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Based on Planet-9/GMP's wildly successful recent speedArt Exhaust Group Buy I would have expected many more posts on the install along with review comments.

Gatorbite has turned us all into exhaust junkies - help feed the need, give us some new posts on your speedArt experiences.

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As you stated Ken, most of us are still waiting for the system to arrive. Also, given the weather, there's no rush to install them when they do arrive. Yeah, right!:hilarious:
 

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Still waiting here too....I hear most, if not all, of the Gen I export systems are on the boat though...few more weeks, but the weather is crappy here in Chicago, so no real rush.
 

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Me to, no system yet and if comes in the next two or three weeks it will probably be March or April before I put it on because of winter.
I'm looking forward to it though and will give a report at the earliest possible date.
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I just finished removing my factory exhaust today and am hoping the SpeedArt arrives soon. My car is tucked away for the winter too, but want to take my time with the install. I just recently purchased the Softronic plenum and flash too. So, when spring rolls around I will be chomping at the bit to take her out with the new mods!!! Just for info...I used both ramps and a floor jack to get to the exhaust studs...worked well...the jack stand idea just scared me too much!!!
 

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I have a 08 Cayman S Tiptronic. I imported a SpeedArt sports exhaust directly from SpeedArt about two months ago and had it installed by a specialist workshop. The sound is great, but there is a slight vibration at about 3,000 rpm. I asked SpeedArt whether there is a solution, but they say this is an inherent problem with the Cayman S Tiptronic, but not with a manual drive. Unfortunately, they did not highlight this feature in the correspondence or in their marketing literature before I bought. Has anyone got a similar problem and found a solution?
 

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You get a vibration felt throughout the car or are you getting a loud droning sound at 3K?
 

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I have a 08 Cayman S Tiptronic. I imported a SpeedArt sports exhaust directly from SpeedArt about two months ago and had it installed by a specialist workshop. The sound is great, but there is a slight vibration at about 3,000 rpm. I asked SpeedArt whether there is a solution, but they say this is an inherent problem with the Cayman S Tiptronic, but not with a manual drive. Unfortunately, they did not highlight this feature in the correspondence or in their marketing literature before I bought. Has anyone got a similar problem and found a solution?
my guess is the vibration is caused by the exhaust touching the bumper bracket. i had this when first installed as well. check if there is any touching of the muffler near the tips/plate frame of the car.
 

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The slight vibration is felt throughout the car. I will check again whether the exhaust is touching any part of the body. The exhaust was professionally installed and when I went in for my second service at the Porsche dealer, it was checked again and they found no fault with the installation.
 

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I had my Speedart (non-export) exhaust installed on the Boxster S Gen II at the local garage (the guy owns 4 Porsches and knows what he is doing) in November. The exhaust fits perfectly and installation took 2 hours.
It's wonderful - as quiet as stock at low revs which is good for neighborhood relations. Above 2500 rpms you begin to notice a difference as the sound picks up and the car starts to growl. And then it wails like hell at 5000 and above. Fantastic for blasting through rocky gorges with the roof down. No drone whatsoever at any rev range.
I haven't had it dyno'd but I can feel a bit more grunt in the mid to high range - an extra 20bhp feels about right. That may be psychological but the car does feel faster and more fun to drive.
Comment from my 14-year-old daughter was "you've turned this from a girl's car to a boy's car". At least my 10-year-old son approves... "awesome dad!"
 

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I was in the "first" group to receive the unit in the FAll '09 and had it installed within a week by a very competent mechanic. He was not as impressed with the "fit" as he was when he installed the AWE one in May '09. ( I can let you know why I took the AWE off if interested after just 500 miles.)

The unit had a serious dent at the end of the pipe coming out of the left side of the can that happened (I hope) during shipping. ( I hope meaning not at the factory and it was shipped anyway because of the large number of orders). I can not imagine what hit it so hard to cave the pipe in to half of its diameter. Under normal circumstances, not a large group buy, I would have sent the unit back to GMP. My installer and I kicked this around for some time but we went ahead with the installation after he took out the dent with a pipe spreader. He did a great job with that so the clamps fit and no leaks. And before anyone says it, we did not take photos - our mistake!

