Cheap Exhaust

Cheap Exhaust

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The biggest dilemma customers face looking for a cheap exhaust is that the exhaust wasn’t fit for purpose. You do get what you pay for, and more and more companies are fighting for your business on price. Some clever ones have learned to sell you a cheap exhaust but demand a high price tag, duping you into believing that you are getting a quality system, but sadly you are paying for rubbish.

1) One Customer purchased this cheap exhaust muffler from eBay, as it looked shiny. He paid an exhaust company to install it to his BMW, but within just eight months, he noticed the sound had changed and had become much louder. It was evident, the cheap exhaust he purchased had failed miserably, the internal packaging had blown out because of the poor-quality structure, resulting in a boy racer sound. The entire system had to be re-built.

2) This Customer thought he got a great deal when he was quoted £600 to build a cat-back exhaust on his Mercedes by a well-known cheap exhaust company. Not only had they used the wrong mufflers, but all welds were done using mild steel, one of the hangers broke and had to be towed home at considerable expense. We ended up rebuilding the entire system because the previous company who gave a lifetime warranty had closed down.

3) This Customer wanted to have a cheap exhaust built for performance and chose the most competitive company he could find. He wanted a 3-inch system for his Subaru, and it was agreed. Soon after he realised, he had lost power and experienced high fuel consumption. He returned to the installers, looking for a solution but was shocked when they said that there is nothing wrong with the exhaust and, the problem must be in the engine. He approached us for a solution, and only when we removed the silencer is when we realised what they had done. His 3-inch system had just 1 3/4 inch core in the muffler, which was suffocating his engine and caused the problem; hence, the reason it was a cheap exhaust. We re-built the entire system again with exceptional results.

4) Another example of a customer choosing a cheap exhaust, thinking that all stainless steel exhausts are the same. Within just 18 months the joins at the end had broken off, this was due to the tube being welded to the end and not the core pipe. Failing joints is a result of poorly designed silencers without a protruding core. He went back, but the company had changed the business name but the same people working there, another common issue for lifetime warranties, so much for a cheap exhaust.

BMW E92

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This customer came to us to take a look at his exhaust as he had a new replacement exhaust in stainless steel installed by a well-known specialist workshop just two weeks earlier. He had been back many times complaining off banging noises, and the vehicle tone was deafening and sounded like a leaking exhaust, he got fed up of being fobbed off that the system will settle down, he needs to leave it alone for a while and so on. We asked him if he had seen what they had done, and he said no I took their word for everything and was happy with the looks as it had shiny tailpipes but was a cheap exhaust but felt something was wrong.

Once we put it up on the ramp, the customer was able to see exactly where the issues lay; if you look at the pictures, you will see what we mean. It almost seemed as if the entire exhaust system was put together using scrap off-cut pieces of stainless steel tubing. The most worrying thing was they had used two different silencers which were second-hand, obviously removed from another vehicle. When the customer saw this, he was livid and said he would take this up with them legally because he felt utterly ripped off.

A second-hand Milltek muffler was used and stamped NOT FOR ROAD USE. The muffler used on the opposite side was different in size and brand. The tubing was poorly fitted close to the body, causing banging and rattles, being close to plastic parts near the boot floor, which were melting. There were many areas with missing welds, and a glaring hole was left un-welded, clamps suitable for mild steel exhausts were used to clamp stainless steel. We rebuilt the entire system with exceptional results.

BMW E90

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The owner of this BMW E 90, an accountant not savvy with cars just wanted to improve the looks of his vehicle and a cheap exhaust, not concerned about performance or sound he wanted a better look from a single tailpipe to a dual system for a sportier look. He found a company that ranked high on the search engine; they claimed to be the number 1 choice in west London. He was given a quotation over the phone, he booked the car for the work, but upon arrival, the quote doubled and felt pressured to agree, which he did.

A few hours later the vehicle was completed and looked good he could see two matching tailpipes one on the left and one on the right, precisely what he wanted. Over the next few months, he went back to see them complaining smoke emitted from the left-hand side and nothing from the right; they said this would get better over time, eight months later it got worse, one of the tailpipes started to discolour while the other looked new.

