Check out the action packed final race of the V8 Utes at the Clipsal 500 last weekend!
Allow me to introduce XForce’s latest Cat Back exhaust system, available to fit 2008 and later Series II RX8’s. This system is similar in design to the Series I, with the only difference being the angle of the mandrel bends because of the cosmetic changes made to the Series II. Check out our latest video;
February 22, 2013 in Xforce
Since Xforce became an official supporting partner, Mighty Car Mods has featured the full stainless 3” Turbo Back system in their latest Nissan 180SX drift car build episode. The turbo back system includes a Cannon muffler with a huge 7” barrel and 4.5” tip. The direct bolt-on system looks and sounds sensational, and the significant power gains will make drifting a whole lot easier. Take a look at this video to see the build in action and to hear the sound of the pipe at the end!
October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
XFORCE Veloster Turbo systems are nearly here!
We’re all for performance vehicles here at XFORCE. When we first heard about Hyundai bringing a turbocharged variant of their funky Veloster to Australia, our ears flicked up with interest. Finally, we can say it’s here, and we’ve already knocked up a complete stainless system to suit!
At this year’s Australian International Motorshow, Hyundai wanted to display a cool, modified version of their latest turbo beast. The aim was to show people what can be done with a bit of creativity, and how a modified example will look. Because be honest, everyone will want to modify theirs to their own specification!
We were asked to jump onboard the project to create a neat, turbo-back system to help increase performance and sound. The result is killer, and we can’t wait to offer it to you guys for your own cars very soon.
This 3” stainless steel turbo-back system consists of dump-pipe,100-cell metallic cat, oval mufflers . The system will fit the factory stock bumper-bar tips, we also provide an optional twin centre-out angle-Cut tips, which are a little bit more aggressive than the factory stock tips. The sound it makes is something else, and you can certainly hear one coming. We’ll say that much.
The product is estimated for sale around Jan, 2012.
More information will be available in our web site soon, www.xforce.com.au
Photos courtesy of Matthew Everingham
October 5, 2012 in Holden
We’re stoked to announce that a car at the 50th anniversary of the great race is going to be wearing the XFORCE brand!
We have teamed up with Brad Jones Racing to sponsor their Dunlop Development series car which is piloted by Andrew Jones. Over the weekend, their V8 Supercar will proudly display the XFORCE brand on its bonnet. We’ve managed to get a sneak-peak photo of the race livery, which you can see below.
We all agree that it looks super-tough with the red and black scheme. It’ll certainly stand out compared to the more retro-inspired liveries that other entrants have chosen.
Team owner Kim Jones mentioned that it’s important to introduce new sponsors to a race team. And what better occasion than the 50th anniversary of Bathurst!
Make sure you catch all the action this Sunday!
October 4, 2012 in Xforce
With the mighty twin-cam powered CRX now breathing well through the INJEN cold air intake, expelling spent exhaust gasses is the next step in promoting power gains. As well all know, an engine is a pump essentially, so the outlet or exhaust needs to be up to scratch if the intake is upgraded.
We teamed up with XFORCE and Kirrawee Mufflers to do a complete, custom exhaust system on the car. This included using XFORCE’s mandrel bends, header, catalytic converters and mufflers. If an off-shelf exhaust is not available for your car, XFORCE can supply products to put together a custom system to suit any vehicle.
Everything that was used was stainless steel, so it’ll last a lifetime, look great and emit a unique tone. XFORCE offer a large variety of mandrel bends at varying degrees, making it easy for fabricators to weld something together to suit your ride. The diameter we chose to suit the CRX was 2.25 inches, utilizing mandrel bends to keep the 2.25 inch consistent the whole way through.
The exhaust was tackled simply. As the whole system from front-to-back was being replaced, the boys from Kirrawee started at either end of the car and worked their way into the middle when constructing the system. This way, they can ensure that the mid pipe or B-pipe lines up with either end of the system and tucks up nicely against the body, aiding ground clearance.
A barrel resonator was installed just after the high-flow catalytic converter to help prevent in cabin vibration and drone that is often heard from cars with loud cannon style mufflers added to a standard system. After all, the car will be daily driven so some form creature comfort is required!
