Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
August 31, 2014
Mellower than I thought
I watched a lot of videos at first, decided I wanted the Touring exhaust, than I thought it would be too quiet. Decided on the S-Type, than changed my mind and thought I wanted the Atak. I wanted a nice low rumbling sound, and the Touring seemed to be it. The Pypes Pype Bomb also caught my eye, and watching the vids it seemed it was not really that much louder than stock. Well, the mics on those vids seem to be way off.
I purchased the Pype Bomb exhaust, knowing that there are fitment issues, but from reviews I read you could adjust it by moving the mid pipe... partially true. I finally got the Pypes adjusted to where they would fit the exhaust cutouts, but they would still rub on the hanger mounts.
They said that the Pypes droned at 2000 - 3000 RPM. True, but they also drone at 1500 when trying to accelerate. They were loud outside, and I was ok with that, but they were obnoxiously loud on the inside too. Not to mention the vibration they were transmitting throughout the cabin.
I took them off and decided on the Touring. I wanted the S-Type, but reading the reviews and listening to all of the different videos it seemed like the S-Type would be too loud too.
So, for the good part, I was able to remove the stock mufflers and install the Borla Touring in 40 minutes, without having to jack up the car. The fit was sooooo much better than the Pypes Bomb!!! The tips fit exactly the way they should, and the install was as described by scrib74. It was very easy & quick, and as I mentioned they fit perfectly, unlike the Pypes.
Now, for the sound... well, after all of the reviews I have read, and the videos I have watched, it seems like they would be a little louder. The Pype Bomb was waaaaayyyy too much, and the Borla Touring is waaaayyy too little. They are like the stock exhaust, plus maybe 5%??? At the most. Sure, if you rev it to red line it might sound more aggressive, but between idle and even 3500 it does not seem much louder at all. I was somewhat disappointed. I was hoping for a little more.
Since I cannot return them, I will keep them on the car. They are not bad, but considering that they are only slightly louder than the stock, I don't think they are worth the $583. Don't get me wrong, it is a great product, it fits great, install is easy, but the sound is too mellow.
The Touring is too mellow, and the Pype Bomb is too loud & obnoxious. From the reviews I have read the Pype Bomb is louder than the Atak, so I think that the S-Type would have been just right. I wanted to order it, but was afraid it was too loud, judging by the Borla video review of all three. It seems that the mic they used on those vids were too much the opposite of the mics they used for the Pypes Bomb.
The Borla is worth its money considering the fit & finish, the 4.5" tips look awesome, but I wanted just a little more sound. The packaging was just right, not too much, not too little (unlike the Pypes), and I liked the fact it came with a hat & some stickers. ;-)
It is a great, great product, but would the sound of the vids have been more accurate, I think I would have went with the S-Type. Oh well. :-)