well folks, I did it. Could not get dealer to go lower than $450, but did get them to include gaskets for joints to cats. I think that was a good price
quite a deal especially if that included install?
no, did not include install, that would be extra $150. I did it myself, not bad - just a tad over 2 hours to get Mada up on jacks, remove stock exhaust, mount and align new. Not too many problems, other than a stubborn stud, and a stupid mistake when I pinched my tricep area in the middle wheel of floor creeper - ouch
(that was cause of only swearing through whole job)
As you can know from my last two posts, I had to convince myself to do this - don't normally like to spend money and make work to remove something that is running just fine (maybe I'll try to sell the stock one, perhaps someone needs it for a good price). But I was convinced I made a good choice on first start after install: Wow - the nice throaty rumble I wanted, not too loud. First results from butt dyno say it has added power - noticeable pitch up of front end when go WOT from start or rolling. And unlike the guy who returned it to dealer and gave me a great deal - my wife loves the sound.
post some pic and clip if your going to buy it
am posting a few pics, not great as was getting dark by time I finished. Will try to get a sound clip up.
Like to know what you all think. Two questions maybe someone can give me some advise for:
1. low clearance to spare tire as shown in one pic, down to an inch in one spot. Parts guy at dealer said no problem, and I tend to agree since dual pipes should each have half the flow so therefore half the heat of the stock single pipe after muffler. Has anyone thought about this with their dual mounts? Any concerns?
2. stock exhaust has shields attached in a few spots - none are shown on Nissan's parts data for this Stillen. Should I be swapping the old shields from stock to Stillen? Not sure if they will fit as curves not same, and obviously there are no shields for the new second exit which is the one that passes close to spare.
One thing I failed to consider during all my pondering: rear exit means decrease of departure angle. I do take Mada off road - ah well, it is only a few degrees off low point of hitch, and I've never yet dragged hitch - I'll just need to be careful. Can't have the look I wanted without a little sacrifice
I'm curious about gas mileage increase, but may be a few miles until it shows an increase, once I stop putting my foot down. Will try to report back here after a few tanks.