He found us via a recommendation from a forum. Upon inspection, what we saw even took us by surprise, they had welded a tube from one tailpipe to the other and charged him over £400 for the privilege, this was inadequate and built by a company that had no understanding of exhaust systems, terrible example of a cheap exhaust.

We explained the only way for him to achieve what he initially intended was to remove the entire rear section of the exhaust system and rebuild with a Y pipe further back. For equal smoke to emit from both tailpipes, the customer was overly satisfied with the results and regretted not coming to us sooner.

Mercedes CLS 500

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The owner of this Mercedes was incredibly proud of his vehicle and wanted to find better ways of improving the sound and the performance. He opted to go with the cheap exhaust quote he could find, and was advised to remove the two resonators and replace that section with an X pipe, this made logical sense to the customer and agreed, he read on forums about the massive gains an X pipe makes.

With the work completed, shortly afterwards, he noticed the vehicle had lost its power, which was opposite to what he expected, furthermore, his fuel consumption went through the roof. When he complained, they explained that the ECU needs to recalibrate itself for the change in performance. He did not buy this and continued to argue, finally told to F-off. Cheap exhaust never pays.

He approached us for a second opinion to find a solution, what we found wasn’t surprising, but this was terrible.

The concept of an X pipe is to create a scavenging effect in V Block engines when the gases merge there needs to be a more substantial area as not to restrict the gases from vacating. Still, what they did instead, they took two Y-pipes and wended them together, causing a massive restriction, over time this would have caused engine damage.

We ended up re-building the section with the correct X-pipe, which solved the problem and improved the performance and sound. He couldn’t thank us enough.

Smart For Four

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This customer had an exhaust system built by another cheap exhaust company but was very unhappy with the constant banging and knocking sound he would get while driving. He came to us saying he did not want to go back to them because of their aggressive behaviour upon hearing his complaint. He asked us to rebuild the entire system again for him. It was clear to see what was causing the noise. The exhaust company had fitted the flexible pipe in the wrong area, after the engine mount, where it had no effect of reducing movement or vibration. If allowed to remain it would have damaged the expensive manifold. A flex pipe is a crucial component and needs to be in the correct location; to do this, one needs to know how exhaust systems work which a cheap exhaust company will not.

As the flex pipe was installed too near the gearbox, it would have caused the oil to cook, causing more damage to seals inside the gearbox.

All welds on the exhaust showed signs of heavy rust, which proves, mild steel wire was used and not stainless-steel wire, which is much more expensive. The exhaust was so bad that it ripped the body mountings due to the excessive movement and strain on the system, causing irreparable damage. The tailpipes were so misaligned that the heat started to burn the plastic bumper causing more damage.

The entire exhaust had to be removed and rebuilt professionally; this came as a shock to the customer as he believed all exhaust systems were the same. His only regret was not finding us sooner.

Lexus GS430

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We have seen many disastrous exhaust jobs. Still, when this customer wanted to improve the sound and performance of his Lexus GS 400 he like everyone else, searched the internet to a reputable garage and did not want a cheap exhaust. He found a local company in east London and found the quote high but agreed, he placed his order and was full of excitement and couldn’t wait to drive his car.

Within the first few months of driving, he noticed that the sound had gone up considerably and lost performance, with reduced torque and higher than usual fuel consumption. Disaster struck when the engine management light came on, when he went back looking for answers, sadly they were not cooperative.

A friend recommended to come to us for a professional opinion, we looked for causes and found the culprit. One of the most significant issues with exhausts is finding suitable mufflers or silencers to keep the sound down. In contrast, high output engines need a silencer to withstand the high pressure. Still, these are built differently and can be expensive so budget companies use the same silencer that might be used in a small engine car causing a boy racer sound. Some companies hide baffles inside the exhaust, yes, the exhaust sound is controlled but could cause engine problems due to the restriction.

Looking inside the back-box, we were shocked to see the core was purposely reduced to a slit causing the issues. We had to remove them and refit with straight-through silencers to improve the sound and restore the performance.

