One of the (few) things I liked about my wife's previous car was the clean look of the exahust.. i.e. the exhaust pipe wasn't visible at all.
A picture of sombody's Passat:
I'd like to get the same clean look on my truck, but don't know if it's worth the effort or if it might have some adverse effects. The pictures below show where I'd cut it. The pipe isn't supported anywhere after the muffler except for the one piece of metal that's welded near the 90 degree turn behind the wheel. I don't think it would be a good idea to cut it before that support as the entire pipe that runs above the rear axle would then be unsupported.
I plan to cut it where the red line is in the pictures below. I might also paint it black so it blends in even more.
I have two questions...
First: Would this cause any problems? I read a few other threads saying that the excess heat might mess with some of the components back there, but I think that the person was talking about cutting their pipe further from the end. It was also a 1st-Gen truck, I think. Another concern is that I have a camper top that I sometimes use. I don't want fumes to build up in it.
(We have no inspection in AL, so I'm not worried about that.)
Second: Do you think it would look stupid? I like the clean look of it, but if I'm the only person in the world who likes it, it'll be tough to sell to the next guy. I'm really not set on doing it yet. I've just run out of (cheap) things to do to my truck and cleaning up the look of the exhaust is something I've been considering.
ALTERNATIVE... Maybe I should just use some grill paint and paint the pipe black? (I'm blacking-out the rest of the truck, too.)