With the long lasting stainless steel exhaust systems I haven't had to replace a muffler/exhaust system in probably 20 years. Have you guys had to replace a rotted out exhaust lately or just upgraded to something different?
1) Catalytic Converters. 2) The guys that want dual exhaust on their pickups. 3) The diesel truck guys that want the 5 inch exhaust. 4) Classic Cars. 5) Poor folk still driving 80s - 2000s cars. 6) Ricers
The pipe bender earned its keep, i burned up many sawzalls and miles of mig wire.
FYI my 2001 forester needs a muffler right now- its rusted thru. I am going to sell it as is though..so whomever buys it will need a muffler shop or fight the bolts with a heat wrench and have to bring out the sawzall.
For some it’s 16 or 26 or 36 and so forth around here … FlowMaster’s of the universe … and yes, half duals … Our little shop would not have much overhead … one man show and pretty old building/equipment … … had him move a pipe that was an inch from a PTU when there was plenty room to keep that heat further away … He repaired a sway bar hanger for me too … pretty good at welding small stuff …
The flex pipe will corrode through sooner or later and will need to be replaced. Exhaust systems last a lot longer these days than was the case years ago, but they will still eventually require replacement. A good shop with a skilled pipe bender and welder can fab up a new and quiet exhaust in no time at reasonable cost for those who have the wit to find these shops. It's a smaller market these days, but it still exists as do the shops that have the know-how to do the work.
Loc: South Carolina
Literally everyone around here who buys a new pickup truck immediately hacks off the nice stainless steel system and has dual crush bent aluminized pipes installed with FLowmasters that will rust out within five years.
2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S 1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980