So I have been looking around and doing some research and I was wondering what you guys think. What is a good DP that won't end up cracking or have fitting issues for a good price. My budgets not large so I am really looking on the cheaper side of them. Let me know what you guys think.
I wanted the same thing, high quality DP for low price...no such thing. I bought an AMK DP off ebay for around $100 shipped and the bolt holes ended up not fitting the turbo so I had to waller them out with a drill, the DP rubs the underside of my car in 3 places and is very annoying at low rpm's, and is also about 1.5 inches too short so I had to pull the catback exhaust back to it and now the exhaust tip rubs on the underside as well. Lets just say I like to keep my stereo loud... What I'm trying to say is that you get what you pay for. In hindsight I would have rather dropped an extra $100 bucks to get a name brand one that didn't give me any problems.
Cobb is one of the best as far as overall quality and fitment. That's the one I have and I've had no issues with it, but unfortunately it isn't the cheapest downpipe on the market. Invidia makes a decent downpipe for a little less money and I've also heard good things about Megan racing. Depending how long it's been on a car, you could also look for a decent used downpipe. I don't imagine they would go bad. After all, it's just a piece of metal. A little surface rust won't hurt anything - you hardly see the thing anyway because the majority of it is tucked away under the car or covered by your turbo heat shield. I guess the main thing to look out for is quality welds - and I suppose even those could always be fixed by a decent shop for not a whole lot of money... and of course, get a new turbo-to-downpipe gasket and downpipe-to-catback gasket. That's probably the best way to go if you're trying to save a little mula = used Cobb downpipe.
I am just not sure which ones are going to be the best quality. Like one or two piece. Things of that sort I'm not sure on which ones are better and which pipes are good yet still cheap..ish. I'm not looking to put a $100 problem pipe on or anything.
I had an ebay TBE on mine. Fit perfectly. Well actually i had to bend the bracket that attaches the dp to the transmission for support but that was the only problem I had. Megan racing is a good company, invidia. Cobb of course but your looking at a pretty penny for one of their pieces.
02 rex is gone.
I defected to an evo :)
Evo is gone :(
Now I got nothing.
I've been researching this as well, and I found a Perrin Single Cat pipe for $450 at JSCSpeed.com. I found some fitment problem threads where it rubs on the trans. crossmember, but that only seems to be on wagons.
I was going to get it, but the Tech at P&L performance recommends the bellmouth design. They suggest the TurboXS or the Cobb. I'm saving for the Cobb and a custom tune. I've seen used Cobb's on Nasioc, but people generally only knock off $100. Not worth the risk to me.