The stainless steel headers are off-shelf XFORCE items that they have created in order to promote scavenging and increase top end grunt. As the product has been tested properly, fitment and clearance against sub frames and other important components is not an issue. Not only are they functional, they also look great in the stainless finish! Once a few heat cycles go through them, they’ll end up a cool burnt purple colour.
Next, the secondary’s from the header were mated to the catalytic converter and the rest of the B pipe. This photo depicts how the off-shelf items fit up well against the under architecture of the car. Once the front lined up well, the rear was checked for clearances and fitment.
Trying to keep things in a factory OE fashion, we opted for a twin tip style exit. However, the tips we chose are larger in ID and staggered in positioning. It gives the car a tough, yet factory-esque look. We’re all for it!
Once everything was in check, the guys at Kirrawee tacked hangers onto the pipework to securely hold the rear muffler in place. A high flow stainless rear muffler was used, and combined with the high flow resonator earlier in the system. This duet ensures maximum performance gain minus the noise levels which is perfect for the cars dual purpose.
And the result? The motor certainly likes to turn more! The car feels a lot more eager to rev through the entire power band and certainly has gained torque as a consequence of this system. Replacing everything including cats ensured there no bottlenecking in the pipework. We will be bringing you sound clips in the next few weeks so you can all hear it for yourselves!
September 11, 2012 in Ford
We’re proud be a part of the Ford Forums National cruise this year! This event will be rounding up Fords from all eras, from mark one escorts through to late model GT-P supercharged 8s!.
Naturally, no cruise isn’t complete without a BBQ. There will be a small show’n'shine held at the end venue also, with a few awards handed out to those who went to the extra degree in presetting their vehicle.
Details are below:
Main Meeting Point
United Westgate outbound 10am
Departure time 10.30am sharp.
Northern Suburbs Meeting Point.
Ford HQ main office car park on the Hume Hwy.
Meet UP 9am
Departure time 9.30am sharp..
September 4, 2012 in Subaru
Christian Hansen from Yokohama / Advan Australia recently installed a Xforce Varex system to his WRX sedan. He put together a little piece on the system as he was incredibly chuffed with it!
“I’m used to the flat four roar. In fact I love it. I have a road-registered track car which is a 1956 VW which does 7,000 rpm and breathes through twin monster 48 IDA weber carbies.” – Christian
The car has never had a stereo and the induction noise is so loud that I have to wear ear plugs. Being a petrol head I can’t go a month without starting up the beetle and enjoying the noise it makes.
I bought an ’09 Subaru WRX as a comfortable “Executive Express” which I could use to drive to work, cart my family around and do the odd track day. It is a car that has to have a split personality. I fitted ADVAN Neovas for safe daily driving and to help the car do lap after lap of circuit punishment without over-heating and falling apart. The VAREX exhaust allows quiet driving around town and then you can flick it “Full Noise” for the race track.
I live in a unit block next to a golf course on a dead-end street. It’s very quiet. You can hear a duck fart. The WRX is parked underneath the balconies of 12 units and next to a retirement village. I start the car at 6:15 every weekday. If the car had a loud exhaust I’d probably get a pot plant thrown through the sunroof and a zimmer frame in the quarter panel. Thankfully I can keep the exhaust quiet when I come home at night and leave in the morning.
As soon as I get to the end of the street I turn up the noise to 50%. I enjoy driving the car more and the fuel mileage has gone down from 9.8 to 9.2 litres per 100 kmph since fitting the exhaust. I don’t know if that’s because the engine is more efficient or if the noise makes me more in tune with then engine and I use less throttle. Either way I’m pleased with the result and I’m looking forward to taking it to the race track.
The car in standard trim.
As you can see the standard exhaust does not fill the cut-outs and looks quite lame.
The X-force exhaust looks much nicer without looking like a ridiculous boy-racer canon.
With the exhaust butterflies closed the exhaust makes about the same noise as the standard system.
With the butterfly at 70% you can hear a pleasant, unobtrusive throb at idle and the exhaust not change through the rev range. With the butterfly open 100% the noise is a little louder than at 70% but still not rude.
