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Couple of Q's

1) I think it's "aluminized steel" - how durable is that stuff? I'm sure it's not like aluminum or steel, and definately not like stainless steel...so, is this something that will rust out in a year? Is it just another term for galvanized steel?

2) I figure this will be a cakewalk compared to the installation of my 370'z catback in a number of ways (higher off the ground, can work without a jack except for the tailpipe, when I jack it up for that, it won't be as big a deal if it falls off, as I won't die...just crap myself...) - how high does it have to be off the ground to get that last part out? I think I saw 18" from the ground to the side of the vehicle - I have some race ramps on order that will lift a vehicle 8", but I don't know what that translates to with the tires being pushed up 8", what the final height will be to the body panel...and if that'll give me enough room.

3) CLIPS - if you got 'em share 'em. I know there's some in the exhaust clips section, but I'm hoping for newer ones.

4) Compared to stock, how loud is it? 1 being stock, 10 being an average gas powered push-mower. (I know, they'll sound different)


Thanks for any info!
 

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Where do you live? That will have a big impact as to whether an aluminizied system is a viable choice. Any snowy regions, and it will rust out pretty quickly.

It comes apart in two pieces, the y-pipe to the output of the muffler and then the over axle piece to the tip. If you can get it in two pieces, you don't have to jack up the truck. But it sure makes it easier.

Nothing different from older clips to new clips, except maybe sound quality. Do a youtube search.

I have the Jardine, and I say it went to a 5-6. My wife would say a 8-9. I love the sound, a great throaty rumble.
 

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Yes I agree the climate you live in makes big difference in the aluminized steel question. Like tholmes said, in snowy or coastal areas it may only last a few years, but usually longer. If you live in a mild climate, then you can expect it to last 10yrs or so.
And "aluminized" steel is simply a traditional steel exhaust pipe with a protective coating on it. It does help. But not as much as stainless steel does.
 

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Thanks fo the info guys, I'm in Oklahoma, so, weather shouldn't be that big of a deal. Is the stock exhaust the same material? If so that'll give me a good idea...

I did manage to look up what aluminized steel is, which it's nothing more than something that is dip-coated, much like galvanized steel is (with zinc, vs aluminum) - so, it'll rust out just like other exhausts, except stainless.

Given that it's $300 (vs $1400 that I paid for my Z's catback), I can stand to replace it a time or two over the next 10 years - lol...
 

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STock system is stainless steel, but that doesn't mean it will never rust out. I have the JBA cat-back in stainless and it's holding up well. Generally, I would get about 3 or 4 years from an aluminumized system in this climate. I go aluminumized on a beater only.
 

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Maybe shoulda checked out the F/S section I know that a guy was trying to get rid of his dynomax for 125 or something along those lines
 

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Maybe shoulda checked out the F/S section I know that a guy was trying to get rid of his dynomax for 125 or something along those lines
Already gone, and I ended up cancelling my order yesterday...I listened to the sound clips again, and while the dynomax is what I would consider the least "rice bringer" of the group in terms of sound, none of them are what I want (which is what my neighbor has on his Chevy truck w/ some kind of catback) - I think it's just an attibute of the VQ engine...

Some of the exhausts start making my truck sound more like my 370z did stock...and I can't have that. I want a mean sounding snarly exhaust. Sadly, this is a japanese engine, so it'll sound like a japanese engine.

The other thing is if I'm going to shell out for a catback, I'd like it to be stainless steel...never will need replacement! :)
 

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It's a crying shame the Magnaflow is not a real cat-back and requires cutting the OEM pipe because they have such a great sound. I too am trying to resolve what brand to go with...

Sounds like I can rule out Dynamax too because where I live aluminized steel is never going to stand up to the tons of salt and crap they put on the roads here for 5-months a year.
 

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Personally guys, if I could do it all over again, I woulda just had a exhaust shop put in a new y-pipe and probably a magnaflow muffler, it'd have been cheaper and I would have likely got almost as many ponies from it. I'm pretty convinced after driving with my setup that the VQ40DE requires a bit of backpressure for decent low ends, mind you you can really, really fee lit pick up at 3000 RPMs
 

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Personally guys, if I could do it all over again, I woulda just had a exhaust shop put in a new y-pipe and probably a magnaflow muffler, it'd have been cheaper and I would have likely got almost as many ponies from it. I'm pretty convinced after driving with my setup that the VQ40DE requires a bit of backpressure for decent low ends, mind you you can really, really fee lit pick up at 3000 RPMs
I see in your sig you have the 3" Banks which is what I'm looking at. Are you saying you don't like the Banks? Are you saying you have lost low end grunt?

I'm coming from having screwed around putting a Magnaflow on the Titan, the sound was great, but screwing around cutting the OEM system apart and then being stuck with an incomplete OEM system that I could not put back on when I sold the truck was to me, not worth it.

Please advise, I would love to hear more of your thoughts on the Banks as you are an owner. Thx.
 

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I have the Dynomax and live in Mass. I sanded it down and used alcohol to clean it. I put two coats of high temp primer on it then three coats of high temp paint. It has been holding up great so far. The Y pipe is a big improvement over stock and I love the sound. If you put a little work into it I think that it's a pretty good bargain at $300. My old 95 Silverado had a AS Dynomax system that I painted as well and it was like new after 5 years of Maine winters.
 

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Does anyone have this setup for a crew cab long bed?
 
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