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hi guys, new to the forum and i just got a 1991 325i. I really like this car and have plans on making it as bad as my other rides, so first is first....i neeed more power.
I am going to remove ( cut ) the resonator and put strait pipes from after the cat, to all the way back to a new muffler. Anyone do this? The only thing holding me back is that i do not know what size pipe to use. I was thinking in using 2.25in, only beacuse i think 2.5 in would be to much for a 2.5L Naturaly Asperated Car. ANy one have experience in this kind of setup? Any info on it would be great.
Actually that is not right. Dual 2" pipes are not equal to a single 4" pipe. I am too lazy to do the math right now but simple addition does not work. Try working it out using pie R squared and you will see that the 4" is going to flow a hell of alot more volume than the two's ever will.
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from a performance standpoint, switching to a single is a much better idea. its also much easier and cheaper to fab.
if you want to keep the dual pipes for some reason, then i wouldn't go bigger than 2" on an n/a car. personally i would stick with the 1.75s and get the better flow from a better cat, muffler, and pipes that weren't flat in areas. magnaflow has dual inlet/outlet mufflers and cats
Straight pipes = straight back from down pipe with nothing inline.
I have a straight pipe on my sunfire(yes i own a sunfire, its my dd.) Well its actually side mounted as well. My experience is this, if you run straights youll drop back pressure which on a NA car is BAD. As corky bell says somewhere in maximum boost, on a NA car you need back pressure to suck your pistons down. This is why boosted cars handle just downpipes perfectly fine(especially the way DSM's breath.) You need to remain some sort of pressure to keep your engines duty cycle efficient. I will say every engine is different, so what I said might not even affect you. Just something to ponder. If you run 2 straight pipes at a smaller diameter, check into running a h or x pipe to link out the two pipes. This is what a lot of v8's do to keep flow and volume. This will also keep back pressure, as will anything else inline with the flow.
...maybe none of this makes sense, Im to tired to read over it...i think im rambling on now..
no dude ur not rambling..ur absolutely correct. I think i said straight pipes but i meant to say that from the cat i am going to do pipes to a muffler, without any resonator. The magnaflow muffler i got has a perferated x core, its a dual in dual out muffler i intend to use. X pipes are way better than H pipes, i have a x pipe system on my trans am. Any ways thanks for all the info guys, its really help full.
Cant remove cat.. Live in Cali ghead. Heck i even require a cat to pass emissions on my trans am, to bad That was the first thing i removed when i bought it . besides, dont want to risk having no cat in my daily driver, i think the ticket fine is 1500 now, or thats what my friend had to pay when he got pulled over in his 79 trans am, of course he was going 70 on a 25 though
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