Putting my tax return to good use...picked up a dynomax cat back exhaust, and magnaflow universal cat. I went with the universal because its 89 dollars, whereas the bolt in version is a few hundred bux.
The new cat is quite a bit slimmer, and lighter:
I need the clean the end of the pipe, but its fully installed:
muffler is just a hair smaller than stock one:
Here you can see ive gained some room under the skid:
I am very happy with this exhaust. At lower rpms, it is just a bit louder than stock, with a slightly deeper note. At highway speeds i dont notice it over the wind noise. And now i will be able to pass emissions, as my stock muffler had a hole in it. Everything clears great, it just required a bit of welding to get the universal cat to fit.
Now...the extra room will come in handy when i install this:
rokmen high clearance skid, this thing is beefy, all 1/4 inch steel: