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Exhaust supplier/fitter suggestions please

Looks like the back box on the GTV has had it (See post in GTV section about making wigs..)

I know I can get (and ideally would like) a Stainless cat back system, but anyone have a recommendation for a 'standard' decent supplier/fitter locally? Not got pots of cash this month, but don't want to waste money on a standard system if a SS one isn't much more.
Can't be ar*ed to trawl around getting quotes from local tyre fitter places (mainly because i called National tyres and they wanted 360 +VAT!!!!!)
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Give these guys a call.... Stainless Steel Exhausts, Custom Built Bespoke T304 Performance Exhaust Systems :: UK

I've seen some of their work on a Merc a friend of mine had done from the cat(s) back. Nice n tidy, fitted while he waited and the price was good too.
I seem to remember some fellow AOer's singing the praises of these guys too, can't seem to find the thread it was in tho
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Found their ad on ebay, 260 fitted, can't be bad. Cheapest I've found a standard 'pattern' back box is just under 100. I have fitted exhausts in the past, but don't fancy it in this weather, so by the time I've had it delivered, and found someone to fit it...
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Oh, they do a selection of tailpipe ends to suit your car/taste, and I think also a selection of silencers to achieve an appropriate note for the customer/application. Its all clever stuff

PS, I would rule out pattern part/cheapo silencers, from past experience, really not worth bothering with.

PPS, I have no connection or financial interset in MIJ, just seen, heard good things of their work.
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I would rule out pattern part/cheapo silencers, from past experience, really not worth bothering with.
That's the problem I have.
Just been reading comments about the 100 one from 'Mr. Exhaust' on ebay (otherwise known as RSJ motor factors in Wolves) and looks like they're a really bad fit, let alone poor quality. Just found the bill for the exhaust from the previous owner, just over 2 years ago 236!!!! for this piece of junk. Must have seen them coming.
Bit worried about damaging the car/engine by leaving it so need to sort something quickly.

Sod's law the washing machine broke last week and I've had to fork out for various parts to get another car through the MOT so I can sell it, so I didn't need this.
The proceeds of the other car (a Golf) are hopefully going to treat the GTV to a bit of body work and wheel refurbishment when I finally sell it.
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Have emailed MIJ for a quote, hopefully should hear from them tomorrow
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I had a cat back system using existing quad exit pipes made and fitted by MiJ in December 2009.....no problems with it and sounds great......

but........

There was a thread a while ago saying that the fitters there have changed and the OP had big problems with electrics after fitting so may be worth doing a search for more info.....
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yep, that was one of the 145ers, fried his ECU IIRC
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fried his ECU IIRC
When fitting an exhaust? What on earth did they do to it?

Had a couple of quotes from MIJ this morning, either back box or straight thru'
To be honest, they were cheaper for a stainless system than the cheapest 'exhaust & tyre' place for a crappy pattern part!
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The only thing I can think of is that they may have welded part of the exhaust while it was on the car, not/forgetting to use a 'weld-safe surge protector type device across the battery.
If your really worried/paranoid about this happening, have them disconnect the battery (both sides) and unplug the engine ECU before starting work on the car.
Or, better still, just use clamps and not go near it with a MIG/TIG welder!!!
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The OP paid 150 for a cat back system from Unique Exhausts in Stafford.
Might be worth giving them a ring?

The numbers in the thread.

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Second MIJ good guys.
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It's going in tomorrow
Mind you Mrs. z is taking it in, just have to hope that she has listened to my instructions clearly re the tailpipe.
Have visions of it coming back with a baked bean can attached
Opted for a subtle oval shaped piece.
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Well it's been fitted, but haven't seen it yet, still at work.
Got a bit worried by a text from Mrs. z saying that she reckoned the next size up tail pipe looked better, so opted for that.
Now worried I'm going to be faced with something like this...
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Well, the car is back, and it's not a dustbin (quite )

Pics up in GTV forum
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