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My beautiful and adoring wife bought me an 04 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa for father’s day this year (2009). Unbeknownst to her, and me for that matter, she inadvertently planted the seed of obsession for perfection; the need for visual, kinesthetic and auditory bliss.

I sidled behind the wheel and fired that engine for the first time and knew I would never need Viagra. Cruising down the road shifting through the gears testing the power even a neophyte like myself knew there was more to be had. (Un)fortunately I was correct; 18K mile service and new clutch plus a couple other basics from a dealer. Picked up the car and had the service tech explain everything. I got the bill and threw-up a little in my mouth. Swallowing hard I quickly came to the realization I am sure all exotic car owners come to sooner probably rather than later; owning is just the beginning.

With that seed firmly planted and beginning to root I was undeterred. I began to inquire about after market mods with my service advisor. He was less than knowledgeable on the subject yet promised to inquire with clients whom he knew had modded their own cars. 3 months later I am still waiting to hear back from him.

Obsession does not know patience and thankfully I found this forum and the seed broke earth and growth began at a rapid rate. Early on it was evident that a phone call to Jeff at Formula Dynamics was imperative. Tentative and unsure like a young boy leaning in for his first kiss I only ordered the DBW and ECM. WOW declared that same young lad driving home, complete with all the same emotional and physiological reactions that kiss produced. I wondered….if a little did this much what would more do? Back to the forum.

Hello Jeff? The Larini de-cats and X-pipe arrived a few days later with an air filter. I had made an appointment at the garage before the package arrived in eager anticipation for a repeat performance and maybe more. I was not to be disappointed. In a few hours the coupe was transformed from a 70 year-old chronic smoker with COPD and emphysema struggling to breathe to an elite athlete stretching their lungs to capacity, nostrils flaring and exhaling as if blowing through a straw you can barely get your mouth around. The car responded in kind. Power, torque and speed lit up through the gears. It takes a conscious effort (and a Valentine 1 radar detector) to keep it under triple digits. It feels like I imagine a rocket would. Alas, as my wife pointed out, the car did not garner much attention. God bless her, she suggested I look at Ferrari’s. But I don’t give up that easily and more importantly I pay the bills and know what the bank account can withstand. Back to the forum.

The most logical next step was replacing the stock rear boxes. Consensus seemed to be Larinin’s or Tubi’s. I would have bought the Larinin’s for nothing more than trying to be fiscally responsible except I found some NIB Tubi’s (thanks masertrofeo) on e-bay for less than new Larini’s. While I waited for delivery, which felt like being a kid again waiting for the sun to rise Christmas morning, I scoured the web feeding my intensifying frenzy. I downloaded and listened to every sound bite and read endless threads on mufflers. Christmas morning finally came. The box said Tubi, the tape said Tubi. I can only imagine this is how a woman feels seeing the famous powder blue box symbolizing Tiffany. I opened the box carefully removing the Styrofoam packaging. And there they were, my man jewelry. Polished to a mirror finish, blindingly reflecting the light with my face funnily distorted on their surface. It’s a shame they have to go under the car. Good God! I forgot to call the garage ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Lucky me I am now financing my mechanic’s lawyer bills for his divorce and he squeezes me in.

Driving to the garage the morning of the install I am keenly aware of the car, the sound, the performance, others around me and their reactions and/or the lack thereof. That is what I do after all, I am a professional observer of others. I gladly relinquished the keys and my jewelry to my mechanic and head to work. I was back 3 hours later.

As I entered the shop the two gear-heads talking stopped, recognized me and a sly smile escaped both their faces. It was the type of shit-eatin’ grin that revealed it all; respect and envy mixed in with a whole lotta “Dude you have no idea.” The shorter, darker of the two reported, “It’s an entirely different car.” At this point I am trying to maintain my composure and decorum of looking cool and not likely doing a very good job. He handed me the key and told me to check it out while he got the paperwork ready. I grabbed the key and ran out the door.

I again sidled behind the wheel intentionally leaving the door open. I put the key in the ignition, turned my head out the door and asked my older brother if he was ready. He answered “affirmative.” Heart pounding, sweaty palms I turned the key. The motor turned, the engine exploded to life and a 1000 demons roared from the depths of hell. A belly laugh spontaneously erupted out of me; auditory utopia achieved with a tinge of embarrassment. I glanced back to my brother. He was laughing too.

Driving home I was again aware of my surroundings. Deliberate keenness was not needed however. The hearing impaired pulled over to make room for me to pass and not just one lane but several. Heads turned, fingers pointed and jaws dropped. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. My wife will never tell me again that something does not garner much attention.

I have yet to turn on the radio. There is an eternal Italian aria outside my window and it is the loudest music I have EVER heard. My set-up is certainly not for everyone but it is perfection for me, at least from an auditory standpoint.

What next, what next……?
 

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D-Bling,

You should write porn novels! Sounds great!

What's next? FD's Springs are a MUST and then you should consider anti-sway bars if your driving takes you on curvy roads.

I've had my car for 2 years and I still get excited when I do down the garage.
 

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Ahhhhhh.....I think we've finally found a donor car for Jeff's long-awaited supercharger.

And yes, Bluyork is right, you should write auto-erotica. You had me at 'vrrooom'.
 

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Great reading! These cars are more fun than Six Flags! :cheers:
 

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What great writing. I am going to read this to my car the next time we go out!
 

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Great read and what a wife. I feel exactly the same way since I added the X and Larini boxes. Drove this morning and thought it was a bit quite. I know that in the future the cat deletes will be needed. All is good for know. When I get bored I know there is an easy 35HP to bolt on.
 

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Loved the read. Would be great to compare the difference with Tubi, X-pipe (factory GS or Larini) and then the Larini de-cat pipe vs Larini sport cats, vs stock secondary cats. I put the Tubi on my GS with factory X-pipe and it just exploded to life. Its a whole other car. The guy at the shop is from Italy and designed and built the cars at the Maserati and Ferrari factories. He said, "Now it sounds like a Maserati".
 

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I put the Tubi on my GS with factory X-pipe and it just exploded to life. Its a whole other car. The guy at the shop is from Italy and designed and built the cars at the Maserati and Ferrari factories. He said, "Now it sounds like a Maserati".
Is the Tubi that comes standard on the GS different than the Tubi you buy direct? If so, how?
 

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There is absolutely no comparison. The aftermarket Tubi is high polished and beauty looking and the tips are bigger and fill the rear bumper cover better. There are no valves so it is in Sport (LOUD) all the time.

As for the sound...forget about it. Like 2 different cars. I would lover to hear the Larini to hear the difference in pitch, but make no mistake, the car does not sound like any American V8. Only an Italian Ferrari engine can make this kind of sound. On the GS, with the factory X-pipe, I don't find the drone everyone is referring to over 2500rpm. There is resonance at 2200-2500rpm, but so far it doesn't bother me. At 3000 rpm the engine is just singing. No drone and a nice high pitch wail just waiting for you to hit the throttle but otherwise making conversation easy in the car. Get on the throttle though or off it and it is just sweetness. And downshifts are the best. Again, I would love to hear the Larini on an otherwise stock GS setup for comparison, but the Tubi's sound great.

Is the Tubi that comes standard on the GS different than the Tubi you buy direct? If so, how?
 

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That is an awesome story. Glad it turned out a comedy!

A story like that proves we have the good stuff in Dallas.
 

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Great post and as many others have said... very well written. I was excited to read every sentance.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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Great Story, I have shared this experience..... The obsession, the passion, it never ends... also the thought of any more more more more more!!! Hahahah.... I am also in line with the supercharger concept, I still ask jeff everytime I call him, haha..
 
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