I posted this over at RPS, but thought I might stick it here as well. Perhaps someone that was in my shoes a few weeks ago would appreciate it.
After many weeks of searching the archives, talking to people with magnaflows, gibsons and flowmasters, trying to find out if a pre-fab catback system would fit my edge, I finally pulled the trigger and had a custom bent system installed.
I went with the following:
Magnaflow #14258 muffler (2.5 in/2.25 dual out)
3 inch slash cut stainless tips
I had a local shop do the install (all parts and labor) for $279. There are very few exhaust shops left in my area that will do "custom" installs. And prices were widely varied (from what I paid up to $500). I figure I came out alright in the end.
I was unable to get SS pipe, or mandrel bends, however I cannot complain about the quality of the work. I am not too worried about the pipe not lasting because this shop did the exhaust work on my last ranger and I had the pipes on it for 5 years and they were still good (I did hit them with some high temp paint to help prevent surface rust).
I probably could have saved a few bucks if I would have ordered the muffler and tips myself, but I thought I would throw some business towards a local company. I don't know if I would have bought the stainless steel muffler if I would have ordered it myself (since I don't have SS pipe), but it sure is pretty (after I get those dang finger prints off of it).
Anyhow, I really like the sound, I didn't figure a little v6 could sound that good. It's not boomy/hollow sounding like my buddy's flowmasters are, just a nice deep tone that it not extremly noticable at cruising speed on the highway. But when you stomp on it, you cannot miss it.
Anyway, here are a few pics.
Standard split rear: