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Nissan s13 exhaust guide

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Welcome to the 180sx Club Nissan s13 exhaust system guide of 2016, this is a new guide and it has been written for Nissan S13 owners who are in the market for an upgraded exhaust system.

Edit: 18-07-2016 Added internal pipe diameter information for each exhaust system. This is important to know if you want to choose an exhaust system suitable for a high power build.

This exhaust guide gives product information, pricing, photos and video clips for each featured exhaust system. We also give links for where to purchase each exhaust system from our Affiliate partner, Enjuku Racing.

Note: All of these links are pointed to our affiliate partner Enjuku Racing who are based in the United States. Asia and European purchasing links to follow.

APEXi N1 Exhaust System (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

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APEXi N1 Exhaust System

Price: $594.14

Internal pipe diameter: 80mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: The APEXi N1 exhaust system is a classic, single can, tuner tip, free flowing race system from a well respected Japanese tuner; APEXi. You will probably know APEXi from their high profile competition cars. Good all round system.

Manufacturer description: “The N1 series muffler has become a staple of the import tuning industry. The N1 was the first of its kind to incorporate the classic angled muffler design that has became so familiar with todays street cars. Born from our involvement in the grueling N1 endurance series, the N1 exhaust system pairs a straight through design racing muffler with free flowing, mandrel bent piping (60.5mm N/A, 80mm for turbo applications). The combination has resulted in dyno proven horsepower and countless satisfied customers world wide. Designed with track use in mind, durability is of utmost importance. The polished SUS 304 stainless steel canister features robotic TIG welding for an immaculate finish and years of reliable performance. The mild steel piping is treated with our special high temperature titanium particle coating. The N1 is truly THE benchmark in which others strive to duplicate.”

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Purchase link: Buy APEXi N1 Exhaust System (Nissan S13)

TOMEI Expreme Ti Titanium Cat-back Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

TOMEI Expreme Ti muffler

Price: $990

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Internal pipe diameter: 80mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: If you want the best then you had better consider the TOMEI Expreme Ti; this exhaust system is an absolute work of art. Beautiful welds and titanium construction results in incredible light weight. With only a rear muffler the sound is definately on the loud side but not quite as crazy as the Buddy Club Spec 2 that we also feature in this article. Just stunning, if you’ve got the cash – buy one.

Manufacturer description: “WITH AN APPROX 40HP GAIN & UP TO 11.15kg (24.58lbs) LIGHTER! High quality production, for true competition use without compromise. Only the best Titanium grade materials are used. From the special racing layout design, made as straight as possible, to the high flow silencer. We have poured our knowledge into it all. When you see our EXPREME Ti system, you can then understand that ours is unrivaled.”

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Purchase link: Buy TOMEI Expreme Ti Titanium Cat-back Exhaust (Nissan S13)

Buddy Club Spec II Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

Buddy Club Spec II Exhaust

Price: $530

Internal pipe diameter: 76.2mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

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My comment: Loud! Buddy Club offers this beautifully made but definately-gonna-get-you-black-flagged for noise exhaust system for your Nissan S13. If you want to really hear your car roar this is the one for you.

Manufacturer description: “Buddy Club Spec II Exhaust for your Nissan 240sx. The Spec II exhaust is specially designed system for competition use only. Its simple straight thru design creates an increase of exhaust gas velocity in order to improve efficiency. This exhaust uses a middle silencer (resonator) on the main pipe to help maintain torque in the low to mid speed range.

All mufflers are made with SUS304 stainless steel, 1mm is used for main pipe. and the ultra 0.8mm is used for main silencer combine with 76.2mm (3″) exhaust piping. This combination creates a super light weight muffler and turbo setup to maintain broad power band. Inner silencer are included with the kit.”

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Purchase link: Buy Buddy Club Spec II Exhaust (Nissan S13)

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HKS Hi-Power Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

HKS Hi-Power Exhaust (Nissan S13)

Price: $380

Internal pipe diameter: 85mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: HKS Hi-Power Exhaust is one of the all time classic jdm tuner exhaust systems, moderately silenced it offers a lovely tone that should be race track friendly. Personally I am a huge fan of HKS tuning parts and this exhaust is no exception.

