View Full Version : Custom Exhaust that rivals mass produced cat-backs

08-18-2002, 11:40 PM
I was wondering if there is a shop in CA or one willing to ship where they can make a cat-back that rivals mass produced cat-backs. In rivaling I mean in: quality, Durability, and performance.

I have a good deal on a 5 zigen fireball, but I am really looking for a sleer look. What in the exaust system would make it compariable to say a 5zigen or Apexi Exhaust? Is it all in the end canister or is 3 in piping all the same? If I give the specifics to a company like Midas do you think they are up to the task?


08-19-2002, 08:39 AM
Also, what is the better muffler? I am looking for something that looks like the stock exhaust. I found some magnaflow that look very close but come in 2.5 only. Their 3inches are mostly single.

08-19-2002, 01:13 PM
I found a muffler @ Xtreme flow (http://www.xtremeflow.com/new_muffler_page.htm) It has a list of applications: camaro,firebird,IROC,El Camino.3" In / Dual 2.5" out. I am thinking with the right tips you can make it look close to stock, just with bigger out pipes.

I feel so alone in this thread. I was just given the headsup by close police friends that this is the way to go, because in there "street racing" seminar a single, canistar style was a "red flag". Stupid, i know. but im just looking out for my SR. My friends on the SJPD and SCPD wouldnt lie to me, so i am taking them serious.

08-19-2002, 01:25 PM
Well... basically big name exhaust manufactures use the OEM exhaust as a jig, use bigger diameter piping, mandrel bend it, and try to go as straight as possible with it. As far as mufflers go, as long as it matches the pipe diameter, you should be fine. 60mm is 2.25", It's pretty safe to go upto 2.5" for NA applications. Try looking at the DynoMax dual tip muffler, it looks totally stock but offers performance gains over stock. Also please include a resonator in the piping to avoid the "tin-can" sound.

08-19-2002, 01:42 PM
i forgot to mention this will be for a turbo application. an SR.

08-19-2002, 01:44 PM
Then go with a 3" turbo back with a hi-flow cat and resonator.

08-19-2002, 01:52 PM
GReddy DD?

08-19-2002, 01:57 PM
anyone know a shop that mandrel bends? i just found out no midas in california( if not the whole USA ) mandrel bends http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif

08-19-2002, 02:05 PM
I know that California Muffler in Canoga Park used to do mandrel bending. They put out some pretty good work. However, since they are also the manufacturer of Thermal R&D exhausts, I'm not sure if they are still doing the muffler shop side of the business.

Try giving them a call.

08-19-2002, 02:29 PM
i called almost every shop in the san jose yellow pages. 2 places had it. One place only bends pipes as large as 1 1/4 inches. The other, Speed Merchant, does. They also offer dyno and other perfromance parts so the price carries over. I got a rough quote of 400-450. It is 100 more than I thought. I am to call tomorrow to talk to there specialist. Does anyone know around the price range..

another shop said they only U bend.. is that the same as crush bending?