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      05-19-2021, 09:27 PM   #2267
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i hope so. i was told mid june yesterday and i ordered early march. im not getting too optimistic at this point tho. some severe incompetence with this whole experience not gonna lie (on AA's side).
I'm curious as to how that muffler would sound paired with the equal-length midpipe.
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Well the rattle wasn't coming from the gasket, but I changed it out anyway since I paid the shop for their time. However, we found the reason for the rattle -another broken tab/weld that connects the two EL pipes together near the down pipe... maybe AA uses elmers glue to hold this particular weld together because this is the second time it has happened in sub 1000 miles on both my brother's F8X and mine. anyhow we contacted AA the first time and they sent us to Autotalent to get the weld taken care of, so I'll likely reach out again and let them know the same issue occurred to me as well.

For the mean time I just pushed the tab and bent it out of the way.. part of me doesn't think it's necessary but part of me wants a relatively new part to be.. relatively new. We'll see. For those getting rattles with the EL I'd check that weld.

Sounds great though and don't regret it one bit
For me when it comes to sound on a stock S55, it's equal-length or bust. It's disappointing to hear that there is some issues with quality control, especially on a $1500 midpipe that is made out of steel. Let us know what Active Autowerke's response is, thanks.
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Well the rattle wasn't coming from the gasket, but I changed it out anyway since I paid the shop for their time. However, we found the reason for the rattle -another broken tab/weld that connects the two EL pipes together near the down pipe... maybe AA uses elmers glue to hold this particular weld together because this is the second time it has happened in sub 1000 miles on both my brother's F8X and mine. anyhow we contacted AA the first time and they sent us to Autotalent to get the weld taken care of, so I'll likely reach out again and let them know the same issue occurred to me as well.

For the mean time I just pushed the tab and bent it out of the way.. part of me doesn't think it's necessary but part of me wants a relatively new part to be.. relatively new. We'll see. For those getting rattles with the EL I'd check that weld.

Sounds great though and don't regret it one bit
Going to check this as well - retightened the exhaust at the cats after my track day but still getting phantom rattles. I also noticed that after getting it pretty hot on the track, it must have moved slightly as my muffler is slightly out of position. Probably just have to unclamp and reclamp everything
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For me when it comes to sound on a stock S55, it's equal-length or bust. It's disappointing to hear that there is some issues with quality control, especially on a $1500 midpipe that is made out of steel. Let us know what Active Autowerke's response is, thanks.
Active already responded to the first broken tab and found a dealer/partner they work with (auto talent) that can weld it back. My brother and I just haven't had the time to head there since we work 65 miles away, and work mon-fri. hard to take a day off to handle it right now.

Active has never given me any problems in terms of service - they are stand up and within 2 days of sending them emails / phone conversations they helped me out. They also were willing to figure out what my rattle issues were over the phone, can't complain - sh!t happens. They eventually will correct the weak welds I feel. Doesn't make sense for them to keep having this issue reoccur and paying shops on their dime under warranty. Looking under the car, without the welds, I held and tried to wiggle the pipes and hit them with a mallet; seemed pretty strong and stable due to the multiple hangers the pipes use, I don't really think it'd be an issue without that welded connecting tab. It was just the source of the annoying rattle I got from around 1-2k.

And agree, it's equal length or bust on the S55.

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Going to check this as well - retightened the exhaust at the cats after my track day but still getting phantom rattles. I also noticed that after getting it pretty hot on the track, it must have moved slightly as my muffler is slightly out of position. Probably just have to unclamp and reclamp everything
The muffler itself shouldn't really move because the rear axle-back has fixed mounting positions. But I don't know what exhaust setup you are running so it's hard to say. My dinan axle back can't really move because the position it's at for the hangars are fixed. However, when the exhaust is hot the metal can expand and everything can move back a little.
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The muffler itself shouldn't really move because the rear axle-back has fixed mounting positions. But I don't know what exhaust setup you are running so it's hard to say. My dinan axle back can't really move because the position it's at for the hangars are fixed. However, when the exhaust is hot the metal can expand and everything can move back a little.
Yeah I think it just expanded where the clamps are connected to the muffler and settled in a slightly different position. My muffler isn't way off, just off angle a bit. This isn't the first time the pipe moved on me, so probably just needs to have a quick reposition and retighten of the clamps
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For me when it comes to sound on a stock S55, it's equal-length or bust. It's disappointing to hear that there is some issues with quality control, especially on a $1500 midpipe that is made out of steel. Let us know what Active Autowerke's response is, thanks.
Active already responded to the first broken tab and found a dealer/partner they work with (auto talent) that can weld it back. My brother and I just haven't had the time to head there since we work 65 miles away, and work mon-fri. hard to take a day off to handle it right now.

