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: Ferrita 2.5" Cat-Back System Installed


moz
13th March 2004, 05:08 PM
Update (03-14-04): New pictures & video clips added

Update (03-15-04): Video clips mirrored at a better host (thanks).


As far as I know this is the first one installed by anyone here (aside from 93ssaero), so I guess I should post some thoughts .

I ordered the part through WIGWAM Saab (distributors for Nordic Tuning in the US) and the part was drop-shipped to me directly from Nordic in Sweden (took about a week). It arrived yesterday, and despite the packaging was in perfect condition.

http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/ferrita.jpg

Now this is a 2.5" stainless steel catback system, handmade by Ferrita in Sweden for the 93 Aero / Body Kit equipped cars. As I understand there are two variants one with a double tip and a large single oval tip (which is the one I got). I'll post some specifications later, I don't have them handy.

The install was very straightforward, it's built for the SS and it's bolt on so you don't have to worry about welding and so forth. My end muffler hangers had to be adjusted a little because I had a Magnaflow installed which required a little change to the hangers at the back.

Now to summarize, I had the magnaflow installed and was very happy with the deep sound but it was a little disconnected through the entire RPM range. After 2/3rd gear it would cut out and go much quieter and during 1st/2nd it was very deep but boomy in the cabin. I've only driven with the Ferrita a few miles so far, but it's very consistently deep across the entire RPM range (but never boomy in the cabin) - really does sound like it was tuned for the car. I reset my SID fuel consumption and I'm already getting 3-4MPG more (it could be due to the type of resonator I had installed to quieten the Magnaflow which wasn't straight through and was probably causing backpressure). I'm running with the OEM Saab air filter at the moment but I'll swap another JR/ITG in soon. In short, it looks sharp, drives like a dream and sounds great so far.

I plan to add the BSR PPC in a few months, so this should complement it nicely.

Some initial pics (taken in a hurry, better ones later I hope!)

http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/car/111_1113_sm.jpg


http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/car/111_1120_sm.jpg



More pictures & video clips

http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/car/111_1132_sm.jpg


http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/car/111_1136_sm.jpg


Video clip 1 (http://www.tastytears.com/bh/ferrita1-low.wmv) (reving to around 3.5K, very windy outside) [~2MB / WMV9]

Video clip 2 (http://www.tastytears.com/bh/ferrita2-high.wmv) (reving to around 5K, cold start) [~2MB / WMV9]


Excuse the poor quality, just using the video feature on my digital camera.

loebsta
13th March 2004, 05:31 PM
Moz,

Sounds promising. Is it mounted on a Linear, Arc or Vector? How much did it cost? Did you install it yoursef? Does Wigwam have a web site? Thanx!

WallySaab
13th March 2004, 05:41 PM
Moz,
Why did you remove the ITG filter? Does the new exhaust have that loud bass sound when under load at lower Rpms~2500-3500?
Thanks and I can't wait to see the pics and sound file.

finklejag
13th March 2004, 05:45 PM
He has a Arc with a bodykit. I believe it will only fit on cars with the bodykit or decor kit. He said it was $717.00 shipped to his door. Here is the website.

Wigwam (http://www.wigwamsaab.com)

We need pictures Jay. :D

joshd2012
13th March 2004, 06:52 PM
That looks like an awful lot of piping for just a cat-back system. Yipes! Can't wait to see some pics.

moz
13th March 2004, 10:58 PM
That looks like an awful lot of piping for just a cat-back system. Yipes! Can't wait to see some pics.

It's actually the exact same amount of piping that was taken off :)

finklejag
14th March 2004, 12:58 AM
Your car looks hot. Can you get a pic from right behind the car. I think you don't need the Aero's sideskirts on your car. Everything blends well with black.

joshd2012
14th March 2004, 11:37 AM
Moz,

The car looks absolutely gorgeous. One question though: Can you tell us where approxamental the system begins on the car? I'm trying to figure out how much piping is on the system, and how much is made up of the DP. Just a rough estimate from the front axle if you will. Thanks.

moz
14th March 2004, 12:41 PM
Chris: I'll try and get that shot later today, I just woke up :o

Wally: I removed it because I was getting ~2MPG less fuel mileage with the new ITG and I really didn't notice a lot of difference in terms of the sound. I decided to try the OEM for a month or so and in the meantime a friend of mine who just bought a Linear wanted to try the ITG so I just gave it to him. I'll be adding another filter (probably J&R this time) to see how it performs with the Ferrita.

joshd2012: the system is a standard catback, begins where the catalytic converter ends, bolts on there via a short connecting pipe (about a foot long) then connects to the mid-muffler, bolts on and the piping runs around the corner to the muffler at the back. Interestingly enough, our standard piping is supposed to be 2.5" (?), but when we had the standard exhaust removed side by side with this, it did seem like these pipes had a noticeably larger diameter. I would say at best guess there isn't more than around 7' of actual piping.

I tried to separate what's in the package best I could below.

http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/ferrita2.jpg

WallySaab
14th March 2004, 12:54 PM
Thanks Moz,
The stock piping is 2.25". I'm very interested and would love to hear a sound clip. Your car is beautiful and I like the look of the tail pipe. Unfortunately it is virtually impossible to keep a black car clean and looking that good in Montana. :roll:

moz
14th March 2004, 06:19 PM
Wally: That sounds right about the stock piping, my bad.

Updated the original post with more pictures and video clips as requested. Someone mirror them please!

joshd2012
14th March 2004, 07:16 PM
The car looks beautiful and sounds great. You must be a very proud owner. 8)

epsilon93
14th March 2004, 09:32 PM
Your car really looks shiny and sleek. And I like the way the wheels and tail pipe highlight the sleekness of the car. Very nice.

