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Un4Gvn
01-03-2004, 10:59 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the Bassani Header/X-Pipe/Exhaust set-up? I'll be ordering a new exhaust this week, but I'm still having a hard time finding reviews from people with actual experience with the product.

From what I've gathered, most people are going with the Magnaflow set-up. Is there any significant difference between the two both increased power or sound wise? I'm not interested in a raspy annoying exhaust. I'd love to get something fairly quiet and clean sounding.

Thanks in advance for the replies guys!

BAD PNY
01-04-2004, 09:40 AM
Most people go with Magnaflow because of the $. It is alot cheaper then the Bassani. Bassani's stuff is top notch but of course you pay for it. If you plan on doing headers you would be safe with Bassani, if not save some money and go with Magnaflow. My wife's T/A has the magnaflow catback and I was very impressed with fit, finish, and sound.

Un4Gvn
01-07-2004, 11:01 AM
Well I went ahead and ordered the Bassani exhaust with catless X-pipe. I hope to get a baseline dyno done on Saturday and install the exhaust system later that evening.

Once I get the before and after dyno results, I'll post the results.

Un4Gvn
01-10-2004, 12:19 AM
Good news and bad news.

Good news: I got my Bassani Catback and X-Pipe.
Bad news: I'm too impatient to wait until Saturday. The catback is on. :)

Overall, I'm impressed with the catback. The sound is barely louder than stock at idle, but much louder at WOT. It doesn't get to the point where it's obnoxiously loud, but it definately will attract attention. If I had to describe the sound in a word, I would say "clean."

There's no doubt in my mind that the X-Pipe will definately increase the volume, but I hope not to the point where it gets overwhelming. I'll definately take advantage of the cats until I get an itch to remove them.

The X-Pipe should hopefully be on the car tomorrow and, time permitting, I'll have dyno numbers to accompany them.

I'll keep this thread updated.

Yellow03
01-11-2004, 10:38 PM
Just wait to you stick that xpipe on! I was running a borla cat-back with the stock h-pipe for quite some time.

well, I finally installed a bassani x-pipe. what a difference. You can definitely feel a bump in performance and the car simply sounds amazing.

Yellow03
01-11-2004, 10:42 PM
sorry forgot to comment on the headers. several people i have spoken with have had seal problems with the bassani mid-length headers. i decided to go with JDA shorties however was very unimpressed with the quality when they arrived and decided to return them. imho, those $ are probably better spent elsewhere (alla Kenne Belle).

pdogkilr
01-21-2004, 04:46 PM
Yellow03,

I am considering a complete Bassani system for the '03 and this is the first I have heard about seal problems.

Do you have additional information, or links to threads discussing this?

I would really appreciate the help - this is not a cheap ticket that I am looking at. If there are issues with the setup, I would like to know going in what to expect, or what questions to ask Bassani.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jerry

Yellow03
01-21-2004, 11:45 PM
Jerry,

I don't have anything in writing about seal problems. My local performance shop said they had seal problems on 2 other 03 Cobras running bassani headers. Perhaps the problem was more a function of the installer than anything else. Sorry if I made it seem like a widespread problem. I'll look to see if i see any threads on the topic and will post.

Un4Gvn
01-24-2004, 07:20 PM
Better late than never.

I got the beast dyno'd today. Current mods are: Bassani catted X-pipe, Bassani catback, K&N filter, C&L 95mm MAF.

SAE Numbers are as followed -

407.2 Horsepower and 389.8 Torque.

I told myself I wasn't going to touch the pulleys, but I'm getting tempted.

...then again, I also told myself I was going to leave the car stock and that didn't even last two weeks. ;)

BAD PNY
01-25-2004, 08:15 AM
I would be interested to see the numbers without the C&L maf, I have a hard time believing that you gained anything from it.

Next up should be a predator tune...

03 cobra toy
01-25-2004, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by Un4Gvn
Better late than never.

I got the beast dyno'd today. Current mods are: Bassani catted X-pipe, Bassani catback, K&N filter, C&L 95mm MAF.

SAE Numbers are as followed -

407.2 Horsepower and 389.8 Torque.

I told myself I wasn't going to touch the pulleys, but I'm getting tempted.

...then again, I also told myself I was going to leave the car stock and that didn't even last two weeks. ;)


:thumbsup: Good # Time for the good stuff..:rolleyes: pulleys,chip and the list goes on...$$$$$ :rotf:

OKC03Cobra
01-25-2004, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by Un4Gvn
Better late than never.