Active has never given me any problems in terms of service - they are stand up and within 2 days of sending them emails / phone conversations they helped me out. They also were willing to figure out what my rattle issues were over the phone, can't complain - sh!t happens. They eventually will correct the weak welds I feel. Doesn't make sense for them to keep having this issue reoccur and paying shops on their dime under warranty. Looking under the car, without the welds, I held and tried to wiggle the pipes and hit them with a mallet; seemed pretty strong and stable due to the multiple hangers the pipes use, I don't really think it'd be an issue without that welded connecting tab. It was just the source of the annoying rattle I got from around 1-2k.

And agree, it's equal length or bust on the S55.

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Going to check this as well - retightened the exhaust at the cats after my track day but still getting phantom rattles. I also noticed that after getting it pretty hot on the track, it must have moved slightly as my muffler is slightly out of position. Probably just have to unclamp and reclamp everything
The muffler itself shouldn't really move because the rear axle-back has fixed mounting positions. But I don't know what exhaust setup you are running so it's hard to say. My dinan axle back can't really move because the position it's at for the hangars are fixed. However, when the exhaust is hot the metal can expand and everything can move back a little.
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For me when it comes to sound on a stock S55, it's equal-length or bust. It's disappointing to hear that there is some issues with quality control, especially on a $1500 midpipe that is made out of steel. Let us know what Active Autowerke's response is, thanks.
Active already responded to the first broken tab and found a dealer/partner they work with (auto talent) that can weld it back. My brother and I just haven't had the time to head there since we work 65 miles away, and work mon-fri. hard to take a day off to handle it right now.

Active has never given me any problems in terms of service - they are stand up and within 2 days of sending them emails / phone conversations they helped me out. They also were willing to figure out what my rattle issues were over the phone, can't complain - sh!t happens. They eventually will correct the weak welds I feel. Doesn't make sense for them to keep having this issue reoccur and paying shops on their dime under warranty. Looking under the car, without the welds, I held and tried to wiggle the pipes and hit them with a mallet; seemed pretty strong and stable due to the multiple hangers the pipes use, I don't really think it'd be an issue without that welded connecting tab. It was just the source of the annoying rattle I got from around 1-2k.

And agree, it's equal length or bust on the S55.

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Going to check this as well - retightened the exhaust at the cats after my track day but still getting phantom rattles. I also noticed that after getting it pretty hot on the track, it must have moved slightly as my muffler is slightly out of position. Probably just have to unclamp and reclamp everything
The muffler itself shouldn't really move because the rear axle-back has fixed mounting positions. But I don't know what exhaust setup you are running so it's hard to say. My dinan axle back can't really move because the position it's at for the hangars are fixed. However, when the exhaust is hot the metal can expand and everything can move back a little.
It's weird because I get a weird rattle at low rpm 1-2k too, but on stock non zcp setup and always wondered what's causing it, just never looked into it. Now I'm thinking it might be the muffler?
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It's weird because I get a weird rattle at low rpm 1-2k too, but on stock non zcp setup and always wondered what's causing it, just never looked into it. Now I'm thinking it might be the muffler?
Stock everything including stock mid pipe? Doubt it's anything we described then. Could be muffler valves or something, it's ultimately too hard to rule out using a forum - must go under car and inspect.

I was trying to help the people that had rattles w/ the EL pipes.
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It's weird because I get a weird rattle at low rpm 1-2k too, but on stock non zcp setup and always wondered what's causing it, just never looked into it. Now I'm thinking it might be the muffler?
Stock everything including stock mid pipe? Doubt it's anything we described then. Could be muffler valves or something, it's ultimately too hard to rule out using a forum - must go under car and inspect.

I was trying to help the people that had rattles w/ the EL pipes.
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It's weird because I get a weird rattle at low rpm 1-2k too, but on stock non zcp setup and always wondered what's causing it, just never looked into it. Now I'm thinking it might be the muffler?
Stock everything including stock mid pipe? Doubt it's anything we described then. Could be muffler valves or something, it's ultimately too hard to rule out using a forum - must go under car and inspect.

