But not everyone’s a girl (boy) racer who wants a stainless steel exhaust that will still survive long after the rest of the car has rusted away – Because of this Souhans also supply and fit standard (mild-steel) exhausts.
“Standard exhausts from the car manufacture are mild steel as cost saving measure – we offer stainless steel as it will normally out last the lifetime of the car and because it does not corrode as easily. However sometimes a standard exhaust may be a better solution for our customers so we also stock off the shelf direct fit exhausts from many different manufacturers.”
Most importantly a change of exhaust – either standard or custom (cat-back) will have no effect on your ECU (engine management) so you shouldn’t get any fault codes and your emissions levels will be reduced – I wonder does that count as a reduction in my carbon footprint?
Souhans can also make and/or replace your catalytic convertor or DPF if you’ve failed your NCT due to high emissions.
So after a 5am start (yes I’m crazy) my Golf was on the ramp at Souhans just after 9. While my old rotten exhaust was being chopped off I had another chat with Darren Souhan about what I was actually looking for, how loud I wanted it to be etc. After a quick tour of the stockroom we decided on a 58mm stainless steel pipe with a back box which wouldn’t be any louder than standard most of the time but would give a bit of a roar under heavy acceleration.
Using my old exhaust as a template, the stainless steel pipework was bent into shape piece by piece until it matched the shape of a standard exhaust. Then it was joined onto the existing exhaust just past the catalytic convertor and the new stainless steel back box was added. The finishing touch was a single downturned tailpipe that sits nicely behind the bumper and means I didn’t have to get any bodywork done to the car.
By about 11am I was ready for a quick test drive and I’m sure I arrived back to the garage with a huge grin on my face! The whole job took just under 2 hours and if it hadn’t been such a sunny day I could have easily spent the time in the waiting room (free Wi-Fi is always a bonus)!
22nd July 2013