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Old 22-01-2017, 10:40 AM   #1
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EVO VIII - Titanium Muffler Detail

Hi all,

One afternoon over the Christmas holidays I managed to stumble upon this rare genuine Ralliart Titanium rear muffler for sale. Being a genuine factory option i though it would look and fit perfect on my evo 8, which I aim to keep as original as possible.

As the Ralliart division of Mitsubishi has closed these parts are becoming harder and harder to come across, hence I snapped up the opportunity.

I emailed the seller who sent more detailed photos so I could better gauge the condition and a deal was done for an absolute steal. The muffler itself is actually part of a titanium cat back exhaust option from Ralliart and the complete cat back with rear muffler used to sell for circa £3,000 . Unfortunately the seller only had the rear muffler.

My only hesitation was the fact that it was Titanium, knowing how hard this metal is and never having polished titanium before I just didn't know how it would fare after polish. Could I improve the finish? Was it going to be near impossible? Would I ruin the look of the titanium by polishing it? Would polishing it remove the natural finish of the titanium?

Reading online there were various opinions, varying from don't touch it at all to only use WD40.

I had many questions so asked here for some advice, which I had some helpful replies, thanks detailingworld

Having used autosol metal polish with very good results on other car parts in the past I thought, what's the worse that could happen? If it ruins the finish I've lost a minimal amount of cash and a few hours hard work, so be it. I thought it would be worth the risk as I could not put something of that condition on my car.

So armed with some tar remover and autosol I went to work, at first testing an inconspicuous spot which came up a treat.

I then began with the tip as this held the majority of the tar and is the most visible part of the exhaust.

From there I worked on the muffler can itself and onto the inlet pipe. Underneath the dirt and grime I even managed to uncover the original part number stamped from factory

This was all hand polished leaving my arms feeling like popeye but I am thrilled with the outcome. With a machine polisher I could probably refine the finish even further but for now this will have to do.


Onto the car for those who are interested...

The car itself is a jap spec 2003 evo 8 gsr finished in rally red. I bought the car second hand about 4 years ago and did for a while use it as daily, but now it is more of a garage queen and has roughly 38,000 miles. The car is completely original except for two Ralliart parts which were factory options at time of manufacture, the titanium rear muffler as you've just seen and the bonnet vent (I have both the originals) so you could say this is as close to stock as possible.

With the huge potential these have as track day cars, it is understandable most owners tend to modify and individualise them as unleashing power is just so easy giving you almost supercar levels of performance. Almost every evo I see around here has aftermarket wheels, suspension, exhaust and tune at the minimum.

Myself, I love the OEM look and enjoy seeing older performance cars looking factory fresh which is why I aim to keep this as mint and factory as possible for years to come.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Cheers


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Lovely jubbly, nice car.
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Superb work,very nice.SJ.
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superb results!!
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That's come up an absolute treat!
Great result
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Old 22-01-2017, 01:47 PM   #6
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Great job there, I have a Akrapovic Titanium exhaust and was worried about making the finish shinier, but from your pictures it looks like you've managed to keep the more satin finish.
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Good old Autosol....that's cleaned up a treat!
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Nice one,looks really good.good to see a clean evo
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Great work

Maybe could do with lifting slightly to get it to fit better in the bumper aperture?
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