Originally Posted by zhangzeyuandss
The question is do we really need the high grade stainless steel to make a good working exhaust? There is no doubt that the high grade stainless steel will cost considerably more than 400 in marterial..Then we are back to the question, do we really need that for the car or is it just another reason for people to justify their insanely amount of spending on an exhaust? As far as I knew, exhaust can be made from highest grade aircraft alumium or carbon fiber which will cost even more than 5k..Again do we really need it on the street? the answer is no.. we need a simple exhaust that doesn't rust or break apart after a reasonable amount of street and track use...if you are seriously consider putting the car into real races, then by all mean go for the best out there..otherwise there is no point..
At the very least, SS304 is necessary and many manufacturers are not even using that, they are using aluminized steel which is polished out to look good. These types of units will not last, and as I mentioned earlier, there are members on this site that can attest to this.
While I do agree that things could be cheaper, but unfortunately, this isn't really possible if the unit is manufactured here in the U.S. Sure it is possible to send it oversees, but then the company would be opening the doors to a whole lot of other issues such as fitments, quality control, consistency, product being knocked off easily, no control over the quality of materials used.
I understand when people say Akrapovic is expensive, but it is also made of Ti.