I'm currently running a rather loud and low hanging stainless steel sports exhaust on my 1500HL which I don't like and which I bought cheap as a solution to having a knackered exhaust. I'm now looking as replacing it with something a little more standard, but the only ones I can find are through Rimmer's and at £350 are quite out of my budget.
So I'm wondering if there are any alternatives that can be modified to fit - if anyone had had any experiences with this?
How different, for instance would an 1850 exhaust be?
There aren't any real cheap alternatives I can thinks of. You might be able to quieten your sports exhaust by modding it with a bigger silencer. You can get universal stainless silencers online. Some of these are clamp on, in theory you could cut your current silencer out and replace it with a longer/bigger one to reduce the noise.
Then try and adjust the exhaust mountings to make your current system hang a bit better. Maybe with some careful bending in the right place, with a bit of heat.
Otherwise it would be a case of looking out for a cheap system on ebay, I have occasionally seen them for your car but I doubt a salvaged non-stainless system would have that much life left in it.
The problem with an 1850/Sprint exhaust is the manifold is on the opposite side of the block, even if you could get it to mate to your downpipe. Plus I don't think there any cost saving.