NTPOG GReddy Power Extreme Review

Author: William Howell
 


Initial Impressions
Upon opening the GReddy box, I noticed that the GReddy PE was of extreme quality. The welds looked clean, and the kit included everything that was needed including gaskets, bolts with nuts, and new nuts for the catalytic converter. The b-pipe has two resonators, and the muffler is a straight through design. The muffler can is polished, but mine was not polished to high degree. The tip, however, was nicely polished. I have to admit, I am not a fan of huge 4 inch tips, but the GReddy PE looks good on the Prelude.

Installation Impressions
Installation is very straight forward and installing the PE is almost like re-installing the stock exhaust system. The only difference, besides the obvious differences in pipes and the muffler can, is that the PE is 3 pieces instead of 2, like the stock system. The only complaint I have about the PE is that one bend, close to the muffler, is very close to the heat shield and ended up rattling after I took the car for its first test spin with the PE. I fixed it by banging out the heat shield so that it wasn't so close to the exhaust pipe (I know it's a ghetto fix, but it is the best thing that I could think of). Other than that, clearance was excellent throughout.

  

Performance Impressions
For looks, the PE, in my opinion, cannot be beat. The polished can looks absolutely awesome under the rear of the car, from both the passenger side and rear end. Like I said, I am not a fan of grapefruit launching exhaust tips, but the GReddy looks good on the Prelude. I also liked the fact that the tip is a single walled tip. I know that the loudness of the GReddy has been a concern to many people, but I can assure you that the car seems louder from the inside than it really is. Don't get me wrong, the PE is by no means a quiet exhaust, but in my opinion, it is not unbearable. At low rpms, the GReddy is nice and deep (although, not as deep as the Tanabe DTM), and when you get on it, the GReddy PE makes its presence known up until VTEC, then the roar of the engine takes over. The bottom line is that if you are looking for something quiet as stock, buy a Mugen, but if a little loudness doesn't bother you, I would highly recommend the GReddy PE. Another alternative to the PE is the Tanabe DTM, which you can read about in John's review. One note, I have seen a few before and after dyno plots (sorry, I cannot remember where I picked this up), and the GReddy PE seems to peak out at a 8-10 hp. gain. Since I have not seen dyno plots for the DTM, I cannot comment on its performance.

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This page last updated 4/3/01.