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Three_1_Eight
01-22-2004, 07:24 PM
Hello All,

I am new to the forum and was wondering if anybody had any good suggestions for a good moderately priced exhaust system for my 318is.

I would like a dual tip exhaust and am located in Edmonton so I would like to find a dealer from Canada preferably.

Any recommendations would be great. Also, are most of these direct bolt on's or would I have to do some cutting/modification and/or welding.

Thanks,
Tom

Justin e36
01-22-2004, 09:30 PM
bump this! ... I just came online to ask the same question for my 318i.. I'm in Toronto. Looking for a dual straight tip....

any recommendations within a reasonable price range?

J

Three_1_Eight
01-22-2004, 11:36 PM
Does anybody have experience with Magnaflow? I was just on their website however they do not provide pricing. I have a M3 rear bumper so the size of muffler/tips would help as well.

Thank You

Justin e36
01-23-2004, 12:44 AM
Magnaflow will fit... dunno if modding is required, but I've seen / heard quite a few on M3's

illevated23
01-23-2004, 02:24 PM
i can name a few brands...
supersprint..
uuc..
ac schnitzer

theres also some stores here in vancouver
go to www.cgmotorsports.com
www.bavauto.com

or if u want replica mufflers u can visit
www.autorice.com
my friend sells replicas from there and can send it to edmonton or w/e in canada

Slowered318
01-23-2004, 02:51 PM
Brullen!

325iSBimmer
01-23-2004, 05:27 PM
I work at a shop that deals with magnaflow products..and all i can say is that they are amazing for their price......
great quality stuff with a nice sound..not too loud but it still has a nice low growel... a fully stainless steel muffler with the dual tips runs around 250 installed at my shop

Justin e36
01-23-2004, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by 325iSBimmer
I work at a shop that deals with magnaflow products..and all i can say is that they are amazing for their price......
great quality stuff with a nice sound..not too loud but it still has a nice low growel... a fully stainless steel muffler with the dual tips runs around 250 installed at my shop


what type of tips do they have on them?.. fit in an M3 rear?... do you have one on your car I can hear? ...

Justin e36
01-23-2004, 09:41 PM
how good are replica mufflers?

325iSBimmer
01-24-2004, 04:18 AM
you can get all kinds of different tips and yes they will fit an M3 bumper. I dont have one on my car yet but come spring time I'm going to be putting one on...
as far as the replica mufflers go...im not too sure how they are..I've never used one.....the magnaflows are generally competitive enough in the pricing and they come with a LIFETIME warranty that most people just get the Magnaflow..

325iSBimmer
01-24-2004, 04:21 AM
BTW...do you have ne pix from the back of your car where you can get a good look at the crystal M3 lights... I want to buy a set but im not sure what they look like on a car yet....

jmalixi
01-24-2004, 04:32 AM
I had Magnaflow on my former car ('89 325i) and they are loud. Long trips are annoying especially if you want to talk to other people inside the car. I mean, it's fun and all and it sounds real deep and sporty at idle and fine for short trips but for daily driving and long commutes, it was annoying.

This is just my opinion so make sure you hear one first (not just idling and slow cruising but going highway speed as well). Take it for a long ride so you know what to expect.

If your car is a weekend car then I'd highly recommend it.

Justin e36
01-24-2004, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by 325iSBimmer
you can get all kinds of different tips and yes they will fit an M3 bumper. I dont have one on my car yet but come spring time I'm going to be putting one on...
as far as the replica mufflers go...im not too sure how they are..I've never used one.....the magnaflows are generally competitive enough in the pricing and they come with a LIFETIME warranty that most people just get the Magnaflow..

... sounds good. I will have to hear a Magnaflow on a 318 first. Supersprint II sounds good on the M cars... and I've always loved Remus... was thinking of getting a Remus replica. I know they "look" the same... but I'd really like to find out about quality, performance, and sound as well.

No rush though.. maybe I'll check yours out when you put the exhaust on in the spring time...

thanks,

Justin

Justin e36
01-24-2004, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by 325iSBimmer
BTW...do you have ne pix from the back of your car where you can get a good look at the crystal M3 lights... I want to buy a set but im not sure what they look like on a car yet....

Unfortunately I don't... all the pics of my ride (including the one in my sig) are from March or so. I got the crystal tails recently... haven't seen another e36 on the road with em though. Could just be the area I'm living in though... but personally, I think they look better than the stock euro tails.

A word of warning... these tails are designed for the Euro cars, which have different wiring schematics to accomodate the rear fog light. (which is cool, so you can do a Euro Fog Tails mod) ;) ... however, when you install them initially you'll find your turn signal coming on instead of your break light on one side, and a reverse light on the other side. Your other reverse light, and your brake light will be on all the time (as running lights)... it's really messed up. So you'll need to do some rewiring... I've also had to tape my brake light on the left, and run it to the bulb on the right. So if you're not comfortable doing this, I don't recommend it... it's not that difficult to do, if you have the mindset for it. Also, the design is different from the stock tails, and the usual tails... this one is all wires crisscrossing... (and much cheaper mind you... even though from the back you can't tell, as they seat perfectly.) which means you can't change the bulbs easily from the holes in your trunk. There will be times when it'd be easier, or you'd be forced to unwire everything, remove the complete tail light, change the bulb, and wire it all back up / install it again. A real pain in the winter months.

I'll see if I can get some recent pics for you though...

Justin e36
01-24-2004, 01:44 PM
Originally posted by jmalixi
I had Magnaflow on my former car ('89 325i) and they are loud. Long trips are annoying especially if you want to talk to other people inside the car. I mean, it's fun and all and it sounds real deep and sporty at idle and fine for short trips but for daily driving and long commutes, it was annoying.

This is just my opinion so make sure you hear one first (not just idling and slow cruising but going highway speed as well). Take it for a long ride so you know what to expect.

If your car is a weekend car then I'd highly recommend it.

Good info to keep in mind... but I drive my bimmer for a couple hours every day... and usually highways in the morning. Did it come with a silencer?

325iSBimmer
01-24-2004, 05:13 PM
the loudness of the sound id dependant on many things including whether or not you have reonators...if the muffler itself is too loud then you can always have a resonator put in place

Autotechnica
01-25-2004, 08:33 PM
I've had magnaflow on my 318 as well. It was too loud so I sold it. I'm now using an ANSA sport cat back exhaust which is expensive and very quiet. It provides a tasteful growl when you accelerate at higher RPM's.

The magnaflow produced a really bassy exhaust note which drove me insane, and it constantly backfired which I did not like at all. It made my car feel very "riced" out. At constant RPM's on city or highway the magnaflow would tend to droan and make every interior panel vibrate. Maybe some of you can take it, but honestly it gave me a headache, I couldn't even hear my music.

It's difficult to find a good sounding exhaust for the 318 without it being too raspy or too loud. So your best bet is to find a quiet one. ie Supersprint, ANSA or Brullen cat back. Some magnaflow cat backs are quiet as well, but their mufflers are just terrible. If you're really on a tight budget and don't care about having an exhaust that's TOO loud, buy the Magnaflow aluminized mufflers. It's about $100 and $50 for the tip. They last a very long time and have lifetime warranty as well. Not suited for my taste though. Also, if you have a cone intake it makes the exhaust note significantly louder.

Bryan

Three_1_Eight
01-25-2004, 09:03 PM
Thank you for all the replies about your exhaust recommendations. With all of this feedback it will be tough to formulate a decision!

Thanks Again!

Tom

Justin e36
01-25-2004, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by Autotechnica
I've had magnaflow on my 318 as well. It was too loud so I sold it. I'm now using an ANSA sport cat back exhaust which is expensive and very quiet. It provides a tasteful growl when you accelerate at higher RPM's.

The magnaflow produced a really bassy exhaust note which drove me insane, and it constantly backfired which I did not like at all. It made my car feel very "riced" out. At constant RPM's on city or highway the magnaflow would tend to droan and make every interior panel vibrate. Maybe some of you can take it, but honestly it gave me a headache, I couldn't even hear my music.

It's difficult to find a good sounding exhaust for the 318 without it being too raspy or too loud. So your best bet is to find a quiet one. ie Supersprint, ANSA or Brullen cat back. Some magnaflow cat backs are quiet as well, but their mufflers are just terrible. If you're really on a tight budget and don't care about having an exhaust that's TOO loud, buy the Magnaflow aluminized mufflers. It's about $100 and $50 for the tip. They last a very long time and have lifetime warranty as well. Not suited for my taste though. Also, if you have a cone intake it makes the exhaust note significantly louder.

Bryan

well I'm sold. No magnaflow for my M42. I've honestly never heard of ANSA... but I'm also just starting to do my muffler research. How much different is from stock (sound-wise?) ... and what do the tips look like? And most importantly (for my little student budget), how much did it cost installed?

Thanks bro,
Justin

BMW_7
01-26-2004, 12:24 AM
How is Remus, does anyone know??

Justin e36
01-26-2004, 12:51 AM
I heard a Remus on a 318is, sounded awesome.. not too loud, very very nice growl. You know what they say... Remus makes a BMW speak German.

But pricey. :(