Thanks for the positive feedback.
I can feel a little bit of power increase, but, not much.
It just seems smoother all through the power range. I LIKE THAT.
The tips were 12" long to begin with.
The guy had to lop off the hookup section right up to the dual tips.
Had I known what I do now, I would have had those deflectors installed at that point.
Since the gases make roughly a 90-degree turn outta the muffler, they're pullin' to the outside of the tips. Hence the outer portion being darker.
The exhuast cutouts in the valance panel had to be trimmed slightly to accomodate the size of the parts.
At the upper inside of the cutout, about 1/2" of material in the shape of an eyebrow was removed, with the thickest part at the top and closing down to a point at the bottom of the cutout.
I'm thankful he tucked the muffler up where it is, as opposed to hanging it down lower, which he thought about, where it would be more visible. It'* fine where it is.
It'* Stainless Steel, as are the tips. I can always climb UNDER the car to ogle the muffler. I didn't really want that part sticking out. He guessed right there.
The guy did a superb and innovative job.
Shop carefully. Take measurements. Plan where you want to sink your money into the system to get the desired results...Think about the sound vs. backpressure desired. Costs. Labor.
I've been beating this horse to death and lovin' every minute of it, mistakes included.
I did as much as I could, but didn't know the finer details of the actual installation techniques, so, the Pro'* did it right.
I've listened to a lot of these 3800'* with and without cats or resonators or resonator tips and different brands/styles of mufflers and came to the conclusion that they can all exhibit the fart and pop sound.
My next step is to see if I can minimize or eliminate that characteristic of the exhaust tone.
A little more OT and I'll be at Walt'* for a plan.
I'm glad to have this place to talk it out and share ideas.