Ok thanks alot for the information... So an exhaust shop should be able to do what im wanting ?
i wouldnt even bother having a shop do it, unless you want it to go past the axle or come out beneath the bed side, and then still maybe not
most on here run some sort of turbo muffler to a turn down, or a short straight pipe then turn down.
The short run of pipe will quiet it down a little, but where it dumps under the bed its actually a good thing because even with the about 24" pipe and turn down it still resonates in the cab quite a bit.
Don't get me wrong, it sounds great when you're outside the truck, especially at idle, but the resonant sound in the cab can be a little annoying.
as for the parts i used, im pretty sure i got a 2.5, although it may have been 2.75, inch pipe and turn down, and single in single out 13" case cherry bomb turbo muffler all from auto zoo, but ive heard that the thrush turbo mufflers sound good too. i did everything for under $40, just cut the factory exhaust off right before the muffler at the back of the cab while my bed was off, but of course it doesnt need to be, i was doing rust repair at the time, then i just took off all of the factory exhaust mounts from there back since they are all bolted on and the factory system is welded to them.
the other system i heard that sounded good was belive it or not was one of my friends from school that had a 96ish zr2 with a single glass pach then a y pipe run back with dual exits straight back at each corner of the bed, i think he had 3 inch tips on it too, he said it was just a glass pack and i was in shock becasue i'd never heard one sound so good, and i was thinking about building my exhaust like that, but i decided i wanted a cleaner look.
moving on, one of the most common problems that im aware of is the lower intake manifold gaskets rupturing and leaking coolent everywhere. the gaskets are a little over 30 bucks from auto zoo should you ever need them, also, if you have it done at a shop, check their reputation, im pretty sure thats why i had to get a new engine. my intake was leaking like a seive, (i stopped to fill up my radiator and overflow tank probably 3-4 times in a 160 mile trip)
when I got to the school I checked to see where the problem was and sure enough it was my intake manifold. So I took it to one of local shops and it cost me $438 to get it changed, well I drove it around town for a while and it seemed alright, then on my way home the next weekend (78 miles from when I'd had the gasket changed) my engine started losing power and wouldnt hardly wind, turns out the crank/rod bearings werent getting oil and locked up, when I saw the amount of RTV they used on my intake, I was pretty much astounded, there was twice as much leaking out just the front side than it should have taken to do the the whole job. I'm guessing one of those chunks of rtv dripped off and on the inside of my engine and got stuck in one of my oil lines and prevented oil from getting to my crank and rod bearings. I wish I would have had my shop find the cause so I could have got the other shop to pay for the new engine, but you live and learn, so on my new engine, I changed the gaskets myself before it even went in the truck, and I have yet to have a problem with it.
novel over LOL