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      01-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Ark Performance DTS Exhaust Review

1/3/2013

I received the Ark exhaust today from McKenna Performance.

Upon opening the box, I saw the exhaust was extremely well packed up, and ARK made sure it was not moving inside the box. +1

I started to open the main muffler section, and the welds are very nice. They look sturdy, and true. The finish is awesome. Reminds me allot of my HKS exhaust on my old 350Z.

Im going to be installing it this weekend. More to come...


Here are some pictures. Sorry for the quality, Ill get better ones soon.





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      01-03-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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You going to get some sound clips up and pics of it installed underneath the car?
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      01-03-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Yea, Ill get some install pictures, and some sound clips. Then keep the thread updated over time to see how it holds up to wear and tear. I hope more people join in as well. This looks to be a great system.

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      01-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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I cant wait to see everything installed on your car!
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I know ARK is very active in the G37/VQ community, cool to see them approach our platform. Moar pics!
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Yea, Ill get some install pictures, and some sound clips. Then keep the thread updated over time to see how it holds up to wear and tear. I hope more people join in as well. This looks to be a great system.
Sweet thanks! Let us know how everything goes. Looking to get the midpipe section sometime in the near future
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      01-03-2013, 11:35 PM   #7
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ARK exhaust install and sound clips

just got my exhaust installed today, here is some pics take.

Pretty good fitment overall, good quality.
i like the sound, not too loud.
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      01-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #8
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By the sounds of it, seems like you still have catted downpipes?
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By the sounds of it, seems like you still have catted downpipes?
Yes, stock down pipe
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      01-04-2013, 10:03 AM   #10
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You beat me to it Sour! LOL
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You beat me to it Sour! LOL
We need u to post up some in car clip and drive by
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      01-04-2013, 11:46 AM   #12
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You beat me to it Sour! LOL
Hey Sarge, are you running catless dp's yet?

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We need u to post up some in car clip and drive by
Lol
That was fast!

Thanks Sour for posting up the sound clips!
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      01-04-2013, 12:21 PM   #13
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Looks and sounds great. I can't decide whether to go this route or to just get midpipes to go with my CP-E axle back. decision decisions
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We need u to post up some in car clip and drive by
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Ok will do...LOL

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Hey Sarge, are you running catless dp's yet?
No sir, I need a jb4 or a Cobb first.
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howcome it isnt making that burbeling/gurgeling sound when you rev high? is it because its cold? i do dig exaust that makes that sound.

like this video
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Very sexy sir !
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Ok finally did the install.

My fellow 1'er (Chechirecat) and I decided to install the exhaust from my garage to get another angle for the DIYers. The exhaust is fairly straight forward to fit on the car. The fitment is PERFECT! The instructions were good, and the sound.....oh the sound.....damn.

We did run into some snags so here are some additional pointers.

1.The exhaust hangers = Do yourself a favor and remove the hangers from the vehicle, and place the rubber hangers on the rear section. Then re install the bolts. It will save you some trouble, especially if your working under a car thats on jack stands.

2.Spray PB blaster on all bolts and wait about 15 minutes for it to penetrate.

3.Tap the threads on the flex connection of the exhaust. We found that the jet hot coating that is on the flanges prevents the stock bolts from threading correctly. The thread pitch for them is M10 1.5mm. It will make your life easier when trying to get that connection together. You can use some channel locks to hold both flanges together while you thread it together.

4. The stock Cross Brace will hit the exhaust on the bottom. Use about 6 washers on the 4 upper star bolts to make room for some movement.

5. The exhaust is very quiet until you burn it in. Once you are finished, take the car on some spirited runs. You will see the smoke burning from the exhaust, and then after a while you will hear the incredible sound.

I will have some High res pics of the install in a few.

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I was pretty impressed by the quality and fitment of the exhaust. The sound is mellow at cruise and aggressive (but not overly loud, at least until break-in) at WOT. I am jealous.
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Thanks guys for the feedback and the video clips! Keep us posted on how the exhaust holds up.
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that sounds fantastic!
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that sounds fantastic!
Sure does, let me know if you are interested in hearing it in person.
One of the first guys to get this exhaust installed here in So Cal is more than happy to show you in person as long as we give him a heads up.
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I'd be all over this if the tips were more stock looking...
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