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flow master vs magna flow mufflers

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jake slatnick, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Nov 23, 2009 at 11:09 PM
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    jake slatnick

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    so tomorrow i plan on getting a new muffler on my truck. my two options are magna flow and flow master. there about the same price so no problems there, but which do i chose?

    i really just want my truck to sound good. it doesn't have to be really all that loud, but enough to hear (and sounds great) when im driving down the road.

    which do you guys think is the better one to go with?
     
  2. Nov 23, 2009 at 11:57 PM
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    magnaflow will have a nice deep tone with very little rasp if any. I personally hate flowmaster on our trucks. They all have a tin can sound.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2009 at 12:40 AM
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    I have the Magnaflow catback exhaust system and have no complaints so far. It sounds perfect. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Nov 24, 2009 at 1:21 AM
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    i did a custom true dual exhaust with some thrush mufflers. $30 a piece + some $1/ft tubing + a pair of O2 bungs = cheaper than a single flowmaster :thumbsup:
     
  5. Nov 24, 2009 at 4:01 AM
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    I have Flowmaster (50) dual exits... sounds great to me!
     
  6. Nov 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM
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    go with the flow!
     
  7. Nov 24, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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    im getting flowmaster 50 installed for 200 dollars is that a good deal ... ??
     
  8. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    I have the flowmaster 40 series. I have not heard how a magna flow will sound but the flowmaster is in my opinion too loud at certain rpms. Usually around 1800rpm and then again at around 2400 rpms the resonance inside the cabin is too loud (In my opinion).

    Don't get me wrong, i love the sound the flowmaster makes. It's a loud, throaty muscle sound when you open that throttle but when i'm trying to cruise or creep up somewhere, it can be too loud. If you want it to sound deep and throaty, i say go for the Flowmaster. I have no experience whatso ever with the magna flow though.
     
  9. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:04 AM
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    X2, somtimes I wish I just kept it stock though.
     
  10. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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    flowmaster is junk compared to magnaflow.
     
  11. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    .... care to elaborate??
     
  12. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:08 AM
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    couldn't have said it better myself. After being around both, I'll never go to a FM again. Mine cracked at the inlet, I rewelded it, now a sheild inside is rattling loose and it's annoying. Plus they weigh a ton compared to the nice open design of the lighter MF. Crappier materials used too. I can't wait to get this problematic boat anchor off my truck!
     
  13. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:09 AM
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    I had both on my 1995 Chevy. They sounded basically the same, but the quality of the Magnaflow seemed much higher. The Flowmaster broke a baffle less than one year after installation. I guess that could happen to any muffler, but the Magnaflow never had a problem. Of course that's just my experience, but I have nothing else to go on.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:12 AM
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    interesting... I had a flowmaster in my Mustang before purchasing my Tacoma and have no issues what so ever with it. Now i've had the flowmaster in my Tacoma for over 1 year and still no issues at all. It must be a So-Cal thing.:p
     
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    Also planning to do an exhaust mod. I've had flowmasters on every vehicle I've owned, muscle cars, pickup trucks, etc, but this time I'm gonna go with magnaflow. I've decided to use the stock stainless steel tubing and do a chop and weld on the muffler, (which can be purchased for about 60-80 bucks), to save cash and time.

    Would this void warranty? I've still got quite a bit of coverage left, so I don't wanna waste it. I've always understood that so long as the exhaust modification occur after the cat's the warranty is intact. Is this true with Tacoma's also (I have a sinking suspicion that this may be true...)? If doing my own work voids the warranty, are there manufactured cat-back systems that wont?
     
  18. Nov 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM
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    i also have the flowmaster 50 series...sounds just like the trd cat back to me.


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  19. Nov 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM
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  20. Nov 24, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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    The flowmaster is going to give you about a 5hp loss, just keep that in mind.


    Magnaflow's normal mufflers are striaght through/free flowing so they might give you a little power, haven't seen tests on it though, but I know it's dyno proven on our trucks that the flowmasters hurt, though they sound good.


    Dynomax mufflers are also straight through and give you about 5 more hp, but are much quieter with a low tone and hardly any resonance.

    Even the guy at the muffler shop said I wasn't gonna do any better for power than the dynomax, even with what he could make, but he said I wouldn't get much sound out of it. Makes everything nice and deep sounding though.


    Plus the dynomax was just around $110 purchased and installed.
     
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