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I own a 2016 Infiniti Q50 and I’m interested in buying parts that would allow me to backfire/get that popping noise. I am not a car guy at all so I have no idea what I’m talking about. I know that there are only a few discussions on here about backfire, but I didn’t get all the information I need. So far after some research I’ve found that I need downpipes, a racechip tune, and a heat exchanger (I live in Florida and my cars blacked out). I was wondering if anyone can help me figure out everything I need before I go spend a bunch of money. Thank you in advance.
 

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What you are after is referred to as a "pops and bangs" or "burble" tune. Find an EcuTek Master Tuner for the VR30 then reach out to them to see if they can tune your vehicle for a "pops and bangs" or "burble" tune; once you find a tuner that says they can do it, ask them what the prerequisites are (such as exhaust upgrades required).

Within Florida, I have heard good things about BTuned Performance, but there are several great EcuTek Master Tuners for the VR30 across the USA.
 

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I guess I don't understand why someone would want to install a pops and bang map on their car. Intentionally exposing parts of your car's powertrain to very high temperatures that aren't designed for it (valves, piston heads, turbines and catalytic converters) can seriously damage your engine. Tuners can certainly provide it and tell you it's relatively safe but definitely won't guarantee it. Spend your money on making power, not flames IMHO.
 

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I guess I don't understand why someone would want to install a pops and bang map on their car.
For the exact same reasons some people throw 26-inch wheels with a tiny strip of rubber on their lifted car or drag their oil pan on the ground with extreme camber eating away at their tires while and minimizing their traction and handling.
 
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What you are after is referred to as a "pops and bangs" or "burble" tune. Find an EcuTek Master Tuner for the VR30 then reach out to them to see if they can tune your vehicle for a "pops and bangs" or "burble" tune; once you find a tuner that says they can do it, ask them what the prerequisites are (such as exhaust upgrades required).

Within Florida, I have heard good things about BTuned Performance, but there are several great EcuTek Master Tuners for the VR30 across the USA.
Thank your for the info, very much appreciated.
 

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I guess I don't understand why someone would want to install a pops and bang map on their car. Intentionally exposing parts of your car's powertrain to very high temperatures that aren't designed for it (valves, piston heads, turbines and catalytic converters) can seriously damage your engine. Tuners can certainly provide it and tell you it's relatively safe but definitely won't guarantee it. Spend your money on making power, not flames IMHO.

I had no interest in getting these modifications until about a week ago when my friend who has a Volkswagen Golf pulled up to my house making all the popping sounds and he took me for a drive and I thought it was so badass. I’m not too worried about making the car faster, the car’s already fast enough for me. I just want it to sound really great.
 

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Then pop and bang away! Just wanted to let you know the risks since you said you had no idea what you're talking about.
 

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That's not what I said at all. I see no problem putting a heat exchanger, downpipes or a tune on your car. Countless people have done so. I simply informed you of the potential risk of running a pop and bang map as part of your tune. It's your car to do with as you please.
 
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That's not what I said at all. I see no problem putting a heat exchanger, downpipes or a tune on your car. Countless people have done so. I simply informed you of the potential risk of running a pop and bang map as part of your tune. It's your car to do with as you please.
Okay, thanks for the advice.
 

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Hate to update a old thread, but I want to give some of my insight on this. I got Nik from SOHO to add a burble tune. I have lower downpipes and he said he won't be able to do a flame map unless I have full downpipes. I did not want a flame map at all. I seen him dyno a 350z and did a flame map. Not saying all, but most people from car meets love this. I told him I want it to be like the Supra and the BMW M's. He did exactly that and it sounds just like the Motorsport BMW's, just of course louder due to catback exhaust and more aggressive tuning. I am sure in the long term it is safe as long as you're not constantly trying to pop for a minute straight as that can significantly increase EGT's. I don't know how Nik does his other burble tunes but this one mimics factory burbles other manufacturers do.

I work at BMW and the engineers say that the burble is kept at a minimum and will not affect longevity, even if you're constantly trying to backfire. The design was to eliminate turbo lag on and off throttle and between shifts. The exhaust system on BMW's are free flowing so the pops are more audible. As long as the tuner knows what the "safe" limit is and us not abusing it, you'll be fine. I am installing full downpipes and I am sure the pops will be louder. So if you're looking for a factory like burble tune, hit Nik up.
 
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