I've been driving the 430 for a few weeks now with your headers and cats, and thought I would share some feedback.
Overall, wow. I am very, very happy.
What a sound it makes, and what a response from the loud pedal. I would say it feels like a completely new car, but to be fair my point of reference before having the work done (which included ignition harness and fuel pump work) wasn't the best it could be to start with.
First off, sound. On cold start up, it sounds exactly like a Challenge Car. And I have been around enough of them in the garages at Daytona and Sebring to be able to say that with certainty. I heard from some of the sales and the service guys at Ferrari of CF that when the guys started it up in the shop once everything was put together, they honestly thought it was one of the race cars firing up.
I have taken to starting it with the garage door closed just to avoid annoying the neighbors too much. Once things settle down after idling for a minute, the sound settles into a fairly low pitched growl, pretty raspy, and with a bit of a resonant drone below 3K. That's most likely attributable to the X-Ost box in combination with the increased flow from your parts.
When I get out of town and find a nice straight deserted stretch of road, winding it up through the gears produces an absolutely glorious noise!! Worth every penny and then some. And again, the throttle response is sharp and immediate.
To be completely honest, the whole package is a bit louder than I would really like for in town driving, but on the open road, and for the track (which is where we are going next month) I would say it is a completely acceptable trade off.
I didn't install the O2 extenders. I decided to wait and see if a CEL came on or not. Well, yes it did. I am getting P0420 and P0430 - catalyst efficiency below threshold - but I can live with that. I have a Bluetooth OBD2 reader linked to my phone, so I can check the codes any time, anywhere. So long as it is only those two, I have no problem just clearing them and forgetting about it. Next time I'm doing any work on it, I'll install the extenders and see what difference that makes.
A word on quality. I inspected the headers when they arrived and was impressed with the workmanship. I wasn't in town to see the cats delivered, but assume the same quality. In fact, the mechanic that installed all of them made a point of telling me when I picked the car up that "everything was a great quality build and a perfect fit. Everything just bolted straight up with no issues at all."
So count me as one satisfied customer.
Feel free to quote me. I am not shy about telling folks at the local C&C my thoughts either.
Thanks again, and all the best for 2016!
Posted by Cort on 12th Mar 2014
I just finished having a pair of Fabspeed headers installed, along with the Fabspeed carbon air boxes and BMC Filters. I retained the stock secondary cat's, as I drive the car a bunch, and did not want it to be too loud. The UCU's were also sent to EVOMS for a specific file for this motor with headers. I already had the new Tubi Evo style exhaust in the car for while (with valves)....
All I can say is WOW, the car really woke up, 2nd gear rolling , and nailing the throttle, it will light the wheels up, feels quicker then the Scud coup I owned, for sure. It pulls VERY strong up top too, reminds me of the 430 GT car I drove at Daytona in the 24 Hour this year where the thing just never ran out of rev's and speed on the top end....really impressive for sure.
I am trying to find a 16m to do some rolling start races with just to compare, I am very curious to see wher it stack's up (not literally), lol.
Ferrari 430 Headers
Posted by Unknown on 12th Mar 2014
WOW. That is about all that I can say...I had a set of these installed by my dealer on my 2007 F430 when the exhaust manifolds went (at 6,200 miles). First of all, the customer service that I got from the Fabspeed crew was fantastic AND now that I have had a chance to get 100 miles on the car with the Fabspeed headers...what an amazing difference. The engine feels much freer revving and definitely has more power off of the line. If you are thinking of replacement headers for your F430, Fabspeed AND their product is top notch!!
Ferrari F430 Coupe' F1, with Fabspeed Headers, stock Cats and Ferrari Sports Exhaust. (5)
Ferrari F430 Coupe' F1, with Fabspeed Headers, stock Cats and Ferrari Sports Exhaust. (4)
Ferrari F430 Coupe' F1, with Fabspeed Headers, Stock Cats and Ferrari Sports Exhaust. (2)
Ferrari F430 Coupe' F1, with Fabspeed Headers, Stock Cats and Ferrari Sports Exhaust. (1)
DRIVING SESSION | Ferrari F430 with Fabspeed Sport Headers and Sport Catalytic Converters
FABSPEED SPORT HEADERS
- Increase horsepower and torque by 23 ...
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+23 HP and +48 ft/lbs over stock, plus a 10 lb weight reductio...
Direct replacement/upgrade for the failure-prone factory headers; lighter, higher flowing, and more durable for increased performance and longevity.
*Exhaust clip features Fabspeed sport headers and sport cats
NOTE:Set of 2-piece style 90 Degree O2 spacers are included with the Headers. For use on downstream secondary oxygen sensors Only - Do NOT install the spacers on the headers themselves.
Fits all Ferrari F430 vehicles Coupe and Spider. Also available for F430 Scuderia and 16M
Increases horsepower and torque by 23 whp and 48 ft-lbs
Saves over 10 lbs of weight from the vehicle
Constructed from T304L stainless steel with 1-piece CNC mandrel bent primary tubes and F1-style merge collectors
High-velocity 4-into-1 merge collectors for maximum performance
Investment ("lost-wax") cast flanges provide greater durability and better sealing than the OEM design
Designed without pre-cats in the headers for increased flow and performance. Ferrari deleted precatalytic converters on the F430 Scuderia, 16M and Challenge cars - that where Ferrari SPA - gained virtually all of their extra power on the special models!
Simple DIY bolt-on installation
Includes all required Hardware and Factory OEM Ferrari Gaskets
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INSTALLATION NOTE: To ensure proper header seal, after initial heat cycle, tighten all exhaust bolts to the OEM torque specs.