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Manufacturer description: “Inspired by endurance and GT racing in Japan, HKS developed this Hi-Power Exhaust system for 1989-1998 S13 and S14 Nissans. HKS incorporates its new racecar inspired offset muffler and piping design into many street applications, providing drivers with enhanced exhaust flow and higher-PRM power gains due to the component’s un-restrictive design. This is achieved by eliminating unnecessary bends for the straightest exhaust path from manifold to muffler tip.”

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Purchase link: Buy HKS Hi-Power Exhaust (Nissan S13)

APEXi Dual N1 Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

APEXi Dual N1 Exhaust (Nissan S13)
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Price: $759.99

Internal pipe diameter: 60.5mm – 65mm x 2

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: This is a very popular exhaust style, twin chunky cans offer an aggressive look matched to a loud race car sound.

Manufacturer description: “Apexi Dual N1 Cat-Back Exhaust System for your Nissan 240sx. Dual pipe N1 Variation with Mid to High End Power and Aggressive Design. Very popular for those wanting different look than standard single muffler.”

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Purchase link: Buy APEXi Dual N1 Exhaust (Nissan S13)

APEXi Noir Catback Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

APEXi Noir Catback Exhaust (Nissan S13)

Price: $619.95

Internal pipe diameter: 75mm – 85mm

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Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: This is a good looking, subtle, well built and reasonably quiet exhaust system. This system would be suitable for tracks with tight noise restrictions and it would also be good for countries with strict modification rules such as Australia.

Manufacturer description: “The NOIR (nwär) Muffler was developed specifically with the diehard street car enthusiast in mind. The NOIR Muffler is designed to be quieter than a typical racing exhaust while minimizing chances of unwanted attention with its stealthy black coating. It has become increasingly difficult to drive a modified “sport compact” on the streets. Staying low profile is an important issue to many street tuners that wish to stay clear of negative stigma sometimes associated with modified imports. The WS (World Sport) style canister with a 100mm tip finish off the system with a classic sporty look without being over the top.”

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Purchase link: Buy APEXi Noir Catback Exhaust (Nissan S13)

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ISR Performance Single GT Catback Exhaust (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

ISR Performance Single GT Catback Exhaust (Nissan S13)

Price: $259.99

Internal pipe diameter: 80mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: A low cost option for that Classic GT single muffler style with a medium to loud exhaust sound.This exhaust system typically receives high customer ratings so ISR are defiantly doing something right. If you are not fussy about about brand this is worth a look.

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Manufacturer description: “3′ Diameter Piping, 4.5′ Diameter Tip. Mid to High End Power and Aggressive Design. Extremely High Quality, Tig Welded, stainless steel. Includes all gaskets and hardware required for install.”

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Purchase link: Buy ISR Performance Single GT Catback Exhaust (Nissan S13)

ISR Performance MBSE Type-E Exhaust System (Nissan 180sx / 200sx / 240sx S13)

ISR Performance MBSE Type-E Exhaust System (Nissan S13)
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Price: $314.95

Internal pipe diameter: 80mm

Fitment: Nissan 180sx, Nissan 200sx, Nissan 240sx

My comment: Twin exit exhaust system with well silenced mufflers. This exhaust offers high flow and track ready exhaust volume. As with the GT model this is a good low cost option if you don’t need a premium brand.

Manufacturer description: “The ISR Performance MBSE Type-E Exhaust System for Nissan 240SX 89-94 is completely stainless steel, from the main muffler canister and piping to the internal resonator, hangers, and brackets. This system provides both form and function, emitting a mellow tone while supporting high-end engine power.”

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Purchase link: Buy ISR Performance MBSE Type-E Exhaust System (Nissan S13)

My conclusion

Looking at all of these exhaust systems in detail I don’t believe any are trash, each system fills a specific requirement; if you want pure noise – Buddy Club Spec 2, if you want beautiful quality and light weight; TOMEI Expreme Ti, if you want a well built good all rounder the HKS Hi Power is hard to beat.

But with any comparison there does have to be a winner and for me it is the TOMEI Expreme Ti. I just can’t get past how bad ass the system looks and with the manufacturer claims of + 40bhp and weight shedding of over 11kg it is undeniably the top pick for me. If it was my money I would be going for the TOMEI – Buy the TOMEI Expreme Ti Titanium Cat-back Exhaust (Nissan S13) today.

If you have made it this far – well done! You have finished our Nissan S13 exhaust guide. If you have any corrections or updates please do help me out and drop them in the comments section below. Also if you have any suggestions on other exhaust systems we should include please let me know!

– Joe

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