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So i got a new down pipe from CTI (Custom Tubes INC.) out of windham NH. i was very unimpressed with craftsmanship, welds were poorly mig welded and poor fitment, i couldnt even get a socket on the turbo studs, pipe was to close to the nuts. the middle support bracket barely lined up could only get one bolt on, also the flex pipe is against the oil pan. Fortunatly i own a set of torches an some brains so i made it work. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that for $550 i would go with GS. All in all it was a 4 hour fitment. I have made a call to him and will see if he will make either a new one or fix the issues. On the plus side i was able to fit my rear diffuser i am building a mold for. Its been taking a while but personal life and work has been crazy. Here are some pics of what it looks like. would like to get a yay or nay on the look.






 

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Are those welds really that bad? It's difficult for mig welds to look perfect. Tig welds look 100x better, but also take longer, and thus cost more money. As long as there isn't tons of splatter and you can see the proper burn marks/heat rings around the welds, those should work fine (although they could have grinded them down some to make the work more aesthetically pleasing).

Also, that rear diffuser is amazing work! It is a phenomenal design and will look stunning when complete. Good luck!
 

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I got the same downpipe a month ago. For 550, it's really a shitty value. It's not stainless and requires some trimmiing to fit. The biggest problem was tightening it to the turbine housing.
 

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The idea is for both exhaust ports to be usable. Thanks for the positive remarks. As far as the welds go i would say if your selling a part for $550 it should fit perfect and should look aesthetically pleasing, i would say that most people want to upgrade for performance and aesthetics.
 

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Welds look decent on the pipe - agreed about fitment/looks and price. The DP nickT sells @ GS is SOOOO nice - I've had the pleasure of installing one and removeing one. Their only issue is a clamp needed to be ground down to clear the rear subframe - not a big deal.


Awesome diffuser design. Interested in exhaust plans - dual?
 

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the plan will be to Y pipe after the rear end and 2 mufflers on the side of the spare tire. I still havent figured out what i am going to do with the exhaust tips may be a custom tips that attach to the exhaust. but that is going to require alot of metal manipulation.
 

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the plan will be to Y pipe after the rear end and 2 mufflers on the side of the spare tire. I still havent figured out what i am going to do with the exhaust tips may be a custom tips that attach to the exhaust. but that is going to require alot of metal manipulation.
Have you considered just doing a single or dual exit with the exhaust tip(s) hidden, bent downwards at the end? Alot of cars do this and it might save you alot of trouble, time, and money. Plus, I'd say the rear diffuser would look good enough as-is without tips. Just something to consider. Again, amazing fabrication work.
 
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