I got the beast dyno'd today. Current mods are: Bassani catted X-pipe, Bassani catback, K&N filter, C&L 95mm MAF.

SAE Numbers are as followed -

407.2 Horsepower and 389.8 Torque.

I told myself I wasn't going to touch the pulleys, but I'm getting tempted.

...then again, I also told myself I was going to leave the car stock and that didn't even last two weeks. ;)

Check out the mods in my sig. My SAE numbers are 440/462. I am getting the Apten ported blower, Gords Ford Heat Exchanger and Maziere electric water pump and should dyno 500rwhp.

davelegguy
02-03-2004, 05:49 PM
I have the full bassani exhaust and they put the 4" tips on it. The noise drove me nuts on the highway unless I was doing nearly triple digits . I must not have been the only one with this complaint because they came out with 3" tips that I am running without the baffles. I can almost have a normal conversation now with no appreciable loss of rwhp.

Un4Gvn
02-26-2004, 10:15 AM
I recently yanked the cats and replaced them with the straight pipes that came with my Bassani X-Pipe. Unless you want to annoy people, I highly suggest keeping the cats in. The exhaust became incredibly loud under WOT to the point where I was almost embarassed.

As far as gains go, I couldn't really tell since most of my attention was focused on how insanely loud the set-up had become.

Needless to say, I put the cats back on the next morning.

cobrabitn
02-27-2004, 11:42 AM
Chris,

I want mine obnoxiously loud like your was! No way I am going to worry about that. I'm just going to listen to the sound of that DOHC V-8. ;)

BTW, your membership packet has been my mailbox for 2 days. We just got 17 inches of snow dumped on us. :(

Carl G
03-05-2004, 08:45 AM
In have the full Bassani sytem and it really sounds great. Around 2000 rpm you get that usual droan like in most systems. My only advice is if you want more mods like chip make sure it is dyno tuned and that you air fuel ratios are right. Go to South Central forum and look for post Bad News on Motor. Bad tune and results are motor cant handle the heat. I am going back with long tube BBK header and it will mean a slight modification with the X pipe.

lorahcobra
03-07-2004, 11:10 PM
We are running the ceramic coated Bassani's with o/r x pipe and Magnaflow's. Not that loud at idle but get on it and it will turn heads;) We have had no problems at all. Other mods we have done seem to be following everyone else's '03 mods. UPR cold air intake, Accufab throttle body w/polished inlet tube, 2.8" blower pulley w/Diablosport chip, Pro 5.0 shifter :D Now we start on the suspension and aerodynamics. So far: Steeda 4 bolt caster/camber plates and strut tower brace, Motorsport Cobra R 17x10.5's on the rear...more coming soon:bounce: :bounce: Steve and Crystal Lorah

1/2 bent
03-28-2004, 10:21 AM
I recently yanked the cats and replaced them with the straight pipes that came with my Bassani X-Pipe. Unless you want to annoy people, I highly suggest keeping the cats in. The exhaust became incredibly loud under WOT to the point where I was almost embarassed.

As far as gains go, I couldn't really tell since most of my attention was focused on how insanely loud the set-up had become.

Needless to say, I put the cats back on the next morning.
Lol. Un4Gvn i did the same thing. I have 2 chamber flows on my 03 Cobra and last weekend put an o/r x on my car. It was extremly loud also. I drove it to work monday and monday night after work it was back off with my stock h with cats back on. I should be getting my mac flowpath cat back this week. I wanted to ask you about your c&l 95mm maf. I have it also but took mine off becouse peaple told me that it leaned the car out to get power and that i need a chip. c&l says in the papers that came with it that if i only have mods such as an exhuast o/r pipe that i didnt need a chip. Anyone here know if i would be safe to put my new maf back in???

lorahcobra
03-28-2004, 12:01 PM
With no more mods than you presently have, the C&L should be fine without a chip mod. :) BTW, don't try to run Flowmasters with an X-pipe :eek: the sound is horrible. If you are running a baffled, louvered, or chambered muffler...use an H-pipe! Straight thru design mufflers (like Magnaflows) love those X-pipes :thumbsup:

1/2 bent
03-28-2004, 12:16 PM
Thanks lorahcobra. Guess i'll put the maf back in. I did notice a differance in power with it in. Yes the x with my flows sounded crappy when it hit about 2500 rpm. Sounded like a 2 stroke almost. Then it would get deeper again higher on up in the rpm. Oh well the smell of the fumes where enough for me to take it back off anyway even if it had sounded good.