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      11-11-2015, 02:37 PM   #1
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Active Autowerke Exhaust Installed + Review

So I'm writing this review of the Active Autowerke exhaust for those who are thinking about getting the exhaust. I was in your shoes just listening to the videos and reading some reviews on the exhaust and how deep the exhaust is and how the car no longer has the "fart" sounds. After installing the exhaust and when the car was turned on, I noticed the difference right away. It sounded just like an E92 M3. Finally a company figured out the exhaust for this car. It was a little tricky to install but not hard. Coming from an Eisenmann Exhaust (which I loved), this exhaust is very different. I do switch out parts often because I get tired of the same look. The Eisenmann was a great exhaust and had no problems or complaints about it. (It's for sale btw)

As far as the Active, you will definitely be amazed by the sound. The videos will never sound the same no matter what you do. It sounds wayyyyyy deeper in person than in the videos. If you are in the LA area and would like to hear this in person, shoot me over a PM

A special thank you to Alex @ACMWest for the great service as always. If you need any parts definitely hit him up! Great guy with a lot of knowledge. Also, thank you to Andrew @ActiveAutowerke for the service!

Here are some iPhone photos/video of the exhaust. I couldn't get too many photos since it was dark but here are some from this morning. I have uploaded a video of the exhaust but keep in mind, it does not sound anything like the video compared to what it sounds like in person. I will try to get some drive by videos of the exhaust and some more photos.

If for some reason I did lose the exhaust some how, will I purchase another one?.... The answer is definitely YES! I absolutely love this setup and I doubt I will get tired of this anytime soon.









**I did not want to rev the car because you know, neighbors **

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Seems like everyone is loving the AA! Glad to hear it has such amazing feedback.
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Thank you for the review and congrats !!

Active Autowerke exhaust is top notch
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Your car is beautiful! Glad you are enjoying the exhaust as much as we do!
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Did you use the spacers for the hangers for your diffuser? I have an RKP and I am trying to figure out if I need to add them or not, I would just like to know ahead of time prior to installing it.
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Sounds great!!
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I'm still loving my AA full system as well! Welcome, brethren!
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Thanks Arthur and the car sounds beastie in person, can't wait to hear it broken in
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Love my AA as well!
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Only issue is no valves so no option for quiet mode.
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Only issue is no valves so no option for quiet mode.
To be honest, I didn't really care for that because at the end of the day its a M4 not a Prius so it shouldn't be quite at all!
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To be honest, I didn't really care for that because at the end of the day its a M4 not a Prius so it shouldn't be quite at all!
Couldn't agree more
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Thanks for the write-up and review Art!
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So I'm writing this review of the Active Autowerke exhaust for those who are thinking about getting the exhaust. I was in your shoes just listening to the videos and reading some reviews on the exhaust and how deep the exhaust is and how the car no longer has the "fart" sounds. After installing the exhaust and when the car was turned on, I noticed the difference right away. It sounded just like an E92 M3. Finally a company figured out the exhaust for this car. It was a little tricky to install but not hard. Coming from an Eisenmann Exhaust (which I loved), this exhaust is very different. I do switch out parts often because I get tired of the same look. The Eisenmann was a great exhaust and had no problems or complaints about it. (It's for sale btw)

As far as the Active, you will definitely be amazed by the sound. The videos will never sound the same no matter what you do. It sounds wayyyyyy deeper in person than in the videos. If you are in the LA area and would like to hear this in person, shoot me over a PM

A special thank you to Alex @ACMWest for the great service as always. If you need any parts definitely hit him up! Great guy with a lot of knowledge. Also, thank you to Andrew @ActiveAutowerke for the service!

Here are some iPhone photos/video of the exhaust. I couldn't get too many photos since it was dark but here are some from this morning. I have uploaded a video of the exhaust but keep in mind, it does not sound anything like the video compared to what it sounds like in person. I will try to get some drive by videos of the exhaust and some more photos.

If for some reason I did lose the exhaust some how, will I purchase another one?.... The answer is definitely YES! I absolutely love this setup and I doubt I will get tired of this anytime soon.









**I did not want to rev the car because you know, neighbors **

Great looking M4. I'm really digging the AA exhaust tone. I'm just concerned about it being too loud on cold start and not loud enough when I want it to be. My neighbors would have me exiled if I didn't have the ability to switch to some sort of not-so-loud mode in the morning. My M4 is already pretty loud with valves closed with downpipes on cold start.

Two questions:

1. What size tips are those? They look larger than 90mm.

2. What deck lid spoiler is that on your car? It looks larger than the typical M-Performance style spoilers.
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Great looking M4. I'm really digging the AA exhaust tone. I'm just concerned about it being too loud on cold start and not loud enough when I want it to be. My neighbors would have me exiled if I didn't have the ability to switch to some sort of not-so-loud mode in the morning. My M4 is already pretty loud with valves closed with downpipes on cold start.

Two questions:

1. What size tips are those? They look larger than 90mm.

2. What deck lid spoiler is that on your car? It looks larger than the typical M-Performance style spoilers.
1. 102mm Tips.

2. Mode Carbon High Kick
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1. 102mm Tips.

2. Mode Carbon High Kick
Thanks!

Are you running the stock downpipes? Are you still able to hear the pops and crackles with this exhaust? While I don't mind too much rasp, with rasp comes the ability to hear all of those juicy bits (crackles, pops, gurgles...etc). I'd love a system that does away with much of the rasp but still allows those other nuances of the S55 through.
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Thanks!

Are you running the stock downpipes? Are you still able to hear the pops and crackles with this exhaust? While I don't mind too much rasp, with rasp comes the ability to hear all of those juicy bits (crackles, pops, gurgles...etc). I'd love a system that does away with much of the rasp but still allows those other nuances of the S55 through.
He is running the Gintani downpipes.

Ill let him chime in on the actual sound
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He is running the Gintani downpipes.

Ill let him chime in on the actual sound
Got it. Thanks!
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Would love to hear this exhaust in person!
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Thanks!

Are you running the stock downpipes? Are you still able to hear the pops and crackles with this exhaust? While I don't mind too much rasp, with rasp comes the ability to hear all of those juicy bits (crackles, pops, gurgles...etc). I'd love a system that does away with much of the rasp but still allows those other nuances of the S55 through.
Have it paired with Gintani downpipes. Had the ER before but Gintani, in my honest opinion, sounds better and is more aggressive. There's no rasp even with the downpipes. Amazing setup!
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To be honest, I didn't really care for that because at the end of the day its a M4 not a Prius so it shouldn't be quite at all!
This response will likely show my age but its a critical feature for me. I am up early in the morning and the last thing I need is the car rumbling on a cold start waking up my wife, kids and the neighbours.

I generally agree, the car is not a prius, but when you want it to be tame it is great to have the option. As it stands now, its a complete no fly zone for me which makes me sad because it is clearly the best sounding system I have heard so far.

None the less, great review and love you car. Enjoy!
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This response will likely show my age but its a critical feature for me. I am up early in the morning and the last thing I need is the car rumbling on a cold start waking up my wife, kids and the neighbours.

I generally agree, the car is not a prius, but when you want it to be tame it is great to have the option. As it stands now, its a complete no fly zone for me which makes me sad because it is clearly the best sounding system I have heard so far.

None the less, great review and love you car. Enjoy!
I get what you're saying. In my opinion, its not crazy on cold start but its not quiet.

Hope that helps
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