I was trying to help the people that had rattles w/ the EL pipes.
Yeah my whole exhaust setup is oem. Been debating on ordering a AA EL or just getting a custom one done with a "u" pipe like the OP has set up instead of dealing with back orders and other issues. Still gotta hear one in person
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Yeah my whole exhaust setup is oem. Been debating on ordering a AA EL or just getting a custom one done with a "u" pipe like the OP has set up instead of dealing with back orders and other issues. Still gotta hear one in person
Bro, seems like you are going to have plenty of time to hear one. All orders keep getting pushed weeks or months. Ridiculous
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Hi guys having a little rant here but Iím Just seeing if anyone here has had issues like me with their Valvetronic design EL exhaust? Been over a year since I ordered it (AA didnít have their EL yet) got it in November and fitment was disgraceful, tips sticking out 3 inches, pipes hitting the diff, rattles from the valve and pipes not even sitting level it made the car look cheap (been to 2 exhaust shops and they said itís like itís not made for the car) and had massive amount of rasp and drone aswell. Been in contact with them constantly since and they have admitted they never did a final fit on their car when making it and have been promising to send me a new ďversion 2Ē back section (aswell as others who bought it) in January I had a call with Austin from valvetronic personally saying that was the plan and wanted to help me out. But yesterday they told me after I emailed them they arenít doing it anymore and want me to take it to a exhaust shop to make changes and they will compensate me for it, which isnít right after the money iv spent on this system and time iv already wasted. but Iím hoping there is others like me chasing them up and putting pressure on them to come through with there promises. I unable to leave any reviews on there web page either so be aware if you are looking into their exhaust system. Thanks guys
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Hi guys having a little rant here but Iím Just seeing if anyone here has had issues like me with their Valvetronic design EL exhaust? Been over a year since I ordered it (AA didnít have their EL yet) got it in November and fitment was disgraceful, tips sticking out 3 inches, pipes hitting the diff, rattles from the valve and pipes not even sitting level it made the car look cheap (been to 2 exhaust shops and they said itís like itís not made for the car) and had massive amount of rasp and drone aswell. Been in contact with them constantly since and they have admitted they never did a final fit on their car when making it and have been promising to send me a new ďversion 2Ē back section (aswell as others who bought it) in January I had a call with Austin from valvetronic personally saying that was the plan and wanted to help me out. But yesterday they told me after I emailed them they arenít doing it anymore and want me to take it to a exhaust shop to make changes and they will compensate me for it, which isnít right after the money iv spent on this system and time iv already wasted. but Iím hoping there is others like me chasing them up and putting pressure on them to come through with there promises. I unable to leave any reviews on there web page either so be aware if you are looking into their exhaust system. Thanks guys

Yep. Fits like shit. Here's the one they sent me for sending them my prototype. Same story:

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...postcount=1718

Long story short is I wouldn't count on them to change anything, and if they do, you won't be getting it anytime soon.
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Yep. Fits like shit. Here's the one they sent me for sending them my prototype. Same story:

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...postcount=1718

Long story short is I wouldn't count on them to change anything, and if they do, you won't be getting it anytime soon.
Thatís extremely disappointing for a company that claims to be car enthusiast and ďmanufacturer the worldís greatest exhaustsĒ . I donít trust that once I do the necessary modifications they will compensate me at all. Iím still going to try and do my best for them to fix it or a refund.
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Hi guys having a little rant here but Iím Just seeing if anyone here has had issues like me with their Valvetronic design EL exhaust? Been over a year since I ordered it (AA didnít have their EL yet) got it in November and fitment was disgraceful, tips sticking out 3 inches, pipes hitting the diff, rattles from the valve and pipes not even sitting level it made the car look cheap (been to 2 exhaust shops and they said itís like itís not made for the car) and had massive amount of rasp and drone aswell. Been in contact with them constantly since and they have admitted they never did a final fit on their car when making it and have been promising to send me a new ďversion 2Ē back section (aswell as others who bought it) in January I had a call with Austin from valvetronic personally saying that was the plan and wanted to help me out. But yesterday they told me after I emailed them they arenít doing it anymore and want me to take it to a exhaust shop to make changes and they will compensate me for it, which isnít right after the money iv spent on this system and time iv already wasted. but Iím hoping there is others like me chasing them up and putting pressure on them to come through with there promises. I unable to leave any reviews on there web page either so be aware if you are looking into their exhaust system. Thanks guys

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Yep. Fits like shit. Here's the one they sent me for sending them my prototype. Same story:

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...postcount=1718

Long story short is I wouldn't count on them to change anything, and if they do, you won't be getting it anytime soon.
One look at their website and you can tell it's amateur hour.
Brand new exhaust sitting on bare concrete floor, some polished parts, some not, photo taken with a potato...

