Ok, guys..here's " my " truth. Re my exhaust debacle.
My thought are as follows - re: J pipes.
I think that I had become addicted to a slight rasp and drone when I removed my rear mufflers and went to straight pipe /headers. When my friend ( g8k33pr ) got his exhaust done, I was even more addicted to the LOUD, obnoxious sound. I then put on J pipes Solo. and Magnaflow x pipe 2.5 inch( with mid muffler delete) I wasnt impressed first day. A few observations since........ I think my mind was playing tricks on me. I was subconsciously associating the louder rumble with power. Its like if you drive your car and its silent, one might think its not going as fast. Also, I'm noticing that YES, J pipes KILL drone. You can adjust the length to change depth of sound. I also noticed that once you step on the gas and hit high rpm, they actually come alive vs just tooling around town. I also suspect that my car somehow needed to adapt to this new configuration. ( is this even possible ?) Rear o2's deleted....... Today I took a 60 mile trip and I noticed that the car actually ran quite well as opposed to right after I put the J pipes on .
Now.... I need to make up my mind.. Do I want louder. Its as simple as that. If I do, I might have to lose the J pipes. This is where it gets tricky. How loud is too annoying whilst taking a long trip. My next step is to eliminate resonators ( since the j pipe is in some ways a resonator ). If that doesnt get me where I want, then I am going to increase pipe diameter from x pipe..... If still no luck, I will go ahead with the sale of J pipes and straight pipe it with small bullet Magnaflow mufflers to the tips.
Thanks so much for all input, it has been a GREAT help. Nice to know a community really wants to help :-)
My 2009 - With the usual suspects. Incl. - Pat G.
Last edited by IcudahadaG8; 03-18-2017 at 06:38 PM.