Exhaust thoughts (Larini & Goodwin)
May 17 2010
, roadster sport
Probably academic as it looks like Larini aren't doing Mazda exhausts any more but....
I've been running the Larini sports cat and the OEM backbox for a while, after selling the Larini back box which I found to be too loud and boomy.
Today I managed to get a second-hand Goodwin Racing Roadstersport Dual, which bolted straight on and sounds great. The Larini and Goodwin sports cats follow similar designs, both having a longer-than-OEM resonator toward the rear so I figured that chances were they would work OK together.
The Roadster Sport doesn't produce the irritating booming at 3000rpm, especially on deceleration, that the Larini did, and is just on the right side of 'too loud' for me. Also, the fit and finish on the Goodwin is far better. I had to take a hacksaw to the Larini to get the removeable tips to sit neatly, they stuck out too far as supplied, and I never did get it to sit perfectly level.
I suppose my first choice would have been a Roadster Sport Q, but given no one seems to import these and the high cost due to the exchange rate, this was a very good deal. Besides, I've order a couple of glass-packed baffles from Goodwin so it should be as quiet as a 'Q'. Got a very quick response to an email enquiry about the baffles from Brian Goodwin, so another area where for me Goodwin beat Larini is on customer service