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ANSA Exhaust

Ansa Slip-On Exhaust

[1/17/2007] Reviewed by: David Zern - Dizy56@comcast.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Stock replacement cut-and-clamp exhaust

Delievered with a dent or two (most annoying being on the tip) but it did come from Italy (Ministry of Commerce forms came with it :D), to California, then to Chicago, so I didn't mind all too much. Not the most attractive piece, looks hand-made, but it is very affordable. Install went smoothly, PB-Blasted hangers, marked a cut by lining up new with old pipe. Hack it with a Sawz-All/Dremel, etc. BE CAREFUL HERE. Measure twice, cut once, I almost cut too much, since the Ansa unit is less bulky than stock, it fooled me, but it turned out just fine. You will need an exhaust pipe expander to be able to slip the Ansa unit over the stock piping, then a few taps with a hammer will allow you two slip the two units together. Expand the pipe while the Ansa unit is not in the hangers! This will save time, and your back as well. Slip it in the hangers, then clamp the two pipes together. Bolts on clamp are either 13 or 14mm, so you don't have to guess. Thats all there is to it! ! Took me about 20 minutes, but I took my time.

Sounded raspy on initial start-up. After about 5 minute to warm up, sound went deeper, sounds very nice now. I imagine it will get even better once it burns in. Sounds excellent now, though. My main gripe is that the tip isn't the most attractive piece, and it isn't perfectly line up with the stock cut-out for the exhaust, but otherwise, a cheap, good quality solution for those who want an aggressive sound without spend 3 times as much for a catback! Many thanks to Brian Goodwin for his quick response to my emails. If you order, order from good-win-racing.com!!

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

ANSA midpipe-back exhaust

[10/9/2006] Reviewed by: Brian Barrows

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

The ANSA muffler seemed decently well-built for the money. The chrome tip looked really nice and the rest of it was painted black. There's not all that much left to say here.

The muffler was very easy to install. When I started driving it, I enjoyed the sound it made... until I got on the gas. I was treated with a cicada-like whistle coming from the muffler that I couldn't get rid of! At first, I thought it was a bad seal against the midpipe but no matter what I did to fix any leaks, the noise remained unchanged. I figured it was a problem with the unit itself and got rid of it.

All in all, I was disappointed with the muffler. I'd have returned it but I bought it the summer before I installed it and didn't have any of my documentation anymore. Instead, I tried to give it away on Miata.net (that was me mentioned in the other review) but ended up throwing it out. I didn't try to get another one and since I've read of others having this problem, ANSA mufflers will not be on my future "to buy" list.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Ansa Silverline Catback

[8/21/2006] Reviewed by: Scott Stewart - singlespeeder@windstream.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

This is a beautifully polished, stainless steel, mandrel bent cat back exhaust.

Fantastic fit and finish with no fitment adjustments needed. Installed by RSpeed and sounded perfect the first time the car was started.

As most have alreadedy stated, adding a cat back is not a real hp gainer however, the seat-of-the-pants meter indicates that something is definitly better. My 97' seems to pull a little harder in the upper RPM range. I noticed this especially when climbing the steep twisties in N.GA as I didn't have to down shift as much. At idle it is noticbly deeper sounding without being louder. At WOT it sound very good, not "ricey" by any means. I haven't done any top up cruising yet so no comment on drone. The 4" tip is a little big for my taste but it is quickly growing on me. It does fill up the opening in the bumper/rpackage rear lip spoiler nicely though. As always, Hector and Joe at RSpeed were great folks to deal with. Overall I think it was money well spent.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA Sport Muffler and Mid-pipe

[5/16/2006] Reviewed by: J. Daniels

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Ansa Sport Mid-pipe and bolt-on muffler, both coated black, muffler with nice looking oval slant-cut tip.

