I had mine removed on my '08. They cut the pipe just rear of where it goes over the rear axle, bent a 2" OD aluminized steel pipe to fit, and cut off and welded on the original SS tip. They said that if I ever wanted it back on, all they would have to do is weld it back on or, weld a piece of 2" ID pipe onto the cut end, slip it on, and clamp it. $50.
My "Pocket Rocket": '05 Silver Metallic Escape XLT, 3.0L V6, 4X4, MAC SRI, custom 2-1/4" catback w/turbo muffler, SCT XCal3 93 octane ECU tune, approx. 240 hp, 4X4 fuse pulled (rice humiliator)
Wife's: '08 SES, Airaid SRI, no resonator, SCT tuned