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Hey there,

I just installed my full Borla catback exhaust with aFe lower downpipes. I've never seen anyone with this exhaust combination or post any videos of the Borla catback. Is there any reason why the Borla exhaust is so underrated? I installed it on my 3.0T Q60 with aFe LDP's and I'm in love! I have a video of it on my channel if you want to listen:

Let me know what you guys think. Just thought it would be good video to post here because there are no posts or videos on the Borla CBE and I don't really see anyone installing the aFe downpipes as well.

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I bet the fact that aFe and Borla's parts are quite new for this platform compared to alternatives such as Fast Intentions, Ark, and HKS is why they are not as popular.

You didn't ask for my opinion, but I think the exhaust sounds bad (I hate that ricer style purr sound as the RPMs drop). I bet there are others that dislike the sound as well, contributing to how rarely we see them mentioned in the community.

I am glad you found an exhaust setup that you enjoy.
 

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You didn't ask for my opinion, but I think the exhaust sounds bad (I hate that ricer style purr sound as the RPMs drop). I bet there are others that dislike the sound as well, contributing to how rarely we see them mentioned in the community.

I am glad you found an exhaust setup that you enjoy.
^This. Yup, different strokes for different folks.

For the older guys like me, FI's system has the right tone, and provides some hp/tq gains, too.
 

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Your opinions makes sense, but this isn't my daily driver, so I'm fine with being abnoxious on the weekends. Plus, I mainly do night drives when there isn't much traffic on the roads. This Borla CBE is pretty much straight-piped, except for the rear muffler. I personally love it and I'm addicted to this sound now.
 

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I believe the reason you do not see folks running this setup is b/c the Borla is so close in price to a hand built Fast Intentions exhaust which has somewhat of a cult following now. I had the 14" FI CBE on my Q60RS400 matched with the FI LDPs and love love loved the sound. So clean and crisp without any drone
 

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I believe the reason you do not see folks running this setup is b/c the Borla is so close in price to a hand built Fast Intentions exhaust which has somewhat of a cult following now. I had the 14" FI CBE on my Q60RS400 matched with the FI LDPs and love love loved the sound. So clean and crisp without any drone
Yup, I was also considering the FI exhaust, but I talked to one of thier sales people about a month ago and their lead time was a little over 4 MONTHS! Screw that! I'm not gonna wait 4 months for an exhaust, no matter how good is supposedly sounds. Plus Borla has the best warranty out of all the exhaust brands with their million-mile warranty.
 

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The tone of that setup is pretty nice. A bit loud for my taste but since its not your daily I understand the agressive setup. The ricer style sound when the RPM's drop, if I understand what Malmby is reffering to, seems to come more from the tuning and is amplified from louder exhaust setups. A lot of German cars for example usually have the burbles on rpm drop that kind of masks this.

Yup, I was also considering the FI exhaust, but I talked to one of thier sales people about a month ago and their lead time was a little over 4 MONTHS! Screw that! I'm not gonna wait 4 months for an exhaust, no matter how good is supposedly sounds. Plus Borla has the best warranty out of all the exhaust brands with their million-mile warranty.
Ya FI has a serious backlog or shortage on parts or something. I ordered their catback for my Q60 with the options selected as 14" resonators, 14" carbon mufflers and prismatic tips since end of June 2020 and still have not received it (10 months and counting :cautious:). Their last update back on March 19th said it was at the end of production and that my selected options caused a long lead time. I did order through a motorsport store here in Canada that has a vendor account with FI because they cover the import fees for you. I have been VERY patient because of all the sound clips I've heard I like their catback that will pair with my AMS catted downpipes.
 

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The tone of that setup is pretty nice. A bit loud for my taste but since its not your daily I understand the agressive setup. The ricer style sound when the RPM's drop, if I understand what Malmby is reffering to, seems to come more from the tuning and is amplified from louder exhaust setups. A lot of German cars for example usually have the burbles on rpm drop that kind of masks this.



Ya FI has a serious backlog or shortage on parts or something. I ordered their catback for my Q60 with the options selected as 14" resonators, 14" carbon mufflers and prismatic tips since end of June 2020 and still have not received it (10 months and counting :cautious:). Their last update back on March 19th said it was at the end of production and that my selected options caused a long lead time. I did order through a motorsport store here in Canada that has a vendor account with FI because they cover the import fees for you. I have been VERY patient because of all the sound clips I've heard I like their catback that will pair with my AMS catted downpipes.
What the fauucckkk? You've been waiting 10 months for that exhaust? I would be flipping out and calling FI every week. That's insane. Did you confirm that FI even had your order on file?
 

