The 360 was offered with the option of a “Racing” exhaust system, the code was EXA1 and it cost an additional £3,113.75. This exhaust system was subsequently fitted to the Challenge Stradale and gives the trademark “bark” when accelerating hard. Very few 360s were fitted with this option, however a number of franchised dealers in the USA have stock and are offering these relatively cheaply. If I still had a 360 I would have one of these fitted to my car.
My friend Valerio does have a 360 and imported one of these systems back to the UK – we spent yesterday fitting it to his car. The kit is very comprehensive and even includes a pair of blank ECUs (these appear to be for Federal spec cars that need different mapping to pass tough emissions regulations). Euro cars don’t need these so they could be sold on or even flashed with the CS maps. It should be noted that there are different kits for Modena and Spider cars – the only difference is the shape of the heat shield that goes on the engine lid. The picture below shows a Coupe kit although we fitted it to a Spider without any issues.
Next we took off the exhaust tips – they are held in place with four bolts.
The clamps holding the silencer to the cats were then loosened. One bolt had to be cut off, the other snapped off…
Next the mounting bracket was removed to give enough space to slide the silencer off the cats. Note we supported the silencer with some cardboard on top of the gearbox mount in order to stop it hanging off the cats/headers.
The original silencer is heavy. I have done enough of these to be able to fit and remove them on my own but if you are doing this for the first time get someone to help you. The box has to be slid backwards off the cats whilst at the same time tilting it forward.
We had to remove the air intake assembly to give us access to the gear box mount.
The kit comes with a special heat shield to protect the gearbox mount. It is fixed by drilling two holes in the frame which Rivnuts are then fitted to. We didn’t have a Rivnut gun so used a length of M6 threaded bar to hold everything in place for the time being. The Lambda sensor cables attach to a natty bracket also supplied in the kit.
The new mounting bracket was then installed, note the orientation.
Now the new exhaust tips can be slid onto the cats and attached to the mounting brackets. We left the bolts loose in order to align everything later.
The air box was next to go back on.
The kit comes with fresh gaskets.
The silencer was then bolted to the tips. Note that you have to leave one bolt off each side (in order to get the heat shield on later).
We spent quite a bit of time getting the alignment right. We measured diagonally from the chassis to the tips in order to get the system level. We also temporarily fitted the bumper to check the tips sat in the holes evenly. Finally we made sure the system was square when looking from above.
The heat shields were then fitted (fit the top bolts first).
Now we were happy with the alignment we able to torque up the clamps holding the system to the cats (43Nm).
The kit came with longer vacuum hoses to control the valves.
Finally we we able to refit the bumper, grill and airbox covers. We started the car up and checked for any gas leaks at the joints.
The heat shield was the last thing to go on – it is riveted to the lid.
After a short test run, the system was already starting to colour up nicely.
Here’s a brief video clip of the car shortly after we fitted the exhaust:
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