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      01-11-2020, 08:26 PM   #1
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M550i downpipe installation

Hi guys I just got an ARM motorsport's G30 downpipe for my car. I'm wondering how long it should take to install it? Someone here tried to charge me $800cad for 6 hrs of labour.... also if you are in Vancouver BC area lmk where is your trusted tune shop!!! Thx in advance!!!
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I was quoted downpipe installation as a 5 hour job. Could be as short as 4 hours depending on the skill of the tech.
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      01-11-2020, 08:49 PM   #3
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I got ARM downpipes installed for 300 US
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I got ARM downpipes installed for 300 US
Ya that's what my budget is but shops around my area seems to want to charge me the M tax😑
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I got ARM downpipes installed for 300 US
Ya that's what my budget is but shops around my area seems to want to charge me the M tax😑
Most shops want to charge based on book time. If it says 6 hours of labor they want to charge that even if it takes 2-3 hours. It's BS. Has that fight with BMW before.

Downpipe installation on my M5 F10 was around $400
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I got ARM downpipes installed for 300 US
Ya that's what my budget is but shops around my area seems to want to charge me the M tax😑
Most shops want to charge based on book time. If it says 6 hours of labor they want to charge that even if it takes 2-3 hours. It's BS. Has that fight with BMW before.

Downpipe installation on my M5 F10 was around $400
In all honesty they are more difficult on this car than the f10, and do take more time . I had a shop quote me 4 hours and they had to honor that , although it took them closer to 7.5 hours .
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I have done 3 installation on M550. It took me about 6-7 hours.
It is not as easy as it seems.
F90 M5 is much easier. Maybe because it consists of 2 pieces instead of 1 piece per side.
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Hi guys I just got an ARM motorsport's G30 downpipe for my car. I'm wondering how long it should take to install it? Someone here tried to charge me $800cad for 6 hrs of labour.... also if you are in Vancouver BC area lmk where is your trusted tune shop!!! Thx in advance!!!
Did you end up getting it installed? Were there any issues?

I decided to install the ARM downpipes myself because I haven't worked on cars in a while and it's something I used to do a lot. That was a mistake. The lower heat shield on the drivers side took many hours to remove. Overall it was a lot harder than the online guides for previous versions of the N63 engine.

None of the mounting points on the ARM downpipes fit the original mounting points so the exhaust is pretty much hanging off the turbos which I'm not too happy about.
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Hi guys I just got an ARM motorsport's G30 downpipe for my car. I'm wondering how long it should take to install it? Someone here tried to charge me $800cad for 6 hrs of labour.... also if you are in Vancouver BC area lmk where is your trusted tune shop!!! Thx in advance!!!
Did you end up getting it installed? Were there any issues?

I decided to install the ARM downpipes myself because I haven't worked on cars in a while and it's something I used to do a lot. That was a mistake. The lower heat shield on the drivers side took many hours to remove. Overall it was a lot harder than the online guides for previous versions of the N63 engine.

None of the mounting points on the ARM downpipes fit the original mounting points so the exhaust is pretty much hanging off the turbos which I'm not too happy about.
I had someone else installed it for me haha. Ya I get what you mean for the exhaust hanging low because right now I can hear my exhaust squeaking (like a tin can shaking sound) when it is idle.... but I'm not too worried about it since the sound goes away once I put my foot on the pedal
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Hi guys I just got an ARM motorsport's G30 downpipe for my car. I'm wondering how long it should take to install it? Someone here tried to charge me $800cad for 6 hrs of labour.... also if you are in Vancouver BC area lmk where is your trusted tune shop!!! Thx in advance!!!
Did you end up getting it installed? Were there any issues?

I decided to install the ARM downpipes myself because I haven't worked on cars in a while and it's something I used to do a lot. That was a mistake. The lower heat shield on the drivers side took many hours to remove. Overall it was a lot harder than the online guides for previous versions of the N63 engine.

None of the mounting points on the ARM downpipes fit the original mounting points so the exhaust is pretty much hanging off the turbos which I'm not too happy about.
I had someone else installed it for me haha. Ya I get what you mean for the exhaust hanging low because right now I can hear my exhaust squeaking (like a tin can shaking sound) when it is idle.... but I'm not too worried about it since the sound goes away once I put my foot on the pedal
I have them installed on my car.
You shouldn't hear that noise
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