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post #1 of 10 Old 3rd April 2019, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Quality job for muffler delete

I want something different than the current system (B&B) and muffler delete seems a quick, easy alternative. Plus, I get to choose the exhaust tip

Just called a local performance shop and the owner was asking $500-700. He said he uses banjo pipes which costs $45 per bend, and he only does TIG weld instead of MIG weld which is done at most of muffler shops. I want a quality job but I also don't want to overspend on cutting and welding pipes.

Based on my online research, muffler delete typically costs somewhere around $200. Is it worth to spend extra few hundreds to use banjo pipes and get it TIG welded?
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I want something different than the current system (B&B) and muffler delete seems a quick, easy alternative. Plus, I get to choose the exhaust tip

Just called a local performance shop and the owner was asking $500-700. He said he uses banjo pipes which costs $45 per bend, and he only does TIG weld instead of MIG weld which is done at most of muffler shops. I want a quality job but I also don't want to overspend on cutting and welding pipes.

Based on my online research, muffler delete typically costs somewhere around $200. Is it worth to spend extra few hundreds to use banjo pipes and get it TIG welded?
I've never heard of banjo pipes. He probably said mandrel pipes, as in mandrel bent.

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What is important for corrosion resistance is that the welder uses stainless steel filler rod for TIG or wire for MIG. IMHO what makes or brakes this job is how the new sections of pipe are joined to the old, and the method that allows factory exhaust hangers to be utilized to hang the new system.

I did not do a delete but a prior thread my be helpful to illustrate. V-bands are ideal for this application because I can leave the mufflers in place when I drop the center section for service(or vice versa), a huge time saver.

https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post7538510

Also a real exhaust shop will have a mandrel bending machine with a wizard that can run it, he wont be patching sections of pre-bent pipe together(even though that would work just fine).

As for the price? Meineke muffler would probably do this for $200, any fab ship I would let touch my car probably $500-700.

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I found out the resonator is missing under the car... PO put the aftermarket headers and x pipe. (looks like SuperSprint ones) I knew the exhaust was loud but didn’t know resonator was not there... I’ve had the car for 3 years. I am a bad owner, right?

I watched a few video clips of exhaust sound with x pipe + muffler delete and they are LOUD. I am not sure if I can handle it lol. Another side me says do it because it’s already loud so why not more? I don’t daily drive it so it’s not gonna be daily thing I will be dealing with. Can anyone share first hand experience with this setup?

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Yeah, it will be annoyingly loud. I once ran my M5 with Supersprint headers, race cats, x-pipe and resonator delete pipes with the mufflers off. That lasted about two days and then I reinstalled the Magnum mufflers. I thought I wanted something louder but there is too much of a good thing.

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That price is not badly out of line in my opinion. The material costs aren't cheap and it takes time to do a good job. I made mine and added 12" Vibrant resonators. I also kept the original resonator too, I think it sounds perfect. If I was paying myself for the work it would have been well over $1000 for the labor alone.
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That price is not badly out of line in my opinion. The material costs aren't cheap and it takes time to do a good job. I made mine and added 12" Vibrant resonators. I also kept the original resonator too, I think it sounds perfect. If I was paying myself for the work it would have been well over $1000 for the labor alone.
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That price is not badly out of line in my opinion. The material costs aren't cheap and it takes time to do a good job. I made mine and added 12" Vibrant resonators. I also kept the original resonator too, I think it sounds perfect. If I was paying myself for the work it would have been well over $1000 for the labor alone.


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It is just a bit more than stock when you are puttering around, but really comes on beautifully above 4k rpm.

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I have to say that had I to do it over again, I would probably have the existing mufflers cut and through pipes welded internally. so much less hassle that way. sure they are heavy, but. factory hangers, no mods anywhere else. IDK, I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't do that in the first place.

the old commercial tagline is appropriate in this case... I did pay too much for that muffler (delete).

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