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IL Motorsport twin Cat Back Exhaust (BBK)

[5/7/2004] Reviewed by: WiM Van Sande -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Is a replacement for the stock exhaust, although this one comes with two end pipes. Comes with all necessary brackets, rubbers, bolts and other parts. partnr NA0-0310

Veeeeeeeeeeeryyyy good, easy install in only 30mins. Scary part of installing is that you have to cut out part of the bumper, but a template comes with the kit. Once it is on the car, oh the looks of it... Gives the car a better balanced appearance. And I wasn't yet talking about the sound! It is loud, but maybe that is because there is no more catalic converter on the car... Sounds very raspy, like it should sound. Very nice kit indeed, am trying to convince my dad to go for the same kit :-) Any more questions: legibly

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

I.L. Motorsports Dual Exhuast

[2/18/2003] Reviewed by: Tim Jackson -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

IL Motorsport Dual Exhaust - MK2

An excellent product - the instructions were clear (after German - English convertion!) and the fitting was very easy. I was very impressed with the quality, and the overall finish is excellent. The sound is very good, it is louder than stock, but not excessive, certainly enough to turn heads. I seems it to add a bit more mid range, and combined with my Supercharger under hard acceleration my face resembles the Cheshire Cat!

Using the template provided, simply stick it to the bumper with masking tape, and using a coping saw - remove the plastic for the second exit to sit. Removal of the existing exhaust was a problem due to salt corrosion, so a local dealer will help out there. If you like the dual exhaust look and want a quality alternative this is for you.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

I.L. Motorsports dual exhaust

[1/25/2003] Reviewed by: Robert Bergstrom -

Applicable to:

German stainless steel dual outlet cat-back exhaust

Made in Germany, it fit perfectly. This unit may add some mass versus the stock exhaust. Check that out if your car is on a diet. The car is absolutely silent at idle, has a beautiful quiet burble on deceleration, and a full-throated--if somewhat assertive--wide-open-throttle exhaust note. I run a catalyst designed for turbo cars, so my installation may be louder than average. A NA car would probably be quieter, as it flows less exhaust than my supercharged 1.8-liter. The I.L. dual exhaust seemed to add strength throughout the range, most pronounced in the middle RPMs. The car has much more torque. The styling is beautiful, though not subtle. I think the two big cans make for a great-looking back end, and the statement does register with people. Overall, I'd recommend this muffler to everybody on a performance basis, to more than half of you on a loudness basis, and make up your own mind on style. I happen to like it a lot.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

I. L. Motorsport Dual Exhaust

[2/24/2001] Reviewed by: Christopher Anderson -

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

This is a cat-back exhaust system in stainless steel with a resonated front pipe and two 90mm exhaust tips. The rear bumper must be cut to allow for the driver's side exhaust.

the quality is first-rate. The muffler, tips, and all pipe are heavy gauge stainless steel. The welds are strong and well done, as would be expected since this item is made in Germany. The flanges are CNC machined and lined up perfectly. The only possible negative aspects of this system are that it came without any instructions or even a template to cut the other hole. I made my own template from an 8.5x11" piece of cardstock. After removing the old exhaust, I placed the cardstock on the inside of the bumperand traced the cut out and bottom edge of the passenger side of the bumper. Next I cut out the outline. Since the two sides of the car are mirror images, I turned the template over, lined up the bottom edges of the template and bumper and taped the template on with masking tape. The hole came out perfect, and with the exhaust installed it looks factory. The system also came without gaskets, but that really wasn't a problem.

I knew that this system would make a difference in sound, but WOW!!! The car now has an incredibly deep exhaust tone. It doesn't sound like a 1.6l any more. As I accelerate, the exhaust does tend to become a little louder in the 2800 to 3900 RPM range, but it is not annoying in the least. Simply put, the car sounds like a well-tuned Porsche 911. At the current Dollar-to-Deutsch Mark exchange rate, this system cost me $441.37, including gaskets. For this price, it was well worth having to make my own template. I would recommend this exhaust to anybody who wants to seriously alter the sound, appearance, and attitude of their Miata.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

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