Okay, that's it, I'm going for a Phoenix exhaust. The Daytona is out of my budget (and its on my wife's F), and with the 15% off sale Rimmer is offering I can get it substantially cheaper than the Milltek quad on eBay (would have to buy and elbow to work on my Mk1 F).Personally, i have had the following:
SP Supersports = 9/10. Well made, good looking system. Not as adjustable (fit) as it could be, sounds very loud, and is quite high pitched (similar to an F1 wail). Noise is provokable, reasonably loud up to 4500rpm, over 4500rpm it gets much louder (great fun in tunnels, drop it down a cog and floor it to produce a loud bark from the exhaust!
MS Daytona = 9.5/10. Very well made, good looking system. Very adjustable from a fit point of view, it is also modular (standard silencer box with interchangeable tailpipe finishers). As with the SP, there is a change in tone / volume at 4500rpm, but the Daytona is a lower pitched grumble rather than a wail. Very impressed with this system and would still have it if it hadn't been damaged in the accident in 2003.
Phoenix = 9/10. Extremely well made (best i've seen) and also very good looking. Is modular like the Daytona and also very adjustable from a fit / alignment point of view. Steel appears to be a better grade than the others too, retaining it's shine and not discolouring at all. However, this system isn't as much fun, being a gradual, linear build in volume throughout, also it is a deep tone, meaning it can become tiring on long journeys. Sounds great from outside the car, but do a couple of hundred miles and you begin to tire of it a bit (well i do anyway). This is the only flaw i can find though and it's a subjective thing anyway.
Given my experiences with them, i'd happily recommend any of the three.
As ever photos would be good. I'm glad it is fitted and you had little bother. How was it removing the old exhaust?I did end up buying a Phoenix exhaust from Rimmer Bros back in November when they had their 15% off sale. It was just a few days ago that I had the chance to put the exhaust on the car and only yesterday did I get a chance to take the car for a drive and hear what the Phoenix exhaust sounds like.
I have to say that I am very happy with the sound, its very similar to the sound of the Daytona system that is on my wife's F, just maybe not quite as deep a rumble. At highway speed the exhaust noise sort of subsides.
Overall, I am very happy with the quality of the exhaust, the tips seem to be of very high quality construction and material. Installation was easy and the sound is what I wanted.
Looks nice. Did it come with a gasket and bolts? I guess the finishers are additions to the back box that are bolted on.