800 miles into my 08 DC 4x4 I ordered the TRD cat back and had it installed at the dealership. This is my first Taco and did not know any better, but when they showed me the truck the first thing I noticed is that it has a dual Y type polished exhaust tip. I asked the accessory scheduler if that is a TRD since every thing I saw about the TRD cat back, they all have the single outlet and the ubiquitous TRD logo. He responded that Toyota changes design without notice. Like I said ignorant me just took the statement as gospel.
Last week while I was having the TRD CAI I had time to burn so I called TRD USA and asked them about the exhaust, they confirmed that whatever I got for an exhaust system is definitely not a TRD.
When scheduler gave me back my truck after they installed the TRD CAI I told him what the TRD USA people said. He immediately called the parts manager and after a long conversation he came back and said - indeed what I got is not a TRD, of course I asked them what brand they installed in my truck. The parts manager confirmed that it was a Bassani system, which he qualified as being better than the TRD and in fact it was more expensive but they gave it to me for the price of the TRD.
I reiterated that I want what I paid for, nothing more or nothing less. They agreed to order me TRD cat back and it will be installed this Saturday.
Having driven the cat back for a week I have to admit it sounds good and maybe the truck gained some power not just the noise. The nagging question I have in my mind, which you folks can answer for me. Should I keep the Bassani or switch out for the TRD? Now that I have the CAI I am looking forward to have the sound and the performance. Which is better the Bassani or the TRD?
Thanks in advance for your responses.