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Here's the situation:



About one year ago I replaced my rusty rear muffler with an aftermarket stock replacement. (didn't know about this place and mods at the time.) I live in WI, so I have to deal with salt in the winter time.



This past weekend I replaced my rusty resonator with the direct replacement.

Stupid, I know. I let my g/f convince me that a quick $90 fix is better then the $450 stainless Sport exhaust.



After installing the resonator, my rusty flex pipe sprung a leak.

My exhaust is louder then it was before.



The question:

Option #1 Do I replace the flex pipe?

Option #2 Do I buy the stainless sport exhaust package?



Pros and cons of Option #1

$120 bucks to replace one piece, done, cheap.

I'm not losing money on the parts I already have

may rust out within 2 or 3 years

From the Cat back, everything is new

Quiet

I may have to pay $450 for the sport exhaust in the future



Pros and cons of Option #2

I pay $450, and be done with it for good.

From the Cat back everything is new.

Improved performance

Louder

I'd have a perfectly good rear muffler and resonator sitting in my garage.

I just wasted $90 (and $170 for the rear muffler) on the resonator.



What would you do?

 

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I buy higher quality parts so I don't have to keep revisiting the same project. Yes, $450 is a lot of money but in the long run you won't have to replace it as many times as you will the cheaper part. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I'm pretty sure the Saab Sport Exhaust doesn't replace the flex pipe, so either way you'd be replacing that part.
 

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JoshuaTSP said:
Shoot.........you're right......... http://www.thesaabsite.com/93/93exhaust.htm

I was thinking of this:
http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=56_24&products_id=549

So you're saying buy the flex pipe and wait for it to rust out, and then buy the sport exhaust?
Yup, Jeremy R. is right. You're stuck if you're not going for the 3" down pipe combo. I wonder if a person could have the flex pipe custom made in stainless. If I were you I'd call GS and see what they can do for you.

Edit: Please let us know what you find out. My flex pipe is starting to go as well.
 

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nocluetim said:
Yup, Jeremy R. is right. You're stuck if you're not going for the 3" down pipe combo. I wonder if a person could have the flex pipe custom made in stainless. If I were you I'd call GS and see what they can do for you.
Edit: Please let us know what you find out. My flex pipe is starting to go as well.
I don't have the funds for the 3" down pipe combo right now......:cry:

I'd hate to hear how much a stainless flex pipe would cost.
 

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I don't have the funds for the 3" down pipe combo right now......:cry:

I'd hate to hear how much a stainless flex pipe would cost.
Agreed, neither do I. :cry: However, if a custom one could be had for less than $250 I'd be all over it!
 

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If you have a SS flex pipe made locally (in my case Milwaukee where there are a few places doing custom work), it should not cost much more than $120. I looked into it a couple years ago.

The down pipe is a different story, because it is a complex piece, and the one sold by GS is practically a piece of art (!).
 

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Tweek's Turbos said:
Maybe you can find a used one? Good deals pop up from time to time. And used stainless is practically as good as new stainless.
I was offered a used flex pipe (thank you), but decided to go with a new one.

I would however be interested in a used sport exhaust. *hint hint* :cheesy:
 
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