First of all i have to say thank you to Shinoo of Sector 111. We spent basically the entire day together today. He's a good guy and will be a huge asset to us as Elise owners. I know i will be buying all my parts through Sector 111 and urge you guys to do the same. It is so refreshing to have a good experience with an autoparts supplier. I am a total believer in supporting stellar customer service.
ok on to the good stuff...The exhaust was pretty easy to install. It took us a bit over an hour and we were not hurrying by any means. It can probably be done by yourself but it helps to have 2 people. You definitely need to have a bit of muscle though so if you are weak or injured in some way don't bother.
The exhaust sounds great! It is deeper and throatier than stock. It is definitely louder but not obnoxiously loud. I just drove 100 miles in traffic and it did not bother me at all. The build quality is SOO much better than stock.
I also took home a set of the Kodiak 3-piece forged wheels with A048 tires. These wheels are about the same weight as the sport pack wheels and a bit more than the SSR's. They should be MUCH stronger than any of the alternatives. For the type of hard driving i do i am more than happy to give up a couple pounds for the extra strength. I will probably never notice 6 total pounds of unsprung weight but i would definitely notice a bent wheel. The wheels seem to be of top-notch quality...comparable to the Fikses we have on our Porsche. They have black centers with polished lips and i think look really good on the Chrome Orange.
Shinoo took some pics so hopefully he will post them here.