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I went the delete-pipe route and decided to do one at a time.....
going off of popular opinion on here I killed the muffler first ( cat is still hiding out under there)...... and it sounds awesome now.
I did it at the same time as my AFE intake so it's hard to tell what gain came from where....
mileage stayed the same, I can hear the turbo now, there is barely any drone in the cab, but with the windows down it sounds amazing.... the bottom end feels about the same, but from 2000rpm+ it really comes alive now.
I've thought about pulling the cat out and replacing with a flow through muffler but I'm liking the sound I have now, and I idle it in a garage in the winter and don't want all of my toys covered in soot....
2005 quad cab 4wd, AFE stage 2, muffler delete pipe, Edge with Attitude, XD 18" with 285-70's
Kidney for sale to finance engine and trans build...
Done it both ways.
1) Straight without any muffler, drone was out of control when towing.
Granted sounds good otherwise (most of the time).
2) AND 4" ANSA from Genos Garage Torbo back WITH the ANSA straight through "muffler".
No drone same performance as NO muffler and it's only about 325.00 in aluminized!
Option 2 is my choice.
Straight pipe may be to loud for your liking. the noise and drone bother some but others love it. My buddy has an FTE resonater in place of his muffler and it sounds great with no drone and is loud but not obnoxious.
04.5 3500 QCSB Lonestar Leveled, Moto Metal, BFG KM2, Buckstop Classic,Amp Steps, Smarty So6 ,5 Isspro EV2s, Pusher Intake, Stainless Diesel 2nd gen swap, HTT 62/65/13ss,PPE Dual Cp3's, FASS Titanium 150, Cat MIA, 8 in single stack, Built Trans. Thanks to FTE Diesel
In the end, its your truck and we should not be making decisions for you. Opinions are great, but everyone has them, and everyone likes to bring them out in a public forum.
Fact of the matter is, drone can be very annoying. My truck was straight piped when I first bought it, I had to drive it home 327 miles from where I picked it up. After that trip, first thing I did when I got home was to order an Aero 4040XL to swap in place of the delete pipe. It still droned, but NOTHING like with the straight pipe.
2007 3500 MC DRW 4x4 5.9L (122k mi)
G56 / SBC SDD3250
aFe Stg 2 / Pusher / GH Delete / FTE 5" TBE
AirDog II DF-165 (P551315/BF1275) / GDP Canister Delete / Bosch 505 - Stock Tips (Replaced @ 112,381 mi)
Autometer / JVC / Polk Audio
Best Tanks: 16.6 towing / 23.92 unloaded hwy / 23.2 city
I would try the straight pipe first. It will sound amazing, I had mine straight for about a year, then I put a 6.7L muffler on. Im thinking of going straight again now. Just do some research for an exhaust that you can get a muffler/delete on and off with out any hassles so you can plan with it untill you like it.
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