Cheap Exhaust System

Cheap Exhaust

1) One Customer purchased this cheap exhaust muffler from eBay, as it looked shiny. He paid an exhaust company to install it to his BMW, but within just eight months, he noticed the sound had changed and had become much louder. It was evident, the cheap exhaust he purchased had failed miserably, the internal packaging had blown out because of the poor-quality structure, resulting in a boy racer sound. The entire system had to be re-built.

2) This Customer thought he got a great deal when he was quoted £600 to build a cat-back exhaust on his Mercedes by a well-known cheap exhaust company. Not only had they used the wrong mufflers, but all welds were done using mild steel, one of the hangers broke and had to be towed home at considerable expense. We ended up rebuilding the entire system because the previous company who gave a lifetime warranty had closed down.

3) This Customer wanted to have a cheap exhaust built for performance and chose the most competitive company he could find. He wanted a 3-inch system for his Subaru, and it was agreed. Soon after he realised, he had lost power and experienced high fuel consumption. He returned to the installers, looking for a solution but was shocked when they said that there is nothing wrong with the exhaust and, the problem must be in the engine. He approached us for a solution, and only when we removed the silencer is when we realised what they had done. His 3-inch system had just 1 3/4 inch core in the muffler, which was suffocating his engine and caused the problem; hence, the reason it was a cheap exhaust. We re-built the entire system again with exceptional results.

4) Another example of a customer choosing a cheap exhaust, thinking that all stainless steel exhausts are the same. Within just 18 months the joins at the end had broken off, this was due to the tube being welded to the end and not the core pipe. Failing joints is a result of poorly designed silencers without a protruding core. He went back, but the company had changed the business name but the same people working there, another common issue for lifetime warranties, so much for a cheap exhaust.

BMW E92

This customer came to us to take a look at his exhaust as he had a new replacement exhaust in stainless steel installed by a well-known specialist workshop just two weeks earlier. He had been back many times complaining off banging noises, and the vehicle tone was deafening and sounded like a leaking exhaust, he got fed up of being fobbed off that the system will settle down, he needs to leave it alone for a while and so on. We asked him if he had seen what they had done, and he said no I took their word for everything and was happy with the looks as it had shiny tailpipes but was a cheap exhaust but felt something was wrong.

Once we put it up on the ramp, the customer was able to see exactly where the issues lay; if you look at the pictures, you will see what we mean. It almost seemed as if the entire exhaust system was put together using scrap off-cut pieces of stainless steel tubing. The most worrying thing was they had used two different silencers which were second-hand, obviously removed from another vehicle. When the customer saw this, he was livid and said he would take this up with them legally because he felt utterly ripped off.

A second-hand Milltek muffler was used and stamped NOT FOR ROAD USE. The muffler used on the opposite side was different in size and brand. The tubing was poorly fitted close to the body, causing banging and rattles, being close to plastic parts near the boot floor, which were melting. There were many areas with missing welds, and a glaring hole was left un-welded, clamps suitable for mild steel exhausts were used to clamp stainless steel. We rebuilt the entire system with exceptional results.

Cheap Exhaust for BMW E92
Cheap Exhaust for BMW E90

BMW E90

The owner of this BMW E 90, an accountant not savvy with cars just wanted to improve the looks of his vehicle and a cheap exhaust, not concerned about performance or sound he wanted a better look from a single tailpipe to a dual system for a sportier look. He found a company that ranked high on the search engine; they claimed to be the number 1 choice in west London. He was given a quotation over the phone, he booked the car for the work, but upon arrival, the quote doubled and felt pressured to agree, which he did.

A few hours later the vehicle was completed and looked good he could see two matching tailpipes one on the left and one on the right, precisely what he wanted. Over the next few months, he went back to see them complaining smoke emitted from the left-hand side and nothing from the right; they said this would get better over time, eight months later it got worse, one of the tailpipes started to discolour while the other looked new.

