I bought used exhaust tips from someone on ClubGP:
I'm not sure how stock they are or which car had them, but I can tell they have been sandblasted, and there are pipes in the back welded at odd angles. They look really nice, and when they're up against the bumper, they conform to the shape very well.
In this picture, they're just hanging. They look odd when low, but they are nice when they are up a bit.
And now, the rearview mirror! This is awesome, and it makes driving safely almost breezy.
I tried to do one of those really cool, unscientific experiments. I sprayed 500º F engine aerosol paint onto some exhaust pipe to see how it would hold up. After some undocumented amount of miles, the primer gray turned to a slight tan. I'm not sure what that means. So, lesson learned: Don't use engine paint on the exhaust pipes.
Also, I got a Cherry Bomb resonator. It has a more porous inside than the OE resonator that I had before, and it'* about 2" longer. This is the longest Cherry Bomb I could find, and I paid about $20 for it at Advance Auto Parts. Yet another unscientific test relatively confirms that with this resonator, my exhaust is even quieter than before. This test was actually done after I ran for almost a whole 24 hour period with just the resonator and no muffler. I put on about 180 highway miles with drone. People kept trying to get out of the way, and it was so awesome to be able to drive straight without changing lanes or tailgating slow drivers. I'm a horrible person...
To illuminate my work area, I used a 48" fluorescent lamp. It was nice!
I put in a 3" Hogan downpipe. It has two new gaskets, for both sides, and one is very shiny. Worthy of a picture, I think.
See all the PB Blaster stuff on the ground? I spent about 6 hours struggling with nuts and rods and also clamping on the resonator. The clamping wasn't hard, but it was done during these six hours. Anyway, the nuts on the exhaust manifold'* rods that hold on the downpipe were so stuck that I broke loose the rods trying to get simply the nuts to move. It was an awesome experience working for 6 hours in the night and trying to loosen two nuts. Lots of fun.
So, after my ricing experience with just a resonator after a 3" downpipe, I had my welding friend come over. There'* an OE rod welded onto the exhaust, and it apparently provides some structural integrity. I had to move it because of the added resonator length.
You can here see the primer-turned-tan color:
And some more pictures now:
Look at this smoke!
More unscientific experimentation: A new way to hold on an exhaust tip so that it doesn't move during welding.