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|The exhaust on my 1997 1.8 MGF appears to be on its way out, the RAC inspection 12 months ago stated it would need imminent repair. When the time comes I thought I would replace it with a stainless steel alternative although i'm not sure now. I'm looking to increase the noise/growl slightly and performance, however, I don't really want to increase my insurance when making any modifications. |
So now I'm wondering would a new air filter/induction kit achieve what I'm hoping for without the need for a
|Buy a filter kit - you'll get plenty of lovely induction noise, and more power: http://www.mgf.ultimatemg.com/exhaust_good_as_filter.htm|
not much contest in the value for money stakes. But then you can't *see* a filter when it is installed - and that is part of the delight of an aftermarket exhaust: they can look superb.
If you need a new exhaust anyway, it seems like the ideal opportunity to replace it with something more 'interesting' - and really, it shouldn't over burden your insurance.
|K&Necond what rob says, a filter is the best performance mod for|
|Pick up a second hand Trophy exhaust to free up the exhaust breathing.|
|Err, given the above, there is very little breathing to free up!|
Seems like there is not much bhp gain on an exhaust and people buy them for the sound.
|I agree Jasper - the back box isn't the limiting factor - the standard cheapo exhaust manifold, on the other hand, is a different matter...|
I fitted a K&N filter - noise is superb without being intrusive.
I notified my insureres - Lancaster - who did not charge me any extra.
The filter for the performance, the Exhaust for the Noise...it will transform your driving experience!
|>> Do Both! <<|
Yes, but not on the same time.
Start with the filter.... enjoy it. You will be impressed.
After a while, you get the exhaust and enjoy again of the new sound of your sporty F.
|I definitely agree with Erik there on the upgrade path. If you've never heard a K&N 57i on its own then you've seriously missed out! :o)|
Ahhh - induction roar = bliss ;o)
|Yes, the K&N is fabulous, more power, lovely noise (97 F, VVC). By the way, does anyone know if the K&N works to improve the performance on a TF160, noting that on an F VVC the K&N nearly gets the engine to 160 bhp?|
|Agree with Rob & Erik,|
K&N first, test whether you like your car making a lot more noise (but only when you really boot it). Then a new exhaust, to make more noise all the time. I'm now working on enclosing my K&N into an airbox to wring another horse or two out of it and to reduce the noise a little (but not too much I hope).
Regarding the K&N in the TF160, it would make very little, if any, difference as the majority of the extra bhp over the F VVC is from improved breathing.
|Phil Brindley - Leicester|
|If the TF airbox is already an improvement over the original why bother taking it out. Why no simply replace the MG panel filter with a free flowing K&N panel...|
and then put the cash saved towards an new zorst.
This thread was discussed between 19/05/2004 and 28/05/2004
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