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      01-26-2013, 01:41 PM   #287
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ok, wheres the pics?
op, can u update pics to 1st page?
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      01-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #288
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Really sick ride
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Love the progress so far with the F30! Keep it up..sure do miss your M tho..
Same here, I can't wait to get into another M.

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Giddidy giddidy!

Install, video, review! ... If you don't mind, here is what I'm looking for. With the stock exhaust, inside the car during start up and normal acceleration, on a scale of 1-10, I'd say the volume of exhaust is maybe a 2 or 3? I'd like to hear your evaluation on volume inside the car on a similar scale w/ the DP and MS.
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Great Car !!! I am jealous as well... i like how low you got it ! And the wheels are such perfect match to the car !










But i think you might have installed the brake pedal and clutch pedal cover in reverse to what it should be....
Thanks! As for the pedals they come with rubber grips in the exact same molds as the brake and clutch stock rubber grips. I hope I installed it right, if not, I'm sure people will let me know.

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ok, wheres the pics?
op, can u update pics to 1st page?
Will do!
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      01-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #289
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      01-30-2013, 10:32 PM   #291
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Car sounds mean now! Will post more tomorrow.
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Can you tell us your wheel offsets yet?
I can't publicly but that doesn't mean you can't contact me privately.
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      01-30-2013, 10:37 PM   #293
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Such a clean looking car!!
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      01-31-2013, 04:35 PM   #294
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Installation of the Challenge hfc downpipe and Meisterschaft section 1, 2, and gtc muffler.

First off I want to give huge shout out and thanks to Tom @ EAS who was absolutely instrumental in getting these for me. Way back in August/September of last year Challenge opened up their pre-orders for their downpipe and exhaust. Knowing that EAS is a reseller and the fact I worked with Tom on my e46 I got in touch and ordered both the downpipe and full exhaust. December comes around and the downpipe gets released and promptly shipped but the tracking for the exhaust never changes. Tom follows up and still no eta. January now at the 5 month point I can't take the wait anymore or communication breakdown.

Now 5 months is a long time to wait for something besides wheels. Plus I entered a show if February, wekfest, and wanted to have an exhaust installed for it. So we come up with a solution and that solution is Meisterschaft. Ordered the full gtc system with wireless remote.

Understanding this frustration Tom went above and beyond and hooked up a fantastic price and picked up the tab on FedEx 2nd day air shipping to Hawaii. This I did not expect. As anyone who has shipped 65 pounds of dimensional weight to Hawaii will tell you, that ain't cheap, especially 2nd day air. So huge thank you to Tom for that. Continuing on now...

Packaging:

Both companies packaged their products like their life depended on it. By far the best packaging I have ever seen for exhaust components. I had Supersprint on the e46 and for the most part they shipped the pipes straight in a bag, no box or anything. The two Meisterschaft boxes filled up 7 white trash bags of snow...

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Both companies had gorgeous welds and it is a shame the peices can't been seen. Truly gorgeous as far as piping is concerned imo.

Pic of Meisterschaft muffler and Challenge downpipe:



Off to the shop:





Installation:

Quick and easy. Everything took 4 hours in total. We only ran into one minor issue and that was with the Challenge hfc downpipe. As we found out the bolts on the stock downpipe are welded and he Challenge pipe did not come with any. No problem we thought as he just hammered them out. Then we notice they are round top bolts so we couldn't reuse them if we wanted to. Luckily though he had some bolts lying around that fit the nuts perfectly. So just a heads up procure yourself two bolts. I don't have the size so your best bet would be to pick up the two nuts from the stealer and head to a hardware store.

The only other concern worth noting is that the Meisterschaft section 1 becomes the lowest part of your car due to it's 3.5 inch piping diameter. I scrape on speed bumps now.

For the below pics I apologize that I did not get pics of each section getting installed. I was more concerned with getting you guys picks of the wiring for the valve as that could or could not be confusing to some. I know I was concerned about where to wire it from the exhaust to the trunk. Basically it is super easy. We tapped the cigarette lighter wiring in the trunk on the driver side and ran the valve wire through the vent down to the exhaust.

