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From reading all the new Frontier forums, I've learned that there are only 2 companies thus far that have an exhasut system already out in the market, and 1 more with one in production.

We have all heard about the Banks exhaust being a good system, but many saying they lose a lot of low-end power. But, I haven't heard any complaints about the Gibson exhaust system, whose website specifically states: "Our best performing exhaust system produces maximum torque and horsepower gains at low-end (1800 to 3000 RPMS ) with a deep aggressive tone."

Is there anyone on here that has this exhaust and has similar problems to the Banks? I know there is a user reverendbiker who loves this exhaust, but I know of no one else who owns this.
 

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I had a Gibson system on my 99 F-150 and loved it! I put the Bank's on my Frontier and removed it 2 months later! Don't get me wrong, i's a very well made system, but it was too loud for my taste! I also felt a loss of low-end torque with it. JBA is coming out with a new system that uses the stock pipe sizes with a free flowing 'Y' and muffler. I'm waiting to hear some comments on this system before taking another plunge into aftermarket exhaust! Another member of these forums (don't recal which) was told by a performance exhaust shop that 3" pipes are too big for this engine. He was also told the drone that was so loud with the Banks system was partially due to that large of a pipe! The MagnaFlow site also lists maximum pipe size per cubic inches of engine displacement, and that chart showes 2.25 to 2.5 as the maximum size for these 4.0L V6's. The Gibson system has a resonator built into it's design, and their muffler is not straight through like the Banks, so it probably retains a certain amount of back pressure necessay yo maintain low end torque. There are several members on this and other sites with the Gibson system, and I've not seen any complaints at all! No negative comments about loss of low end or excess noise. I don't know the size of the pipe from the CATS to the 'Y' on the gibson, but it's advertised as a 3" system. The Rev or others who have it may want to comment on the pipe size. But I do know the Resonator really cuts down on the noise in the cab! MagnaFlow and Stillen also have systems on the market for our trucks, but both the MagnaFlow and Stillen require you to cut the stock system before the muffler and had a new muffler and tail pipe, but retain the stock restrictive 'Y' pipe! Hope this helps...
 

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Sweet, thanks for the info. Yah, I know the rev loves his exhaust. I read his reviews top to bottom on his site. I didn't know about the Magnaflow or Stillen.

Looks like the Magnaflow system is similar to the Banks w/ the 3". Funny 'cause they are using 2.5" w/ the I-4 2.5L engine. I actually been on the Stillen website but only saw a system for the Titan. Maybe you saw something I didn't? And with what I've heard about the JBA system, I think I'll wait it out for that system. Sounds like they did some homework.
 

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DOH!!! I was searching under 2006. Didn't think it would make a difference. Now I know. Thanks!!!
 

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I also have the Gibson cat installed on my truck. No problem with the sound inside the cab. I had the same on my 2001 SEDR truck. One thing on the 2001 was I had a Arraid intake installed but sold it because of the loss of low end power. It ran great with the stock intake with a K&N drop in filter. So I'll do the same with my 05 Nismo.
 

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Oh Ya the Gibson is on. It's been on for a month or so. Like the sound inside and out. The only problem some of us have had was the Y pipe not fitting just right on to the cats. I cut the tail pipe back a little at the end so it wouldn't show inside the S/S tip. The Y pipe and tail pipe are 3" also. Seems to make the truck run just fine. The low end power is good. I need that here in mountains of NC. A little more growl and plenty of zip. Going on a 600 mile trip on thurs and I see what the MPG will be and get back with ya.
 

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Awesome!! It sounds like it will be a toss-up between the Gibson and the JBA, if JBA gets their product right. . .
 

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PIMPaLiCiOuS,

I have the 22" Flo-Pro dual in dual out with a pair of 12" resonators to reduce the
raspiness. I live in the Bethany area so you can hear what it sounds like before you
put your money out.

Drop me a private message if you want to hear what it sounds like.

OkieScot
 

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PhotoPirate,

I don't know how to do sound clips, but the shop that did my installation made sound
clips of it. Be sure to mention that it is the one with the preresonators on it. You can contact them at www.kinneysmufflershop.com. StormTrooperDFW has the same set up I do without the preresonators. He has linked sound clips of his truck on one of the
forums.

I think it is titled true duals. You can do a search under his name or true duals and you should come up with it.

OkieScot
 

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Banks is just fine...

I put the Banks on about 8 weeks ago and it is great. A little growl at start up and only when stepping on the gas. Not noticeable anymore in the cabin. It is awesome loud. AND THERE IS NO LOSS ON THE LOW END EITHER. It actually has better pull with the trailer on the low end then before. So I would only make the decision based on whether the system is a full and not just at the Y pipe back and on the sound. Nothing less. Later.
 

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i'll probably end up with a custom exhaust that has 2.25" mandrel bent piping from the cats to a dual in and single 3" out Flowmaster 50 Series SUV. i've talked to a muffler shop and the cost would be a little over $300. almost half the cost of the aftermarket variety including installation.
 

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gfronty05 said:
I had the banks on my truck and it was too too loud for my taste. I actually just took it off and sold it.
Damn, that thing is sure making the rounds! :wink:
 

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I'm going to give the new JBA exhaust a try, are you going to try another exhaust system or keep it stock for a while?
 
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