24th September 2011
The exhaust has been fitted. It arrived at 12pm yesterday and by 5.30pm it has already been shoehorned into my 430. This morning thd techs will be lowering the springs. I'll pick her up in a couple of hours. Should be good.
The Capristo sports cats are huge!!!
She's back! Lowered, scuderia Capristo exhaust...just short of stereo which goes in on Monday.
A quick review. Car is alot quieter. I am kind of disappointed. No more sharp metallic high rpm shriek. But definitely more power due to now-present back pressure. Low end improved alot and much quicker off the line and making half as much noise as she used to. Valves closed the car sounds like a regular sports car with sports exhaust...very deep baritone but still prim and proper. Very tame and decent. Valves open on highway sound is a bit too soft for my liking compared to my previous exhaust. Not as much kick. Loudness would be 75% of before, sharpness suffers a major loss. Heard a mate's scuderia on larini muffler and cats and that screams!
But still she makes the right noises, crack and pop. With the heat wrap blanket, engine bay temperature significantly lower. This is no bull. The blanket works!
I'll post pix tomorrow. Just returned from an hour long test drive, need an iced cold beer.
26th September 2011 Quote: Originally Posted by SfefVan Very very well done buddy! I'm glad you got everything back. That's an impressive mod all together ! Just keep in mind one thing : before, your engine was screaming in a very unhealthy way. Test pipes or small sport cats is really not the best choice for the engine without reconsidering many other things. Now, you have a very healthy sounding car which I'm convinced is still much much louder than any stock F430. After some driving, you'll find out the very subtile metallic sound of the Capristo exhaust, especially the headers make a fantastic sound. It's far from just screaming Ask a buddy to drive your F430 and drive behind your car with another car, windows open...you'll be very impressed by the new sound
Thanks mate. I agree. It is definitely screaming in a healthy way now. This must be the real sound of a Capristo. And not the metallic high pitched scream which Larini or Kreisseg offers. One thing I found out though, with the test pipes, you'll get a pitch that high it'd make Scuderia owners throw out their stock exhausts. That's what happened to a mate of mine who went on a long highway drive with me in his Scud. He was so pissed that he couldn't hear his own car at all.
Loudness aside, the car really suffered at the low end. There was absolutely no torque at all. Backing the car into the porch was kinda like gunning the 430 down a long empty street. It's that loud.
Now with the Capristo Scuderia Cats and the Capristo Scuderia muffler from the complete system, the torque is back in heaps at the low end and mid range. She really pulls and pulls and pulls. With the valves closed, she pulls really hard without making a hell lot of noise. Which is perfect. When the valves are open, she bellows...with a slight F1 bark that is 25% down from my previous setup. At idle, she burbles with a really nice deep...and I do mean DEEP tune. Previously, she sounded like a beat up truck with loose valves clackering away and metal plates smashing against each other. It was sharp and painful to the ear.
I'd say I'm 95% satisfied with the outcome of this project. 5% due to me missing the sound of my previous setup. I'm sure the 5% will be gained back eventually.
Now some pix as promised.