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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 07-06-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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axle-back exhaust

Hey guys,

I'm thinking about buying an axle back exhaust for my 330xi, give it some more growl. Is this something that is a direct bolt on or will I have to cut pipes? I plan on getting the Ikon Rogue engineering axle-back.

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Old 07-14-2016, 08:07 AM   #2
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If your current exhaust is OEM or similar spec, you will have to cut axle back. The exhaust is a single unit from the manifold pipes back, welded together. The only bolted part is as mentioned.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:12 AM   #3
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If your current exhaust is OEM or similar spec, you will have to cut axle back. The exhaust is a single unit from the manifold pipes back, welded together. The only bolted part is as mentioned.
Oh ok, I had a feeling. Thank you for replying. If it was cat-back exhaust, is that something that can be bolted on at the flange with a new gasket?
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:43 AM   #4
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Yes, you should be able to bolt right up. Good luck
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