Sound:

Insane! Goes from just over stock to wake the dead loud at the push of a button. The burble from sport mode is more than amplified now if you use the muffler at anything but closed. Fully open is actually too loud for my taste but I'm sure some of you will like that. I'm finding out that I'm liking the volume right around quarter open or so. I know I know weak but I don't like wake the dead exhaust for normal commuting. I love being able to control the sound though, it'd definietly cool. I'm also going to get it programmed into the homelink buttons so I can be ultra cool guy lol...

Driving impressions:

Definitely noticeable. If you cant feel the increase you need help. Everything feels sharpened up now if that makes sense.

On to the pics:

Stock tiny exhaust:



The stock system is one long piece:



Stock removed:



Stock downpipe:



Removed:







Challenge HFC Downpipe installed:







Wiring of the Meisterschaft gtc valve system:

Trunk 12v power outlet wiring (cigarette lighter) we used. This is behind the driver side carpet panel:



Valve wire going through the vent into the bumper:



Wireless module mounted with velcro against back trunk and wires tapped. Also note the bundled excess valve wire on the left:





Pic with the 12v attached before sliding the carpet in place:




This is the wire coming down from the vent into the bumper. Need to remove the black plastic trim that's bolted underneath the car next to the muffler to gain access. The valve wire is the one with letters on it:



Wire path from the valve solenoid itself. We are going to loop it around the diffuser mount:



Looped around. The wire goes to the driver side bumper and up to the trunk vent from here:



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Muffler and section 2:





Here is where you can see how low the section 1 sits:





The end. Never posted videos before so I will try and figure that out. Most likely going to be iphone quality though.



Let me know if you guys have any questions and I will do my best to answer them.
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      01-31-2013, 04:51 PM   #295
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      01-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #296
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Just upload them to youtube and then post links... THANK YOU for posting that about the bolts on the DP! That will save me a headache for sure. My only complaint about the MS system is the freaking slit in the tail pipes. That drives me crazy but thats just my opinion. I'm sure it sound amazing.

So its too loud to drive around with the valve all the way open?
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      01-31-2013, 07:20 PM   #297
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Just upload them to youtube and then post links... THANK YOU for posting that about the bolts on the DP! That will save me a headache for sure. My only complaint about the MS system is the freaking slit in the tail pipes. That drives me crazy but thats just my opinion. I'm sure it sound amazing.

So its too loud to drive around with the valve all the way open?
Yeah I don't like those slits either, but they are growing on me. It's loud to me but to others it may not be loud enough. The cool thing is it can be completely silent when cruising and so far I haven't found a drone spot. Only when you accelerate do you hear it.
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Good to see another one living in Hawaii .
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      01-31-2013, 10:14 PM   #299
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      02-01-2013, 11:29 AM   #300
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Does anybody watching this thread want to post photos of their ground clearance with the OEM exhaust? I am curious how much lower the 3.5 inch is.
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      02-01-2013, 11:32 AM   #301
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Good to see another one living in Hawaii .
Yeps, Hawaii ftw! Wheres your car? Going to wekfest?

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exhaust system looks incredible aswell!
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Does anybody watching this thread want to post photos of their ground clearance with the OEM exhaust? I am curious how much lower the 3.5 inch is.
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I can later this evening.
This would be cool to see as well. Feel free to post the pics in here if you want.
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      02-01-2013, 02:46 PM   #303
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Does th down pipe effect warranty?
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      02-09-2013, 10:42 PM   #304
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Mod update:

Dropped the car off at the body shop to get the mperformance kit fitted. Should get the car back Monday.

Teaser pics. Keep in mind the front lip is not installed, I just had to see what it was going to look like.















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      02-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #305
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Simply badass! Did you install the front lip yourself?

Hopefully going to do the m-sport + lip conversion within the month. I want to know how hard it is to install the lip...if it is going to have the shop do it.
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Looking forward to seeing those pics!!
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what color did you use for the front splitter? gloss black? it looks way better than matte black ( unpainted )
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One more thing, did you change the turn signal bulbs? they look so clean. can you tell me where did you buy it?
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