I've had a terrible experience with this product. My car had a cheapo replace muffler with skinny pipe, and the muffler hung down below the rear bumper, on an angle, looked terrible but sounded OK. Figured a nice new muffler would look better, and if it sounded better, that's icing on the cake. So, I ordered the muffler, took it to a local muffler shop, and in 10 minutes, it's on the car. I drive away and immediately notice a loud whistling sound under acceleration. I figure it's a new muffler and the whistle will go away. 2 days later, still whistling. So I go back to the muffler shop and they tell me it leaking where it joins to the mid-pipe and they'll have to weld it. I say OK. They weld it. It still whistles. I call Ansa. They send me another muffler. Muffler shop installs it. This one whistles too. I take it back. They tell me the mid-pipe looks kind of old and it's got a small hole in it so that must be the source of the whistle. SO I order a new ! Ansa mid-pipe, get it installed. Guess what. The muffler still whistles, and I mean a LOUD whistle. Embarrassing actually to accelerate away from a stop light in my nice 95 M-edition with this thing whistling like a canary. So, 2 mufflers, both whistle, and I just saw in the dumpster that BeerBurner is giving his ansa sport muffler away to whoever will take it ... because it whistles! I think ANSA is having some manufacturing problems.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA Silverline Dual Outlet Exhaust

[4/17/2006] Reviewed by: Mo Caplan - morris.caplan@navy.mil

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Ansa Silverline Dual Outlet Exhaust

Bought the exhaust from Directwire.Com for $247 with free shipping. It was instock (took me quite some time to find someone that didn't have to backorder it) and delivered in about a day...great shipping time. Fit and finish were excellent. Installation was straight-forward and fitment was perfect. The entire job, including careful cutting of the bumper facia, took about an hour.

I like the sound of the new system which at idle is not much louder than stock but with a slight burble. Under acceleration, especially above 4K RPM, the system opens up and sounds great. Not buzzy at all. Slight burble under decceleration. Should mellow with a few hundred miles. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the product.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA Silverline Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust

[3/31/2006] Reviewed by: Mike Gilmore - kiltman@bellsouth.net

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

ANSA Silverline Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust. Constructed with highly polished stainless steel.

This product was wrapped in bubble wrap and was a beauty when unwrapped. Almost too pretty to hide under the car. Only took about 30 minutes to install. The hardest part was cutting the bumper, and that wasn't that hard.

It's only a little louder than stock with lower mellow sound. From the inside, I haven't notice much of a different. Looks great from the back of the car. Looks fast just sitting there.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA Silverline Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust

[3/29/2005] Reviewed by: Denny Smith - dsmith1940@earthlink.net

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

ANSA Silverline Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust. Constructed with highly polished stainless steel. Packed by R-Speed in thick strong box with exhaust wrapped in multiple protective layers of bubble wrap.

Dual exhaust was well packaged with no blemishes on highly polished surface. Instructions were very clear and concise. Template was included and worked well. Only needed to remove two nuts and slide old muffler off rubber grommets. I did a test bolt up of muffler to check placement of template prior to final bumper cutting and installation. Test fit wasn't necessary. Took less than 30 minutes for whole job. Installed on Vivid Yellow 2002 with only 16K on the odometer so the mounting nuts were fairly new and not difficult to remove. A little penetrating lubricant on the nuts and WD-40 on the grommets made the job even easier. Sounds much better that stock but not so loud that they would alert the noise police. I expect it to sound even better once it gets good and seasoned.

Very easy DIY job. Well worth the effort.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Ansa muffler

[1/29/2005] Reviewed by: Dave Dawson - david_l_dawson@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Ansa bolt on galvanized and painted muffler with oval chrome tip.

Bolted on easily after I cut the stock pipe just after the bend. Looked good after installation.

Nice sound when first installed. Definitely louder than stock at idle, growls loudly under full acceleration. If you plan on keeping this exhaust only a short while, go with it. If you intend to have it on a car that you drive for more than a year or two, buy some ear plugs. By the end of the second year, it was loud, tinny, buzzy and droned like hell at cruising. Going down the Interstate with the top up, you almost have to shout to talk to anyone else in your car. With the top down all you hear is exhaust. Removed the Ansa after a couple years and replaced it with a Bosal/Brospeed. Wish I had bought the Bosal/Brospeed in the first place.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

Ansa Exhaust

[4/23/2003] Reviewed by: Michael Hagerla - mhagerla@attbi.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Replacement muffler

Installation was easy, although the instructions are in Italian, so you have to judge where to cut the old muffler off. Also, I broke the U bracket during installation- I do not feel I overtightened it- pretty crappy U bolt if you ask me.

Pleasing sound, although it could be a bit louder as other reviewers have stated. I prefer the Borla to this one, but the Ansa has a very nice note. The quality of materials is pretty crappy, but you get what you pay for. the painted finish is also not that great and there was already rust in 2 spots near the hanger welds.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA slip on--NA Models

[1/12/2003] Reviewed by: Ian C. Lance - lance@clatskanie.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Slip on muffler for NA models

Super simple install--more time to get the car up on stands than to cut and bolt on. Excellent fit, no rattling or clearance problems. I was a bit disappointed that it was so quiet--at least at first--but see below......If you want to set off car alarms, look somewhere else. If the sound of your TR-4 or MGB made you smile, spend the @$120. My bet is that you will be happy.