Unfortunately it is not practical to keep a black car here in sunny Singapore. It is always so darn hot. And very difficult to keep clean. A black car is a high maintenance car.

finklejag
14th March 2004, 09:46 PM
Sounds good. It was a toss up between the Ferrita or Bilstein/H&R combo. I think I will get the Ferrita next. The car is already settled a little. I think it will settle more within a year. So the cat-back and PPC is 1 and 2 on my list.


Don't you want the BBS CH wheels Jay? They would look awesome on a black car.

moz
14th March 2004, 09:51 PM
Chris: most definately, the BBS CH are next on my list - going to have to see when I can manage them.

finklejag
14th March 2004, 09:58 PM
Chris: most definately, the BBS CH are next on my list - going to have to see when I can manage them.

http://www.mastercard.com/aboutourcards/img/product_platinum.jpg :nono; :cheesy:

moz
14th March 2004, 10:26 PM
Chris: most definately, the BBS CH are next on my list - going to have to see when I can manage them.

http://www.mastercard.com/aboutourcards/img/product_platinum.jpg :nono; :cheesy:

Oh no :(, I'm still recovering from this round.

Here's some motivation for me though (quick PS job)

http://www.tastytears.com/bh/bbs_photoshop.jpg

CallipNCSUsaab
14th March 2004, 11:58 PM
the links dont work... how can I mirror them, I have 5mb of space and I certainly dont mind getting rid of my magnaflow exhaust.

here is the site, tell me how: http://home.nc.rr.com/callip/

moz
15th March 2004, 02:02 AM
The videos should be back, someone hosted them for me. The rest of the pics should be back tommorrow.

Saba
15th March 2004, 03:37 AM
Cool, nice sound coming from my subwoofer at my feet. felt like I had a 9-3 with a Ferrita exhaust under there! :cheesy:

mav238
15th March 2004, 12:30 PM
Awesome looking car, Moz. Black and lowered stance, makes the 9-3 looks absolutely stunning. :D

Cattivo
15th March 2004, 11:52 PM
Moz,

Did you add just the front and rear body kit? How much did it cost you to paint/install?

CallipNCSUsaab
16th March 2004, 12:08 AM
^ thats what comes on the Aero... Or so I believe.

You can order that for any of the 93SS'... I wouldnt mind having it myself but I am unsure of the price (getting it painted too).

MOZ... your car is by far the sexiest SS I have seen.. I am very jealous.

how much would it cost to get those rims and aerodynamics on my SS?? Anyone? (steel grey arc)

moz
16th March 2004, 01:27 AM
Cattivo: Yeah I did, I have the flared sideskirts too but I really like how the lines flow on the black car with just the front and back so I have left it like that. Gives it a unique look I think (at least on the black I think it looks nice) The installs are easy enough to do yourself, I think I paid $100 to have one piece shot at my local body shop - they did a great job. Saab will charge you a lot more for paint + install.

If you want to buy the parts look for a dealer on ebay called Mainline Saab (I think), they are selling the Saab OEM body kit for $500 which is a great deal. Add the cost of paint and install it yourself - you'll be away running.

CallipNCSUsaab: A lot of what I said above applies to your question too, you can get the Aero style rear spoiler from the dealer too - it's in the catalog.

The BBS CH rims are available from Nick at GenuineSaab if you want those, pricey though! :o

finwake
16th March 2004, 01:54 AM
Your money and your 9-3, but I'd say stick with the standard 5-star 17" wheels versus BBS that look too VW/BMW/everyone else-ish... 8)

finklejag
16th March 2004, 03:35 AM
Your money and your 9-3, but I'd say stick with the standard 5-star 17" wheels versus BBS that look too VW/BMW/everyone else-ish... 8)

Thats funny you said that. BBS makes a majority of the OEM wheels for SAAB. :wink:

pjku79
16th March 2004, 08:50 AM
did you get any sort of performance inprovement?

mbodo
18th March 2004, 01:59 AM
I tried to separate what's in the package best I could below.

http://fourfour.homestead.com/files/ferrita2.jpg

Umm, I think I see Hoffa.

http://members.cox.net/xylerium3/pic/hoffa.jpg

Saba
18th March 2004, 02:05 AM
:cheesy:

finklejag
18th March 2004, 03:55 AM
Welcome back Matt. 8)

epsilon93
22nd March 2004, 10:23 PM
Hey moz,

Can you send us the URL where you ordered the Ferrita? I can't seem to find it listed anywhere at the nordic site. Thanks.

moz
22nd March 2004, 11:13 PM
Contact Donnie at Wigwam Saab, I think he's there all week aside from Wednesdays.

The phone number is : 401-722-5700 or 888-699-SAAB

The last e-mail address I have from Donnie is: wigwamsaab@earthlink.net

finklejag
22nd March 2004, 11:55 PM
Jerry

I doubt it if Wigwam will ship outside the US or Canada. Email Nordic direct. Magnus will ship worldwide. He quoted me $180 to my house. I don't know if Singapore is farther then Washington from Sweden.

Nordic (http://www.nordictuning.com/contact/)

moz
23rd March 2004, 12:22 AM
I didn't realize this, yeah Chris is right - I would contact Rolf or Magnus directly. They were not very prompt via e-mail so I just rang them up.

epsilon93
23rd March 2004, 01:08 AM
Chris/moz,

Thanks for the info guys. Will contact Rolf and Magnus directly. I suspect the shipping cost will be more or less the same. I am at +8 GMT and you guys are -8 GMT, so it should be more or less the same going by that logic :D

Jerry