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Old 05-17-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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Thumbs up BadlanzHPE Full Flow Electric Exhaust Cut Out

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Its nice to know that there are still quality companies out there that stress customer service. In the ever so popular online sellers, I think a certain level of customer service has been lost, but not with Charles at BadlanzHPE.

Through the last several weeks that I've been working with him its been nothing but a pleasure. The customer service has been the best that I've ever experienced, period. The transaction, from start to finish, was exactly what I hope to get when purchasing online.



The box was very well packed, shipped via Priority Mail and it only took two days to get to me.




Everything was packaged very neatly inside the ziplock bag. The nuts, bolts, washers and lock washers all had their own bag inside.



This is just the contents of the bag. The cable feels very thick, I donít forsee any problems in the future as thick as it is.



Both connectors, the smaller one connects to the switch and the larger one with the rubber boot connects to the cutout itself.




This is where the switch meets the cable. Its actually a very solid connection and doesnít pull apart easily.



The block off plate allows you to remove the cutout, in my case it would be winter. I for no reason would need to open this up in the winter, I donít do much racing on snow covered roads here in Michigan. It also comes with a gasket, and its not a thin paper one either, its thick.
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The extension piece was a great addition to the already fantastic cutout. I figured it would tone the volume down just a tad, while still giving great power gains over stock. For reference, itís the 3.5Ē tip.



The Y pipe will make it easier for me to cut my Invidia downpipe and slide this guy in there. Itís a great quality piece, with good solid welds. Its also thermal coated up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is way more than enough for that far down the pipe.




Another shot of the Y pipe. Full 3Ē


The block plate closeup, with gasket, just shows how you can easily remove the cutout and place the delete plate on there. This way, when spring rolls around for me, it just takes 3 simple bolts to put the cutout back on.



Close up of the pipe weld. Iíve done some welding in my past, and still do. Its much better than I could do.



The inside shot of the Y pipe. Itís a little bit dirty, but thatís not the point. It will get dirty the minute that you run it. The point here is to show that its not a hacked up Y pipe. Some time was definitely taken to provide the clean cuts and good hefty welds. Iím very impressed with this piece.



Another shot of the Y pipe with the block off plate and the gasket.


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This is the connector coming off the motor. Itís a simple, yet heavy duty 2 pin connector. It is sealed with a rubber gasket so no water can get into it. I was once again surprised with the quality of the connector.



Now comes the good stuff. This is the motor and plate as you can see. Its made of high grade durable aluminium that looks to be about ĺĒ thick.



This shows a little more of the motor. The black rubber is actually a specific type of rubber that is intentionally used on this application. As soon as the rubber heats up, it forms a seal to the motor thats water tight.



Another shot of everything loosely put together.



This shows the extension on the left side and the Y pipe on the right, its sandwiching the cutout right in the middle. Look at how thick that gasket is!




Extension Head on. This also shows you that many things, including the cutout itself can be rotated quite a few inches to make sure you can fit everything properly. Everything went together with ease.




The final out of the box shot. Very impressive.



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Old 05-17-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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Space currently being saved for after the install.

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Old 05-17-2006, 10:29 PM   #5
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More space....for the final review too!

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Old 05-18-2006, 04:38 PM   #6
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well i have one of these two and is being put on as i type this with a whole bunch of other goodies. My old roommate actually already has this and loves it. He's what made me decide to get one. Very well made, and although i personally haven't had any experience, great customer service as my friend blew the plate/motor off the y pipe, so he sent it back and got it fixed for free. Can't wait to try this thing out.

oh, you gonna get a custom tune just for the cutout open?
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Old 05-19-2006, 02:08 PM   #7
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I'll be doing a custom tune with my 39 and deatch injectors.
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:05 AM   #8
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pics are down. did you consider other brands like DMH? im most definately getting the DMH but they are on backorder. QTP is out of the question.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:24 AM   #9
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I considered dmh from summit, but I've heard some horror stores for customer support. Also, for the price, they really skimp on extras. Badlanz really takes the show with all of the extras that go above and beyond what anyone else offers.
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:14 AM   #10
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how good is this compared to QTP? quick time performance? i've heard of the motors stop working and stuff.
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Old 05-22-2006, 05:21 PM   #11
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I think that I was one of the first WRX's in the country to have this done. Charles at BadlanzHPE is an awesome guy. I had the whole setup welded into my DP and the power gain is incredible. The noise is insane as well. It is like 10 Harley Davidson's flew out of the exhaust upon opening it up. It also helps spool tremendously.