He found us via a recommendation from a forum. Upon inspection, what we saw even took us by surprise, they had welded a tube from one tailpipe to the other and charged him over £400 for the privilege, this was inadequate and built by a company that had no understanding of exhaust systems, terrible example of a cheap exhaust.

We explained the only way for him to achieve what he initially intended was to remove the entire rear section of the exhaust system and rebuild with a Y pipe further back. For equal smoke to emit from both tailpipes, the customer was overly satisfied with the results and regretted not coming to us sooner.

Mercedes CLS 500

The owner of this Mercedes was incredibly proud of his vehicle and wanted to find better ways of improving the sound and the performance. He opted to go with the cheap exhaust quote he could find, and was advised to remove the two resonators and replace that section with an X pipe, this made logical sense to the customer and agreed, he read on forums about the massive gains an X pipe makes.

With the work completed, shortly afterwards, he noticed the vehicle had lost its power, which was opposite to what he expected, furthermore, his fuel consumption went through the roof. When he complained, they explained that the ECU needs to recalibrate itself for the change in performance. He did not buy this and continued to argue, finally told to F-off. Cheap exhaust never pays.

He approached us for a second opinion to find a solution, what we found wasn’t surprising, but this was terrible.

The concept of an X pipe is to create a scavenging effect in V Block engines when the gases merge there needs to be a more substantial area as not to restrict the gases from vacating. Still, what they did instead, they took two Y-pipes and wended them together, causing a massive restriction, over time this would have caused engine damage.

We ended up re-building the section with the correct X-pipe, which solved the problem and improved the performance and sound. He couldn’t thank us enough.

Cheap Exhaust Mercedes CLS 500
Cheap Exhaust Smart for Four

Smart For Four

This customer had an exhaust system built by another cheap exhaust company but was very unhappy with the constant banging and knocking sound he would get while driving. He came to us saying he did not want to go back to them because of their aggressive behaviour upon hearing his complaint. He asked us to rebuild the entire system again for him. It was clear to see what was causing the noise. The exhaust company had fitted the flexible pipe in the wrong area, after the engine mount, where it had no effect of reducing movement or vibration. If allowed to remain it would have damaged the expensive manifold. A flex pipe is a crucial component and needs to be in the correct location; to do this, one needs to know how exhaust systems work which a cheap exhaust company will not.

As the flex pipe was installed too near the gearbox, it would have caused the oil to cook, causing more damage to seals inside the gearbox.

All welds on the exhaust showed signs of heavy rust, which proves, mild steel wire was used and not stainless-steel wire, which is much more expensive. The exhaust was so bad that it ripped the body mountings due to the excessive movement and strain on the system, causing irreparable damage. The tailpipes were so misaligned that the heat started to burn the plastic bumper causing more damage.

The entire exhaust had to be removed and rebuilt professionally; this came as a shock to the customer as he believed all exhaust systems were the same. His only regret was not finding us sooner.

Lexus GS430

We have seen many disastrous exhaust jobs. Still, when this customer wanted to improve the sound and performance of his Lexus GS 400 he like everyone else, searched the internet to a reputable garage and did not want a cheap exhaust. He found a local company in east London and found the quote high but agreed, he placed his order and was full of excitement and couldn’t wait to drive his car.

Within the first few months of driving, he noticed that the sound had gone up considerably and lost performance, with reduced torque and higher than usual fuel consumption. Disaster struck when the engine management light came on, when he went back looking for answers, sadly they were not cooperative.

A friend recommended to come to us for a professional opinion, we looked for causes and found the culprit. One of the most significant issues with exhausts is finding suitable mufflers or silencers to keep the sound down. In contrast, high output engines need a silencer to withstand the high pressure. Still, these are built differently and can be expensive so budget companies use the same silencer that might be used in a small engine car causing a boy racer sound. Some companies hide baffles inside the exhaust, yes, the exhaust sound is controlled but could cause engine problems due to the restriction.

Looking inside the back-box, we were shocked to see the core was purposely reduced to a slit causing the issues. We had to remove them and refit with straight-through silencers to improve the sound and restore the performance.

Cheap Exhaust for Lexus GS430