Larini mufflers...less power or my imagination?
Well I did it...I went ahead and spent $2K on a Larini system (rear mufflers only) for my '02 CC. Put them on a few days ago and have had mixed feelings about them. On one hand, I didn't expect them to be so much louder than the stock set-up, (although they're really quiet)...and on the other hand, holy sh_t...the sound that comes out of those pipes!! (kinda like a big block F430)
I must say that it's taking me some getting used to having so much noise (sorry, sound) coming from the car, but what 's really bugging me is that the car seems slightly less 'snappy' throughout the entire RPM range in the acceleration department.
I've read elsewhere on this forum that a decrease in back pressure can result in a loss of low end power, and I feel that's what's happening in this case.
By the way, before installing them on my car (an easy, 45 min. bolt on job)
I noticed that the're almost 100% copies of the Tubi mufflers although with slightly larger end pipes.
The reason I'm bringing this up, is that the common belief is that these types of mufflers add HP not decrease it.
In any case, could anyone who may have put Larinis on their Coupe let me know what their experience has been? I'd appreciate the feedback.