We will be bringing you install pictures, and a few sound bites soon!
Don’t forget to check out the XFORCE homepage by clicking here!
August 30, 2012 in Holden
XFORCE exhaust install – RB20 powered VL Turbo
Here at XFORCE, we offer a large variety of products to suit all vehicles. If we don’t offer an off-shelf system to suit your car, we can use our mandrel bends, high-flow cats and mufflers to custom make something to suit your car.
In this install, one of our XFORCE three inch stainless steel barrel mufflers is going to be placed into an existing three inch system. The car is in question is a Holden VL Turbo, which has had the engine replaced with a RB20 motor from a R32 GTS-T Skyline.
We visited Hakan at Northmead Performance Exhaust to do the install. Hakan has been using XFORCE products since nearly their inception, and rates them very highly. “They’re a high quality, Australian product” mentions Hakan. “I’ve installed numerous XFORCE exhausts across a myriad of cars, and had nothing but good news.”
As mentioned before, we are using a three inch (inlet and outlet) stainless barrel muffler. Haks mentioned that “XFORCE exhausts are packed with a stainless steel material instead of fiberglass, which prevents them from blowing out due to excessive backfire and heat.”
He also mentioned that the internal perforated barrel is rolled and seam welded the whole way down, and not spot welded like many other local exhausts. “Many other exhausts are just spot welded two to three times down the barrel. XFORCE exhausts are welded all the way down the seam for added strength.”
The car in question has a few bolt-on modifications including a larger turbo, boost controller and front mount intercooler. The XFORCE muffler will help increase the overall flow of the exhaust and unlock some more top end power. First things first are to get the car in the air and inspect the working space underneath.
We offer a large variety of sizes and shapes when it comes to universal stainless mufflers. Hakan had previous experience with working on VL turbos, so he already knew that a barrel muffler would fit underneath and look the part on the car.
With the exhaust cut from the differential backwards, it is now time to choose a tip that suits and begin to customize the exhaust.
As these particular mufflers are universal and suitable for all vehicles, they come simply with a straight-cut inlet and outlet depending on size. From here, you can step-up or step-down the inlet to suit, and have a customized exhaust tip to add that unique look to your own car.
Titanium burnt, dump, big bore or even fluted? There are plenty of exhaust tips one can choose when using a universal muffler. Many people are beginning to choose uni-mufflers to install as they can then pick what tip will finish off the rear end of their car. The tip chosen for the VL turbo was a fluted item, which can be seen sitting on the bench in the above photo.
Some modification had to be made to the outlet of the exhaust. As the muffler sits further back than usual on a VL turbo, the outlet had to be trimmed and then extended with the new tip.
Performance Exhaust Northmead use stainless steel wire in their welders. This leaves a nice, shiny weld which doesn’t have to be painted as it does not rust.
The next step is to check clearances for the tip, and the muffler mounting point. From here, the outlet can be extended and modified to suit the rear bumper of the car.
After the body of the muffler has been cleared for clearances, the tip is placed in a vice then carefully tig-welded. A tig welder leaves an incredibly neat welding-bead when compared to a mig, but is quite hard to master. Hakan is an expert on the tig!
Next step is to finish welding the tip then check again to make sure it is not fouling against anything underneath the car.
Once happy with the location of the muffler, the rear differential-back section is then welded and tacked to complete the rear part of the system.
In this photo, you can see how long the tip needed to be extended in order to exit past the rear bumper (preventing exhaust burn on the rear of the car).
And the finished product! The stainless finish gives a real tough look to the rear of the car and suits it to a tee. How does it sound? Next week, we shall be putting together a few drive-by audio clips and static idle clips so you guys can hear it for yourselves!
July 26, 2012 in Holden
This video was posted to our Facebook wall and we just had to share it with you guys. Check out Sam Tapping’s SS ute which he races at Targa, will a full XFORCE exhaust system.
Not only does it sound wicked, the system provides plenty of extra flow to get the six-litre eight breathing nicely and making that extra bit of top end power.
Speakers up people!