NTPOG Tanabe DTM-Medalion Review|
Author: John Haley
Don't let anyone fool you, this is a LOUD exhaust.
It's very deep and not at all raspy, but it will definitely
rattle pictures on your neighbor's wall. The fit and finish of the
exhaust is top-notch. Unfortunately, this is probably not the best
choice if you're interested purely in performance, but I think it's the
best looking of all the exhausts available for the 5th Gen, and second
only to the Mugen in sound (which, incidentally, is around $900).
Tanabe provides all the nuts, bolts, and gaskets you need for installation.
The exhaust is actually 3 pieces; a straight piece that bolts to the
catalytic converter, a curved piece that follows the stock plumbing, and
then the muffler piece. It fits perfectly, all the pipes are mandrel-bent
all in the right places. The pipes are aluminized steel, the muffler
(which is smaller than the stock muffler) and the tips are polished stainless steel.
The tips are about as close to the bumper as they can get. When I first put
it on, they actually touched a tiny bit at the very bottom edge of the little
black rear skirt. It stank for a few days as the plastic first melted, then
burned away, but the damage was minor and not visible at all. For the first
thousand miles or so, the exhaust really soots up the rear bumper as it breaks
itself in. That went away eventually (maybe 1200 miles or so) and now it only soots
when I leave it at WOT for a long time. If you wash the car every week or two,
you won't have any problem. Just put another coat of wax on that part of the bumper.
Performance.... hmm... the butt-o-meter didn't register a whole lot. The higher
range seems to run a little freer and possibly breathe a little deeper, but I've
seen dyno plots that show the exhaust adding about 7 horsepower or so, and that
sounds/feels about right.
For comments or questions, e-mail me.
This page last updated 4/3/01.