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Old December 14th, 2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Xlr8 v2 or rv6 v3?

Which j pipe is everyone goin with? I have read all the great things ab the xlr8 pipe but rite now the rv6 v3 is a smokin deal at $365. Some ppl say the rv6 has more rasp this is def NOT somthing Im interested in. I currently have complete stock exhaust but plan on following this up shortly with a borla catback. Is one a clear standout in terms of power gains/craftsmanship? Really want to hear from some rv6 owners. How satisfied are you?
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Old December 14th, 2014, 08:18 AM   #2
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ATLP v2-r

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Old December 14th, 2014, 12:01 PM   #3
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Good info here...honestly tho I don't see this as a viable test for my application. This is a automatic supercharged TL w catback and "other incidental mods". I have none of these. I'm also concerned that it appears the atlp v2 doesn't "wake up" until 4500 rpm. The amount of time I spend up there is not as much As the time I spend below 4500. The v2r is the same price as the xlr8.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #4
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but thats for boosted applicatiion....
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Old December 15th, 2014, 06:53 AM   #5
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Yes exactly...anyone else?
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I personally have the rv6 v3 and i enjoy it i can really feel the difference in the low-mid range power that it gives so it makes daily driving it much more enjoyable. It is a little raspy from like 2k-3.2k rpms but its not unbearable, i also have a tsudo exhaust on mine so that does make the rasp louder than stock but not bad at all
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Old December 15th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #7
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Do you have any sound clips you could post up? Or send me?
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:46 AM   #8
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i don't right now but i can try and make one today after class
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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i see you are wanting to pair it with the borla, there is a guy on here who has the exact setup he would be the best to ask, because i know the borla is pretty quiet compared to most other aftermarket catbacks

Here is the guy to ask
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Old December 16th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #10
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Rv6 does not have rasp. I'm running it right now equipped with magnaflow. Definitely enhance the sound of my exhaust for sure once I turned the key. Still have my oem precats, and I'm an av6. Would make a video but my neighbors wouldn't like it.
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Old December 16th, 2014, 08:32 PM   #11
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I listened to the member which was cited aboves sound clips of his rv6 v3 w the borla and it sounds great. No rasp that I could detect. Perhaps it has more to do with the other exhaust components used in conjunction w the rv6. I'm certain I'll get the borla because I've listened to them all and I like the subtle exhaust note. Plus my wife won't complain.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 05:54 AM   #12
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Rv6 does not have rasp. I'm running it right now equipped with magnaflow. Definitely enhance the sound of my exhaust for sure once I turned the key. Still have my oem precats, and I'm an av6. Would make a video but my neighbors wouldn't like it.
I have the same setup and I don't hear any rasp either. Not sure if nathanhuu has a magnaflow resonator installed too but I think it makes a big difference. Not annoyingly loud but still aggressive.

I think a lot of the rasp comes from people removing the oem precats, not installing an aftermarket jpipe.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:26 AM   #13
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You have the borla/rv6 v3 combo? How do u like the v3?
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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #14
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Nah, I have the V3 & Magnaflow setup like nathanhuu. V3 is pretty nice, I upgraded from the V1 to the V3 and it has a much better design.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:52 AM   #15
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Gotcha...which magma flow system do you have? There are two part numbers last I checked...do u have any sound clips of your setup?
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Old December 17th, 2014, 01:16 PM   #16
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Magnaflow 16685. No sounds clips ATM, sorry. Got one of these too: http://rv6-p.com/accord/7th-gen/magn...nator-234.html
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Old December 17th, 2014, 04:41 PM   #17
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I have the XLR8 v2 and am very happy with it. Zero rasp with it, mid-muffler delete and a Dynomax resonator replacing the stock resonator. Very quiet at cruising speed.

Definitely noticed an improvement in performance especially in the midrange, passing/merging power is stronger for sure. Gains on top end as well. And the build quality is second to none. Even my friend who helped me (and has been modifying cars since the late 70s) said it was a very well built piece and the merge was excellent.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #18
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Scott you were one of the members here who made me want to get the xlr8 v2. I've read atleast 3 of your posts in here where you have had nothing but good things to say about it. I'm confident it's a atleast comparable unit to rv6 v3, but the added $100 was a deal breaker. I went ahead and ordered the rv6 v3 tonight and it has already shipped. I hope I am not disappointed. I think I have done enough research to make an informed decision. I will update this thread with pics and initial thoughts on the rv6 unit when it arrives. I also have an appointment to "break the bolts" on tues 12/23/14 making install a breeze. Will also update upon installation
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Old December 18th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #19
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You won't be disappointed. And don't worry about it being too loud since you're running it with a stock exhaust.

I'll upload a video when I have a chance. Also I have a straight pipe, so no resonator.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 03:05 PM   #20
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Good Read
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Old December 18th, 2014, 05:30 PM   #21
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Rv6 came today...one day from order to arrival!!!! Pipe looks top quality welds are clean merge looks great. Install will be Tuesday...I'll post up another review then
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Old December 18th, 2014, 07:50 PM   #22
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RV-6 are back in stock.

