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I just want to get a sanity check on the exhaust system i'm pricing.

2.5inch True dual to a 14inch DI/DO magnaflow with turn downs right before rear axle.
Moving the Muffler forward to the cab area to help with the scavenge effect of the built in Xpipe.

Price to install with parts $365.


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Well that isnt that bad. i know i just paid $250 for duals, from the cat back with 4in stainless tips.
 

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Doesn't sound to bad. We all have found on this site that price varies from state to state and location. I would be more concerned about the quality and reputation of the shop.
 

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After calling a round a bit, it seems the avg price is $300.

Since this is large city, its sorta hard to get any idea on reputation, any particular questions i should ask to help identify a good shop? Back in my home town i would know exactly who to go too....
 

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I would start with checking the local BBB and then if you see/hear a truck or car that looks like it has a aftermarket exhaust I would just ask the owner who did there exhaust and if they were happy with the job. You may want to check Jegs and Summit for there brand exhaust systems that are less money than the brand name companies. I think Hearthrob makes there kits.
 

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I assume it isnt to bad, from where I am from it would be cheaper but its who you know here :lol: The only thing I can advise is to watch so they dont do **** welding, like weld the bottom and not the top of the pipe :money:
 

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I just talked to Meineke, the guy there said i cannot go Dual in as it would void the mfg warranty.

He said GM has a one piece assembly from the manifold to the 3inch flange, and he would have to cut in at the Y pipe behind the cats to get true dual which would cause issues with my warranty. The guy went to on to tell me how customers have complained to him about dealerships screwing them over the situation and he personally wouldnt recommend doing it unless i was prepared to loose my warranty.

I understand about that aftermarket law that passed a little while back, but i had always been told you could do whatever you want as long as its behind the cats. The guy seems real knowledgeable about the situation, was i just misinformed before?

---------- Post added at 05:14 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:02 PM ----------

I just talked to Meineke, the guy there said i cannot go Dual in as it would void the mfg warranty.

He said GM has a one piece assembly from the manifold to the 3inch flange, and he would have to cut in at the Y pipe behind the cats to get true dual which would cause issues with my warranty. The guy went to on to tell me how customers have complained to him about dealerships screwing them over the situation and he personally wouldnt recommend doing it unless i was prepared to loose my warranty.

I understand about that aftermarket law that passed a little while back, but i had always been told you could do whatever you want as long as its behind the cats. The guy seems real knowledgeable about the situation, was i just misinformed before?

Forget about what i just said, I just called my dealer and talked to the shop foreman. he said i can do whatever i want as long as i stay behind the cats. however my original exhaust warranty will be voided. ( i said, well no sh*t its gone. He said exactly, who cares )
 

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The warranty is only voided on the parts you replace/take off. Sounds like the dealer service writter was being a di*k. Go talk to some dealers in person and see what they have to say. I lifted my truck when it was new and later had some A/C problems. The dealer fixed it under warranty as he said the lift wasn't the cause of the A/C problems. As long as you keep the cats in the original location I wouldn't think there would be a problem.
 

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I second what ChromeSilver said. There is a shop in my area that does exhaust work for a descent price. I looked at one of my coworkers trucks to see if I wanted to let them put an exhaust on my truck. I looked under his truck to see how it looked. The weld job was complete all the way around but it looked like a 2 year old welded it. It has been on his truck for almost 6 years with no problems. So I may go to them. He paid $250 for a single glass pack in and dual out. It sounds nice and looks nice if you are standing next to the truck.
 

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X2, try & find someone who's had work done there & look at the quality of the welds & check if any of them are leaking.
As for the "sanity check"? You're just as sane as the rest of us that are willing to spend lots of money cuz we like em louder, better, & faster:great:
 

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Good news,
Called another Meineke, they took at look at the truck today and said they would order the muffler i wanted and install it the way i wanted for $225 and give a 1yr satisfaction warranty to boot. They said they MIG weld every connection and that they guarantee their work, he even took me out to the shop and showed another vehicles weld they had just done. I guess thats as good as i'm gona get. I'll let yall know how it sounds Saturday after my appointment.

I leaned over the counter and checked their cost on the muffler, $125 for magnaflow DI/DO 2.5inch 14inch. Other shops were wanting to charge me $220 for just the muffler.
 

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good deal. im gonna go see the meineke out here and see what they will charge me.. i already ordered my muffler just want them to run the rest
 

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Sounds like you found a winner, please post some pictures.
 

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this thread makes me think i got ripped off. i spent 450 for my exhaust system. corse i am in virginia beach.

Alex
 

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this thread makes me think i got ripped off. i spent 450 for my exhaust system. corse i am in virginia beach.

Alex
Prices vary wildly on aftermarket stuff like exhaust for some reason. I called about 7 or 8 places, most were at or around $300, one place was $480 (Just so happens to be the place our local 4wheelparts subcontracts their local exhaust work to). I opted not to get any tips as i'm having the pipes turned down before the rear axle so that helps the cost alot, but i'm having my muffler relocated to about 2ft behind my cats which is gona take some custom mounting. I relocated the muffler close to the cats because the muffler has a built in X-pipe which doesnt work so well the further out you put it.
 

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That sounds like a winner. Good looking work at a good price.
 

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Got my exhaust on today. What a big mistake!

I cant seem to keep my foot outa the gas now, Damn it sounds good.:lol:
 

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Any pictures?
 

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Hurry up!! I can't wait!!:lol:
 
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