The ELEVATE Volvo XC90 2.5T Performance 3.5" Turbo Downpipe (front pipe) is unequaled in performance, quality, and looks. Our downpipe is a critical component in producing maximum power from your Volvo. A "downpipe" is the first element in your vehicle's exhaust system and is the actual component that bolts to the exhaust side of the turbo housing. Your turbo charger makes boost by an impeller being spun by spent exhaust gases being channeled past it. With a reduction in backpressure via an increased volume of area for the turbo to breathe into, the turbo is able to spool much more rapidly and able to make more torque and horsepower earlier in the power band. A reduction in heat at the turbo plus an increase in exhaust velocity at the end of the Downpipe equals more power.
The turbo exhaust outlet on a Volvo P2 chassis turbo has in inside diameter of 76mm. The factory downpipe has an inside diameter of just 68mm at the inlet and necks down to an outer diameter of 62mm at the first bend which causes spent exhaust gases and heat to back up into the turbo housing. This extreme heat backing up into the exhaust housing can lead to shortened turbo life and cracks developing in the housing.
The ELEVATE 3.5" Downpipe has an inside diameter of 86mm at the inlet and an outside diameter of 89mm throughout which offers significantly more volume for the turbo to breathe into. A smooth transition tapers down to a 3" outside diameter to increase exhaust velocity and merge with the factory exhaust system or the ELEVATE Performance Exhaust System. Naturally, maximum benefit and power will be achieved when the ELEVATE Downpipe and ELEVATE Performance Exhaust System are used in conjunction with each other.
Our Downpipe is constructed of the finest materials, with all bends being truly mandrel bent, resulting in optimal flow because of a consistent inside diameter throughout. All Oxygen sensor locations are retained for proper engine management. The ELEVATE Downpipe also maintains the factory heat shielding mounting points, most of our competitors do not. Our flex section is double walled stainless steel with a stainless steel braid for further protection. It is small details such as this that ensure you are getting the best engineered product on the market.
Both a factory downpipe and the ELEVATE Downpipe include a catalytic converter as part of the assembly. The catalytic converter is a critical element in your vehicle's emissions, and a properly designed and rated catalytic converter is critical to both optimal performance and legality. ELEVATE uses the best flowing, 3-way catalytic converter on the market. The size (internal volume) of our catalytic converter is unequaled, with carefully tailored transitions in and out of the catalytic converter. Many "performance" aftermarket catalytic converters are grossly undersized for the application, but claim big flow numbers. This is a simply not true, as they actually create a restriction when compared to the flow of the factory catalytic converter. Our converter is actually much larger in volume than the factory catalytic converter, which is unheard of until now on a performance downpipe. Our catalytic converter is rated for a 7.4L engine on a 12,000lb vehicle, which translates to maximum flow and cleaning on your Volvo. Our catalytic converters are EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved for 49 States (California is the exception). Imported catalytic converters generally do not have EPA approval, which is a very important consideration when it comes time for vehicle inspections and/or resale of your vehicle. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about legality for your application and location.
As an option, we can treat our Downpipes with a bright silver ceramic coating which keeps heat in the Downpipe (rather than radiating heat to surrounding components) and protects the Downpipe for years to come. The coating is proven to maintain its protective capabilities after several weeks of continuous exposure at 1000 degrees F (538 degrees C) and no evidence of corrosion after exposure to 5% salt spray for 1000 hours. Ceramic coating is a $175.00 option.
The ELEVATE Volvo Performance 3.5" Downpipe come complete with gaskets and installation hardware.
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