Saturday, July 9, 2011

Project G37S: Still searching for a Y-pipe...

An individual modifying with JDM parts must possess and maintain a certain special composure and a unique, patient fortitude.

As I anxiously await the aero components ordered roughly two months ago to arrive stateside, I have been attempting to get my exhaust system completed. The Amuse R-Titan system is now connected to a decent-quality custom y-pipe, the stock catalytic converters, and the stock headers. I was expecting a Tanabe Y-pipe to arrive alongside the Amuse, but, through uncertain error, I received the wrong pipe. (I ended up selling this pipe to a fellow enthusiast. He is quite happy with his new mid-pipe.)

Still without a Y-pipe, however, I have been trying to assess my options and track down the best pipe available for my application. With limited options, I got to thinking back to my Z33 days. I recall with fondness the quality of my JIC Magic Y-pipe. I knew that JIC had made a pipe for the G37 at one point, but I had heard it was discontinued some time ago. With nothing to lose, I e-mailed JIC to see if there was any way to get my hands on one of these pipes. The sad and disheartening response I received is posted below.

Item is discontinue...
we do not export anymore problem is US$ is cheap now. anything we import from Japan
we don't make money anymore and china product is so cheap.
we are going to production all coilover in USA.
JIC Sales

Thus, I am still searching for a Y-pipe to mate with my Amuse exhaust system and MXP double-resonated test pipes. In the meantime, however, I can admire the quality welds of my JIC Z33 y-pipe. 


  1. Wow, that email really puts things into perspective on how the replica/knockoff market has damaged the industry as a whole. Really enjoy reading your blog man. Finding you and a couple others has helped me to rethink my goals and ideology on my own vehicles. Keep it up man!

  2. You're right - for those JDM-ophiles out there, considering that reality can be discouraging. It makes you wonder where the industry will be five or ten years from now. But, as I've said here before, I take solace knowing there are still some true JDM enthusiasts out there.

    Thanks for the comment and thank you for reading the blog.