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Ok! Huge update!

Last Friday, I installed the Takeda Intake to replace my AEM intake and while I miss the sounds, my IAT's have dropped by 20 degrees (With snorkel).
At the same time I installed the AFE Power Street Downpipe, and before I get into it, let me say, what an awesome product. Sound, HP gains, Torque, you can feel it all.
That said, the install process was beyond ridiculous. Now, I know I was being cheap and possibly lazy, but as you can see I rolled her up on some ramps and got to work.
All over the internet, people warn of stuck O2 sensors, tough top downpipe bolts, and so on. I watched the SXTH downpipe install video and thought "Man Ive change a million parts on a car and at least 100 down pipes, I got this".

I barely got it.

The major problem is that the OEM Downpipe is the size of a fattened raccoon and was most likely assembled before the engine was inserted so getting it out is an absolute pain. Plus I was alone.

Final notes to learn from:
  1. Don't do this alone. unless you have time and patience.
  2. Don't do this on jacks or the ground. (I quickly realized because I had no leverage, it made it even more tough to remove.)
  3. I removed everything HOT, and I mean HOT, I had ran the car all over town. I was heating parts to make them easier to move. It worked perfectly. But also remember, reinstalling cold means everything is way harder to tighten.

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So, tinting my windows tomorrow, and then trying to find a set of black rims!
 

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Nice build! I really like the aFe products
 

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Nice! I currently have the Ark midpipe and AFE Momentum intake. N Custom mode is louder but normal is the same (no drone). How is your normal mode?
 

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I plan on doing the down-pipe on a Saturday and Sunday. Props for doing this on ramps. I plan on doing this on very high jack-stands. I will also have my son helping me too. Thank God! lol... Thank you for the updates!

Best regards,

-Mike
 

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I plan on doing the down-pipe on a Saturday and Sunday. Props for doing this on ramps. I plan on doing this on very high jack-stands. I will also have my son helping me too. Thank God! lol... Thank you for the updates!

Best regards,

-Mike
So ghost.... how did it go?
 

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I have not done the down pipe yet. I just installed the mid-pipe. I am shipping the down pipe off to Jet-Hot for a 2500 degree coating first. I'll probably do it in a couple weeks. I'll keep you guys posted.

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-Mike
 

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I have not done the down pipe yet. I just installed the mid-pipe. I am shipping the down pipe off to Jet-Hot for a 2500 degree coating first. I'll probably do it in a couple weeks. I'll keep you guys posted.

Br,

-Mike
What's it gonna cost for that coating?
 

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How do you feel about the fitment between the takeda and AEM intake?

I've been looking at both and I'm not so much concerned with the power added but more having it fit nice like factory and adding a little more sound. The AEM looks a little better to me finish wise but the takeda seems like a solid design the way it seals to the hood, but that could also lead to rattles which I've had in the past with a K&N on another vehicle.
 

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The 2500 degree coating for the down-pipe costs $278 and that's with free shipping back to me. And it has a lifetime warranty. Jet-Hot coats both the inside and outside of the piping.

Br,

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To anyone: what tools did you use to remove the bottom back downpipe nut?

I'm thinking of using a 1"3/4 extension. My smallest is 3" and I kept bumping into the heat shield.
 

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How do you feel about the fitment between the takeda and AEM intake?

I've been looking at both and I'm not so much concerned with the power added but more having it fit nice like factory and adding a little more sound. The AEM looks a little better to me finish wise but the takeda seems like a solid design the way it seals to the hood, but that could also lead to rattles which I've had in the past with a K&N on another vehicle.
Actually I switched to the Takeda Stage 2
 

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You fdigure it out?
Yes I used a flex head ratchet with a curved handle bar and varying extension sizes.
The car sounded like a monster after the install but I think the ECU or o2 sensor adjusted itself and it's less loud now... Is that even a thing (anyone)?
 

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Ok! Huge update!

Last Friday, I installed the Takeda Intake to replace my AEM intake and while I miss the sounds, my IAT's have dropped by 20 degrees (With snorkel).
At the same time I installed the AFE Power Street Downpipe, and before I get into it, let me say, what an awesome product. Sound, HP gains, Torque, you can feel it all.
That said, the install process was beyond ridiculous. Now, I know I was being cheap and possibly lazy, but as you can see I rolled her up on some ramps and got to work.
All over the internet, people warn of stuck O2 sensors, tough top downpipe bolts, and so on. I watched the SXTH downpipe install video and thought "Man Ive change a million parts on a car and at least 100 down pipes, I got this".

I barely got it.

The major problem is that the OEM Downpipe is the size of a fattened raccoon and was most likely assembled before the engine was inserted so getting it out is an absolute pain. Plus I was alone.

Final notes to learn from:
  1. Don't do this alone. unless you have time and patience.
  2. Don't do this on jacks or the ground. (I quickly realized because I had no leverage, it made it even more tough to remove.)
  3. I removed everything HOT, and I mean HOT, I had ran the car all over town. I was heating parts to make them easier to move. It worked perfectly. But also remember, reinstalling cold means everything is way harder to tighten.


So, tinting my windows tomorrow, and then trying to find a set of black rims!
When you say you got 20 degrees cooler IAT temps with the AFE. Did you have the big mouth snorkel with the AEM also?
 
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