May 12, 2014
Opening the box, system looks to be of really good quality. Welds appear to be consistent and solid throughout and the bends smooth. The hushpowers are nice looking and we'll constructed.
On to the install. Removing the old pipes was probably the hardest part of the install. Previous owner had installed aluminized steel pipes and they had rusted together. Once that was off, installation was a breeze. If you haven't done an exhaust before, read the instructions before you start, it will save you time. Fitment is great if not a bit tight, had to muscle the x-pipe on the headers, but it says to apply some in the instructions. Still working on centering the tips, but nothing major. One note, I had to hammer out the axle-backs to get out the little metal piece(make sure you take them out) and to get them on the over-axles.
On to the meat and potatoes, what everyone cares most about, the sound. The sound clips do not do it justice. I love the sound, much deeper and more aggressive than my previous exhaust. The wife even loves it, so it's a win. At a certain point when the car is warming up, the bass from the exhaust is almost nauseating. Accelerating, it's most pronounced in cabin around 1800-2200, and then it smoothes out to a nice, deep tone. Driving around town and on the highway, I notice little to no drone, the gear noise I get from the solid mount upper control arm I just added is more pronounced and annoying. You won't be disappointed if you are looking for an aggressive yet streetable exhaust.
Noticed maybe a little performance gain over previous system, could also be the combination of mods I did while I had the car up along with the increased exhaust volume.
Be prepared to smell a pretty strong burning smell for the first few days, but don't worry (the wife did), it goes away. It is quite common from all I've read and heard.
Overall, I would buy this system again in a heartbeat.