Originally Posted by RamRodSport
I'm fixing to drop the ball on the 16869
, local shop will install it out the door for $850 (bolted on not welded) I called MF and they say bolted is just fine and thats how the system was designed to be installed and that welding was an option but not recommended???? I know you have welded yours plus added the Y pipe but without chacing through a million threads on the net how do you think the MF CatBcak without the Y would be as far as the drone noise everyone talks about???... i have the Mopar CAI, I know everyone hates it but i got a great deal on it from the dealer when I got the truck ($200.00) so thats why i did it...lol.
Any help would be great here!!!!
In short, no go ahead and install it without the Y and you"ll be fine as far a the dreaded drone.
In detail: Magnaflow
spent a sheet load on designing and perfecting this exhaust for maximum performance, solid construction, ease of fit, appearance AND sound. Sound wasn't just about sweet tunes.... it was also about minimal to no drone. How do I know this? Like I said in the OP, I researched the beejeesus out of this exhaust prior to biting.
Also remember that when Magnaflow
designed and released this exhaust, they did so with the thought that the consumer would NOT need additional parts like the Y pipe. Had the Y pipe have been a recommendation - either for performance, sound or whatever reason - you can be certain that Magnaflow
would have either recommended it or added it to the kit. They, as you know, did neither.
The Y pipe is not an absolute necessary part for the exhaust to operate at its maximum performance, but rather a 'supplement' to the Magnaflow 16869
In all honesty, as bad as the OEM Y pipe crimp is, if you we're to dyno it and then compare its numbers to one with the Y pipe changed, you probably wouldn't get numbers that will rock your world.....but those of us that have done it know we now have a less restrictive exhaust gases flowing; and we sleep better at night.
Hope this helped some and best wishes to you. Whatever route you take, you"ll be smiling for a LONG time once you have that Magnaflow 16869
whistling the sweetest tunes.....be it with OR without the Y pipe swap.