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Old 02-10-2010, 03:10 PM   #18
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Yep the camaro comes with 2.5 mandrell bent pipes anyway! Mine was dirt cheap
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:31 PM   #19
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Ok...picked up the car today and drove straight to the muffler shop after letting the wife drive it around a little. By the time I got to the shop I have about 35 miles on it.

I only have pics at the moment. I accidentally left the camcorder at home but I plan on getting some video this week.

Here is my conclusion:
For the money this is a GREAT upgrade! The stock exhaust is just way to quiet and although this is still not extremely loud it is a nice deep tone and is loud enough to slightly here it in the cabin even with the music up some. I am very happy with the sound.

Because this is done by hand the welds aren't quite as nice as I would like but again for the price I can't complain at all and as long as you're not under the car you'll never see them. The shop also used standard aluminized exhaust pipe instead of stainless steel but again for the money and the fact that I'll probably change out this system to a 3" one once I get headers I can't complain at all.
I would say that if I had a little extra money I might have gone with the SOLO Mach-X but since I'll be able to buy a Hurst Shifter with the left over money I'm still glad I went this route.

The shop originally quoted me $130 to do it all but he started complaining that it took a little longer than he thought. I ended up giving him $150 but I bet he charges around the $175 range next time. So I have $173 in parts plus $150 in labor for a total of $325. I would’ve had about $225 in this setup if I decided to not go with the Magnaflow tips. I'm glad I choose the Magnaflow tips but the factory ones are not bad at all and I'm sure most will just re-use the factory ones.

I would definitely recommend this combination to anyone (resonated X-pipe, no resonators, muffler delete). If you have a little extra money then I would say go with a SOLO Mach-X for $750. If you're budget minded go with the local shop and spend $225-$350 depending on the tips.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:33 PM   #20
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More pics....
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:51 PM   #21
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Can't wait to hear how it sounds.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:03 AM   #22
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Giggity. Looks great man.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:32 AM   #23
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Glad it turned out like you wanted man, it looks great can't wait to hear how it sounds. I think I may go this route or something similar. I may just cut out the H pipe and resonators and replace it with an un resonated X pipe, then replace the stock trashcan mufflers with some Hushpower Pro Series shortie mufflers. I don't know... I'll wait until I hears yours
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:12 PM   #24
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Maybe recommend a Sawsall instead of a torch for nice clean cuts, otherwise a decent job.

How is the Drone in the cabin?, you said you had to turn your radio up.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:07 PM   #25
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Maybe recommend a Sawsall instead of a torch for nice clean cuts, otherwise a decent job.

How is the Drone in the cabin?, you said you had to turn your radio up.

I agree on the Sawsall....I didn't like some of the welds as much either but then again it was a cheap job. I don't think performance was hindered in any way...just doesn't look as pretty. After all if you re-use your factory tips you can get it done for about the $250-$275 range.

I don't hear any drone that I can tell. It actually sounds really good to me. Then again I've only got about 70 miles on it so you'll have to give me some time to make sure it's not there.

Sorry...if I had a misunderstanding on the radio. I've actually been barely turning it up so I can hear the exhaust ...I like to listen to that right now. What I was meaning to say is that even if the radio is up some you can still hear it but not by very much. No need to turn up the radio....actually turn it down so you can hear it rolling through the gears.

Again...I think this basic setup whether you do it from a local shop or SOLO Mach-X or Magnaflow Comp Series is a very good choice for these cars. Of course I'm a little bias now.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #26
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The muffler guy suggested to us that he spray an undercoating spay on ours (black so you can't see the pipes) to prevent the welds from rusting out in a week! We are very happy with the sound and so are the neighbors.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:16 PM   #27
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if the muffler guy used stainless pipe and stainless welding rod, it shouldn't rust out for a very long time.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:05 PM   #28
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You need to come by my shop as soon as possible ......I have something for you for free.

Prefer you bring a truck, you will thank me.

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Old 02-16-2010, 10:18 PM   #29
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You need to come by my shop as soon as possible ......I have something for you for free.

Prefer you bring a truck, you will thank me.

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Ok... I'll call you tomorrow and try to swing by. I'll have to borrow a truck from my dad but that's not an issue.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:40 PM   #30
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how is the decel popping with this? i have just the muffler delete right now, but am thinking about doing this to mine. with the muffler delete there is alot of decel popping, but mainly at lowere speeds around town.
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how is the decel popping with this? i have just the muffler delete right now, but am thinking about doing this to mine. with the muffler delete there is alot of decel popping, but mainly at lowere speeds around town.
I hear the popping every once in a while. It's there but not very much.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:05 PM   #32
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thanks, i think i will do this for no more than it cost. great cheap mod!
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:32 PM   #33
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Dude... you butchered your car.
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Dude... you butchered your car.
Couldn't take that quiet exhaust. About a month ago I pulled up to a light and I was one car back and one lane over from an SIM SS. I rolled down the window to hear what it sounded like and I swear I couldn't hear the car at all. I knew then the exaust would have to go right away.

Poor car barely had 30 miles on it when it got it's first upgrade.


BTW I need to swing by and get a gas caddy from you. I might give you a call Friday afternoon. I'm having the stripes put on at a shop over in your neck of the woods and thought about stopping by after I pick it up.
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