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      06-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #28
kamek
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Originally Posted by Hooy View Post
I was quoted $180 from a shop yesterday to cut mine due to legality and difficulty. Would you guys say this is fair? Most shops around here won't even touch it. This is 3x more than I thought it would be, and they say I can't reweld the cats back in if I wanted to.
The cost of the piping itself is relatively much more expensive than the cost of labor. I did pay $15 per weld, but I think I paid somewhere around $100 for the piping, if not more (for some reason I'm recalling paying around $120, but I also remember being surprised by the cost when it was sprung on me, so $180 may not be far off). I don't see why the shop would hold the legality issues against you if they're just doing a job per your request.

As for difficulty, my mid-pipe was taken off (I only have it clamped), secondary cats cut off, and the piping welded in. I wasn't told it was anything more difficult than a simple weld job.

Just have them break down their pricing for you and see if you deem it fair. If the shop is charging more to do something "illegal" because they're having problems coping with "legality issues," then the shop isn't any more moral and should just do the damn job lol.
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