Figured with as much as I had to say/ask, burying this in a sticky might not be the best idea... Also its less likely to be seen and answered by the more knowledgeable/regulars, as they tend to not frequent the stickys as much. (at least my experience in other forums)
A few quotes from the sound clip thread.
Do you guys that modify your exhaust notice any loss in MPG especially the guys that delete your 2nd Cats?Id like to do a full Catback exhaust on mine with a dual outlet muffler and I want a muffler that wont be obnoxiously loud but have a deep rumble.Do any of you notice a power increase or decrease when changing the exhaust?I dont want to do any work that will hurt fuel mileage or power.
This is pretty much what I'm thinking also. I've never been a fan of anything non V8 with an exhaust system but wouldn't mind making mine a deeper tone w/o making it loud, w/o any interior resonance, and w/o losing mpg's. I'm thinking a Magnaflow as a stock replacement with the original pipe, maybe a tip added.
Not really looking to go all out, just maybe get a bit better sound and better air flow. The stock exhaust is very quiet and mellow... too mellow.
I like that it is quiet in the cab, and I want to maintain that as much as possible. All I really want is a little deeper/lower tone but without adding much volume to the sound. At least while driving around town and cruising. Plus a little better flow... If I am going to spend the money, I want more benefit than just a little better sound if possible.
Been trying to find sounds of different exhausts from inside the cab, but I have not found many.
Been thinking a Magnaflow 2.5" in and out, 22" long oval would be a good choice. (12586 or 14586) Better flow and sound without much/any volume gain in the cabin. Not sure If I am going to just swap the muffler or ask the shop to redo the pipe as well, maybe add a simple tip for looks.
Would be nice if I could find a video of this setup from inside the cabin.
Am I right in thinking the oval Magnaflow 2.5" in/out with center/offset 22" long would give some better sound without much added volume? (at least in the cabin) And for best results, I am guessing that replacing the factory pipe will be best as well.
I seen several cat back systems on autoanything at prices from $275-600... Having a new truck and clean/un-rusted fasteners should make installing one of the ready made systems easy on my own though. Not like I haven't twisted a wrench a few times before.
The cheap system isn't much more than just getting the muffler replaced by a shop, but is it any good is the question. The more expensive systems are about as much as getting a shop to do a custom job... So those are options, its just important to know what they sound like in the cab and out.
As far as intakes... I don't really want to actually get a full system, maybe just one of the Pro-dry filters in the stock setup. But only if the Pro-dry can filter well enough. Not sure if it would be worth it though.
Any thoughts on my setup/questions?