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For those of you who have replaced your exhaust with an aftermarket one, where did you go for the installation? Speed shop? Dealer? Midas or local muffler shop? I am thinking about doing a Solo or Borla but not sure where to have the work done.

Not a lot of speed shops here in Western MA but maybe someone has a recommendation for here that I am not aware of or in the Hartford area. Also, is a catback something that can be installed in a day typically?

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If you have access to a lift, you can install it yourself. You'll need some basic tools etc but it can be done.

When I had my MBRP installed by my local exhaust shop, it took about 30-45 minutes.
 

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In my driveway....

Seriously, I can't speak to Borla etc, but I can say that the Solo Performance exhaust is easily installed in your driveway. Took me about two hours max, by myself to get it all installed and on the road.

Do it yourself... save some bucks. Nothing better than doing your own work and getting the satisfaction that brings.. not to mention the fact you could leave a little DNA behind (grin).

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PS, I have ZERO ability with tools. Seriously. Can't tell a crescent wrench from a crescent roll. I know where the gas goes. I know where my right foot goes. I can steer.
 

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Cat-backs are all pretty simple bolt-ons. The hardest part of doing it yourself (if you don't have access to a lift) will be removing the stock exhaust. Any reptuable muffler shop can do the job in about an hour. Cost to install varies a little, but not that much - and not very expensive. I used a local performance shop - they were quick, easy and it was done perfect.
 

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I am having mine installed at the dealer next Tuesday. They told me like $70 and I'll get to watch them do the whole thing. To me (also tool illiterate) this is a huge relief, as $70 is what these days....a night at the movies!? lol good luck man
 

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For those of you who have replaced your exhaust with an aftermarket one, where did you go for the installation? Speed shop? Dealer? Midas or local muffler shop? I am thinking about doing a Solo or Borla but not sure where to have the work done.

Not a lot of speed shops here in Western MA but maybe someone has a recommendation for here that I am not aware of or in the Hartford area. Also, is a catback something that can be installed in a day typically?

Thanks!
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Not sure if this will help, but this is kind of how I look for service providers if I get into something I'm not comfortable with handling myself...

Start by talking to a business or someone you know and trust that is involved with performance and/or aftermarket modifications. Get recommendations on where you should take it from them. From that, make a few phone calls and ask some basic questions like:

1) Cost to do the job
2) How long they've been in business (this is important for warranty work mainly)
4) What kind of warranty the put on their work (I think at least a year or 12k is standard from exhaust shops parts and labor)
3) How much of the work in question they've done (if it's not primarily an exhaust shop for example)
4) Determine if whom you spoke to is someone you'd want to do business with. Were they knowledgeable about the products and services? Were they helpful? Is it someone you'd want to deal with in the future if you need to come back for warranty work?

Deduce 2 or 3 places from the phone calls, then take a drive and check out the shops.

Things to look for:
1) A place of business and not someones house garage.
2) Clean (within the realm of automotive work)
4) Equipment/tools well kept and maintained.
3) Employees that don't give you the creeps just to see/meet them.
4) Professional place of business overall

Things to avoid:
1) A guy in a house garage/shed with car ramps and a pint in his pocket. :scratchhead:
2) A business that's only been around a year or two. (not that they are bad per-say, but as a rule of thumb, 5 years + is good proof of a solid establishment that will be there if/when you need them.
3) Pushy salesmen that just try to up-sell parts and services. (not that recommendations are bad, just that if they are to overly pushy it's obvious they just want your $ and aren't that concerned about what you want or making you happy for repeat business)

I personally tend to avoid larger chain shops. Again, not that they are bad, but I've found smaller shops to be more interested in me and put in a little extra effort to make me happy and get the job done right over the larger name shops.

Anyhow, hope that helps!
 

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I went to a local chain of muffler shops that has been in business for about 40 years, and has a decent reputation. The same guy put my Blastin' Bob's reso delete glasspacks that just put my Solo catback on. I watched most of it, and had no problems with the job he did at all. It took about an hour and a half, and I have no complaints. I may make a small adjustment to the J pipes next week, but I could live with the sound the way it is no problem.
 

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I installed my Solo catback with my 15-year-old son. I had never installed an exhaust on a car. It took me longer to get the car jacked up so that I was comfortable with it than it did to do the install. I had to buy a couple of floor jacks and jack stands to do it, though. I was happy to put the labor cost that I saved toward the cost of the jacks. It was really pretty simple to install, but probably not something you could do with a crescent roll. lol.

But, it doesn't sound like you enjoy doing that type of work. Any decent shop should be able to do it. If you go with Solo, remind the Shop to rotate the j-pipes upward so that they fit under the car correctly. Solo ships them with the j-pipes folded "in" so that the pipes fits in the box. I think that the new instructions from Solo probably mentions that, but they didn't when I installed mine.

The mechanic that I use also does exhaust work. I was planning to have him do it, but he couldn't get to it for a while. I got impatient and did it myself. I'm glad I did now.
 
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