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Old January 10th, 2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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Got my Borla Exhaust with pics

I received my Borla cat back exhaust system from AJ USA today via FedEx ground. The box was about 48 inches tall and I'd say 30 inches wide. All the parts were nicely packed. I expected a polished finish on the parts but except for the tips it was dull. There are no clamps included to hold together the system so if you plan on doing it yourself youíll need to buy some from a local auto parts store. The Honda exhaust system is welded together into one piece so don't expect to be able to use anything from that.

I took the parts over to a friend of the families shop to have the install done. It took about a half hour to do the work. The sound you get from this system is very nice. It doesnít as someone else in the forum put it ďsound like a 1000 angry bees in a canĒ but youíre not going to mistake it for a V-8 either. There is a very nice low range rumble and it opens up real nice when you step on it. I was told that as I drive it and burn it in a little it should become even louder. One nice thing I noticed is that cruising at highway speeds the sound is relatively mellow. That probably has a little to do with the good soundproofing used in the car. Another factor was it was 16 degrees out today and I wasnít going to put the window down. lol

Iíve provided some pics of the finished product. If anyone has more specific questions Iíll be happy to answer them.










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Looks pretty cool!
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yeah...i wish the cans were a lil bit more noticable....haha...i like big cans....but i bet the sound is mad nice!
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Old January 10th, 2004, 03:22 PM   #4
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damit this exhuast system needs to be longer and hang lower, what if someone had the OEM lip?, it would melt the lip i think?
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Old January 10th, 2004, 03:23 PM   #5
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Yeah these babies aren't going to be shooting out grapefruit anytime soon. They are bigger then stock though. The pictures are a little deceiving.
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Old January 10th, 2004, 03:31 PM   #6
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I have the OE ground effects kit on the rear. How would I extend them?
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I have the OE ground effects kit on the rear. How would I extend them?

thats what i'm asking as welll
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I'll go out and measure the distance between the tip and the top of the opening tomorrow.
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Old January 10th, 2004, 04:32 PM   #9
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looks like the 350z exhaust
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Old January 10th, 2004, 04:56 PM   #10
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very nice!
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Old January 10th, 2004, 04:59 PM   #11
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wow how big is the tip??? Like it alot, sleeper looking exhaust
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I have the OE ground effects kit on the rear. How would I extend them?
Yeah? We'd definitely have to extend them...I wouldn't wanna buy an exhaust and not have anyone even notice it...
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You sure your not lieing to us? That looks like stock. Lol.
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For those of you wanting to know how to extend the exhaust tips, just go to your local muffler shop and have them extend your exhaust pipe. I did that and it costed me $35 and it looks awesome.

I have the OEM body kit so the rear lip was covering up my exhaust tips. The muffler shop extended the pipe by adding 3 1/4 in. piping.
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^Thanks for the info. hondagirrrl
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For those of you wanting to know how to extend the exhaust tips, just go to your local muffler shop and have them extend your exhaust pipe. I did that and it costed me $35 and it looks awesome.

I have the OEM body kit so the rear lip was covering up my exhaust tips. The muffler shop extended the pipe by adding 3 1/4 in. piping.

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I got mine thursday and had them installed today. I don't like how the tips look. The sound needs getting used to, but i guess i'll have to give them some time. Now i need to get a spoiler, cause the trunk area looks small to me. I'd have pics too, but no sunlight.

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Did you keep your long stock exhaust pipes? I told them to throw mine away because it wouldn't fit in the car. Then i went home, got a van and got them back. Never know when you'll decide to go back to stock.

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Old January 10th, 2004, 08:22 PM   #19
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still not long enough lol
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Looks really sweet. I noticed the tags, what is the name of the shop you used? I may get the exhaust after I get my tax refund, that or a dining room set

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still not long enough lol
I was thinkin the same thing!! Still looks better, but I rather have them just a tad bit longer...
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I was thinkin the same thing!! Still looks better, but I rather have them just a tad bit longer...
lol we thinking alike

i wish someone made something long like my Gibson tips are, now that look nice!
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i wish someone made something long like my Gibson tips are, now that look nice!
Yes!! I like the slash tips better...the Borla for the Grand Ams come with slash tips, but it looks like Borla just made a nicer version of our stock round ones...
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Mishima8,
The name of the shop I used was Scholtes Garage in Hampstead, MD. He is just a local guy that my dad has been friends with for a long time. Does all kinds of work on all kinds of different cars. Works out of a barn he converted into a garage. Might not look impressive on the outside but the work done inside is great.

Bbc84,
It is a Borla system. If you look closely at the pics you'll see some raise lettering on the top of the tip that says Borla.

Honda_girrrl,
I have the whole stock system sitting in my parentís garage right now. Not sure why I would use it though. One of the driving factors for getting the Borla system so soon was that nasty rust color the tips were getting no matter how often I cleaned them.
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The cabin is really loud at 2-3k rpm. I don't think I like it long term, thinking about going back to stock. It adds nice power, but the loudness inside is getting to me. Do they make silencers for this exhaust or what can i do to reduce the droning at 2-3k rpm range?
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Actually, you can install a straight through resonator (Glasspack) which will quiet the sound a bit. These do not better or worsen performance. You may want to try that out before giving up on your exhaust.

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I'll try driving with the radio on really loud right now. Over time i might get use to the loudness. I also have to give my mom and other older people rides at times. And the loudness will irritate them, thats also a factor in going back to stock. I'll give the exhaust 6 months then i'll make my final decision.
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Actually, you can install a straight through resonator (Glasspack) which will quiet the sound a bit. These do not better or worsen performance. You may want to tray that out before giving up on your exhaust.
Do they sell that at a muffler shop? Give me more information about that please.
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Most muffler shops sell it. Most aftermarket exhaust companies put one in place straight from the factory. Youll notice that bulge in the piping which is about 1 foot in length and is already welded on. These are normally used to prevent the droning sound which happens in the low RPM range. Call your local muffler shop and ask them what size resonator they recommend for your system and explain to them your problem. If its a reputable muffler shop, they will install one for you starting out with the smallest one which is 12" most likely, then allow you to test drive it and if its too loud, then theyll install a 15" resonator and so on and so fourth. Your looking at 25-50 bucks to get this done. But dont get confused. A glasspack is a resonator and vice versa. If you go to a Kragen Auto store and look at one of their cherry bomb glasspacks then compare the inside to a resonator, theyll look exactly the same. Youll see rivets inside constructed in a spiral formation through the tube which causes a whirlwind effect within the tube.

Hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions, I use to spend a lot of time at a performance shop who did mostly custom exhaust.

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still not long enough lol
umm...I asked them to extend it only by 3 1/4 in. because that's my preference. But you can always ask them to add something like 4 or 5 in. piping. Up to you. Heck you can even ask them to extend it 6 in. if you want!
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