Bourbon powered V8
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Canberra, Australia.
Re: Price on Exhaust system - Your opinions?
Not that this is much help to you (because of location), but the exhaust place I go to in canberra does pacemakers, high flow cats, one muffler and one resonator/hot dog with large single oval tip for $1900 fitted (all mild steel). Apart from the header brand, I have no idea what brand the rest of the system is, but it goes great and sounds good too. A couple of people in our club have gone with this set up and they have all been happy - with the price, service and results.
I already have 3" cats back, but will be going to them at some stage for pacemakers - $850 fitted.
The price breakup of the above system is roughly as follows:
headers (fitted) $850
HF 2.5" cats $200 each fitted ($400 total)
Cats back system $650 (fitted)
Oval tip $100 (fitted)
The only time this ever gets more expensive is if you do it in bits and pieces. The headers price stays the same, but the rest goes up by around $50 for each cat and about the same for the cat back system, as doing it all at once saves them having to cut your old cats to fit the new system etc, which saves on labour charge.
I reckon anything over $2000 for a similar setup is a bit of a rip off, but it depends on how well you know the business and if it's stainless or mild steel. The only difference between the two is the look, and mild steel is rated to last around 10 years, stainless should see around 15+ years. If you are planning to own the car for more than 10 years (or you show it a lot, and the exhaust look is important), then go stainless, otherwise it's not worth it. You can get the headers HPC coated for around $200 which gives a better finish than stainless anyway. Oh, and pacemakers come in a steel blue sort of colour - I have never seen a single set of these flake (not in 3 years, anyway).
Sorry about the rather long post - hope all this helps.
AU1 XR8 Auto 147.9 rwkw (approx 215 fwkw)
AU2 Wagon HAD Auto
17s, Pacemakers, 3" Intake & Pod filter (The Family Hack)
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Last edited by JC-XR8; 07-26-04 at 05:43 PM.
Reason: Price rise!