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Old 17th March 2006, 11:10   #1
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Default Baleno Header & Exhaust & some

Hi people,
I'm back in town & back on the net
(have to repeat that since none of ya responded to my post in the newbies section)
Right, i know that there are a few threads on the exhausts & i have done the due dilligence and searched through them etc etc,
But i thought i would put up a more specific query

Planning to put an exhaust & header on my baleno- its just 2 days since i arived- why waste time!!
I have not seen much feedback from any baleno owners here.
Have any of you faced a severe drop in Low end, the baleno is esp torqey and that strength makes city driving a cinch, so while i will have to compromise, i dont want to loose all the bottom end.
And any other problems/ difficulties faced,
or any suggestions you may have.
I aslo already have a K&N Intake bolted on.

Apart from that has anyone tried any minor remapping jobs, basically anything that didnt involve messing with the engine itself.

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Old 18th March 2006, 07:54   #2
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Going is really slow on the bb these days it would appear.
Anyway, went over to automech & placed an order for a new exhaust system
I should be heading over on monday to get it fitted.
Monday is lookin like a lot of fun now!
feedback will be posted once that is fited
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Monday's here, where's the feedback?
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Old 20th March 2006, 18:37   #4
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revvhead is probably busy revving his car now with an automech free-flow . . . what in the world would make a bhpian go home and post a review?

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Old 20th March 2006, 18:49   #5
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Expect some fab reviews on this thread, postmidnight

Revvhead, Please try and give a brief(if not detailed) report surrounding the whole process and your experience (cost, installation details, post-install performance, your desired sound and the result, speeds) etc.

Thanks in advance.
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revvhead, I too am keen to know your experience....
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Old 23rd March 2006, 08:16   #7
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Oyyy!!!! Suddenly i have replies here! Surprise.
Well, Edmund, to answer you question, I've been lazy, my comp is nuerotic
]so its been a pain to put up the pics.

BUt sinc you are pushing me here goes
(acually i was originally intending to close this thread down, and restart after i got got my music re-done, once this horrendously lazy/busy sam returns from bangalore)

Anyway, went rushing off to Automech on Monday
Was chatting with Vivek, who was there.
So they started work, all goin well, and i'm poking around, havin a look here & there. Dismanling the original is happening.
Post dismantling, time to fit the header.
Suddenlt the mechanic gets up and says something to Vivek.
Vivek is like " I didnt know baleno's came in different shapes & sizes!!"
Turns out my car some some reason, has a different sump layout (You figure that out!!!!) from all the baleno's they have done previously and the damned header endpipes are touching the sump and the header wont sit!!

So its time to fabricate a new header and bend the pipes in such a way that they will fit. This is gonna take time. a lotta time, but 6thankfully can still be finished in one day.
well there's no use me hanging around while someone elsewhere is doing some welding, so off i go home.
Get cal call in the evening sayit it will be ready soon,
so head back to parel.
Final fitting is being done, i am being nosy, asking all sorts of questions, and being a nuisance!!
Once the fitting is done, its time to start the car.
Hmmm, the sound is exactly like i asked for!! Wow!
Its so muted that at idle you can barely make out

OK, so i love the big sound, but i have driven a car with an awesome exhaust note. Its fine for a while. But drive it for 4 hours and you are hearing exhaust
for 4 hours even afetr you finish your drive.

With that in mind, and the fact that this is my only and regular ride, i'm damn thrilled. You get a nice rumble when you tap the pedal letting you know that something is about to happen.
Then if you acccelerate smoothly its all calm.
BUt floor it and the the free flow announces its existence!
Bursting into song at higher revs.

Then Vivek does a a small wheelspin to demonstrate the real work that it has to do!! Witha big grin on his face!!

this has become pretty long - continued in part 2!!
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Old 23rd March 2006, 08:24   #8
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part 2- performance
Well theres all the bloody evening traffic, so i curse like mad.
But reach bandra and detour onto the reclamation to strech her legs.
Hmm there we go.Superb.

But its all very crowded, so i take her for a apin later at night.

The throttle response is super & immediate. great stuff.
and its peacefully strools along at 900 rpm with the aC on!!!!!
Even my ever doubting father is impressed. He's actually not even grumbling and complaining about my wasting money.
He's too busy telling he's stealing my car!!!

I still have to take it on open road to see if i can achieve one of my aims
i.e. to crack the 200 barrier in this car!!
will have to wait as the nest drive is prolly with the father!
But there is a definite acceleration and power improvement
lets what happens to the FE.

The guys at automech, Ajay & Vivek were very helpful and built the thing exactly to the reqd spec. Thanks guys!!!

More when i get to stretch the legs and some photo's soon
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yup... being mute in idle is a nice guise for a modded car.. even i vouch for that..... happy drivin!
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to crack the 200 barrier in this car!!
Free-flowing esteems can do this.So, obviously urs can definitely cross it.

Buttt, DRIVE SAFE!!!!
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Cool good to know that.]
Yeah, aint gonna do it, till i hita well known empty road, or dual carriageway

BTW, i'm still a lookin for some feedback from anyone else who has done this stuff on a baleno
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Car sounds good dude. Just please upgrade from the stock rubber before you decide to crack the 200 mark.
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Old 23rd March 2006, 13:42   #13
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Oh buddy, i have changed my boots the day i bought it.
michelin certis 195/60 R 14
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breaking the 200 km/h barrier with just a freeflow would be kinda optimistic, infact i ve always had a feeling that a free flow tends to mess the top end up, atleast our normal ones around here (frk, automech and the deals).

but coming back to the topic and a few slightly more detailed on the acceleration pre and post automech job would be great and happy revving revvhead.

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the exhaust note changes with time ....but drive carefully as its very easy to get carried away and drive rashly in trying to listen to the sound ...i am sure ...u wont be using teh AC for a long time
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