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      04-30-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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$100+ to weld on RE IKON muffler? What am I missing?

I've called several shops and they've all quoted $100 or more to just cut off my stock muffler and weld the IKON on. I was expecting $30-40. What am I missing here? I mean this is Alabama currency, not California..
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      04-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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They're trying to see if they can get away with it
maybe they see the roundel and hear CHA-CHING in their heads?

Tell them that Uncle Stosh sent you and said its gonna be $50

Also, curious... after you get the IKON on, there is going to be slightly better flow right... does your PBX just re-map or just handle it? or whats the scoop here? (After I toss an exhaust and intake on my next step is PBX) I'm guessing this is pry a non-issue right.

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      05-01-2013, 05:29 AM   #3
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They're trying to see if they can get away with it
maybe they see the roundel and hear CHA-CHING in their heads?

Tell them that Uncle Stosh sent you and said its gonna be $50

Also, curious... after you get the IKON on, there is going to be slightly better flow right... does your PBX just re-map or just handle it? or whats the scoop here? (After I toss an exhaust and intake on my next step is PBX) I'm guessing this is pry a non-issue right.
The PBX will do nothing but remap the throttle. Unless you get a full on tune(AA, Eurocharge, etc etc) the gains with an exhaust/intake will be very minimal.
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      05-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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PBX actually does advance ignition timing and fuel for very minimal gains - 5hp on a stock 328i and 10hp on a stock 330i, according to their dyno sheets. Nothing you'd really notice though. The biggest help is the throttle remap. Plus this is just a muffler with stock piping on a N/A engine - not gonna make any difference anyway. It's purely just for the sound.
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      05-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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The pbx, the throttle remap makes it feel like a completely different car. It sounds great paired with an exhaust cuz your car revs different with the remap.

Ikon with res delete = drooool
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      05-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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$100 seems about accurate. I was quoted $90 to chop off my muffler and put my own tips on. I negotiated down to $75. Alot of people have paid up to $300 and I'm sure those shops also do a good job. It all depends on where you take it and what their labor rate is. I didn't feel like something simple like chopping the muffler off was worth me paying the higher labor rate so I took it to a cheaper shop. Something more important like body work? Probably the higher rate would be the safer bet.
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      05-01-2013, 02:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply. There's a speed shop in town who I know does good work. They're $100/hr and said it would take about an hour if it's straight forward. I don't see how it would take an hour, but we'll see. I'll try to set an appointment this Saturday to do it.
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100 sounds about right, most shops will try to charge you 1hour of labor.
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I paid 80 to weld on my magnaflow muffler
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Ross- the custom shop that installed that muffler on my car charged $75.

That included expanding the muffler inlet so that it slipped over the midpipe by about 1" & welding...
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Jay, sent you a PM with this pic. For everyone else, I got it installed Saturday for $90. He did a great job so I can't complain. Enough of a difference inside the car with windows up, and a very nice deep sound with windows down or outside the car. I love it.

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Got it - they did a great job of aligning the tips, glad you're happy with the sound
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