Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:55 pm

RonaldS636 wrote:I've been watching all of this with great interest. It's nice to have you sorting things out for us!

Maybe I missed it, but did you mention the specific spring package that you have installed? Sprint springs from Burtman Industries perhaps?

I'd like to achieve better cornering and lowered stance for my RL (like the Ohlins on my NC.!), but I admit that I love how comfortable and smooth the factory setup is. Are there any sacrifices in that regard?

BTW, no mods will be installed on my Ridge in the future unless they are "Brian Approved" and sold through GWR!


Yes, Burtman 2/2. Yes, ride just slightly stiffer when lowered, we figure the rates about 25 percent higher than stock.
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:57 pm

On our Honda 2020 Ridgeline Shop Truck...on road trip to Bodega Bay and beyond. About 2000 miles by the time we get home.

Our Enkei XM-6 20x8.5 with 255/50/20 Continental ECS
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:04 pm

More Coastal Fun....
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:42 pm

Left Bodega Bay today at 2:12 am....blitzed over 550 miles back to San Diego and made it to our shop to help the team with a really full day. Picture is first light today about 300 miles into the drive home. Happy with the exhaust, the wheels/tires, and the springs.
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:38 pm

Another reason I like the Ridgeline is the composite bed, eventually my daily splash of salt water in metal bed trucks always finds a way to start rusting the bed.
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:16 pm

At Magnaflow today for install of first PRODUCTION Duals for 2017-2020.

Smooth mandrel bends for max flow and max power. Unlike our hand made prototype everything here computer welded in the JIG, clean and precise!

This is a complete cat back system. Straight through performance BIG Magnaflow muffler up at the front right after connection for helmholtz size branch resonator. Notice factory cat is labeled here (click picture to see it bigger) and factory converter has a bolt flange at exit where we start for bolt on system. That Helmholtz resonator is the secret sauce, I would not use any highflow setup on Ridgeline without it because the drone would be terrible.

We tried a bunch of different configurations of Helmholtz chamber, this layout proved the most effective. We started with a much bigger Helmholtz chamber mounted in the space toward the rear of the setup. Funny thing about Helmholtz chambers and the way the math works is that the further to the front of the system you locate it, the more efficient you can get it. Thus, this smaller helmholtz chamber up front proved far more effective than the much larger helmholtz choices we tested toward the rear of the system. My wife has long been our test 'reasonable' customer, there was NO WIFE APPROVAL without the Helmholtz in the system to remove drone resonances.
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:39 pm

Revealing for first time....

We made our new Ridgeline 2017-2020 Sport DUAL TIP Exhaust System ADJUSTABLE FOR SOUND! :D

First we do the bulk of the sound processing work at the front half of the system with very large Magnaflow straight through muffler and Helmholtz chamber to trim out some drone.
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Then we make the back half of the system with this small easily changed V-banded section muffler and we include both the straight pipe you see here and the small secondary muffler. You run one or the other and I changed them in my driveway by just sliding under my Ridgeline in about 5 minutes each time that I did it. That means buyers of this system are NEVER stuck on final sound level, what is in the box is two choices on final sound level using the two pieces we show here... and we are working on additional optional pieces that will swap into this section so that customers can tune the final results to their personal preference.

RED ARROWS point to the Vclamps for section that can be straight pipe or the secondary muffler.
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Re: Project Ridgeline....our new Shop Truck!

Postby Brian » Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:36 pm

Let's talk for a moment about who should consider this exhaust...and who should NOT get it.

Had a nice guy call today wanting assurance that with second muffler installed it would 'be no louder than stock'. Answer: this exhaust is clearly not for you. Even with second muffler installed this setup is more sporty than stock, there is every present low rumble. With the second muffler installed you won't hear that low rumble over your choice in music at reasonable volumes but it will always be there. Also, if you drive your Ridgeline like a Prius with a bed in the back, lugging it everywhere at 2000 rpms, there is just NO POINT IN YOU GETTING A PERFORMANCE EXHAUST. Know who you are, nothing really wrong with always having the transmission selector in 'D' and lugging this thing around at 2000 rpms but gains from an exhaust system increase with rpms and typically on the dyno we see gains are all from the midrange and up.....with NOTHING GAINED AT 2000 rpms. So again, know who you are, buying a sporty exhaust will not make you sporty.

On the other hand, I have had the pleasure of talking to a ton of Ridgeline enthusiasts who reach down every day and hit that 'D/S' until they see "S" on the dash. Many also tell me they have "S" selected and paddle shift it to redline daily. That "S" driving group is the group we made this exhaust for, and this goes double for the paddle shifting to redline group, that's the crowd that drives it like a sports truck to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy the power and sound of this motor when rpms are added. In this regard I did a test and had "D" for the 550 mile drive to my wife's parent's in Bodega Bay, and "S" for the same 550 mile drive home and found the mileage difference was only 1mpg. The "D" drive north was such a bore, it was killing me to do the test, the throttle response in 'S' on the way home made it so much more fun. That means driving it like you are trying to protect an egg under the gas pedal is not really doing much for mileage anyway...and you might as well have some fun.
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