first thoughts...THIS SUCKS!
LOL- I got used to the nice grumble of the ORP (ok so the ORP is slightly ricey, but it had a good depth to the sound). I start this up and can barely tell anything over stock (engine is reasonably cold so i let it idle a minute and go wash up to get ready for the test drive).
It appears there is a TINY bit more torque lower down, but I am pretty sure I can tell a slight loss in the upper HP range. I used to like getting it to 4-5k on the tach and punch it and now it seems a tad more mellow. Then again a couple hp or a couple ft/lbs is somewhat hard to notice either way so I dont know what the true deal is. I was also unhappy about the sound...its like 45 degrees or so and I had the windows up. One thing I liked (but also disliked) about the ORP was between 2200-2900 it had a really mean growl but below/above that it was much more mellow. I ended up rolling down the windows and once it was fully warmed up revved it up and I must say this is a MUCH more mature tuned sound rather than just LOUD. It isnt NEARLY as loud below 4krpm but 4.5-7k it has a good note to it. The thing im loving is this exhaust sounds how exhausts should (unlike the ORP) it has a similar sound all the way through, dosnt sound like this and this between 2-3k then get quiet 3k-4k then sound like a fart can 4k-7k- its a flat mean sound.
Sorry for my wordy nonsense (dont know if any of you even have a clue as to what im talking about lol) but anyway- I am definitely satisfied with my purcashe. Not only do I get a much more mature nice sounding exhaust, mother nature is happier as well.
Switching out the orp to the RT only took about 45 minutes including jacking/cleanup. MUCH quicker the second time around - those bolts were not nearly as stubborn! One thing is for sure- the RT is a beautiful piece! I almost just wanted to hang it on a wall it looks so nice - almost a pewter color.
I now have video clips to show the exhaust sound difference and also a few pics (of orp on the car RT on the car and of the RT/ ORP / Stock cat lying next to each other to show the difference). I will try to get these up soon - anybody know a good place to host the videos? I have never put vids on the net before just pictures.
2003 SVT ZX5 Pitch Black # 1117
Borla/ SCT/ Stg II ported TB/ ORP/ STS/ K&N/ VF mount/ Drilled-slotted rotors/ Hawk HPS/ Hofele grille/ Kyowa 18's & 215/40/18 BFG G-force sports