Date registered: Nov 2014
Vehicle: 2000 E 320 Wagon + 2002 ML 500 SUV
Location: Pineywoods Region of East Texas
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Pictures of Y pipe upgrade / Muffler Upgrade....
OK here's a few pics covering what I wrote of in Post # 18:
The new Y-Pipe that replaces the factory MB resonator will give a cleaner flow to exhaust & less muffling allowing a deeper exhaust note to come thru.
Once the resonator is cut out, the process of connecting in & welding in the tubing to the Y-Pipe can begin.
It's important to get the tubes even, so that pressure from each cylinder bank is balanced. The shop foreman had suggested we buy the Pre-fabbed Y-Pipe for that reason, it takes the guesswork out of fabricating a properly balanced chamber.
After looking at it, we could have cut the twin pipes more forward, and then made a more sharply curving piece behind the Y-pipe.
But, hindsight is 20/20, right ? Hopefully our job can help others decide how they'd like to mod their exhaust.
The result is very satisfying to me, the exhaust note is now very sweet. It's not too loud but has a mechanical sweetness to it, while remaining civilized.
I grew up living near a Jaguar Mechanic and I know what our e-wagon exhaust note sounds like: quite reminiscent of a Jaguar E Type V-12, a trip down memory lane for me !
Best to All - David in East Texas