thanks guys... my skill level is that I just do stuff... I mean, I have never really done anything I couldn't finish. I put in all of my mods. My brakes, my head unit, my CAI, my shark injector (flashed it in myself), my coils (until I still had misfire problems, then I took it in to a dealer to get a better diagnosis).. everything - even my headlights (which required patience because the kit I bought was incomplete, so I had to fabricate a lot of the work)... I just have never done a muffler/exhaust... Thanks for the advice on the hardware, I think I will do that. Anything special needed? I am pretty sure there was no hardware in the box, but I didn't unwrap the styrofoam off of the exhaust. Maybe the hardware is attached?