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Exhaust on the cheap...

Let me start off by saying, I know very little about how an engine runs. What I do know is that my stock exhaust is not very manly sounding. I would like a deeper tone exhaust, however not so much that it is annoying to drive.

Anyway, for my desires, I though Magnaflow would be a good choice. Up here in Canada it seems the cat back systems cost around $600.00, while just the muffler costs about $100.

Why can't you just buy the muffler and then have some shop make you some pipes and weld it all together??? Is there something I'm missing? Wouldn't this be cheaper??
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Yes, you can just buy a muffler and have a shop weld it in. If you don't want to spend too much money, you can just have them weld in flowmaster or a muffler of your choice in place of your stock one, using your stock tail pipe. If your willing to spend more, then you can get a new bigger single or dual tail pipes ran.
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well most places that you go to wont install parts that u bought. they are gonna try and get the most money out of your business as possible. the reason for a whole cat back is it was designed with certain sized pipes and angles for the best performance. if u go with the cat back youd be able to put it on yourself with lil headaches like trying to find a shop that will install your muffler.
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What Mike Jones said. get a offset in/center out muffler and it should work perfectly fine with your stock pipes. 2" in/2" out as well. Sorta a "stealthy" set up.
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My local shop will install a muffler that I bring in with no problems. Depends on the shop... there is no reason to spend 600plus dollers on a catback. A custom exhaust shop should be able to bend you a whole catback system for far less than a prefabbed one. Just go to a good shop that uses good pipe and smooth bends like my local shop. Depending on the tips you get, that can add alittle to the cost. I got stainless ones because I only want to get them once.
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I had my first cat back done for under 250....muffler was 50, tip was 50, bend and hanging/welding was 150.
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Yeah that sounds about right, I have no muffler, but for the cost of the Y pipe made, and bending/hanging/welding, and stainless tips, it was still like 3xx something, not too bad IMO. Thats duals.. It wouldent have been much more with a muffler.
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I would think that a professional muffler shop wouldn't have too much trouble creating and installing such a system. I guess I should do some checking around in my area.

I'd be happy to do a custom Magnaflow catback system for $500 cdn.
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today i bought a cherry bomb muffler and used an adapter and u bolts to bolt it in place. I just dumped it right after the muffler. might add a turndown tip later. all in all it cost me a little under 30 bucks. im happy with it :)
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Ok so if I buy a muffler (say magnaflow) and a stainless tip, then just get the shop to install it, or should i get new pipes from the cat to the muffler and the muffler to the tip? what size pipes are standard?
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I am pretty sure that 2 inch pipes are stock, so i would go with those.
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I am pretty sure that 2 inch pipes are stock, so i would go with those.
I have dual 2" 1/4, and that would be good for single as well.
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in canada also, quoted $380 for a magnaflow muffler, with 2.5" piping... cat back... your quote of $600 is retarded.

Shop around.
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I had my first cat back done for under 250....muffler was 50, tip was 50, bend and hanging/welding was 150.
That sounds about right. i dont understand why anyone would buy a pre fabed cat back "system" from Borla, magnaflow etc for $550+. It makes no sense.
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^^^ yep the pre fabbed units are wayyy over priced.
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I got my exhaust done for $160. that was 2.5" piping from the cat bat, mandrel bent piping, and a cherry bomb muffler. It cost a bit more for different mufflers but not more than $200 for it. So I say have them do it.
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Thanks for all the great replies!!! I am going to visit a couple local shops and see what they can do for me. I don't know if they are open today or not (civic holiday) But I will get a few quotes in the next few days.

I was going to buy some tires in about a month, but I may do the exhaust first and see how the goodyears handle in the winter. (By then I will have enough for new tires anyway.)


Have a good day all. Thanks for the info.
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For your 3.0L, i'd do single 2.25". If dual, 2.25" in/2" dual out.
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i got my catback with glasspack and duals for 225 that for the pipes bends welds glasspack and tips
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btw you will also save abit by getting a dynomax muffler... but i hear they dont last as long as a magnaflow
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like said earlier, check with your local shops. All my local shops, except one, will install a muff/tips the customer purchased elsewhere. well...that one shop wanted to charge me $450 if i bought the muff somewhere else. jeeeze. (FLOWMASTER FTW!!)
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For your 3.0L, i'd do single 2.25". If dual, 2.25" in/2" dual out.
I have dual 2.25", with 3.5" tips, and I love it. Makes for a deeper sound, and 2.25" still isnt that big, but a nice size.
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Gibson, son.

Or go extra cheap, get a muffler with a 2" in and 3" out and put a turn down on the muffler exit and an exhaust clamp for the entrance.
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Gibson, son.

Or go extra cheap, get a muffler with a 2" in and 3" out and put a turn down on the muffler exit and an exhaust clamp for the entrance.
never seen a 2" in/3" out......


like this? You can do this using stock piping, two band clamps, a turndown, and a $2 hanger.
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That'll work.
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