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Best exhaust for 06' 5.9

Fellow Enthusiasts,

Looking to pull the trigger on a new single pipe exhaust, what is the no kidding best choice for overall performance, ease of installation , durability and best sound (without driving you out of the cab from insane resignation)? Your expert opinions would be greatly appreciated.


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Im interested also, have to replace my tail pipe and donalson 51" going to keep the cat. I was looking at a MBRP cat back, but on another forum some guys were saying too much drone when towing, and I tow.

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I've looked at one exhaust system so far; MBRP 5", stainless steel, turbo back...looks like it has something on it that resembles a muffler. I have heard the MBRP is quite loud, I want loud and throaty, but not re-arrange your DNA loud (inside cab at least). Maybe to get what I want, I'll have to put up with resignation?
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Sorry, can't help with aftermarket exhaust but I think the word your looking for is resonate inside the cab. Resignation means your quiting your position (or similar).

I straight piped mine, no cat/no muff and it is VERY loud if you put the pass windows down. I'm looking for a 5" stainless pipe with a muff and a resonator, not which brand I'm going with yet.

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5" turbo back Magna flow not real loud with the muffler installed. Little on the expensive side tho

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Not a full exhaust but I went with a 4" Aeroturbine 4040xl. It's not loud in the cab but sounds nice outside.

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they are all the same.....DIAMOND EYE is not expensive and with the baffled muffler it will sound fine. dont waste your money buying a magazine brand name....

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My cousin went with flo pro 5" turbo back and sounds amazing. Plus it was only $330 shipped to his door I'm running 4" down pipe to 5" just after the transfer case.

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Get something 4 inch dont waste your money on anything bigger since i wont make that big of a difference. I just replaced the muffler with a cheap old glasspack and ran a pipe thru the cat and it wasnt loud at all. Oh a lot of that noise will go away to if you get the end of the tailpipe out a few inches from the truck bed.

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I agree that it won't make a big difference in power. But the sound between a 4 inch 5 inch is way noticeable 5 inch is wayyy better sounding also the noise in the cab isn't bad at all and the price difference isn't that far from each other.

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I really enjoy my exhaust, it's a stock downpipe with an MBRP Cat delete and MBRP muffler... so essentially a MBRP turbo back, 4 inch.

Sounds great, not loud enough to wake up the rest of the family when I leave for work at quarter to five in the morning, and not too expensive since I didn't replace all the piping.


Next will be an MBRP 5 inch turbo back. Be sure you run a muffler, IMO straight pipe is just too loud for daily driving.

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