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Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

I know I've posted a thread regarding exhaust setups before but thanks to all of your responses, I've decided to go with a Vibrant setup. Now I'm stuck with the task of finding a shop to put it all together. I'm wondering how I should go about putting all of these pieces together. I'm browsing the Vibrant Performance website right now and I'm looking at several different pieces with various specs. I know I'm going to get the Vibrant header and that I will need to get a small piece cut to bridge the gap from the downpipe to the catalytic converter. Correct? From there, where should I go? I see that the Vibrant website offers different parts such as adjustable timing belt tensioners, mufflers, resonators, straight exhaust tips, air filters, catalytic converters, and much more. What all do I need to complete my setup? And should I buy all of the parts from Vibrant? Or at least Vibrant made (in the scenario that I find one used)? I was hoping to have a local shop cut my piping for me as long as they do mandrel bends. But I'm still confused as to what all goes in to the exhaust system. I know it starts with the header, then the downpipe, and I see on the Vibrant header that there is a flex coupling. Then I need to get a short piece cut to connect that to the catalytic converter. Should I get a cat from Vibrant or should I keep the OEM one? I'm also curious as to which sizing to get. Does the inlet/outlet size of the resonator and the length make a huge difference in sound? Does the inlet/outlet size of the muffler change the sound as well? Things like that. Sorry I'm such a darn noob, but I really appreciate you all's help!

Here's a link to their fabrication components page: Vibrant Performance ::.
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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

jus get that header, resonator and maybe muffler from them + flanges

then get 2,5" hi flow cat somewhere (see which is the cheapest catco, magnaflow or that vibrant Round Metal Core Catalytic Converter) and let some exhaust shop weld everything together with 2,5" pipe

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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

Awesome. Thanks. And what are flanges? Haha
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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

they're the pieces welded on to the end of exhaust pipes so they can be attached to each other by bolts. and make sure to get a gasket to go in between:

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and as far as resonators making a difference in sound, i would say so, if i can find a video of my before and after resonator sound clip i'll post it. but it does what its supposed to do, the resonator further drones out any higher frequency sounds allowing a deeper exhaust note. but it all depends on the resonator as far as I'm concerned there are two types, the bottle style and the ultra quiet that vibrant makes, where the resonator is insulated so it keeps the in cabin noise and exhaust note low. without affecting performance. you can go as far as 3" piping i believe one of the members on here have that setup.
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So would I want to go with the ultra quiet or the bottle nose? The ultra quiet sounds like it may make my setup too quiet :P
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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

its all based on your reference if you want it louder or not.
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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

Sorry - Just Had to Post this pic of a "Vibrant Exhaust." LOL!



but seriously... two and a half inch or three inch pipe on a 2L engine?? Why? We arent running diesel. Our cars DO need some back pressure to run properly.
Maybe I am just getting old but I really dislike hearing exhaust noise just for noise sake.

Go to a reputable shop that knows what they are doing and can "tune" your exhaust for the best performance for your car's set up. A good shop will have many different scenarios for you and can/will install special parts without screwing up your cars tuning and performance. I did and am very pleased with the throaty growl it emits when I get on the throttle and the "average" exhaust noise it makes when just driving around. Young people do not realize how BAD us old farts hate all that racket -- eh sonny?
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Re: Vibrant Exhaust Setup. Need Suggestions

That's what I'm aiming for though. I want it to be a louder than stock but not obnoxious. I want a deep low noise that's noticeable but isn't heard inside every car and house I drive by. That's stupid and screams desperate-for-attention.
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