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Old 07-30-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
Marked Man
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Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Albuquerque
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My Ride: 2001 M3
E90 exhaust tips on my E46 Vert, redux

So I got this 2001 M3 Vert and the prior owner installed E90 exhaust tips. Nice units but they stuck out so much it was ugly and my wife burned her leg getting something out of the trunk. Not fun.
So I did some searching and found a few elements out.
The factory tips slip fit over the inner tube and are riveted in place in three places. The E90 tips are larger and were slipped over and then welded.

I removed them by cutting around the welds and found that the inner tube of the E90 tips was flaired but if I cut the flair off the inner tube's outer diameter goes inside the factory guide tubes, not over like the stock ones.
So I cut the tubes back just deep enough to go through the outer tube but not the inner, cut the flair off and then slipped them into the factory mounts and then using sheet metal screws screwed them in place through the factory rivet holes. Much better look, not burns and its a nice upgrade over stock.

here you can see the factory exhaust tube with the outer mount tube, you can see the rivet hole lower right


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