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Powerfuluk stainless exhaust anyone?

I've seen a stainless exhaust on powerfuluk.com for £235 - whilst I'd love a Scorpion or a Miltek, I'm a little short on funds as i've got a few other repairs to do but this looks like a reasonable compromise. Has anyone on here bought and fitted one of these exhausts and, if so, any comments/feedback on them?

Have also seen others on eBay (UK item number 182281444375) which are a bit cheaper at the moment but I'm struggling to find feedback/reviews on them. Again, does anyone on here have experience of these systems?

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The ebay one looks okay and it has a resonator so it's not gonna be loud plus at £189 it looks like value for money! If I was replacing the chimney on my R50 then I'd most likely consider the ebay one!

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I'd personally be wary of buying a Stainless Steel exhaust if it's very cheap.
I'm of the opinion that, 'if you buy cheap, you buy twice'.
May be better to save a little and buy a quality item from Scorpion or Milltek.
I have had both on previous vehicles and the quality is superb and well worth the extra.
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I appreciate your comments guys, thank you. As an aside, is a non-resonated pipe much louder than a resonated one, and are there MOT issues with a non-resonated pipe being too loud?
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I appreciate your comments guys, thank you. As an aside, is a non-resonated pipe much louder than a resonated one, and are there MOT issues with a non-resonated pipe being too loud?

I'm of the opinion that non-resonated exhausts can sound too loud and 'boy racer'.
I've heard people complaining in the past that if you have to drive long distances, the 'drone' from the exhaust can become tiresome.
I suppose you can maybe run the risk of it being too loud and failing an MOT.
I would have thought, however, that the sound level would have been measured during it's design to ensure that it isn't responsible for an MOT failure?
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I appreciate your comments guys, thank you. As an aside, is a non-resonated pipe much louder than a resonated one, and are there MOT issues with a non-resonated pipe being too loud?
I have non res Milltek on my R52 S and it has passed its MOT no problem. I was of the opinion when I bought it that if it wasn't for road use it would say so!!

I do drive up and down motorways with it and tend not to hear any drone, but I am aware that the exhaust is there when you acclerate!! I do tend to listen to my music a bit loud as well which muffles some sounds. But even when the music is turned down I'm surprised how quiet it is in general driving. A dab on the "loud" pedal soon makes me grin.

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Best thing is as a 40+ teenager you can afford to do all the things you wanted to do as a teenager!!

Body lets me down occasionally!!

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Best thing is as a 40+ teenager you can afford to do all the things you wanted to do as a teenager!!

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Couldn't agree more plus your more wiser now than you were as a teenager when the trouser snake was the one calling the shots!
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Couldn't agree more plus your more wiser now than you were as a teenager when the trouser snake was the one calling the shots!
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Interesting you don't find the non-res Milltek tedious MiniAlf. Definitely going to get a Milltek fitted. Was angsting a bit about which to get. I've found a bloke really near me breaking an R53 with a fairly new Milltek. It's non-res. Your post has set my mind at rest MiniAlf. Thanks. I'll try and 'bid him tidy'. He's got a number of other good bits I want so I can put a basket together for a hopefully reasonable price. Anyway I've got a another smooth quiet civilised economical car for long journeys, so if I find it a bit droney I'll just leave it at home.
I'm a 66 yo teenager. Nice to think 'I want one of those' and just be able to buy it.
Back on-post, I agree with most of the posts. Save up for a known, quality item if you possibly can. And keep looking for a second hand one. Ads and keep pestering breakers and looking at their ads. I've noticed that if you look at breaker's pics you can sometimes see that a car has an aftermarket exhaust and the non specialist general breakers don't always know what it is or it's value/sale price.
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I have non res Milltek on my R52 S and it has passed its MOT no problem. I was of the opinion when I bought it that if it wasn't for road use it would say so!!

I do drive up and down motorways with it and tend not to hear any drone, but I am aware that the exhaust is there when you acclerate!! I do tend to listen to my music a bit loud as well which muffles some sounds. But even when the music is turned down I'm surprised how quiet it is in general driving. A dab on the "loud" pedal soon makes me grin.

I'm a 48 year old teenager in my mini!

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I was really talking about el cheapo 'performance' exhausts not passing an MOT due to noise levels, I doubt this would be a problem with an exhaust from a quality manufacturer like Milltek or Scorpion.
However, I have read on this and other Mini forums, about owners getting bored with non-resonated loud exhausts......each to their own!

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