Right had my decat pipe fitted now, it's been a nightmare few weeks for me.
I waited until my car was going in for a cambelt change and a leaking injector fixed to have the decat pipe fitted.
Whilst in for the work I had all the injectors sent off for checking and sure enough a faulty injector was diagnosed. They also found my turbo hose had a slight split in it which will explain the excessive black smoke emissions on full load.
Car all fixed decat pipe fitted and taken round the block to test it all and BANG bloody turbo explodes literally taking turbo hose with it too.
I started to panic thinking the decat pipe had killed the turbo but after a lengthy discussion with the experts at Turbo Dynamics they reassured me this wasn't the case.
Turbo was carefully examined post mortem style, and the fault traced back to a sticking variable vane actuator switch. Carbon deposits on the actuator made the movement very stiff with the turbo finally getting stuck in the high speed setting causing the turbo to spin that fast it exploded.
So after new brand new turbo, two turbo hoses, injector and full cambelt change later (ouch !!!) I finally got the car back.
So does the decat pipe make a difference? Well there is no real noticeable top end power gains but it does improve the driveability, in that the turbo spools up a lot quicker which means the turbo comes In quicker and earlier. The guys from Turbo Dynamics also confirmed the decat mod was a good addition to the car set up.
I took her for a good blast today on the fantastic winding A442 roads between Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Telford and the decat pipe was thoroughly tested, so was the handling
I'm so pleased with the end result, this car blooming flies now with power on tap. The real gains are in the ability to quickly overtake on the limited overtaking sections available.
Would I recommend it? YES but don't expect massive BHP gains.