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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, Jan-07-2018, 07:29:52 PM   #11
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Default Re: Section 2 xpipe exhaust install DIY?

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If you're referring to that "V" shaped brace then ya you should take it out, it's only three bolts I think, should be fairly simple. I don't know of a way to get the angle enough to slide the pipe out with it on.
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Yep, V brace is 3 bolts and 56ft-lbs.
Thanks again for all the help and info! I had gone ahead and unbolted it right after I posted and yep was pretty easy to remove. Popped out the oem section 2 without removing either section 1 or 3, and finished the install of the SGT xpipe.

I can give an initial review of the SGT non res section 2 xpipe for anyone who follows this thread in the future. I was disappointed with a couple things, all fitment related. One the heat shield brackets did not fit the factory heat shield at all, and the supplied hardware for it was just 4 bolts with no nuts. Either way I ended up having to use zipties to mount the heatshield, hopefully they hold up to the heat. Other issue was the rear muffler fitment, maybe its cause i have a aftermarket section 3 (Dinan free flow muffler) but i couldnt get the rear of the xpipe to mount up nice and flush with the muffler piping. I am certain there is an exhaust leak coming from the inside pipe, ill try readjusting again in the future (as a heads up the xpipe only comes with hardware for the section 1 connections, no new gaskets or bolts are provided for the section 3 connections). Last minor issue was the xpipe's bracket for the center rubber bushings did not line with with the center support either so they weren't bolted down, but that shouldn't be a problem. Post install my car isnt any louder with the non res xpipe, i was hoping for more volume actually, glad i didnt get the resonated version lol (of course this is all personal preference, not a knock against the xpipe). Didnt get to drive much but even more surprising it seems my 2.8k-3.2k RASP is gone, and exhaust is more bassy overall (My car has catless headers, OEM section 1, and the Dinan muffler)
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Default Re: Section 2 xpipe exhaust install DIY?

I have just installed my sg x-pipe and I have the exact same issues as you but I it appears that the heat shield won't clear the axle. How can Statusgruppe make such a poor fitting piece?

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Thanks again for all the help and info! I had gone ahead and unbolted it right after I posted and yep was pretty easy to remove. Popped out the oem section 2 without removing either section 1 or 3, and finished the install of the SGT xpipe.

I can give an initial review of the SGT non res section 2 xpipe for anyone who follows this thread in the future. I was disappointed with a couple things, all fitment related. One the heat shield brackets did not fit the factory heat shield at all, and the supplied hardware for it was just 4 bolts with no nuts. Either way I ended up having to use zipties to mount the heatshield, hopefully they hold up to the heat. Other issue was the rear muffler fitment, maybe its cause i have a aftermarket section 3 (Dinan free flow muffler) but i couldnt get the rear of the xpipe to mount up nice and flush with the muffler piping. I am certain there is an exhaust leak coming from the inside pipe, ill try readjusting again in the future (as a heads up the xpipe only comes with hardware for the section 1 connections, no new gaskets or bolts are provided for the section 3 connections). Last minor issue was the xpipe's bracket for the center rubber bushings did not line with with the center support either so they weren't bolted down, but that shouldn't be a problem. Post install my car isnt any louder with the non res xpipe, i was hoping for more volume actually, glad i didnt get the resonated version lol (of course this is all personal preference, not a knock against the xpipe). Didnt get to drive much but even more surprising it seems my 2.8k-3.2k RASP is gone, and exhaust is more bassy overall (My car has catless headers, OEM section 1, and the Dinan muffler)
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