I once again tapped Evilla Motorsports, this time for their axle back exhaust for the 2nd gen Forte5
. The exhaust arrived today, and the first thing that struck me was how light it is. It's very well constructed, too.
The installation was so easy I don't have much to write about it. I just backed my car onto ramps in the street (my 300zx project is still consuming my 2-car garage) and did the work there. There are just 2 nuts that need to be removed to disconnect the original exhaust. I sprayed some PB Blaster on them, but my cordless impact driver removed them with ease.
After removing the 2 nuts, I moved to the back of the car and slid the 2 sets of prongs out of the rubber hangers, and the oem exhaust was out. It was that easy to remove.
Installing the new exhaust was just as easy. I fed the pipe into place and pressed the pair of prongs into the rubber hanger. Then I moved to the connection point, aligned the two pipes up, placed the gasket in between them and fed the two bolts with washers and lock washers through the holes. I hand tightened the two nuts, then moved to a socket on top to hold the bolt in place while using another socket wrench on the nut to tighten it. I went back and forth a few times between the two to evenly tighten them.
Here's a comparison of the oem and Evilla exhaust:
Since there was such a big difference in weight I decided to go ahead and weigh them both.
And here's how the new tailpipe looks:
The moment I started the car I knew I made a good choice. The sound is so much nicer than stock. It has a very smooth note, not obnoxious or too loud. I revved the engine a few times then shut it down to clean up.
I've done a few short drives now, and it really is a huge improvement over stock. When cruising at any speed you don't even hear it, but step on the throttle, and it rewards you with a very pleasing sound. Coupled with my CAI I really love the way my car sounds now.
I also installed paddle shifters
and took a little video of testing them where you can hear the new exhaust as well:
I highly recommend this exhaust upgrade if you're looking for one!