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Old 04-19-2006, 01:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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has anyone had their resonator removed and replaced with a straight pipe cause i am about to do it to mine but i was wondering the approx price u paid and if u could hear a difference in the tone of your exhaust after.....also if i remove it would it affect my check engine light??
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I have not had that done on my car, but all the baffles have broken within my muffler, and it sounds decent/bearable. I imagine it'll make the exhaust a fair bit louder, that is if you still have the muffler on, if you don't then you'll be blasting people away. As far as price goes since it's pretty much the same as a catalytic converter job minus the converterit should run you at most about 30 - 50 dollars, mind you for that price it's not really a clean smooth job, just cut off the resonator and weld on a pipe that fits over the two exposed ends. For a really clean job probably about 70-90 dollars. Just a guess though.
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Removed, yes. Cheaper then replacing resonators. Yes exhaust got 'throatier' and louder but not loud like those ricer exhausts.
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i have an AA gen III exhaust on my car now so with the resonator delete it will sound a bit throatier right?? and e36surge how much did u pay to have yours removed?
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and in addition to the above responce....did it affect your check engine light at all when it was removed?
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25$ cost, my mechanic is a close personal friend. My car is OBD 1. Check engine light did not come on, O2 sensor is before the cat and resonator. I don't think my mechanic did anything else otherwise. I'll call and ask.

Yes it sounds deeper or throatier and it will sound a little louder but I drive with loud music too. I haven't been bothered by the authorities...
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my car is obd1 too right? i got a 95 325i.....and if it is then it should be the same as yours with the o2 sensor before the resonator and cat...thanks again
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Yes 1995 is OBD 1.

I removed everything from the downpipe. Placed a 3 inch pipe to one large catalytic and then one 3 inch pipe to an aftermarket RAVIN stainless steel exhaust. No check engine light. Once I will have spoken to my mech. I'll post whether he did anything else to delete the check engine light.

you're welcome. that's what we're all here for to help eachother out. Good luck and tell us what happens.
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yeah man im planning on doing a lot in the near future...within the next month if possible im doing the resonator delete, coil overs, wheels, and french yellow fogs.....lets hope it works out
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