The only downside to the setup is that the cutout will eventually develop a slight leak which makes a rattle sound under acceleration. If you already have a louder exhaust, you won't be able to hear it. I have an STi axle back thus I can hear my leak. I also now carry a small fire extinguisher in my car because I get giant fireballs from my cutout (running rich). I'm not too worried about the explosions under my car but I would rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 05-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #12
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how good is this compared to QTP? quick time performance? i've heard of the motors stop working and stuff.
I've used my cutout motor several times a day for over 6 months and have yet to have a problem with it.
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:30 PM   #13
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wow i'm really looking forward to your full review on this.
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D-Speed, the only way you should be having a leak with your cutout is if the motor assembly has become loose. If you cant figure it out, just give Charles a ring, from the sounds of it, I'm sure he'd be more than willing to help you out with it.
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Old 05-29-2006, 12:07 AM   #15
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D-Speed, the only way you should be having a leak with your cutout is if the motor assembly has become loose. If you cant figure it out, just give Charles a ring, from the sounds of it, I'm sure he'd be more than willing to help you out with it.
We talked briefly about it. If you use the cutout a lot, like I do, eventually the face plate of the cutout will not make a perfect seal against the opening. This is due in part to the soot build up on the opening and the fact that the motor will get slightly over torqued over time. It really isn't a big deal because it sounds like a small rattle (imagine sticking a playing card between bicycle spokes but quieter). I run the STi axle back so my normal exhaust is quiet enough to where I can hear it.

A story about how awesome Charles and this company is:
I purchased the original version of this cutout which only came with two spot welds where the face plate is connected to the motor bar. They now come with four spot welds (see pic 15 from the top in this thread). Anyways, I had a huge after fire one night merging onto the highway. I was doing a hard 3rd gear pull with the cutout closed and when I shifted into 4th, BOOM! The cutout suddenly opened up. I couldn't close it and had no idea what was wrong. I then heard a tink, tink, tink. When I pulled over to see what was wrong, I realized the face plate had been completlely blown off the cutout and was somewhere on the highway miles back. The next day I called Charles. He had me take the actual valve and motor portion off and send it back to him. I had a brand new assembly shipped back to me in 3 days, which was the newer version with 4 welds, no charge. Talk about awesome customer service!
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Would be cool if you hook up a TPS to open it at WOT.
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Would be cool if you hook up a TPS to open it at WOT.
That would be cool. When I was first researching this, I ran across a DSM guy that had his hooked up so that it opened up at a certain boost level like an EWG.
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Old 06-03-2006, 04:20 PM   #18
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so what you're telling us is that you managed a partial sponsorship with them and in return are posting an over the top review of their product?
come on, ever review has good and bad, even if you're nitpicking...
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Considering the fact that I purchased the part at full price, along with all the extras, why would I be writing an over the top review. I'm not getting any freebies from Charles, so, no....this isnt an over the top review. The pictures are there to prove it, whats NOT to like? If I had any bad, I'd be the first to post it as I'm an extremly cranky/picky person.
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:45 AM   #20
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so hows it working now?
(considering a cutout)
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Is there any type of sealer material on the cutout where the plate closes to or is the only seal the metal to metal? I have a cutout, but wanted to apply a High Temp sealant to the locations where the plate closes against the cutout.
thanks for any information.
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Is there any type of sealer material on the cutout where the plate closes to or is the only seal the metal to metal? I have a cutout, but wanted to apply a High Temp sealant to the locations where the plate closes against the cutout.
thanks for any information.
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It is metal to metal. There really isn't room to put any sealer or gasket material there. If it was on there, the plate would sit at an angle as it pivots around the center motor rod.
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what if you applied a gasket making sealant to the contact areas and then closed the plate onto it while the material had not dried/hardened? You would then make a "mold" of the imprint of the plate so that when you closed it you would have a much better seal than metal to metal. Just a thought . . . any input
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gonna order this in the 3" version tomorrow
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Bump this thread for an awesome company and an awesome product!

www.badlanzhpe.com

I just ordered the motor upgrade for faster open and closes. I will also be ordering the auto open/close switch as soon as it comes out.

Also, here is a pic of my setup (sorry the pic is so big):
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