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What the fauucckkk? You've been waiting 10 months for that exhaust? I would be flipping out and calling FI every week. That's insane. Did you confirm that FI even had your order on file?
I did call them once to see the status of my order but because I ordered through the motorsport store I mentioned FI turned me to them to get details because they have the order info between FI and themselves. They do have the order on file and the latest update was "at the end of production". I have patience but this is getting to me now. I definitely will be calling them every week lol.
 
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I did call them once to see the status of my order but because I ordered through the motorsport store I mentioned FI turned me to them to get details because they have the order info between FI and themselves. They do have the order on file and the latest update was "at the end of production". I have patience but this is getting to me now. I definitely will be calling them every week lol.
That's crazy. Good luck dude. I would've cancelled and asked for a refund a long time ago. I don't have that kind of patience. LMAO
 

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Ya FI has a serious backlog or shortage on parts or something. I ordered their catback for my Q60 with the options selected as 14" resonators, 14" carbon mufflers and prismatic tips since end of June 2020 and still have not received it (10 months and counting :cautious:). Their last update back on March 19th said it was at the end of production and that my selected options caused a long lead time. I did order through a motorsport store here in Canada that has a vendor account with FI because they cover the import fees for you. I have been VERY patient because of all the sound clips I've heard I like their catback that will pair with my AMS catted downpipes.
We greatly appreciate your business and patience; but I must tell you that none of our orders have a 10 month backlog. I admit that lead times have increase over the past year due to Corona Virus and supply chain shortages, but the longest lead times that we've been quoting has been 16 - 18 weeks.

I have a feeling that the shop you are working with may have given you misinformation. I totally agree that this is unacceptable and want to get to the root of this. Please call me directly at F.I. Inc. so that we can get to the bottom of this.

Please contact me at (805) 522-3278 and ask for Kevin. Let whoever answers the phone know that you need to speak with me directly. I'll be in the office 8 AM - 5 PM PST (Monday to Friday).

Thank you and I wait to hear from you.

- Kevin
Fast Intentions Inc.
805-522-3278
 

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I have a feeling that the shop you are working with may have given you misinformation.
Let me guess, Whitehead performance? Sorry but I gotta say, those guys have a bad rep of delaying stuff and never replying to emails. I once ordered with them a Z1 rotors and took them like 5 months to get them to me.

I just gave up and have been paying for import and shipping fees my self, getting most stuff delivered to my door in a matter of a week or two with FedEx.
 

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Let me guess, Whitehead performance? Sorry but I gotta say, those guys have a bad rep of delaying stuff and never replying to emails.
Absolute joke of a business operation. I had to order my Quaife front LSD through them and included the Hotchkis front and rear anti-sway bars--it took so many months to get the parts that I saw other businesses shipping out within weeks. Whitehead Performance never answers their phone, their voicemail is always full, and they are not responsive to emails.
Never buying through them again, even if they are the only source.
 
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Yup, I was also considering the FI exhaust, but I talked to one of thier sales people about a month ago and their lead time was a little over 4 MONTHS! Screw that! I'm not gonna wait 4 months for an exhaust, no matter how good is supposedly sounds. Plus Borla has the best warranty out of all the exhaust brands with their million-mile warranty.
My Fast Intentions LDP+CBE non-res 10" sport system will finally be delivered in 2 weeks. I ordered back in Feb. Can't wait!!
 

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My Fast Intentions LDP+CBE non-res 10" sport system will finally be delivered in 2 weeks. I ordered back in Feb. Can't wait!!
We greatly appreciate all of our customers being patient during this busy time. You're going to love it when the exhaust arrives. 10" Sport is the most popular option we have available.
 

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We greatly appreciate all of our customers being patient during this busy time. You're going to love it when the exhaust arrives. 10" Sport is the most popular option we have available.
Time flew by and knowing I’m getting the best quality and what I think sounds the best is totally worth the wait. You guys rock and customer service is second to none. Keep up the great work!!
 

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Time flew by and knowing I’m getting the best quality and what I think sounds the best is totally worth the wait. You guys rock and customer service is second to none. Keep up the great work!!
It's greatly appreciated! Thanks again.
 
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