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Welcome Will, congratulations for the good choice!
550 is a great toy ....
Thank you Fabio. May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your massive odyssey to create a 'bundle of snakes' 550/575 exhaust manifold--a magnificent effort. You da man!
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Will a belated welcome to the site. Looks like you're already busy doing some research and learning about the car. Kudos to you!
Gorgeous color on your car. Hope you have many happy miles together!
John, part of my research has been reading your engine rebuild odyssey. It was painfully interesting going down the weak cylinders rabbit hole with you. But you've done a great job of turning lemons into lemonade .

Do you have your block back yet?

I know you have a ton of stuff on your plate, but just wanted to say that even though I live in the PNW, I'm (one of many I'm sure) interested in your MS radiator/shroud/fans upgrade when you get around to it. I drive to CA sometimes and it'd be really nice to know that when I get off the highway right into snarled traffic on a hot summer CA day, I won't have to worry about overheating. Hang in there .

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Well, the seats are re-dyed now, and I'm looking around for enclosed transport from Tillack (Redondo Beach) to just north of Seattle. Looks good!
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John, part of my research has been reading your engine rebuild odyssey. It was painfully interesting going down the weak cylinders rabbit hole with you. But you've done a great job of turning lemons into lemonade .

Do you have your block back yet?

I know you have a ton of stuff on your plate, but just wanted to say that even though I live in the PNW, I'm (one of many I'm sure) interested in your MS radiator/shroud/fans upgrade when you get around to it. I drive to CA sometimes and it'd be really nice to know that when I get off the highway right into snarled traffic on a hot summer CA day, I won't have to worry about overheating. Hang in there .
Thanks for the encouragement; you really have been doing some research! That's great, we need more like you and less of those who want to know when to change their timing belts, what exhaust system they should put on their car, etc. Are you a wrench spinner too, or are you going to let someone else have all the fun and get paid for it too?

Edit: block isn't back yet. Hoping for late April, maybe slip into May.

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Well, the seats are re-dyed now, and I'm looking around for enclosed transport from Tillack (Redondo Beach) to just north of Seattle. Looks good!
Good choice, Will.

Why don't you drive it? Great way to get to know your new car.

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John, good question, I should. When I was younger I used to do that, and paid the price in breakdowns in the middle of the country. Just a bit too old for that kind of aggravation anymore. I feel much better just getting it here, inspecting it at my leisure, and just puttering around in it being cool while I get used to it and start trusting it.
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Ok, it's finally here! I really love the colour, was worried about that. Powerful, discreet and Fast, nice combo. Gotta say I don't like the exhaust sound though. It's nothing like the 250/330/365 sound, no ripping canvas, just kind of a deep drone-y sound. It supposedly has a Tubi exhaust, have to get it up on a lift to see. Maybe the lower-pitched drone sound is a function of a larger displacement V12. Doesn't seem like going from say a 365 to a 456 should make that much difference though.....

Fabio, help . Do you have plans to produce the 550/575 exhaust manifold? Forgive me if this has already been asked.....
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wil- She looks great. Fabio is still fine tuning his headers. Believe he already sold one set to a 550 owner, but not sure that one had cats.

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It supposedly has a Tubi exhaust, have to get it up on a lift to see. Maybe the lower-pitched drone sound is a function of a larger displacement V12. Doesn't seem like going from say a 365 to a 456 should make that much difference though..... .
It is not the engine.

The sound you describe is from older Tubi's. I have the same on mine, they resonate in a drone-like sound at lower revs. A lot of people don't like this, I'm also not a huge fan. However, it is clear that you have not yet pushed the throttle. Because they do sound glorious above 4k rpm. You can change the exhausts but I'm not sure if you want to go with the standard exhaust, because they are far too quiet. You could look at Capristo or other options.


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Hi Onno, Will,
I have Capristo's (without valves) on mine and these also drone at low rpm (below 3000 rpm). They do bark and scream at higher rpm though
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Congratulations, that looks superb!
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John, sorry, lost track of this one. I guess FerrariLife doesn't send an email when a thread is answered....

Indeed I am a wrench spinner, have been for fifty years. First car was an Alfa 2600 Spider I had to rebuild the engine on. Trying to finish up my C/4 for sale now--especially after buying the 550.

I look forward to following your odyssey when the block gets back!

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Are you a wrench spinner too, or are you going to let someone else have all the fun and get paid for it too?

Edit: block isn't back yet. Hoping for late April, maybe slip into May.
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John, that's exactly what I plan to do. Selling my 2002 XKR which was my evening at the theatre car, and making the Maranello the new one. Best thing for it--exercise.

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Why don't you drive it? Great way to get to know your new car.
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Taz, thanks for the update. I see Fabio is on to another project exhaust, hope he doesn't forget us 550/575 guys. I have no idea yet what kind of exhaust I have, the lift is still full of another car I'm trying to finish up.

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wil- She looks great. Fabio is still fine tuning his headers. Believe he already sold one set to a 550 owner, but not sure that one had cats.
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JazzyO, you're right, when I got the car off the truck, I wanted to hammer it but the engine was still cold. Now I'm straightening out the alarm system (siren issue), so it'll be just a little bit later on.

I realize there are so many exhaust options and am kinda reluctant to get into that whole thing. Just too many options, all pretty expensive. I just want it to sound like my C/4, but not sure how to get there from here. Ah well, research time.

Is there an option to be notified by the website when a thread is added to?

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It is not the engine.

The sound you describe is from older Tubi's. I have the same on mine, they resonate in a drone-like sound at lower revs. A lot of people don't like this, I'm also not a huge fan. However, it is clear that you have not yet pushed the throttle. Because they do sound glorious above 4k rpm. You can change the exhausts but I'm not sure if you want to go with the standard exhaust, because they are far too quiet. You could look at Capristo or other options.


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Bert, are there any that don't drone at any rpm...? Big question I guess....

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I have Capristo's (without valves) on mine and these also drone at low rpm (below 3000 rpm). They do bark and scream at higher rpm though
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Will, to be honest I don't know. There are many threads about exhaust options and there are many options too in many price categories as well. And peoples preferences and perceptions probably make this a difficult subject to get to a definitive answer.....
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Bert, are there any that don't drone at any rpm...? Big question I guess....
How about this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG2acpghrqw


This guy says he only has the back box by Tubi because he found the whole system too boomy. Presumably that means that the rest of the exhaust system is standard?

I will talk to my specialist because this sounds like quite an improvement. He said he can give me a standard exhaust for next to nothing because he has tonnes of them lying about. So fitting the standard stuff in front of the Tubi box should be quite cheap.

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