Originally Posted by Miata-99
Why cant I have a custom exhaust made for cheaper?
Mandrel benders are nasty expensive. Shops buy them because they pay for themselves with good profit margin. You can have one custom made, and forget about shipping charges, and get exactly what you want.
Trouble is, when you call a shop out of the blue it's Cha-Ching! So F-that, call around, have your buddies who know other buddies call around. Do you know the guy who works at Midas. Ask them to price match, etc. Those e-bay prices are pretty cheap though. It's a matter of finding the right place.
ON THE APEX-I EXHAUST.
The N-1 is an old standard. Some say it's slightly less than 3" although I think it's close enough. It does
have the stock orientation of multiple resonators, which will quiet the exhaust significantly, while increasing backpressure. It's one of the quietest available.
The downpipe however is not 3" It starts at 2.5 expands to 3, then necks-down? to bolt to stock parts. Not good, although it's been so long on the exhaust parts I could be mistaken.
If you want one of the best, look for Thermal R&D. It's about 560, and also necks down to fit the stock cat. Which gets cut off when you install a high-flow 3" cat or test pipe.
The Megan Racing is a good balance of quality and cheap price. But really, it's just piping
. Different brands will vary slightly in price, performance, quality, availability, and sound. It's a personal preference really.