However, we had a terrible time getting the unit straight. We wondered it the impact of what dented the pipe may have been severe enough to move the pipe where it meets the can. It still is not perfect but at least ok to most people where the tips line up. Forget about getting the weld lines that disect the top and bottom of the can to line up - not happening!

I did contact Stephen about the problem and he wanted pictures to see if my installer put the brackets on backwards..I was insulted by this-I didn't install it, a professional mechanic who is a neatnic did and we followed Gator's illustrations to the letter. Really disappointed about this.

The GOOD news is, for me, I love the sound of the system. No drone, conversation with a passenger is easily accomplished, but it can scream when you want it to sound mean! This unit is perfect for my ears and driving style. I don't play the radio or CD player because I just want to hear the sound and smile! Also, the Porsche dealer techies loved the sound as well...As a matter of fact, I like it so much, I spent money for "winter wheels and tires" so I can drive all year.

Sorry to be so lengthy but you guys asked! Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions...

Rich
Gilbertsville, PA
 

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forgot to mention that since installing the Speedart exhaust, I rarely put the radio on...
 

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After breaking down and shelling out another two hundred bucks for the airfreight, my SpeedArt export version came shipped with a dent on the end of the inlet pipe. The box was crushed on one corner pretty good upon delivery. A pair of pliers and about 2 minutes fixed that problem and ceased the curse words. After a simple but still time consuming install with a buddy in my cold garage, the tips were centered but the exhaust was not. If you are anal you will loose your marbles :crazy:trying to align this thing. It won't be perfect so deal with it now before you even try. I think their jig is bent or the fabricator had a few too many steins of beer. :beer: You can only see this if you are lying on the ground so it's not an issue for me.

When you fire it up you will wonder what you spent the money on. I thought "Damn, I drank the Cool Aid with the other 45 club members". It sounds stock with a bit deeper rumble. Put your foot in it out on the road however, and you hear what you laid down that cash for. It sounds like you are tearing the air out of the way of the car as you race up the rpm gauge.

After 3 months my girlfriend stated how she thought it was louder when I first installed it. This was at cruising speeds of course. You just get used to the new sound and can't imagine what the old exhaust was like. Probably a lot like a mouse farting through a cotton ball I imagine.

The additional power is great. I have the SRP on the car as well and it really is like driving a different car. A must have in my opinion. It put my TPC turbo dreams on hold for a while.

I sometimes wish I had gotten something a bit more aggressive although I'm sure that would tire quickly. I'm hoping this gets a bit louder with time as some have commented, but I do like the ability to have a conversation in the car at cruising speeds. I wasn't looking for the "Dude that kicks ***!" shouts as I drove down the road anyway.

If you ordered this system you will get what was promised. Just think Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not too quiet, not too loud, but just right.
 

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"...like a mouse farting through a cotton ball..."
You gotta' love imagery like that to describe a weak sounding exhaust system.
I'll know tomorrow if SpeedART makes my factory system a distant memory of a rodent...well you know the rest.
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This is going to be fun now as a few more systems are being delivered. Keep the comments coming... wonder what the "over-under" is on dented inlet pipes-we have 2 so far! And systems that were built during a "Beer 'Fest" - oh, that is every day in Germany isn't it?...:cheers:
 

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Keep the reviews coming guys. Any photos of the alignment issue? If anyone in the bay area picked one up, I'd love to take a listen. So far, I have to admit I'm pretty glad I didn't jump in on this GB....
 

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I got my system in last Tuesday and did a self install on Saturday. Thank you Gatorbite for those wonderful instructions. Install time was about 5 1/2 hours from the time I started putting it up on jackstands until I pulled out of my garage for a test drive. I am slow and not the best mechanic and the time included stopping for a sandwich and a trip to the auto parts store. Having a second set of hands would have speeded things along alot.

No dents or dings in my system and it looked like it was top quality as far as materials and welds.

The install was straight forward with no nasty surprises. There is one nut on the inside where the system attaches to the header that is a real pain to get to. It took me a good hour and a half trying to figure out a way to get it off. I could break it loose and turn it about 1/32 of an inch so I spent a lot of time trying to get it from every angle and with every combination of extentions for my ratchet I could come up with. Finally I went to the parts store and bought a 10 inch flexible extention for my 3/8s ratchet and it did the trick by allowing me to come from the top and slide behind the exhaust pipe. The opposite side of the car took about 10 minutes to disconnect from the header since I knew how to approach the problem and had the right tools.

