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Old 06-18-2006, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default MMW-DRAXAS combo videos/pics/review

Since I haven't read any threads about this combo I figured I'd make a quick review any then post videos so you guys could make there own judgements about this combination of aftermarket parts.

Firstly, let me say that I was equally impressed with the appearance of these products. I chose them because I head read many threads about the these parts and their other brands, and the MMW and Draxas products seemed to come up as the best in the header and exhaust battles. Their appearance seemed to back this up, just take a look at the pics!

The install for the MMW was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I took the radiator fan out prior to install, so I had decent room to drop in the art-peice-of-a-header. The trick is to use penetration lube to get those bolts off, but be carfull near your sensors! The fitment was fooking ridiculous. Here is a list of places it was rubbing:
1) The steering cradle side (I was able to minimize it by bending a dummy tab),
2) Flange of header rubbing oil pan lip (haha that sounds like a porno senance!),
3) The s-pipe was rubbing a notch into my axle and my axle was rubbing a groove into my s-pipe.
I took it to a muffler shop and they said they couldn't fix it with out cutting and re-welding so now I am now in the process of sending it back for return.

The power gain was noticable when I got on it, but around town it really doesn't matter. Buying this part only for performance is kind of wasting money because it doesn't make the car 'that' much more quick. But it is a bargain if you show it. People really notice how good the header looks.

The check engine light was supposed to be stopped with the MMW CEL-Eliminator, and it did except for a trackday at The Streets. When reving it up at a stop, there it a bit of metalic rasp on the high end coming from the fron of the car, but it just souded like a leak. Other than that the difference in sound was little.

The Draxas Exhaust was an easy install, I just wish I was able to lift the car higher. The car seen from behind or from an angle shows the system looking purty.
With the MMW-Draxas combo, I the exhaust sounded pretty good. There was some rasp though, but it wasn't awful. The overall tone was deep and it was noticably louder than stock. The only time that resonance in the cabin could be heard is when the car is decelerating at about 1900-1400 RPM.

With the stock manifold and Draxas exhuast combo is my favorite because it has absolutly no bumps, knocks, or leaks. With the MMW header, the car is easily identified as modified, but without it, the sound is much quiter, (sounds closer to stock), but it is still nice. It is deeper and more of a "tuned" tone. Reving it sound really good with the Injen Intake. Although the resonance can still be heard, it is much less intense.


Here are the Videos!
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Stock Exhaust and MMW Header:
That off-throttle whine at high RPM as especially bad that morning. It is a leak from the s-pipe/exhaust joint.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...41070465557499
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87178546062556


MMW Header and Draxas Exhaust:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...24571588002946
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...21991957033162

Stock Exhaust Manifold and Draxas Exhaust
(on this one you can see me showing off the tCover radio door over-ride switch)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...76027422176864
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...44846251880736

here is how I took the videos:
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thanks to Fushyuguru and Whocares05050 for a couple pics!

Ok, I'll stop typing.

-BrianH

Stock Exhaust Manifold
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Stock Manifold and MMW Header
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MMW Header (Shiney and New)
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Stock S-Pipe and MMW S-Pipe
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MMW Header after being used for a few thousand miles
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MMW S-Pipe after being used for a few thousand miles
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Stock and Draxas Mufflers
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Stock and Draxas mid piping
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Stock and Draxas resonator and cat
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Draxas Muffler, yes that is a dent in the canister. It came like that in shipment.
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MMW header brand new, never run.
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MMW header after some miles.
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Draxas muffler section
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I the look is great except that it is slanted, I would prefer the canister to be parallel to terra firma.
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danm the slant!
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great write up and videos!
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WOW good write up and man good job with the pictures
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great job sounds nice What kind of cai do you have? I like the Konig Next bronze look on ur tC
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wow very nice setup, the sound is amazing!!
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so why did you go with the megan s pipe and not the draxas one? also my question about what cai do you have?
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Thanks for the comments.

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so why did you go with the megan s pipe and not the draxas one? also my question about what cai do you have?
I din't use the Megan peice, I only have MMW header and s-pipe, with a Draxas exhaust.

The CAI is made by Injen


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very nice, i was very interested in this setup myself and i think ill go with it now...some of the best videos ive seen also, thanks alot man! the draxas looks so shiny =d
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Your interior, wheels, spoiler, and engine setup are all top notch. Very thorough review, too, I'm impressed. Kudos.
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Your interior, wheels, spoiler, and engine setup are all top notch. Very thorough review, too, I'm impressed. Kudos.
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Great Vids! Cars sounds VERY nice! :-)
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WOW!!! You did such an amazing job plus a VERY thorough write up!!! ... and the videos, extreemly well done. I can't believe that you rocked all that jazz at home in your garage - you have EVERY right to be proud of your work! Brian H, You're my hero
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good job - if I knew it sounded like that I would have gotten the mmw header when they were on sale for $450/shipped. And yes - you are the first person to give a full writeup on the draxas exhaust and the mmw header on a non-FI car.
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$450 Shipped was for damaged ones. $550 was a sale for "perfect new" ones, but they sold out.

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Nice review, very thorough
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bump for a freeeeking awesome review.
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Does the MMW header/S-Pipe come with a Antifouler already installed in the S-Pipe? Also whats the price like, and how much more power can you expect to gain?
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Sorry for the delay, I was hotlinking this thread to another and noticed an unanswered question.

No, the MMW header does not have an antifouler pre-installed for the reason that it does not use one. It uses a MMW-made CEL Eliminator that backs the sensor off enough so that it reads a 'normal' amount of carbon.

It is the L-shaped peice sticking out of the s-pipe

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gotta check out those videos when I get home from work!
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Damn player,look at the muthaf*ckin peanut butter!!!! OW!! loving the interior.
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