Originally Posted by SupaHottSauce
It's the thickness of the welds, the quality of the metal, thickness of the metal, and the longevity of the packing in the muffler.
The sound will change over time because the packing will break down.
The welds may crack.
The tubing will be thin walled, and will be prone to cracking because of heat. It happened on a cheap downpipe I have.
You spent a lot of money on a good car, why skimp out now?
This is not a cheap knockoff... I recieved the same exhaust for my 2011 wrx sedan yesterday. The company is called Nameless Performance, they're in vancouver Washington, and its not expensive because for 1. its just an axleback.. and 2. Its made in the US and not overseas like most other companies selling exhaust, so theres very little cost for the guys to make the exhaust. The welds are Tig welded, 304SS mandrel bent tubing, what more do you want?? In my opinion they were of incredible quality and great craftsmanship.
Sooo, you can pay $1050 for the SPT catback, or buy Nameless' axleback for 300, then their midpipe for 500, soo its an ~$800 catback exhaust of great quality.. you only save a couple hundred bucks, but its not because they are poor quality. Ill be honest its the best sounding exhaust ive ever heard.