The exhaust does fit fairly snuggly into the space behind the bumper and another set of hands would have made getting it up in there and secured much easier. My tips sat a little low amd I managed to get them up a little but after 5 hours on a concrete floor I decided it was close enough for the moment. I still need to raise them up about 3/4 of an inch but I was tired and sore and wanted to hear this system. I will go back under the car this weekend and adjust the tips some more.

If I were to do the install again I think I could cut the time in half now that I have the tools I need and have seen how everything goes together.

It sounds great. Definitely deeper in tone. At idle and in the neighborhood it is moderately louder with the decible level rising steadily as you go up in RPMS. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to really open it up but for a few moments at a time but when I did I loved what I heard. I can't wait to hear it at the Zone 2 DE at VIR. I have ridden in a Cayman with a Borla system and the SpeedArt does not sound as aggressive but seems much easier to live with in a daily driver. I have had no resonance issues and I have tried to induce it.

I an very satisfied with the quality and sound of this unit and for me it was definitely worth the wait.
 

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My exhaust showed up on my front porch Monday, a day earlier then expected. Saturday afternoon I had put the car up on jackstands and removed the wheels in preparation for the removal of the stock system. Four hours and about eight applications of penetrating fluid later I was nowhere nearer to having the header flange nuts off then when I started. I was trying to be careful in order not to break off a stud but couldn't get the nuts to budge. I gave everything another dose of fluid and took my wife to dinner.
Monday dawned and with only a few minutes to spare I gave each nut another crank without results--so they all got another shot of penetrant. In the course of running around that morning I called a local independant Porsche shop and explained my predicament. He said he would be happy to install my system, I demurred until I gave it one more try that afternoon. Later, after an hour, and of course more penetrating fluid, I succeeded in breaking one stud. That was it I called the shop and he told me he would get to it first thing this morning. I called my son and we dropped the car off at the shop Monday evening and I took him (my son) to dinner for his trouble. An hour-and-a-half later I got a phone call from the mechanic asking me if I had brought him both mounting plates because he couldn't find one of them. After a second search of the car he located it and told me he was nearly done installing the exhaust and why didn't I plan on coming in the following morning (today) and pick it up.
I can tell you I felt so humiliated at not being able to do anything besides breaking a stud in several hours of work while he removed and nearly completely installed the SpeedART in a little more than an hour, that I'm willing to debase myself further by telling my story on this forum.
But all's well that ends well. This morning I picked up my car and here are my impressions. First of all those big shiny tips are awe inspiring, I had the factory sport tips before and these just look massive and gorgeous. Second upon cranking it up the sound is perfect--a little deeper and definately meaner sounding. Once it warmed for a few minutes I gave a few blips of the throttle and it's certainly louder then stock but the pitch is just right and sounds fantastic. There are two mechanics at the shop and they were both standing there grinning and nodding their heads.
After paying the guy a measly $150 I wondered why I had wasted ten minutes, let alone five hours, attempting to do it myself (like some here I still have just enough testosterone to maintain my outdated DIY independent thinking).
Upon leaving the shop I drove it easy, including accelerating to 55mph on the nearby highway to see how it sounded driven that way. It sounds fine, really barely louder than stock. In a few miles when I turned off that road the car was fully warmed up and I opened the throttle and let 'er rip. And rip she does! Even with the sound clips online and everyone's description of the exhaust note it's impossible to know exactly what to expect. But this system has exceeded my expectations. Mpac called it the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" system, not too loud and not too quiet but just right; and to my expectations and ears that describes it perfectly.
I stopped over to my Ferrari buddies office and after a listen and drive and a listen, he gave it his full Ferrari stamp of approval (including Italian hand gestures).
Now for the bad, the drone is worse then I expected actually quite pronounced in the typical range. It's very easy to either modulate the throttle more carefully or downshift around it. Also, after an afternoon of blasting around it seemed less invasive as I drove home up the canyon and hill to my home. So maybe the system has to break/burn in or whatever mufflers do in the first miles of driving.
Sorry for the long post but this SpeedART system, as many are painfully aware, has been a long time coming and I've anticipated it's arrival and installation with great excitement.
Even if I didn't get to put it in myself.
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