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Subject: Re: 4kq Center Muffler
"Mark L. Chang" Wrote:
>Got the q up on a lift courtesy my local Marathon gas station/NAPA service
>center to examine which part I needed to stop her from sounding like a
>rattling bucket 'o bolts.
>Anyways, the manager quoted me $350 to install a new center muffler.
Bob Davis replied:
Stop. Don't buy anything just yet. I just ordered and installed a WHOLE
cat-back system for my 4kq from Blau for $300 a few weeks ago. Comes with
all hardware and it fits. Heavy construction, proper Ansa
silencer/resonator (just like OE).
Hung it in a half hour with Paul Royal's assistance (and Tim O'Neils lift
and oxy-acetylene torch).
My stock Leistritz exhaust lasted about 90k miles; replaced with an Ansa which
lasted about 25k miles, replaced with another Leistritz which lasted 70k ++
miles (sold the car). Identical design Leistritz to Ansa; better welds etc.
on Leistritz; better German steel than Italian steel. Ansa started to break
up inside prior to rusting out at the weld joints and through the body of the
Leistritz cost about 30% more; check German Parts and Restoration etc.
Other option is a custom bigger system, which several have had completed for
less $ but more effort (and more noise).
HTH< Chris Miller, Windham NH, firstname.lastname@example.org