need headers and a muffler. I have fabspeed headers and a Megan exhaust, sounds nice but not toooo loud.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:50 PM   #3
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yeah I want it to sound loud and be refined. I could go ahead and do a muffler delete but it will sound like a Honda if I do that. I know that headers are pretty expensive. how much did it cost you to make yours sound like it
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:42 AM   #4
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:43 AM   #5
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The headers were on sale for $600 and I got the muffler for $500 and I love the sound. Maybe be adding an ar20 to reduce some of the rasp
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #6
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you have a video of the exhaust?
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:53 PM   #7
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how much are the headers originally?
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:07 AM   #8
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Straight pipes

what do you think about having straight pipes on my m3 e46? everything else would be left stock but I would just get straight pipes on the car. I want the car to be loud and refined (similar to the super sprint). if its not gonna sound like that does anyone know a setup with straight pipes to make the car loud but not sound like a civic? let me know what you guys think.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:48 PM   #9
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youtube has some clips.... Go check them out and figure it out... Goodluck.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:05 AM   #10
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yeah but all those videos have some headers or or muffler on them with the straight pipes. I need to know what it would sound like if I left everything stock. that's why I came to the forums because I already checked all the videos.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:52 AM   #11
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Hey, are you located in north jersey. You can ask the guys at AUTOCOUTUREMOTORING or go by a reliable source. They might be able to help you out. On my 2006 M3, I put Supersprint header and straight pipe with Eisenmann race exhaust. That gave me a deep sound, it's only loud when I accelerate. But it's quite with a nice deep humming sound.

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Old 01-27-2016, 12:39 PM   #12
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Hey, our you located in north jersey. You can ask the guys at AUTOCOUTUREMOTORING or go by a reliable source. They might be able to help you out. On my 2006 M3, I put Supersprint header and straight pipe with Eisenmann race exhaust. That gave me a deep sound, it's only loud when I accelerate. But it's quite with a nice deep humming sound.
how much did that cost you?
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:47 PM   #13
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Parts are Expensive, but this is the sound I was exactly looking for.

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Old 01-28-2016, 01:33 AM   #14
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I have a dinan paired to a aftermarket cat. Nice and respectable when needed, loud when you want it, ridiculous if needed.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:15 AM   #15
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would it be louder to take of the cats or get aftermarket cats? also which would sound better?
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:41 AM   #16
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would it be louder to take of the cats or get aftermarket cats? also which would sound better?
Catless is definitely the way to go, but as the cats are located in the header you will need to install aftermarket headers in order to get rid of them ($$$). The SuperSprint Race muffler is the loudest muffler made for our cars and sounds incredible when paired with a good set of headers but is very raspy with the stock setup. If you plan on keeping your stock headers/midpipes and just doing a muffler I recommend looking up the Status Gruppe SCZA muffler. I had it on my car before I did headers and it still sounded great.

Definitely don't straight pipe with stock headers and mid pipes unless you want a very tinny/raspy exhaust note. May I ask approximately what your budget for your setup is?
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yeah but all those videos have some headers or or muffler on them with the straight pipes. I need to know what it would sound like if I left everything stock. that's why I came to the forums because I already checked all the videos.

Are they really? 1 minute google search...


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Old 01-28-2016, 05:03 PM   #18
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So sick of the overused term 'straight piped'. 'Muffler delete as well. You own a damn M3. You're not allowed to do Honda Civic mods
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:44 PM   #19
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that M3 sounds like a honda civic, why shame your bimmer with such a sound? keep it real!
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:59 PM   #20
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If you don't want to install headers I would suggest a Megan exhaust with an ar20 added to sec 1. Everything should be around $600 and you will enjoy the sound with no drone. Best bang for your buck
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