Re: Peted, K&Ned, 22K Kilometers, 4 Months ok guys so here it goes, first things first: 1. it is a remus universal bolton 2. it will work without any hassles on any car without any issues 3. it is a glass packed muffler 4. it has been engineered by the remus guys in austria in such a way that it changes the performance dynamics of the car without having to compromise on the acoustic part of it. 5. you will not find much of a difference in sound when the car is idling or running between the stock exhaust and the remus. 6. the remus endcan is oval in shape with a nice 98 mm tailpiece 7. the final exhaust diameter of the silencer is almost similar to the stock exhaust but it is well covered by the tailpipe trim. 8. this endcan is made of specialised stainless steel. i suspect it is ss316h or 410 which takes up the exhaust gas temperatures without having any distorting or discoloring effect on the endcan. 9. it costs around 18000 bucks off the shelf plus taxes and fitting charges at actuals. 10. you have to remove your stock endcan, cut the piece of the exhaust piping up front, match it to this exhaust and weld or braze it and then fit the endcan into place. a dash of cold galvanising spray onto the welded part will help prevent rust formation later on. 11. a decent car shop who knows what its all about will be able to do up the job in around 3 to 4 hours of time. now the after effects of it: ok, so i had decided to get the remus and had been pestering vishal for it since a long time. the only thing was that he had the exhaust and the only misfortune of mine was the lack of time. but then the stars started turning and doing their stuff and things started going my way. an early saturday morning found me and a friend driving down sedately on nh 8 towards ahmedabad. the destination for the remus and to have a good time with friends. the car was at the workshop at 10 and vishal went ballistic when he saw the mileage at 21 to the liter and the odo reading a vague 42ish thou kilometers. his punto has never given him anything above 12.5 in the stop and go traffic and there is a reason to it which is better kept between the two of us. so the car was taken out for a spin before the fitment of the remus and a couple of things were discussed. we took the highway and did an easy 130 with a reasonable amount of traffic thrown in. the tires felt brand new even after 12k kilometers, the traction as always, exemplary, the handling, legendary. so one thing was decided that the tires needed to be rotated. there was a marginal inner wear which we deduced to a fractional mistake in alignment. balancing was also in order. on return, while the car cooled down, we discussed a couple of bmws and a friends skoda superb over cappucinos. then as the endcan was unvieled and all of us drooled and oohed and aahed over it, a couple of more friends from my days of royal enfields arrived. that's a different story altogether and while a lot of grammatically incorrect words were exchanged betwixt us, we decided it was time for lunch. everybody concurred that indeed it was. and we had lunch. with vishal actng as host as usual. the food, again as usual was excellent. back at the workshop, the car is onto the 2 post lift and about six feet high. munavvar works with his usual speed and removes the stock tail pipe from the car. the welder takes measurements, cuts the exhaust pipe from the muffler and tacks it into place on the remus perfectly in one go. the stock exhaust, strangely is triangular in shape. space saving i suppose. taking a closer look at the exhaust piping, we discuss sadly, the number and angles of bends in the piping. no doubt the car doesnt run like it should. the backpressure at the exhaust manifold throttles the performance with both hands. hopefully, it is decided that the new endcan will help. we nod like the wise men from the hills and retire to vishals's office to bother him some more. he, again, as usual is unfazed. one observation that i'd made was that during slow turns, the shock absorber on the front right wheel would make a strange noise. i put my doubts on the table and while the exhaust is being final welded, the mechanics decide to sort this issue out. the shock absorber is removed from its housing and it is found that the bearing on which it moves with the wheel has had its lubrication all dried out and all that remains there is mud and such. a bad case of rains. due to this, instead of the bearing area rotating, its the spring thats trying to shift in its place. the shocker is disassembled, washed and dried, lubed and put back. problem solved. by the time munavvar cleans his hands on cotton waste, the silencer is back from welding. a bit apprehensive on the fitment as the pipe may have warped or gone out of true due to the heat of welding, he puts the silencer in place. its a perfect fit. everybody is happy. the joints are sealed, the rubber hangers installed and the car brought down from its high abode. time to listen to the whisper of the gods. the key goes into the ignition slot and is turned. all tell tale lights come into sight. we wait a full minute to see if any of them is blinking or the mid is showing any error message. nothing. we switch it off and turn it back on. the self starter is engaged, the engine cranks and burbles to life. the idle is a bit erratic at first and then it settles down to the stock 900 revolutions. maybe the ecm adjusts itself. the car is switched off and restarted. perfect. now is the time to differentiate between the sounds. at first hearing at the tailpipe, the car sounds a bit bassy and full throated. feels like there is something powerful waiting in there to be unleashed. the vibration levels have gone down considerably. inside the cabin the difference is noticeable. the engine whine at the front has gone down to minute levels. the car now sounds more silent. we press the accelerator and raise the rpms, suddenly a couple of times, theres black smoke. deduction is that the car is overfueling after vishal has disclosed that he has replaced the k&n with the stock air filter. the car also has a tuning box which makes it overfuel because of the restricted air flow through the stock air intake. a high speed jaunt is in order. vishal takes the steering. we start the car, the gear is slotted into alpha and the clutch is let out. the feeling is totally different. the entire car wants to leap out of its skin and run off. the garage is in the basement with a steep 30 degree incline. we come out of there with the car in 2nd gear and no accelerator at all. grins as big as two faces are all you could see in the front windscreen. out on the road, a fast gearchange is executed. the true pedigree of the car is envisaged. it actually wants to set the streets on fire and then do it once more. we head into traffic to check out the difference. its visible. where earlier one had to keep the car in the 2nd and 3rd gear in traffic situations, we trawl the roads in 3rd and 4th with minimal throttle input. about 10 kilometers later its decided and enough is enough. the highway has to be hit, a more powerful car has to be hunted, pursued and then killed. a turn on an empty road and we are heading to the highway. i watch the little shrubs go by rather slowly. the quiteness in the cabin makes one feel like he's gone suddenly deaf or maybe developed an ear problem. i turn around to face vishal and ask him why the hell is he trying to drive so slow. he indicates the speedo and i am surprised out of my teeth. the car is already doing 100 and rising. thats something amazing happening. up on the highway we slow down and shift to 2nd. then the magic happens. the clutch is let in, the accelerator pedal is floored, both of us are in the backs of our seats and the needle is rising to 60, the muted roar at the tailpipe is pure orgasmic bliss. blipping the throttle to see the car riding the wave of torque gives a heady feeling. 