Some pics of my car with everything fitted on the ramps :
Please tell your car to breathe as deeply as possible with stock headers for a tiny while more....
These headers are totally unchartered territory in that Bank 1 and Bank 2 are almost symmetrical in terms of design, with the aim of being a very special 4 into 1 set of headers .... ! There is no copying of other manufacturers' hard work here...this is all their own hard work, and it is very radical indeed, but that is why they have to take care at every stage of the process, and triple/quadruple confirm everything.
As you can see from the pics above, the cats are not done yet, and hence the decat pipe is in place.
I have a ferry to leave at 0955 on Friday morning to go and attend the International M5 Meeting at the 'Ring, and my car is going there with these headers on...
Good luck on the Ring. Presume your car isn't remapped yet?
No the car hasn't been remapped yet, and we are pretty confident with the stock ECU's ability to accommodate the increased airflow afforded by these headers. Remapping will be offered though in the near future.
I drove this car extensively back in January with the headers on, and now the headers have been slightly improved. Back in January I did not want to return the car to them as it was truly flying...so I really can't wait till I back it off the ramps this time around...
OMFG! I just had a call from Kumaran, who was on his way home after the final fitment of his Van Manen headers. (AND big brakes and rod bearings, just in time for his 'Ring trip tomorrow morning! Crazy fellow - never does anything by half measures!!)
I had to bunk off work for a bit so I could go for a ride... WOW!! It is set up with the new Van Manen Headers, de-cated centre pipes & a stock rear section. It sounds AMAZING! It is still very quiet and subtle, but it has a much deeper, angrier, bassier, more V8-ish noise to it. I stood by the side of the road as he pulled up, and there is this incredible deep rumble that you almost feel rather than hear. Inside the car it has a much more off-beat thrumb to it, like a hi-power drag car, rather than the more usual subtle purr. Don't get me wrong - it is still uber Q-car subtle, but it now sounds as powerful as it feels. I LOVE IT! It's the sort of sound that discerning folk walking along the pavement will hear, turn their heads, and miss comletely, and then wonder what on earth that amazing noise was for the rest of the day.
Although I was only a passenger, I was also struck by how urgent and more torquey it seems to feel at very low revs. It seemed more responsive too, judging by the grin on Kumaran's face!
I am now in a state of extreme envy until I have mine fitted. If you are reading this Johannes, then STUNNING work mate. I tried to call you to exclaim my child-like excitement, but I could only get your answerphone. Call me later!
I don't even want to imagine how it's going to sound with my Tubis....