Installation Time: Afternoon
May 26, 2012
Nice Exhaust thats not overly loud
The magnaflow street exhaust is a good choice for someone who wants an exhaust note that sounds better than stock, but is not overly loud and won't attract any unwanted attention (from the fuzz). Install wasn't too bad, I did the install with the help of a friend, and it probably took about 4 hours. Having a lift is not a necessity, but it would definitely help cut down on the install time. I used a heavy duty jack and 2 jack stands and I was able to get the over axle pipes off, but you need to jack the rear of the car up pretty high or else you wont be able to twist them out( probably 18 inches or so). The hardest part was getting the factory mufflers out. Make sure you have some wd-40 and a rubber mallet to knock the stock axlebacks free. After the stock pipes were free, the magnaflows went in without much effort.
In my opinion going with the full catback system is the only way to go. It increases the diameter of the piping from 2.25" to 2.5" for less back pressure, and helps cut a few pounds from the car (the stock exhaust is noticeably heavier than the magnaflow system). Also I noticed after removal that one of my stock pipes was squished a bit (which is bad for exhaust flow)
After the install, I was very excited to start up the car to hear the difference. It now has a nice deep rumble. Its quiet when driving with a light foot, but when you punch it you can hear a nice throaty roar. (drive with your windows down and you will definitely hear it.) There is a tiny bit of drone in the 1.5k-2k rpm range, but not unbearable like I've heard from those who have the competition version of this exhaust. Just turn your radio up a bit and you wont have a problem.
The only downside I've found with this exhaust is that the tips pretty much touch the rear bumper cutouts for the tail pipes, causing the rear bumper to vibrate, which causes my rear license plate to make an annoying noise. I fixed this by adding 2 more screws in the lower part of the license plate bracket.
I'll probably play around with the exhaust this weekend to see if I can get it to hang a bit lower to stop the vibration of the rear bumper, but after adding the 2 screws the annoying sound is gone.
Overall, I am glad with my purchase.