"100% CAD designed and acoustics tested for an unparalleled sound experience." Yeah right
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Hi guys having a little rant here but I'm Just seeing if anyone here has had issues like me with their Valvetronic design EL exhaust? Been over a year since I ordered it (AA didn't have their EL yet) got it in November and fitment was disgraceful, tips sticking out 3 inches, pipes hitting the diff, rattles from the valve and pipes not even sitting level it made the car look cheap (been to 2 exhaust shops and they said it's like it's not made for the car) and had massive amount of rasp and drone aswell. Been in contact with them constantly since and they have admitted they never did a final fit on their car when making it and have been promising to send me a new "version 2" back section (aswell as others who bought it) in January I had a call with Austin from valvetronic personally saying that was the plan and wanted to help me out. But yesterday they told me after I emailed them they aren't doing it anymore and want me to take it to a exhaust shop to make changes and they will compensate me for it, which isn't right after the money iv spent on this system and time iv already wasted. but I'm hoping there is others like me chasing them up and putting pressure on them to come through with there promises. I unable to leave any reviews on there web page either so be aware if you are looking into their exhaust system. Thanks guys

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Yep. Fits like shit. Here's the one they sent me for sending them my prototype. Same story:

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...postcount=1718

Long story short is I wouldn't count on them to change anything, and if they do, you won't be getting it anytime soon.
One look at their website and you can tell it's amateur hour.
Brand new exhaust sitting on bare concrete floor, some polished parts, some not, photo taken with a potato...

"100% CAD designed and acoustics tested for an unparalleled sound experience." Yeah right
There's also next to no true "in the wild" customers of Valvetronic on BMW or M models. Only two I see that are the most vocal about them on social media like Instagram are paid influencers of Valvetronic. Go figure.
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One look at their website and you can tell it's amateur hour.
Brand new exhaust sitting on bare concrete floor, some polished parts, some not, photo taken with a potato...

"100% CAD designed and acoustics tested for an unparalleled sound experience." Yeah right
I don't mind something being "amateur hour." Every company starts somewhere, and if it wasn't for competition, then we'd never see innovation and the big established companies could charge whatever they want (seems like they already to to be honest).

Yeah, there's marketing fluff, but it's pretty standard for the industry of aftermarket parts.

It appears as if their other offerings are decent for what they are. But given the unconventional packaging and design of equal length exhausts, it requires extra effort and attention to detail to make sure fitment is right. They failed in this specific case, but that doesn't mean all of their products are bad per se.

I'm not defending them by any means. The F80 product launch was awful. But I'm not opposed to small companies trying to provide something new if it's done right.
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I have a M4 with DPs + AA EL (res) + stock muffler. I have BM3 and have valves open in sport.

I love the sound but there's some drone at ~3k rpm. Is this normal or should I recheck install? It's not unbearable but if no drone is expected I would rather recheck.
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I have a M4 with DPs + AA EL (res) + stock muffler. I have BM3 and have valves open in sport.

I love the sound but there's some drone at ~3k rpm. Is this normal or should I recheck install? It's not unbearable but if no drone is expected I would rather recheck.
I have stock DPs but non res EL and an MPE and the exhaust is the most audible around 3k when not at WOT
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I have a M4 with DPs + AA EL (res) + stock muffler. I have BM3 and have valves open in sport.

I love the sound but there's some drone at ~3k rpm. Is this normal or should I recheck install? It's not unbearable but if no drone is expected I would rather recheck.
Same here.
It drones at 3k when cold with the valves open. It almost completely goes away when the exhaust is fully warm. It is completely gone when the valves are fully closed (except at 3k in 6th at 80MPH), so it is not caused by the exhaust contacting the body. It's just what this midpipe does.

I have stock everything besides the AA resonated midpipe.
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I don't mind something being "amateur hour." Every company starts somewhere, and if it wasn't for competition, then we'd never see innovation and the big established companies could charge whatever they want (seems like they already to to be honest).

Yeah, there's marketing fluff, but it's pretty standard for the industry of aftermarket parts.

It appears as if their other offerings are decent for what they are. But given the unconventional packaging and design of equal length exhausts, it requires extra effort and attention to detail to make sure fitment is right. They failed in this specific case, but that doesn't mean all of their products are bad per se.

I'm not defending them by any means. The F80 product launch was awful. But I'm not opposed to small companies trying to provide something new if it's done right.
The marketing fluff being standard in the industry doesn't make this any more palatable to me. Be better. Make a good product first then market it should be the approach.

Unlike the AA pipe, there is nothing unconventional about the Valvetronic exhaust. A muffler shop could whip up something like that for a third of the price.

FWIW I don't disagree with any of the generalities you've brought up but let's call a spade a spade.
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      05-26-2021, 05:20 PM   #2288
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Bro, seems like you are going to have plenty of time to hear one. All orders keep getting pushed weeks or months. Ridiculous
anyone know if the m2 EL is the same as the f8x EL? just saw on actives website M2 EL is shipping next week but f8x will ship in a month...
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