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      09-06-2020, 03:40 PM   #1
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I recently installed a full Akrapovic Evo system and wanted to share some pics + thoughts. I have to say that this is my favorite modification to the X3M thus far. It transformed the driving experience and simply makes it sound as it should - angry! A little more immediate throttle response and power increase adds pep to the already capable X3M. As always with Akrapovic, install was plug and play, beyond OE quality and fitment. Stunning build quality, welds, fitment and sound. No drone, very livable for day to day use with the addition of a fantastic growl at higher RPM's. Saves 40+ lbs and the stock valve system transfers over without any fuss.

As with all of my cars, BBS wheels were added as well .

Cold Start Video below - Pics in next post

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Akrapovic makes some amazing exhaust systems and was my first choice but ended up with Dinan.
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Yes nice setup I have this on my X3M and the full evo on my M8 as well. Not sure if the added midpipes are equal to a full evo system (due to certifications) since this is the first lower end M car I have owned and Akra doesnt do evo systems for them. Usually the evo system matches the factory with additional silencers equivalent to the factory setup. My midpipes for the x3m were essentially straight pipes. Anyways still love the sound and a big improvement over stock in sound and appearance. Curious your thoughts on BBS wheels as they are well made but not always the lightest. I ended up with Vossen for the first time as I usually do HRE.

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Yes nice setup I have this on my X3M and the full evo on my M8 as well. Not sure if the added midpipes are equal to a full evo system (due to certifications) since this is the first lower end M car I have owned and Akra doesnt do evo systems for them. Usually the evo system matches the factory with additional silencers equivalent to the factory setup. My midpipes for the x3m were essentially straight pipes. Anyways still love the sound and a big improvement over stock in sound and appearance. Curious your thoughts on BBS wheels as they are well made but not always the lightest. I ended up with Vossen for the first time as I usually do HRE.

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I'm a big BBS fan and if you look at my post history I have posted pics of many sets on my other cars. I am new to the X3M section of the forum but have been around since 2009 (mostly in the e9x M3 section). Many BMW's and BBS wheels.

The LM isn't the lightest wheel in their lineup but it's certainly lighter than the OE wheels, forged and very strong. BBS makes some of the lightest wheels on the planet (lighter than HRE and other Forged wheels). The FI-R in particular is insanely light, as well as their forged magnesium wheel for Porsche. Additionally BBS uses a Die forging process which presses the wheels in their rough shape. They then machine the details. This effectively creates a stronger wheel. Companies like HRE machine their wheels out of a forged blank. No die involved. The die forging process is far more expensive on the front end and ultimately yields a superior product.

As far as the "EVO" nomenclature, I believe that's what Akrapovic calls this system. You are right that often their "EVO" kits delete the primary catalytic converters. In this instance the primaries remain in place as they are integrated into the down-pipes. We shall see if they add down pipes in the future.

Which diffuser do you have on your car? Looks good!
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Yes nice setup I have this on my X3M and the full evo on my M8 as well. Not sure if the added midpipes are equal to a full evo system (due to certifications) since this is the first lower end M car I have owned and Akra doesnt do evo systems for them. Usually the evo system matches the factory with additional silencers equivalent to the factory setup. My midpipes for the x3m were essentially straight pipes. Anyways still love the sound and a big improvement over stock in sound and appearance. Curious your thoughts on BBS wheels as they are well made but not always the lightest. I ended up with Vossen for the first time as I usually do HRE.

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I'm a big BBS fan and if you look at my post history I have posted pics of many sets on my other cars. I am new to the X3M section of the forum but have been around since 2009 (mostly in the e9x M3 section). Many BMW's and BBS wheels.

The LM isn't the lightest wheel in their lineup but it's certainly lighter than the OE wheels, forged and very strong. BBS makes some of the lightest wheels on the planet (lighter than HRE and other Forged wheels). The FI-R in particular is insanely light, as well as their forged magnesium wheel for Porsche. Additionally BBS uses a Die forging process which presses the wheels in their rough shape. They then machine the details. This effectively creates a stronger wheel. Companies like HRE machine their wheels out of a forged blank. No die involved. The die forging process is far more expensive on the front end and ultimately yields a superior product.

As far as the "EVO" nomenclature, I believe that's what Akrapovic calls this system. You are right that often their "EVO" kits delete the primary catalytic converters. In this instance the primaries remain in place as they are integrated into the down-pipes. We shall see if they add down pipes in the future.

Which diffuser do you have on your car? Looks good!
Factory M performance part but beware quite pricey. On a side note BBS makes the wheels for Alpina and my B7 had forged wheels from them.

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Yes nice setup I have this on my X3M and the full evo on my M8 as well. Not sure if the added midpipes are equal to a full evo system (due to certifications) since this is the first lower end M car I have owned and Akra doesnt do evo systems for them. Usually the evo system matches the factory with additional silencers equivalent to the factory setup. My midpipes for the x3m were essentially straight pipes. Anyways still love the sound and a big improvement over stock in sound and appearance. Curious your thoughts on BBS wheels as they are well made but not always the lightest. I ended up with Vossen for the first time as I usually do HRE.

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I'm a big BBS fan and if you look at my post history I have posted pics of many sets on my other cars. I am new to the X3M section of the forum but have been around since 2009 (mostly in the e9x M3 section). Many BMW's and BBS wheels.

The LM isn't the lightest wheel in their lineup but it's certainly lighter than the OE wheels, forged and very strong. BBS makes some of the lightest wheels on the planet (lighter than HRE and other Forged wheels). The FI-R in particular is insanely light, as well as their forged magnesium wheel for Porsche. Additionally BBS uses a Die forging process which presses the wheels in their rough shape. They then machine the details. This effectively creates a stronger wheel. Companies like HRE machine their wheels out of a forged blank. No die involved. The die forging process is far more expensive on the front end and ultimately yields a superior product.

As far as the "EVO" nomenclature, I believe that's what Akrapovic calls this system. You are right that often their "EVO" kits delete the primary catalytic converters. In this instance the primaries remain in place as they are integrated into the down-pipes. We shall see if they add down pipes in the future.

Which diffuser do you have on your car? Looks good!
Factory M performance part but beware quite pricey. On a sidenote PBS makes the wheels for Alpena and my B7 had forged wheels from them.

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Yes, they make a lot of wheels for OEM's. Plus of course they are a leader in wheels for pro road racing.
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Looking good.
I just wish I can get the mid-pipe in CARB controlled state.
Thats the problem with non-evo setup. The Evo setup usually is CARB approved as well (50 state)

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I just wish I can get the mid-pipe in CARB controlled state.
I didn't realize you can't get the mid pipe in CA. One of the perks of being located in WI.
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Sounds exactly like my stock M4CS exhaust on cold start up
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I recently installed a full Akrapovic Evo system and wanted to share some pics + thoughts. I have to say that this is my favorite modification to the X3M thus far. It transformed the driving experience and simply makes it sound as it should - angry! A little more immediate throttle response and power increase adds pep to the already capable X3M. As always with Akrapovic, install was plug and play, beyond OE quality and fitment. Stunning build quality, welds, fitment and sound. No drone, very livable for day to day use with the addition of a fantastic growl at higher RPM's. Saves 40+ lbs and the stock valve system transfers over without any fuss.

As with all of my cars, BBS wheels were added as well .

Cold Start Video below - Pics in next post


That exhaust (Full Akrapovic Evo) sounds menacing
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