Jumping off of last week's blog, you all know that I made the well-researched decision to purchase a Magnaflow Exhaust System for the F-One-Fiddy. So with great anticipation, I watched the shipping status via Fed-Ex's website until the day it arrived. Vacant of any colorful decals or banners, my new Stainless Steel Cat-Back system arrived in a rather bland, brown box with minimal advertising. However, this didn't surprise me quite as much as picking the box up and heaving into the back of the truck; Holy cow it was light! I pondered whether or not there was actually an exhaust hidden in the box at all. But of course there was.
Originally I was going to wait and install the system over the weekend, but you know that wasn't happening, so just as soon as I got home I tore into the box. Expertly packed in a form-fitting mold, Magnaflow even took the time to wrap both the muffler and chrome tips in thick bubble wrap to ensure no scratches. Installation was so absurdly simple, I felt like a full-fledged mechanic after I was done. In fact, removing the factory exhaust, (which incidentally weighed about 70 lbs), was by far more difficult than installing the new one.
As previously mentioned, most of the newer Magnaflow cat-back systems are no-weld applications. -Yeah, I couldn't figure it out either. Turns out that there is a large, 5" clamp held by two 5/8" nuts anchoring the mid-pipe to the factory muffler. This clamp is simple enough to overcome, however, loosening it up won't get you far; There were still four different exhaust system "hangers" suspending the gargantuan factory muffler and exit pipe.
*cracks open a cold-one*
The hangers used 10mm bolts which were stuck directly into the frame, but a quick turn of a ratchet freed them up easily. Snaking the factory system out from under the truck was no easy task either. Once that was all said and done, fitting the new exhaust was nearly a reverse process of getting the old one off. I used the factory clamp and an existing hanger and BAM, its on and done!
And how does it sound? Incredible- so much better than the sound clips available on Maganflow's Website- words cannot do it justice. Its more of a deep rumble at idle and gradually rises to a loud rumble with acceleration. I was thankful that there was none of that annoying "cackle" you get with some aftermarket systems. If you ask me you might as well being running open headers. I am, however, pleased as punch to say the least with this purchase. Haven't checked the mileage yet, but I suspect an improvement will be mentioned in next week's blog!