I REALLY like this muffler. No buzz at all. It has a nice deep tone. A bit too quiet for my taste--especially when I first got it on. After about 50 miles, it got a LOT nicer. I just had the top down for the first itme since install.....NOW I AM IN LOVE!! With the top down, my car makes beautiful music. I will be making passes through my favorite underpass for weeks. "Um, sorry officer. You see it is a new exhaust, and I am just testing the decibel levels......."

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

ANSA muffler

[9/23/2002] Reviewed by: Cliff Knight - cliffyk@paladinmicro.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97

The ANSA muffler is an aftermarket bolt on (well, cut-off, then bolt on) replacement for the '90-'97 Miata; it is also available for later models. Installation was a snap, less than 15 minutes. I cut the tailpipe an inch forward of the bend in the stock inlet pipe with a Sawzall and 14pt bi-metal blade (like a hot knife through butter) and removed the stock unit. Then I cleaned up the cut edge with a file, twisted/pushed on the ANSA, slipped on the hangers, tightened the supplied clamp, and went for a ride.

As others have said the initial impression is that it's a wee bit louder than stock, however when it heats up this puppy can growl--just off idle under load it barks a bit, gets a tad buzzy in the mid-range, then at higher revs gets positively race car with very distinct power pulses. I had been running a K&N "el cheapo" cone filter, and didn't like the overall sound with the ANSA muffler--so, I went back to the stock airbox, filter, and snorkel to find a much nicer sound, more rumble, less sucking. The K&N AFM adapter and cone filter never impressed me as doing anything except making more noise--one write-up described it as a HAI (Hot Air Intake) which is probably very close to the truth. The seat of my pants tell me that the mid-range has a bit more grunt, or is at least a bit more free, I especially notice this in 5th gear on a 50-70+ roll-on.

Judging by its heat sensitivity I suspect its character may change when it carbons up a bit--this would not bother me, a bit less volume and a bit more mellow would be OK--but, for the money you can't go wrong! The fit and construction are excellent, and the chromed oval tip does add a touch of class. The muffler itself appears galvanised and the pipes are mild steel (as viewed through a few very minor shipping/handling scratches). It's all, but the chrome tip, painted in a textured black enamel that initially bakes (and smells) a bit. I heard that they rust a tad (out?) in four or five years--both the tip and the can/pipes-- however for $130 ($25 to $30/year) I can live with that. I bought it from PBC, $133.81 delivered to my door in five days.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


Last night I submitted a review of this replacement muffler, based upon my initial impressions and a 20 mile cruise around town. Today I drove over 100 miles, a combination of interstate, country, and city roads and decided that it's got to go...

At 65-75 MPH there is a buzzing drone that gets to you withing 10 miles, and in town under moderate acceleration (well, moderate for me) it makes the most annoying BLAAAATT--guaranteed to cause veryone within earshot (a considerable distance considering this puppy is a LOT louder than stock) to turn to see what the pimple faced, testerone crazed idiot driving "that thing" looks like!

I had a '69 Charger Daytona that made this much noise when I goosed it, but people watching that blinked didn't see anything--in a 1.6 Miata it's just embarrasing...

I don't know if you'd like to post a follow up to my initial impressions (don't use this, I'll provide something more prosaic), or if you would prefer to kil my original post; in any event the ANSA's coming off tomorrow morning and the 12 year old stock muffler's going back on...

ANSA exhaust

[9/6/2002] Reviewed by: Fred Morser - fmorser@mitre.org

Applicable to: '90 - '97

ANSA straight through muffler and tail pipe

The muffler was easy to install. Cut the old tail pipe with a hacksaw, slide on the ANSA, connect hangers and you're done. No instructions provided, but it's a fairly straight forward and simple installation.

I found it too rumbly and fuzzy sounding. It didn't have the crisp ringing exhaust sound I was looking for, so I cut off the resonated tip and put a MEGs unresonated megaphone exhaust tip on it. Now I like it. I've had it for approximately 4 months and am satisfied. It is quiet until warm and then when under acceleration has a nice crisp "sports car" sound. The volume isn't overbearing, somewhat louder than stock, but now has a more appealing note.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

Ansa muffler w/ test pipe

[6/29/2002] Reviewed by: Peter Grooms - switzer_1@hotmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Black muffler w/ chromed oval tip. 2 in. test pipe also used.

