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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2005, 15:50
Scarlet Fever
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We tested exhausts for MG World magazine (now sadly defunct) in err, 1998 if i recall correctly. Rob Bell has a write up of the day including results on his website, URL coming up...

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The SP exhaust was manufactured for Stephen Palmer Performance (hence the SP moniker), who stopped making stuff for the F shortly after the tests were done. Miltek were the manufacturers and they now sell the same system under thier own name. Therefore SP Supersports = Miltek Supersports (baring a few more baffles in the silencer and the SP logo etched on the tailpipes). The Miltek systems are available online from...

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You also need to know which system to buy, this is dependant on the age of your F. They changed the design of the exhaust system with the Model Year 2000 (MY2K) facelift of the car, the easiest way to tell if you have a Mark 1, or a MY2K (Mark 2) F is to look at the windscreen surround - if it is gloss black then you have a Mark 1, if it is body coloured then you have a MY2K (Mark 2).

Personally, i have had the following:

SP Supersports = 9/10. Well made, good looking system. Not as adjustable (fit) as it could be, sounds very loud, and is quite high pitched (similar to an F1 wail). Noise is provokable, reasonably loud up to 4500rpm, over 4500rpm it gets much louder (great fun in tunnels, drop it down a cog and floor it to produce a loud bark from the exhaust! )

MS Daytona = 9.5/10. Very well made, good looking system. Very adjustable from a fit point of view, it is also modular (standard silencer box with interchangeable tailpipe finishers). As with the SP, there is a change in tone / volume at 4500rpm, but the Daytona is a lower pitched grumble rather than a wail. Very impressed with this system and would still have it if it hadn't been damaged in the accident in 2003.

Phoenix = 9/10. Extremely well made (best i've seen) and also very good looking. Is modular like the Daytona and also very adjustable from a fit / alignment point of view. Steel appears to be a better grade than the others too, retaining it's shine and not discolouring at all. However, this system isn't as much fun, being a gradual, linear build in volume throughout, also it is a deep tone, meaning it can become tiring on long journeys. Sounds great from outside the car, but do a couple of hundred miles and you begin to tire of it a bit (well i do anyway). This is the only flaw i can find though and it's a subjective thing anyway.

Given my experiences with them, i'd happily recommend any of the three.
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