The shop that put these on for me deals with Flowmaster and Magnaflow. He told me the Magnaflows sounded better on our cars and quoted me $300 installed for a pair of mufflers and the resonator removed with a pipe put in place. Now this is his opinion so take it for what it is worth. I won't be indulging in exhaust anytime soon but if I do, I would leave the resonator in place at first.I'm going to do the tips after seeing how great they look on this thread but I think I'm going to add a set of Flowmaster series 44 mufflers for a little punch out back.
I only have experience with the one set of tips that I put on my 2012 (the ones from Walmart - they are "Pilot" brand). They are the "bolt on" type and I've not had a single issue with them and they've been on for a few years. However, I have the smaller diameter versions. I do that people were having issues with the larger diameter versions from Walmart becoming loose.I seem to feel the urge to spend more money after seeing reading this!
Welding seems like the better method, I was told some tips clamp on or secure in some similar fashion but I don't know about that. Just seems like an exercise in cost cutting I want to avoid. Can anyone reading this vouch for this method?
Just thought I'd throw this in too as it was on my mind V :dunno:
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Right, Just wanted to keep it brief to avoid hijacking WickedGoat's thread, lol. Now I see how generic the question was. But yeah, I can't believe I never thought about how the bolts might look (Ref. your Frankenstein bolt comment). Especially considering how much I care about how my car looks to me, I know I'm not alone with this but even if I am the only one who will ever see something visually wrong with my car it still bothers me.I only have experience with the one set of tips that I put on my 2012 (the ones from Walmart - they are "Pilot" brand). They are the "bolt on" type and I've not had a single issue with them and they've been on for a few years. However, I have the smaller diameter versions. I do that people were having issues with the larger diameter versions from Walmart becoming loose.
So I guess the answer is "it depends". Some are obviously better than others at staying put. Size and weight probably has something to do with it to. A lot of factors.
Also, the ones that I got from Walmart had ugly "frankenstein" bolts that looked bad. Another member found replacement bolts that are completely invisible and those are what I used (were under 50 cents each). So you definitely do have to be careful with the bolt-on versions - but they can be very secure.
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No, not pathetic at all, it's just natural! I still do the exact same thing even this long after I got my new exhaust system. I've even went a step further! Here's a quote from one of my threads about my car: "I have spent time keeling on the ground behind my car to listen to it. (holding my breath of course!) I wonder how many people have walked by me wondering why I smell like car exhaust". Me and 04Imp38 have done the same thing! Every time I see my car that's the first place I look! I practically stare at it. And the amount of pictures I've taken...I don't think there's another angle I could take of the exhaust without positioning myself under the body of the car.Don't worry about thread jacking... Ask all the questions you want...
As far as clamp on versus welded on goes... With welding, you have to get the alignment right the first time. The guy doing mine had me back there guiding and approving the final position. With clamp ons you can adjust it infinitely to your heart's content. With the bolts, you can always buy a slip on tip and then buy a lap joint band clamp to secure it. You can spin the clamp so the bolt is at the top and it should be fairly hidden.
Even if I didn't have a pair of tips sitting on my shelf collecting dust, I would have gone and bought some. I always manage to look at them at the parts stores. My local Walmart just started carrying the tips that @jtrosky mentions. Sadly, I have caught myself walking to the back of my car for no other reason than to admire them... Pathetic, I know...