These two products together made my Miata sound like it was going to eat a civic. Rumbles , doesn't sound like a rice burner. If you didn't know better , you might think it was a V8.


Difficult to remove without leaving damage

[3/1/2002] Reviewed by: Smily - yuji.asakawa@lamrc.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Ansa replacement muffler is an easy upgrade to the OEM.

Installation was easy even though the product didn't come with any instruction. You just cut the pipe and clamp Ansa with the H/W included in the package. I got mine from PBC and the product came with a couple of dents but nothing major.

This product makes your Miata looking good from behind. The tail-end fits perfectly to the opening at the bumper and looks much better than the wimpy OEM pipe. I wish it was bit louder, though. As everyone says, it gets louder as it gets heated up, but not much. I still recommend this product as a inexpensive dress up part. If you are looking for real sound, then you ought to get something else.

I drove to Reno over the weekend and found an interesting characteristic of Ansa muffler. During idle and steady driving condition, the muffler's noise level is about the same as OEM. At idle, it may be little deeper but unless the engine is warmed up, you won't hear the difference. If the engine is warm, then the noise is certainly deeper than OEM. The best sound happens between 3000 and 4000rpm and you have to accelrate. You hear very mellow exhaust tone. Past 4000rpm, it disappears. This maffler therefore makes you to accelrate quite frequently and is fun to drive around town. Big value for the cost! I strongly recommend this product.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[2/15/2002] Reviewed by: Ali - stuck_24@hotmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97

ansa muffler

easy to install, if you go to a muffler shop, probably half hour or something like that

the ansa is a fine muffler! Not too loud, not too quiet. The sound is mellow and solemn until about 3k rpm when the distant boom takes a seat. However, the boom subsides and at around 4k, induction noise prevails. If one has an open ended (cone air filter setup) intake system like yours truly, the noise is analagous to a cloth ripping metallic thrrraaap... gorgeous, I just can't help dipping into the throttle... Hang in there tranny! Anyhow, if there is anyone out there looking to replace their 1999+ nuffler, which is by the way, too whispery willow quiet, rip off the factory installed, toneless, fun spoiling muffler, and weld the ansa onto the back of yer chariot... really. If the mellow doesn't get to you, the fine chrome oval shaped tip will!! A steal at $120 from PBC

Under 5 minutes to remove

[12/20/2001] Reviewed by: Randy Cuaycong - randy_c75@hotmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Replacement muffler for all years of Miata.

Big Bang for the Buck! Installation was easy. Cut off old muffler. Remove old muffler. Install ANSA muffler. Tighten clamp. Sounds great. Not too loud and good low tone. This is a great performance muffler at a great price.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

[12/6/2001] Reviewed by: Grady Jennings - grady_jennings@jennings-hackler.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Ansa Muffler

Purchased the replacement muffler from Moss Motors and received it within three or so days. It was received in good condition. Cut the OEM muffler off with a hacksaw approximately an inch prior to the curved section (you will have to look at it to figure it out...not too difficult. The new Ansa slipped on snugly, bolted up tight (does not leak), and the chrome tip fit nicely into the bumper opening.

The muffler sounds very stock at the first startup, but once the engine heats up, the exhaust sound is quite resonant. It has been on little "Minnie" (red '90) for approximately 4 months and in my opinion, it is a wee bit loud, especially here in the Texas summer, where all things really get hot! I believe most Miata enthusiasts would appreciate it's value.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[6/6/2001] Reviewed by: Peter Hames - mtkasport@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Replacement exhaust, black coated with a nice chrome oval tip that fills out the opening nicely.

It has been on for a few days and it seems to have mellowed out a little from the initial break-in. Was louder than I expected, but after it warms up it sounds great. Deep tone, not "rice boy" loud. Marginally louder and deeper from stock the higher you go up the tach (but not overbearing). Great product for the money.

