NTPOG GReddy Power Extreme Review|
Author: William Howell
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 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.
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.
For comments or questions, e-mail me.
This page last updated 4/3/01.