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After some research i decided i wanted to put a flowmaster on my new truck, 03 RCSB w/ 5.3. I wasnt happy with the other exhaust shops that i had taken my other truck to so i decided to go to Midas, thinking that a more reputable place would do a better job. I got one single in dual out Flowmaster 40 and had them dump it after the axle. It is so quiet. I didn't want it terribly loud but you can hardly hear it unless you really get on it. The worst part is Midas did a shitty job IMO, terrible welds and there is a little leak i can hear. The best part, they charged me $325. I got raped, and i'll never take a vehicle to an exhaust shop again, i have a welder i just thought they would do a better job.
 

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yeah i got my magnaflow done at midas dumper for 225. the job was well done but i found out later i could of gotten the muffler on summit for 60 bucks and had it installed for 50
 

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hmmm.....im going to midas tomorrow to get a price for them to make up an intermediate pipe with a flange and hanger on it from my Y to my muffler...do they madrel bend (thats smooth bends correct?)
 

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I like the sound of the muffler, i just wish it was twice as loud. I thought it was a ridiculous price. Nobody will ever see that the guy can't lay a bead for sh**, but it just made me mad.
 

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No, no mandrel bends at the Midas here.
 

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you used all new piping from front to back or did you just replace the muffler? I'm hoping you did all new piping
 

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I was going to just cut out the stock muffler, weld in a Flow, and dump in right after the muffler, maybe would have had to add a hanger. Could have did it myself for less than a hundred bucks. Im pretty pissed right now.
 

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you used all new piping from front to back or did you just replace the muffler? I'm hoping you did all new piping
New piping from about 3 foot in front of the muffler all the way back. But still i think it was way too high.
 

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definitely way too high....what was it bout the exhaust shops that turned u away?
Well i took my old truck to a shop, and he told me he was putting flowmasters on it, cause thats what i asked for, and he put on some no name knock off because it didnt say flowmaster on it. Plus 2 hangers broke on it within a year, and the tips where too close to my reese hitch and rattled off of it, and he couldnt ever fix it cause he bent his pipes wrong.
 

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i learned this lesson too, but not at midas, but at lous custom exhaust here in mass. i figured since they are a custom exhaust shop itd be mandrel bends and stainless piping. stupid me for not asking before i said yes. cost me 650 for a "stainless" magnaflow and duals out the back and tips. none of the stuff was mandrel bent, stuff was rusting. only thing they did right was tuck the tips nice and close to the body.

just bought a diesel mbrp exhaust for a dmax and bought piping and what not from summit. a friend GMracer cut everything and welded it up. i spent 300 on the cat back, another 60 for mandrels and tubing from summit. all custom from the manifolds down. got a custom mandrel bent exhaust for around 450 all said and done. i feel your pain, we all work hard for our money and sometimes we dont get what we expect. o well lesson learned.
 

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Yea your right catch2otwo, i guess i learned my lesson.

Besides the fact that i got ripped off, i dont understand why its so quiet. I didn't expect an original 40 series to be so quiet. Maybe because its a single in dual out and not true duals?
 

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Yea your right catch2otwo, i guess i learned my lesson.

Besides the fact that i got ripped off, i dont understand why its so quiet. I didn't expect an original 40 series to be so quiet. Maybe because its a single in dual out and not true duals?
I know you dont want to change muffs already but go to a 1 chamber Imco, WAY louder than my 40 series I had single in dual outs :read:
 

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I might switch to that someday, but im gonna have to live with this for now. At least its not too loud in the cab, thats what i figured would happen, but its hardly noticeable.
 

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I might switch to that someday, but im gonna have to live with this for now. At least its not too loud in the cab, thats what i figured would happen, but its hardly noticeable.
have you heard my sound clip? Do a search for threads Ive posted and find the sound clip one


Edit: about 2-4months old
 

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I just heard it, ya it sounds really good. It seems like it sounds pretty much the same as my Flowmaster only louder, which is what i want.
 

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is performance loss the only downfall to not mandrel bent?
 
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