Took it to a local muffler shop. They were hesitant at first to put on an "aftermarket" muffler since they had many "kids" (in his words) with import cars come in with mufflers saying "it will fit easily, that it was made for the car". I said the Ansa was a direct replacement and it would take him a few minutes to do it. He agreed, but only when I said I would pay more if it took longer than 15 minutes. Well, 10 minutes later it was done and he was appreciative that I had taken the time to get a correct replacement for the car. He charged me $10 to install and dispose of old muffler.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[5/21/2001] Reviewed by: chris - cxc44@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

ansa muffler to replace stock muffler. not catback; just muffler. bought from PBC for $119. black textured can (heat-treated?) and oval chrome tip.

the muffler was installed by my favorite shop and it took them less than 5 minutes to cut the old one off and clamp the Ansa on. good tight fit and looks great with the big oval tip. did not notice difference in exhaust note immediately and started having feelings of regret. but after 30-45 minutes the car will sound deeper and more aggressive. throttle response seems to have improved but this is most likely b/c of the louder exhaust. the car definitely sounds racier than stock (not annoying/obnoxious) and the longer you drive the better the sound.

this is a good, cheap, fast mod for anyone who is on a budget and not looking to spend $300+ for a catback system. as for me, i am temporarily satisfied with this mod until i can save up more money to replace it with a louder exhaust note. and since my catalytic converter is screaming, i'll be looking to replace it with a high-flow cat and perhaps an entire catback system to open up the back end and enjoy some performance gain. personally, i just hate being "drowned out" by some Mustang 5.0 or tricked-out 4 banger. this Ansa has a deep, boomy sound w/o sounding ricey and it will satisfy me for the time being. but beware, once i am financially capable, i will have an exhaust that will definitely turn heads.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

[5/5/2001] Reviewed by: Roger Harman - rharman@home.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Ansa Replacement Muffler

Installation was fairly easy. Cutting off old muffler was the hardest. Other reviews suggest using a Dremel or something like that. I used a circular blade (I think it was originally designed to cut concrete) and hooked it to my drill. Once I had started the cut, a hacksaw was able to finish fairly quickly. I used WD40 to help slide the muffler on and off the hangers. The Ansa was a nice tight fit over the stock pipe, and the clamp tightened it down with no leaks. At the start it sounded very little different than stock, after a few minutes it warmed up with a nice mellow sound, slightly deeper than stock, but not much louder, if any. The oval tip really fills out the opening in the rear skirt without the "sewer pipe" look. Have only drove it once, will see if the sound changes over time.

So far very pleased with the product.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[4/12/2001] Reviewed by: Brian Schlueter - Miata.Guy@verizon.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Ansa muffler to replace stock muffler. Bought from PBC for $119, +$8 to ship (midwest). Black textured can (heat-treated?) and chrome tip.

Product arrived in two days, a few small dents here and there from shipping. Removed stock muffler with hacksaw about 1" past the bend. Slid Ansa exhaust on over new pipe, tightened clamp, voila! Took me about 2 hrs, because I'm slow. Chrome tip is wider than it is round, and fits very (almost too) snugly into the bumper cutout. I think one of my mounting hooks was bent a bit in shipping. I'll have to straighten it out. Waited for it to warm up, then took it out for a spin -- quiet at first, then it starts a quiet growl that opens a bit deeper than stock on WOT. SOTP performance gain seems minimal, but there is a bit of extra something there.

I like it -- not loud enough to attract unwanted attention, but rumbles enough to be heard, louder and deeper than stock, and is extremely pleasant in cruising around town. And for the $120, compared to $300+ for other Miata exhausts, you just can't pass up this value.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[3/15/2001] Reviewed by: Paul de Florio - bluefish58@excite.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

A simple replacement muffler for the stock unit and it weighs a bit less.

No directions but Moss was very helpful and except for my using a hacksaw (a more powerful Dremel then the cordless unit I have would work wonders), it went on quickly without trauma.

Seems nicely made and my only worry was it would sound like all the college yahoos down here and would be raspy but it is as close to a nice set of glasspacks on a V-8 as I could hope with a little straight 4.

Under 5 minutes to remove

[10/23/2000] Reviewed by Bob Anderson - roberthanderson@worldnet.att.net

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.6 liter

ANSA replacement muffler

The product was easy to install, approximately 45 minutes with the help of my Rhino ramps. There were no instructions which came with the muffler, so I cut the existing exhaust pipe just before the curve entering the original muffler. I pulled the old muffler off of each of the three rubber mounts. I then slid the ANSA muffler into place on the exhaust pipe, and re-attached the three rubber mounting brackets. Lastly, I tightened the exhaust pipe clamp to seal the connection between the orginal exhaust pipe and the new Ansa Muffler. The fit was excellent and the large chrome tip was aligned to the center of the of the exhaust pipe cut-out on the rear underpanel of my 1991 Miata.

