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944S: exhaust time (xpost)

Spent all evening reading search results - more knowledgeable now, but more confused...

-Stock tip/pipe just broke off at the muffler.
-It's a daily driver and I would like it to be no louder than stock. Not looking for performnace gains. But I do like the stock sound.
-Don't really want to spend ~$800 for stock cat-back (it's an 'S').

Should I go to a muffler shop and have them weld in a muffler?
If so which one?

Many thanks,

Tom
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:45 PM
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holy cow crud, don't get so emotional.

you need to get out more.
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I put a Dansk exhaust on my 'S'. Inexpensive, well made.
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Yeah, I don't know why the 'S' catback costs so much. Maybe it's this (not on NA or Turbo in PET):




Legion - saw the Dansk catback in Automotion for $835 (I know they're somewhat pricey, but I don't mind their catalog). Where are you seeing them cheaper?

The Porsche shop I go to recommends they weld the tip/pipe back on for ~$100. Says that always happens and they do this all the time. That will be hard to resist. Should I worry about driving the car this way? I've already got ~50 miles with no obvious signs of trouble.
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Have them weld that puppy back on.


Your alternatives for any "S" specific muffler are VERY expensive. I'm not going to get into why, but I'm sure that if you perform a search on this board there's plenty of discussion about it.
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I did a search and it looks like Pelican does not carry the Dansk cat-back for the 944, so I hope this is okay to post. I got it for $295 new from tweeks.com. I had to fabricate exhaust hangers, as the muffler has a plate with two screw holes in it.
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I have a stock exhaust from an s it is very rusted at the triangular join on one end, don't know if it can be removed and combined with yours to form one complete exhaust, maybe someone else can answer that, but if you are interested let me know.
P.S. the rest of it is fine, just dirty.
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Of course, you could just get the exhaust shop to weld another tip onto the existing muffler and problem is solved fairly cheaply.

If you think exhausts are expensive, the current retail price for a 944 rear hatch glass is $6,300 retail.
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Yup - I'm having a local porsche shop I know weld a tail pipe and tip back on. The rest of the system looks quite good to me. I don't know any local muffler shops that I could count on to get it right.
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Shop wouldn't attempt the weld (muffler too rusty). They'll loan me an S2 cat-back until I figure out my situation.

Legion - too early to ask about your Dansk cat-back?
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vangndy - what would you be looking to get for your cat-back?
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Legion - too early to ask about your Dansk cat-back?
Honestly, I was just thinking the same thing. I'll have to wait a couple of weeks at the earliest. More and more, I'm thinking that I might buy it back and part it out myself. Still, I have to wait for the whole insurance thing to run its course first.
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If your 944 is a manual, that would explain the insane cost of a new exhaust setup ($800-$1,000). Having been down this road before, I found out that the cast line pipe is shaped differently for 87-88 944/944S manual trans cars. An exhaust setup for an automatic is reasonable ($200-$300 range)
Has anyone had success welding that tip back on?
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i have an extra exhaust setup at my house, off an 84 944. It is in decent shape, but used. You can check it out if you want... i'd let it go cheap.
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Quote:
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The Porsche shop I go to recommends they weld the tip/pipe back on for ~$100.
Who are you asking to do this??!? THat is WAY too much!! I had a magnaflow on mine before the SFR system, and it was only $112 for the muffler and welding that up. $100 for 2 minutes of work is absolutely rediculous!
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$100 to solve a problem would have been alright. Besides, by the time they get it on the lift, remove the cat-back clean, weld, reassemble, get it off the lift, it's not 2 minutes. That shop rocks - usually ~8 Porsches in the bays - half of them track cars.

Anyway, I finally got a new Dansk on there. Gorgeous, but I think the S2 exhaust that they loaned me sounded a little better (deeper rumble, a bit louder).

Hey, thanks for the offer , CJFusco. I hope to be able to return the favor sometime.
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Went to Midas and in 30 minutes they had the tip welded back on with some slight modifications that weren't noticeable
And believe it or not they did not want to charge me for the work
Great customer service
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