To complicate things even more: I am quite happy with my matt-black Vibrant stealth muffler. I had Remus before, P11-144 SW specific, which was very quiet. But after almost 9 years it need some tlc. The vibrant sounds good and fits nicely.
Thanks for all the imput guys. I ordered the vibrant muffler with an 18" resonator and went with 2.5" i really hope the system is direct bolt up. If not i will be pretty mad since it will just be more money to get the thing to the right length as most of you had a problem with. So i am crossing my fingers. I need to get the rear door i just got painted and what not to match the car. That is going to be some monies as well but it will finally make me happy. Lastly i will hopefully update my thread completely cause i notice i don't even have any pics of the car with the JDM rain guards on it. Jose is the only one who has seen the car since then as well. so i'll have to get those all up when the car is all good and fixed and detailed for winter.
Zooker, I'm late on this discussion..what did you decide on? I just had my exhaust installed 2.25 P11 MANDRELEXHAUST stainless piping kit a few weeks back. Mine had to be cut to fit if nothing else for the 2nd 12inch Vibrant bottle resonator I had installed @ the mid pipe bend following the OE design of the mid pipe for our cars. I have installed after the cat a 22'inch Yonaka stainless resonator purchased on Ebay (It's your friend).
I went to Meineke in North Newark. Hector did a great job.I had flanges welded in @ the OE locations along the mid pipe and rear muffler pipe just in case I change exhaust or just the muffler. I had the SSAC/EbAY header installed last week and swapped in the JWT ECU yssterday.
decided on all stuff from their site. 18" resonator option. Then the vibrant muffler. and 2.5" so i guess we will see how it comes out. I'm hoping that it comes with just the slide on thing and you bolt a U braket in to hold the system together. then i can get it welded up by my buddy with no problem. We will see i guess. but damn two resonators. You crazy. lol
Video is the link above.^ i don't know what else to do with it. system is this. SACC header. 2.5" stock cat. 2.5" mandrel bent exhaust CAT back with an 18" resonator option. Vibrant muffler from mandrel exhaust systems. so yeah there you have it guys. sounds pretty good in my opinion. very happy with it. Could be an inch longer but i don't mind how it looks. Also wish it was perfectly center and it might be for you 00+ guys but i don't know. so there you have it. here are the pics from the install.
haha there is my dad trying to get the exhaust hanger off. he ended up cutting it.
mine used to drag. the stock one. i replaced all my exhaust hangers. i think that was a big case with why it was hanging so low. try to replace yours.! and the bracket at the beginning of the CAT really brought the system up as well. (thank you curt for that) so yeah try to replace your exhaust hangers first i would say.
Rob, I had the same concern bruh...tail pipe sticks out just enough but doesn't touch the bumper. So far so good though, no issues. Zooker be glad your muffler pipe is tucked, I see it as less unwanted attention and more of a sleeper exhaust. You and ya pops did a good job.