Perri, There is no substitute for chrome. The ceramic coat is aluminum. Both are very good but the ceramic coat is definitely cheaper. As for the chrome turning blue with heat, there is a product called Blue-away that take care of that.
I personaly love the look of chrome and have had my sidepipes done for 18 years with no problems.
Totally a personal prefernce.
I went with the silver ceramic coating. I find my pipes run noticably(sp?) cooler. I'm also going for more of a "road race,non traditional" look and I think the silver pipes go with that.
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