Check out EndLess RPM for same deals
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Old December 24th, 2014, 09:32 AM   #23
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Bolted her up today Fitment was superb. Only got a chance to do a couple pulls so far after resetting the ecu. Power is def up in 1-3 gears. I can spin first at wot from a roll and slip the tires on the 2-3 shift now. I do have crappy winter tires on now so it should b more fun when I get the aspec wheels on there w some good tires. No freeway pulls yet...will update
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Old December 27th, 2014, 10:10 AM   #24
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As others have posted the car feels "lighter" and more responsive in all gears. Been ab 200 miles since the ecu reset and haven't really seen much difference over initial improvement.
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Rasp will be significant once u have full exhaust pcd/jpipe/cat back
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Old January 1st, 2015, 03:28 PM   #26
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Longer tube J-pipe designs that eliminate the 3rd cat definitely make a noticeable improvement.
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XLR8-V2 is my preference after trying both XLR8-V2 & RV6-V3 for a few months each.

- deeper sound
- feels like more power/torque in the low to mid range 2k-5k
- stronger from 2k-3.5k
- the power starts to kick in at 3.5k
- smoother feel on the pedals (RV6 had a vibration feel to it)

The XLR8 was a tight fit on the stock precats, I had to persuade it with light mallet work on the front precat as it was too wide to slide on.

These are the setups I tried in order of preference for daily driving– all stock exhaust
1) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / HFPC / 3.5” SRI (have not tried CAI yet)
2) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / Stock Precats / K&N Typhoon SRI (before I had 3.5”)
3) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / Stock Precats / K&N Typhoon CAI (before I had 3.5”)
4) RV6-V3 3.7 intake / HFPC (did not try on stock precats) / 3.5” SRI & CAI no difference

Compared to the XLR8, the RV6-V3 felt flat, less responsive and power kicked in at higher RPM’s
After reading several threads frontwards & backwards, I chose the XLR8 as someone mentioned exhaust is all about ‘the merge’.

Others thought the RV6-V3 has better low-end which is great for daily driving. The main reason being the longer run as I recall. After running the XLR8 for 6 months, I got the RV6-V3 on discount when I got the HFPC’s and am glad I got to try it out.


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I had some challenges installing the XLR8 after I installed the HFPC’s. It very well could have been my HPFC install as I did not bolt them up to the XLR8 before tightening them on the heads.

I had no problem with the RV6-V3 because it flexes and can adjust, whereas the XLR8 is fixed.

I tried loosening the front precat but it wasn’t enough to get the XLR8 mounted. Adjusting the rear-precat didn’t look possible without a lot of work so I made some mods to the XLR8.

RV6-V3 is a little squirmy getting it installed, but adapts more easily to different precat placements

Below describes what I did to get the XLR8 installed. So far it seems to be working out fine.

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XLR8-V2 is my preference after trying both XLR8-V2 & RV6-V3 for a few months each.

- deeper sound
- feels like more power/torque in the low to mid range 2k-5k
- stronger from 2k-3.5k
- the power starts to kick in at 3.5k
- smoother feel on the pedals (RV6 had a vibration feel to it)

The XLR8 was a tight fit on the stock precats, I had to persuade it with light mallet work on the front precat as it was too wide to slide on.

These are the setups I tried in order of preference for daily driving– all stock exhaust
1) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / HFPC / 3.5” SRI (have not tried CAI yet)
2) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / Stock Precats / K&N Typhoon SRI (before I had 3.5”)
3) XLR8-V2 3.7 intake / Stock Precats / K&N Typhoon CAI (before I had 3.5”)
4) RV6-V3 3.7 intake / HFPC (did not try on stock precats) / 3.5” SRI & CAI no difference

Compared to the XLR8, the RV6-V3 felt flat, less responsive and power kicked in at higher RPM’s
After reading several threads frontwards & backwards, I chose the XLR8 as someone mentioned exhaust is all about ‘the merge’.

Others thought the RV6-V3 has better low-end which is great for daily driving. The main reason being the longer run as I recall. After running the XLR8 for 6 months, I got the RV6-V3 on discount when I got the HPFC’s and am glad I got to try it out.
I hate revivals, but I love this post. Good data, well presented, with images. Personally I am still an ATLP advocate, but I very much prefer low torque below 3k and gobs of power up top.
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I had a customer who has a TL (base model, 5AT) that is stock other than he'd removed the mid-muffler. I was detailing his S2000 and he had to run an errand and needed to move my car. Said he immediately noticed how much more responsive it was compared to his TL, said he's going to order a j-pipe now.
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I hate revivals, but I love this post. Good data, well presented, with images. Personally I am still an ATLP advocate, but I very much prefer low torque below 3k and gobs of power up top.
Thanks ! Good to know you like the ATLP, If I get a chance to try one I will
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