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New guy looking for some advice

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by Fuzzyman81, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:04 AM
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    Fuzzyman81

    Fuzzyman81 [OP] The New Guy

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    Ok after reading 12 or so pages of posts on exhausts and searching the forums I was not able to find out a thing or 2 (but did learn quite a bit). I am looking at installing a "performance" (read LOUD but not get the cops called on me loud lol) exhaust on my truck. I have a friend that is a certified mechanic who is going to be doing the work (I will be assisting because I want to learn more about the mechanical side of things). He is going to be switching me over to a 1 in 2 out muffler for dual exhaust. Now I was (still am) debating betwen the Flowmast 40 Delta Flow, 50 Delta Flow and (this is where the real question comes in) a Ravin muffler. Has anyone here ever heard one of the Ravin mufflers? I guess it's a brand his shop used to use alot before he started there and since they are clearing out their stock he can get it for me super cheap. But I don't want to get it supercheap and then wish I had paid the extra for the Flowmaster from the start. And I can't seem to find much as far as sound clips go for that brand

    Also I have listened to alot of clips of the Flomaster from the outside of trucks (I have the V6) but haven't much of the sound difference inside the cab. Because while I want to hear that nice throaty "roar" outside I really don't want to have to turn my music up super loud to over power the roar.

    Thanks for any and all advice guys!

    Also on a side note - Step bars (preferably Black). I have heard good things about I believe the brand is Westin? How easy are they to install?
     
  2. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:07 AM
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    tacomaman06

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    go with a flowmaster 40 series, or a super 44............you will not be disappointed. havent heard of the ravin muffler.....so i cant comment there. as for the westin nerf bars.....easy install. a few bolts and you are good to go.:)
     
  3. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:09 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

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    I can't tell you much about the exhaust but the step bars are a easy install and a great first step for the "did it myself satisfaction".
     
  4. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:29 AM
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    Where is a good place online (since I know at least in the PC field online is the place to get parts cheap so I am sure it's similar in the truck field) to by the nerf bars? I got a couple quotes from a few truck shops around town here and I am not sure if they are high or not.

    So the 40 isn't extremely load inside the cab?
     
  5. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:42 AM
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    for the nerf bars.....try ebay first, as i have seen some really good prices on nerf bars there, and no, the 40 isnt loud in the cab at all, as far a running on the interstate or idling.....relatively quiet, bu5 when you get into the throttle.....it comes alive and you know its there. great sound!!!

    another place for good prices for truck stuff is here......http://4wheelonline.com/
     
  6. Jul 28, 2008 at 6:44 AM
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    fwiw, there are 3 types of westins platinum, e-series, signature. If buying online go with the platinums (black over stainless never rust) the e-series and signature (3yr warranty) will rust from the inside out, right around the 3yr mark or less in the northeast anyway. Leaving you with rusty bars that you won't ship back to the online seller for warranty
     
  7. Jul 28, 2008 at 8:31 AM
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    I have the 40 series on my truck and it does get a little loud inside when you get on it, but thats the fun part! No complaints with it for me.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM
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    Definatly don't mind the loud when I hit the gas it's more the idling and steady cruising on the interstate that I am worried about being too loud.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM
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    trust me man.......you cant even tell its there idling and on the interstate!!!
     
  10. Jul 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM
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    what kind of material does the raven use?
     
  11. Jul 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM
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    Don't know. That was kinda my question. I really can't find alot of info on them. The website (www.go-ravin.com or something like that) doesn't seem to work anymore - really makes me skeptical.
     
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    go with the flowmaster......proven name!!! great quality too........you wont be disappointed!!
     
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    That's what I am starting to think.....
     
  14. Jul 28, 2008 at 1:45 PM
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    hey man, i call them like i see them;)!
     
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    Tacomaman06 knows his stuff. You should take his advice. That would be my advice :D
     
  16. Jul 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM
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    Getting the Flowmaster 40 installed Thursday ..... can't wait. Still trying to find a good deal on the nerf bars as most of the places around here want $400+.
     
  17. Jul 29, 2008 at 3:19 PM
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    15% tinted back window, 25% on sides. Jardine catback exhaust system. horn modification, AFE pro dry S filter and secondary filter removed. All weather toyota tacoma mats.
    if you want a loud catback exaust. urdusa.com has a jardine catback complete system for as low as 256.00 its for the 05 + 2.7 but they also have other systems that will fit your truck.
     
  18. Jul 29, 2008 at 7:05 PM
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    Ok guys... so far so good on the advice... I have search and didn't find anything at least not for the Gen 1 Tacos so here we go. I currently have a box in my truck but would like to get a cover for the bed without having to go with the cheesy roll fabric kind. Anyone know of a hard cover or at least rigid cover that can go on the Gen 1 PreRunners (1994 model) with a truck box?
     
  19. Jul 29, 2008 at 7:07 PM
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    hey man.......glad to hear you are getting the flow 40....you'll love the rumble bro!!! and for the tonneau and nerf bars.....check ebay..........great prices and i have seen lots of different ones on there!! just a heads up!:)
     
  20. Jul 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM
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    The Flow 40 has been installed and WOW!!!! Nice low tone, especially on the gas. A little hum while at about 2300-2500 RPM (at 65-75 mph), alittle louder than I would have liked but for the additional tone during acceleration it's worth it, just have to turn up the radio 1 or 2 notches :)

    Thanks for the advice - Next step is the Cold Air intake, Nerf Bars and Possible that Westin Safari Bar.
     
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