I have a magnaflow dual 3" tip muffler --bought for $150 searched around yahoo shopping and had a muffler shop do custom piping ~$100. So you could get that done for less than $300 and it sounds awesome. It's not that loud loud but it's got this really deep rumble, especially before I got my resonator in there and it sets off alarms even when just s tarting the car.
shhh, you are not supposed to tell.
The mild steel really isnt all that bad as far as the muffler and mid-pipe go. The problem is in the welds connecting the dual tips and the pipe comming into the rear of the muffler. Stromung felt that using quality material for their welds was to extreme so they put them together with crap. They figured that anyone wanting to save a little money by not buying the stainless wouldn't mind if the $480 mild steel fell apart within a few years time. Some may have seen that I had my system up for sale on this board and i-club. However, very few even inquired about it. Maybe they seen the pictures I posted showing the infamous Stromung rust problem. What no one knew was the fact that it had been treated for rust and repainted and now it looks like brand new. Hopefully it will hold up this time. See, the thing is I really wanted to get rid of it after talking to Scott, the guy at Stromung, because he turned out to be the most obnoxious and rudest person I had ever delt with. To end this little rant, and please forgive me for doing so, I just want to say that I regret having purchased an exhaust from this company, mild steel or stainless, I don't care.:curse:
I got a Hayame XT1 for $150. It may be ricey for some, but I'm content with it. Got a custom mid-pipe for about $80. It was loud as hell though (before adding a glasspack, I could set off the alarm of the car next to me, or at least get the warning going). Nice, deep, and rumbly.