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Old 08-27-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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tl;dr - The Nameless Performance downpipe does NOT fit properly on the car.

I ordered a full turboback kit from Nameless a few months ago. The focus of this post will be around their downpipe. As for the rest of the exhaust, I am extremely pleased with both the quality of the craftsmanship, fit, and sound.

The first indication I had that things didnít seem right is when first installing the DP. When seated firmly against the turbo (not-bolted down), the end of DP went up on an angle going into the car and the transmission hanger did not line up at all. If I let the end drop down to being parallel with the car, top of the DP, where it meets the turbo, would pull away a good 2Ē. I went ahead and mounted the DP to the turbo first and then tried to work around the rest of the install. It was nearly impossible to compress the stock springs on the connection between DP and the mid-pipe and I could not line up the transmission hanger to DP mount. I left off the springs and the hanger bolt.

I asked the techs at Mach V Motorsports to put the car on the lift, re-install the exhaust springs and bolt. Also, I asked them to take a look at the install itself. I had heard a significant rattle coming from underneath on the drive over, especially when I decelerated.

The folks at Mach V said that this DP would not work on my car. Dan from Mach V was kind enough to take some photos of the problem areas. The rattling I had heard was more than likely the DP hitting against the transmission cross mount. See photos below.


Transmission hanger not aligning. Courtesy Dan @ Mach V.


End of the mid-pipe resting against the heatshield. Courtesy Dan @ Mach V.


Where the downpipe and mid-pipe connect. You can see how close it rests against the heatshield. Courtesy Dan @ Mach V.


The downpipe is against the transmission cross member. Courtesy Dan @ Mach V.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Nameless agreed to send me a replacement DP so as long as I did not drive on it. They maintained that the new pipe they were sending me had lined up according to specs. I agreed and placed the factory DP back on the car, noting that everything lined up normally. When the new pipe arrived, I broke out both for a side-by-side comparison. I went as far as to make a poor-man’s jig to compare the two pipes. See photos below.




















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It appeared there was no difference between the two pipes and when I went back to Mach V, that was exactly the case. I asked them to take off the factory DP and test-fit the latest Nameless DP on the car. They brought me in to show me that the new pipe has the same issues with fitment and clearance. The photos below are mine.


The pipe is still resting right against the transmission cross member.



Another shot.


Another shot with flash.


The transmission hanger does not line up.


Another shot down the axis of the pipe.
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At this point, I asked them to remove the DP and install an Invidia in itís place.

Dan helped me take some other side-by-side comparisons.










I boxed up both DPís and sent them back to Nameless.

Has anyone else running a Nameless downpipe experienced this?
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
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Wow!

Thanks for all the detail and pictures. After ordering the nameless axleback I told myself I'd piece together their full turboback system over time. However, after seeing this, I'm not sure I want to bother with their DP at all. Especially considering that it takes 5+ weeks to receive parts from them after placing your initial order.

They better get this crap figured out if they want to remain in business...
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