Sound aside for a min, which of the two kits (CCI and Sportex) is the best fit?
Some aftermarket systems are a biatch to line up and fit together....even clanking on floor pan etc..
Andrew 2.8i wrote:I was under the impression that the CCI and Sportex exhausts were one and the same.
I agree with Andrew. CCI and Sportex I believe to be identical. At the time I bought my system I looked into it and everything about them both is identical. Exactly same manifold, 'bomb' type rear silencer and even the choice of either 2" or 3" rolled stainless end pipe is identical. Think they both offered the straight through ( no bomb silencer) option too. Cannot see how the sound would not differ at all between the two either. I am guessing CCI must get their supplies from whoever makes up the Sportex systems. Think at the time CCI called theirs the Club Performance System.
With regards to fitting them I am guessing that a Pinto will surely be easier than a 2.8 set up as it has an easier route but the chap that originally fitted mine did curse it somewhat saying it was a pig to fit but its never knocked or banged anywhere and seems to have good clearance throughout. The only thing I would say is the exhaust does hang quite low underneath on mine so any of those stupidly high speed humps I need to be a bit careful. I am not sure if anyone else has the same or whether its just how mine was fitted. It certainly looks like there is no other way it would sit higher than how its fitted so presume its as it was intended and it has no problem with knocking the floor pan at all. The tail pipe
has good clearance too. My previous Laser I recall the clearance with a standard system was a bit tighter as I had to get one fitted and had to bring it back a couple of times as the tailpipe was knocking. Might just have been how it was fitted but I do believe the Sportex hangs a tad lower so better clearance. Suppose the fit depends a lot on the suppliers and so the CCI and Sportex should not really differ at all.
On my previous Laser with the standard system I used to catch higher than normal speed humps too ! Now I just avoid any routes I know that have any sort of humps in B112. Petrol Stations have even started laying speed humps at the entrance and exits of some of their stations and one I used to use laid such a high one it just scraped the exhaust so I don't bring B112 there any more...their loss !!!
Mind you before I upgraded to the Sportex my standard exhaust used to catch high humps too. Bleedin London eh ! Mind you some of the humps up in West Yorkshire look like the local bleedin farmer has laid them to suit fucking tractors
Good Luck with getting your new exhaust Tim. The Sportex/CCI deffo has a nicer tone to it than the standard imo but its a matter of personal choice...just ask Danny with his straight thru 3" tailpipe
All the best