I went for a test drive to see if the Ansa muffler gave me the sound I was looking for. The descriptions I had read before were right on! At idle speed the Ansa is quiet, but comes to life under acceleration. The sound is a deep bass mellow tone, which is not too loud or booming.

I think the Ansa muffler is a good low cost product, which delivers a more aggressive exhaust sound as compared to the stock system. The larger chrome exhaust tip also dresses up the rear the Maita.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[12/17/99] Reviewed by toby phillippe - trjphill@hotmail.com

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.8 liter

After market muffler


Ordered this part from PBC. It took a week, but I am on the west coast and it was holiday time. Arrived in fine shape. A friend and I installed in the parking lot in about 40 minutes. Just hacked off the old canister right after the curve. Getting the hacksaw working at that angle was the tricky part, but not too bad. The Ansa slipped on easy as pie and clamped down real tight. I will see if it leaks and needs a weld, but it may not. It looks real mean and is not obnoxiously loud. Overall, a fine purchase.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[10/9/99] Reviewed by Michael Misinco - misinco2@mindspring.com

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Ansa Muffler with black anti-corrosion coating and chrome-plated, resonated tip.

I got it from Moss and it arrived in pretty good shape with just a few dents. It looks and feels very sturdy. The welds look like toothpaste but there was no sign of leakage. It took the muffler shop 5 minutes to put it on. At first, it sounded no louder than stock, but 5 minutes later it sounded great!! The tone is deep and not too annoying at highway speeds. For $120, you can't beat it!

 Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Reviewed by: Steve Wang - swang@argotech.net

replacement muffler

i've had the ansa muffler on my 95 for a week, and i am completely satisfied with the way it sounds and looks. first the sound, lanny is correct in saying that ansa is not louder than stock when cold, but louder when the car warms up. for my car, it only takes a few minutes for the temp. needle to rise, and as it does, so does the deep bass note of the exhaust. the change in exhaust note is most noticeable around 3k rpm, almost a "booming" sound. nonetheless, i think it just adds character to the car.

now the looks: the chrome tip fills up the cut-out in the rear panel well and the car looks very sporty from behind..., in an understated sort of a way. i've noticed other miata drivers taking notice of the chrome tip, and one even gave me a thumbs-up ;)

Reviewed by: al peters - allenpeters@hotmail.com

muffler and center resonator

it rattles and is a pile of junk. I installed the muffler and it did not make any noise at first. yet, a few days later it began rattling. Checked alignment and bolts; was okay. began rattling  again. took it to muffler shop; they worked on it. Said it was okay, and would never make noise again. Guess what? It rattles senselessly. I hate this  pile of junk. Going to junkyard to find better product.

Reviewed by: Reid Hartson - DVUR67A@Prodigy.com

I was pleasantly suprised that it really was as easy to install as Moss said it was. It is noticably lighter than stock but not louder.

After cutting the exhaust pipe and removing the stock muffler, the ANSA slipped right on with a nice tight fit on the pipe. The chrome outlet was perfectly positioned and looks bad-ass! I put it on at night, so road testing will come in the morning, but it doesn't seem to be any louder than the stock unit. Even if performance isn't much different it sure looks cool and was inexpensive.


This is an update of my prior review. Overall I am very pleased. There is a definite improvement in throttle response, especiallly from about 2850-3500 RPM. There is also some increase in noise, especially at 3K RPM, but I think this just adds some "sporting" flavor. I can't rule out the possibility that there may be some resonance between the Akimoto intake and the exhaust which makes things louder than they might otherwise be. Overall, I'd do it again.

Reviewed by: Lanny Chambers - lanny@derived.com

Reid's comments are right on the money, except for the loudness issue. While the Ansa is no louder than stock when cold, it grows more "sporty" as it warms up. IMHO it's not too loud, but just right, with a classy, deep-toned note reminiscent of the big Healey or a pre-E-Type Jaguar. Even my wife likes it! Just the thing for adding a bit of personality
without spending a lot of money.

Caveat: one local club member has had his Ansa for over 4 years, and the chrome tip is getting rusty (they use a LOT of salt here in the winter). As a muffler, it still works fine, and it sounds identical to my new one.

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