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Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by felix66, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. felix66

    felix66 Karting

    Feb 21, 2004
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    Hi all

    I have read a lot through the threads here about the Tubi and Capristo exhausts - are there any other makes that are worthy of checking out? I have seen one made by a company called Bell but can't find a reference online anywhere. Any others?

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  3. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Dec 23, 2002
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    Here's one of the best exhaust posts i've seen by Russ Turner on another Ferrari Forum;bear in mind it's written for the US market .
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    The most common and most effective aftermarket improvement available to most Ferraris is a replacement stainless steel muffler. The stock unit is quite heavy, and not known for its flow abilities or tone - in fact, if you fell the pulses at idle on a US single cat 328 they are of different strength side to side.

    Tubistyle
    The haute couture of aftermarket mufflers for Ferraris has become the Tubistyle. 'Tubi' makes exhaust components for Ferrari factory racing applications and are of exceptional quality. They have been shown on a dyno to bring hp up across the entire band, and many folks notice a seat-of -the-pants difference after installation. I know I did on my Mondial 3.2.
    Tubis use an 'acoustic box' technology which gives them a very recognizable sound - not much louder than stock at idle, but a throatier sound. Once throttle is applied - whoa nelly! Especially over 5000 rpm tubis have a modern F1-ish 'wail' that has made them quite famous. Personally, it sounds 1000% better than a stock system if you are in the mood, although a bit loud if you are trying to be low profile - people will hear you coming . They are also famous for the tubi boom - a resonant booming tone between 3000 - 4000 rpm that some people find annoying on long trips.
    They are among the most expensive, but the recognized heritage, build quality, performance improvement and ease of installation have made them the clear front runner. http://www.tubistyleusa.com/

    Stebro
    This Canadian manufacturer of s/s exhausts has a popular following, especially for their muffled straight pipe cat replacements. Also using stainless steel, their product is not quite as visually dazzling as a tubi, but then neither is their price at aboyt 1/2 of a tubi. Stebro does not polish the muffler excepy the tips. Stebro tips are unique and kinda cool - they have removable inserts that the owner can put for street in or remove for competition. While I have not personally heard a Stebro, many owners find them a big improvement over the stock muffler, and say it is not as loud as a tubi. There have been a couple of isolated reports of difficulty in installation that has required some fiddling, but their general overall owner opinion is that they are quite good - especially for the price. http://www.stebro.net/

    Ansa
    In addition to making the stock Ferrari mufflers for years, Ansa makes a 'Sport system' which I have not heard. I know one guy from FerrariChat who has one who swears by it. The Ansa black pipes with redstripe leading to a chrome angle cut quad exhaust are so Ferrari for those of us children of the 60s and 70s. While I would not recommend the stock system, I think the Sport system certainly bears a look. http://www.ansaautomotive.com/ansasport/listings/ferrari.html

    Specialty makers
    There are several custom bespoke exhaust system makers out there, and their custom work is their advantage, as they will tool up and make what ever you want.
    Larini - A London firm that has a lot of Lamborghini experience, but also does Ferraris. The head guy there, David Clark, is terrific to work with on the phone and goes to great lengths to get you what you 'really' want. For example, I am spaking to David now on a Euro style sport muffler with a lower tone and custom Daytona style tips for my US Mondial 3.2. They also do custom s/s headers as well. JRV reports that their quality he has seen has been excellent. http://www.larinisystems.com/
    Quicksilver (London Stainless) is another UK that does bespoke work for special applications all over the world. They have just picked up an American distributor and are looking to expand their market. Again, good quality reports from JRV. http://www.quicksilverexhausts.com/
    Capristo - Becoming very popular with the 355 crowd. Have not heard one but the owners sat they are great. A dealer link is all I have, and sound files are available; Nicks also sells Mille Miglia and CSC systems that I am not familiar with - perhaps someone on F-Talk can fill in.: http://www.nicksforzaferrari.com/forzaferrariwebsite1003.htm

    Summary
    There are a lot of options out there at a lot of prices. Many folks are trying to cut into Tubistyles booming business as market leader, but be careful when comparing systems that you get the exact application for your car. For example - Euro 328s have a VERY different exhaust system than their American cousins! Bottom line is deal with someone who knows what they are talking about and get what you want. As far as performance claims remember this general rule - buy the exhaust for the sound, not the power and you will not be disappointed. That said, it will probably be the best aftermarket improvement you can make for the enjoyment of your car.
     
  4. felix66

    felix66 Karting

    Feb 21, 2004
    175
    London
    Thanks Tony - great post
     
  5. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
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    Dec 23, 2002
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    No prob. FWIW i have a Tubi w/out cats on my Spider and love it.
     
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  7. felix66

    felix66 Karting

    Feb 21, 2004
    175
    London
    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I ended up with (deal of the century?) from Eurosports - A stainless steel sports exhaust Less than £600! Kent High Performance Centre fitted it and said quality on it was excellent - sounds great (sounds remarkably like a Tubi - shocker!) No resonance - nice and boomy - great idle sound - even better sound when pressing the loud pedal - even better when changing gear and you blip the gas (very F1!)
     

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