Initial thoughts on GTi6 exhaust repair/upgrade
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    Initial thoughts on GTi6 exhaust repair/upgrade

    Hey there,

    As some of you know, my cat converter needed replacement and I used the moment to replace it with a higher flowing unit.

    I went to Hi-Tech exhausts in Darlinghurst Sydney, as I decided against spending all the money on a known Peugeot exhaust kit from a Sydney based specialist. I simply do not have the money, and reckoned I could achieve greater bang for buck with intelligent upgrades.

    Firstly, Hi-Tech muffler's customer service is simply astonishing. They were really helpful, and did not try to sell everything under the sun to me.

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    We had it up on the hoist, and Lambros (the owner) was commenting that it was an excellent factory system with not a press bend in site, with the 2" pipe diameter being reasonable in size.

    It was interesting when he pointed out the header-downpipe. He told me he manufactures the downpipe for the other well known exhaust kit I refer to, and although they look the part, in the scheme of things they don't offer a great percentage of the total benefit.

    He said bang for buck, the best thing I can do is get rid of the OE tri-flow muffler and cat converter.

    So, off with old and on with the new!

    They did great welds - nice and smooth and no dags to be seen, and put on a 2.25" straight through muffler on the back. The cat convertor is slightly larger than the original.

    The new exhaust tip looks close to factory (the same one used in the other exhaust kit, incidentally, and the polished mufflers Hi-Tech build in their factories look indentical too).

    Results?

    The exhaust tone is raspy. Apparently this will dull out a bit once it's got a coating of carbon in there.

    Likewise the cabin noise is noticably louder, in fact I'm afraid I'm going to get in trouble with my fiance once she gets in the car...

    Hopefully the noise will dissipate to a certain degree, else I get them to take off the straight through and put on a good high flowing tri flow.

    The low end power delivery is smoother than before, and mid range response is noticeably better. It revs out more freely too.

    Although the performance increase was more noticeable than I anticipated, it is a bit loud.

    I'll keep you updated with what happens.

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    When i called the one of the dealers about the remus exaust, one of them recommended i go speak to lambros! i guess they know their stuff

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    I spoke to Lambros again re the volume of the exhaust, he's basically promised me the noise will go down in 200-300kms as the fibreglass packing will loosen up a bit.

    He said if it's too noisy then, he'll fix it for free.

    I told him he has impeccable customer service.

    I've never experienced this service in the aftermarket performance industry, that's for sure.

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    Ok ntrx, how much did he pay you ? wink

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    hmmmmmm a free exaust perhaps?

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    Hehe no!

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    Thought I'd finish off the end of the story... the exhaust was just way too loud, so I returned to the shop and asked them to fix it.

    He got a 2" pipe and flanged it on each end, and basically shoved it in the 2.5" tip. It worked wonders, although I suspect the performance gains have been altered slightly.

    He did mention if I was still not happy, he could get a longer muffler made up at the factory, and would fit it for free.. I might take him up on it.

    The exhaust is much quieter now (almost standard) but with a sporty, raspy note.

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    ntrx...

    it all sounds good.. but the question is still... HOW MUCH DID IT COST YA??

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    TT - $400 for a slightly larger cat converter, and $300 for the muffler and fitment. I was thinking of buying the whole cat-back system for $700 odd, but it didn't include the cat converter that I needed... (so it'd up the ante to $1100 odd) and by the looks of things there's nothing wrong with the standard exhaust anyway!

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    I went to the Sydney Auto salon yesterday, pretty disappointing not seeing a single french car there. Hi Tech mufflers is one of the sponsors there and they had a stand. I think i saw NTRX's photo hanging up with 'customer of the month' beneath it

    On a more serious note, is your exaust one of their manufactured ones, with the hitech on the tip?

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    Nah, it has a tip very similar to the original Peugeot one - actually it's identical to the chrome tip on the Esscargo system.... like a squared oval, know what I mean?

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    Pugsly:
    I went to the Sydney Auto salon yesterday, pretty disappointing not seeing a single french car there.
    Come to the Melbourne one then!

    Andreas

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