3rd pulls to 80 and then the 4th goes all the way to 120. the fifth is slotted and we stop giving input to the throttle pedal. the speed keeps on rising. a jam ahead makes us brake and the last view of the speedo needle is at 150. thats a fast 150. so finally we are back at the workshop where the car goes in for washing while we take a tea break and discuss a turbocharger and suspension upgrade. very doable in the next 6 months or so. so that was the day the exhaust was fitted. it was a small drive to check out how it worked and like any properly engineered exhaust, it did its job well. the million dollar question was how it would perform in everyday use. that question was answered in the one of the most enjoyable drives in the punto back home from ahmedabad. we started at 3.30 in the afternoon and friends like the friends they are were not allowing us to leave. countless hugs and about 10 cups of tea later we were allowed to leave with a promise to be back at every opportunity. the taste of the piping hot paya soup, the ultra spicy mutton masala from last night's dinner which was more of rocket fuel than food was emblazoned on our minds forever. the hospitality, the love of friends, the countless hours of fun, priceless and unpayable in terms of payback. so getting to the highway, the clock read 5.50 in the evening. we set a sedate pace till we reached the expressway. a 96 kilometer long python made up of some of the smoothest tarmac this side of india. no boastning but we'd once conquered this stretch from one toll booth at the start to the other one at the end in 23 minutes in a skoda superb. the speedo had read 240 kmph at times and never less than 180 kmph ever. but that was a superb and this was a punto with a tuning box, a k&n, a set of v550s, a remus and a gearbox which as best can be termed as primitive in a single word, still no match for a superb. since it was early evening, the expressway was reached in about 20 odd minutes. the toll, all of 71 rupees paid and the reciept taken. with my friend driving, we decided to keep the speeds in check but not before we had the car "road ready" and at the right temperature. the foot was stomped on the accelerator and like a stone out of the catapult, the car shot out. the 150 was reached at in its stipulated time and we held to that mark for about 5 minutes. finally at around 20 kilometers, it was decided that it would be very much appreciable if the car was driven in a more humane way. the needle came down to 110 kmph and that was that. the mid said that the car was still delivering 21 to the liter. the real fun started after we were off the expressway and joined the mainstream traffic of nh8. nh8 is supposed to be the busiest highway in india and i have been a part of this busy stretch of road since the last 28 years or so. we usually did 3 digit speeds which came up on the odo with little feedback on the accelerator pedal. the car felt more tractable and picked up in 5th gear from speeds as low as 40kph. sometimes, it gave a feel of driving an automatic. after a blast through an empty stretch at 140, the car rolled beautifully for quite some time, longer than i had imagined even after the foot was picked off the accelerator pedal. the low end grunt of the car seems to have improved manyfold. havent checked up on the top speed though unlike some around here for whom 170 is very doable. performance mods on a car are done to make the car more fun to drive and not check the top speeds, though i believe that this speed would be very much acheivable with this setup. what i cant understand here is that a stock swift with such a good gearbox struggles to reach 185 kilometers per hour. how the hell is a punto with this gearbox, a heavily restricted inlet and exhaust able to achieve 170? well who knows that may be possible? with the inclusion of two pitstops, we were home in a little over 4 hours. not bad for a 350 kilometer jaunt. i'd tanked up the day before and the fuel level was just a tad below the 1/4th mark. the mid again said 21 and i sighed. wouldnt this damn thing show any other number? its almost 1500 kilometers since the exhaust mod. as the exhaust gas flowed through the glasspack, the glasswool has compressed around in its place and made a suitable exit for the volume of the exhaust to come out. some carbon deposition on the sidewalls and around has also insulated the exhaust and now the car has quitened down a lot. the 80-90-100 band is the sweetspot of the vehicle and you can probably do anything once the car has come to this revband. upon pressing the accelrator, the car does make a bit of noise through the exhaust but it quitens down once you have come to your pre determined speeds and backed off the throttle. if you drive wisely, the car rarely lets you know that its a diesel except for the time when you start it and it settles into its clattering idle. once the car is warmed up its a different story altogether. once you cross the 70 kph band the car starts quitening down and at 110 -120 kmph its very quiet in the cabin unlike earlier when the drone of the air filter would make your ear drums palpitate so hard you'd start having a headache. mileage hasnt suffered much and the average average remains at a steady 19. the car is scheduled to go for its 45k service by the end of next week. strangely, when the car was being done up at the garage, the mechanic had told me that the brake pads had an approximate life of around 900 to 1500 kilometers left on them and it would be good if i changed them immediately. throwing caution to the wind, i'd ordered a set of brake pads from tata and i got them delivered yesterday morning. my plan was to change them today. as if on signal, the old pads died completely yesterday while i was 3 kilometers from my house while returning from office. they lasted exactly 1500 kilometers. i put in the new ones today. the photos are attached for your reference. the old ones were down to the bare metal. so i guess thats all thats been done to the car that i can put down on paper as of now. will keep everyone informed on anything else that is being done or happens to the car. drive safe everyone and always wear a seatbelt. i do.