1. TruBendz has always been good quality stuff but fitment was always a problem. It may be better now but it's been a while since I've seen anyone really post about installing a new system from them. A few years ago people were buying them left and right. My system fit like crap and I still need to get it fixed. I was able to get it aligned a litte bit better with some heavy duty zip ties on the rear hanger but the pipes were not equal length at the end.
2. I've heard a TruBendz non resonated Borla before and I didn't like it. While not horrible sounding, it just wasn't smooth at all. It didn't have that clean sound you'd expect from a Borla.
3. For the cost difference, I would buy the SS even being in the south.
This was the exact car I've heard it on: