09-29-2013, 11:53 AM
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2012
Vehicle: 2011 Ram Crew Sport
Trim Level: Sport
Color: Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
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Magnaflow 16869 -- Installed --
I just installed my system yesterday, with some issues. I did not take pics, because I do not believe they are necessary. Magnaflow knows what the specs should be, and other than the tips being much larger, most people will not notice them. The following is the email I just sent to Magnaflow about the problems I had:
I am writing this only because I have known Magnaflow to be one of the best exhaust companies in terms of fitment and quality control. I do believe "you get what you pay for". I always operated my shop with this belief. On 09/28/2013 installed my 16869 system on my 2011 Ram 1500. Luckily I had a buddy with a lift, which saved me from quite a bit of cussing after the issues I found.
1st issue is a BIG one. After removing the stock system, we installed the muffler. Then we attempted to install the midpipes. BIG problem here. The midpipes and the exhaust outlets were EXACTLY the same size. The box was factory sealed, and there were no dents or damage to the pipe ends. Luckily for me, I had sold and installed several exhaust systems at my now closed accessory shop and was in a shop that had the correct solution under the circumstances. We used an expander, and installed the pipes. I feel sorry for guys that try to install these kits in their driveways or don't know what to do when they encounter something like this.
The rest of the install wasn't a big deal, except that the tips were scratched on the top sides. Fortunately I could get this hidden by the bumper during the install, but this is not the quality that I know from Magnaflow. Also, why do the tips not have Magnaflow stamped into them? I was really expecting this and was disappointed. So was the shop owner.
I am only passing my findings on in an effort to notify the appropriate managers of the issues. I can somewhat understand the scratches, but the pipes not being sized correctly are a real issue. I promote your company to anyone who asks about exhaust, and explain the ease of installation, and great SOUND, which is usually the only thing consumers really care about. Please try to get things back on track so those of us that really love and promote your products can feel comfortable doing so.
As far as the system, the looks are great, although personally the tips are too big for me. The best part is MOST people will never notice they are different unless it sits next to a stock Ram.
The sound is AWESOME!! The start up is deep but not muddy. The cruising sound is barely different than stock, even while in MDS. The throaty growl is incredible when you open the throttle body! This is what the truck should have sounded like from the factory!!!
current: 2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Sport (16869)
former: 2008 Magnum RT (15628, best sounding exhaust ever), custom Magnaflow exhaust on modded '96 Caddy Fleetwood
next plan: 2013 Dart 2.0 (15181, if I can sneak it past the old lady)