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Old 05-01-2014, 09:05 AM   #1
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Banks monster or Magnaflow exhaust?

I have a 2006 4.0L wrangler and its in need of a deeper, noticeable sound. I am leaning towards the monster because i have heard nothing bad about it but would like some more advice on them from people who have them. I am looking at buying a system in the next few weeks. Thanks for any feed back

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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Why the need to sound like a rice burner in the hood? there is no one that will be impressed except the home boys.

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not going for a ricer sound, i want the deeper, powerful sound. These systems shouldnt have a ricer sound. It wont sound like a rubber band or can exhaust
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Don't have either, but from what I have seen and heard I would go with the Magnaflow. It seems to have a nice deep, throaty sound which doesn't make the Jeep stand out like a sore thumb in regards to sounding ridiculous.
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To me, both Banks and Magnaflow are nothing more than overhyped/overpriced mail-order exhaust systems that can easily be outdone locally.

Go visit your local independent muffler shop who can give you whatever sound you're after. And if they don't get it sounding as desired the first time, they can try a different muffler. Try that with a mail order cat-back. And when I recommend a "local independent" shop, I mean avoid the chain shops like Midas or Meineke who usually charge 2-3X more.
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i have a little shop right down the road, do you think i should go to them and see what they recommend and see their prices and what not?
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i have a little shop right down the road, do you think i should go to them and see what they recommend and see their prices and what not?
That is exactly the type of shop I was trying to recommend above.
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For what it's worth (from the FNG here....)
I just picked up my `00 that someone had put on a Flowmaster along with a 3in. tip on the exhaust.
Surprisingly, it sounds pretty good and not "rice burner'ish"... They could have done a better job welding it on (which I plan on fixing,) But driving with the flowmaster on it sounds pretty nice to me.
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I've had the Banks cat-back since October 2012, and I do not recommend it. While it does provide a good sound, I have had nothing put clearance issues with the pipe. First, the portion that arches over the axle was rubbing against the heat shield on the tub, making a horrible rattling sound. The clamp that holds the exhaust tip on was rubbing against the frame also. Now hat I have lifted my TJ, the pipe rubs against my track bar, and if I put the second piece of pipe on, it rubs against the shock absorber. I ran for. While,with no pipe off the muffler, but it was annoyingly loud, so right now I'm just putting up with the pipe rubbing the track bar till I can back to the states this summer, and can get either new piping installed, or a whole new system from a local shop.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:58 PM   #10
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why the need to sound like a rice burner in the hood? There is no one that will be impressed except the home boys.
it is a six not a rice burner!
If you aren't going to help why even comment?
Really?

DID YOU EVER THINK MAYBE, JUST MAYBE HE WANTS HIS JEEP THE WAY HE WANTS IT, NO LIKE YOUR'S!?!?!?!?!

YU THINK?
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For what it's worth (from the FNG here....)
I just picked up my `00 that someone had put on a Flowmaster along with a 3in. tip on the exhaust.
Surprisingly, it sounds pretty good and not "rice burner'ish"... They could have done a better job welding it on (which I plan on fixing,) But driving with the flowmaster on it sounds pretty nice to me.
HEY AZ YOU IN AZ?
where did you get your setup?
PM me with what you have or got, sounds like what I am looking for...

I too am looking to upgrade.
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HEY AZ YOU IN AZ?
where did you get your setup?
PM me with what you have or got, sounds like what I am looking for...

I too am looking to upgrade.
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I'm originally from AZ, but living in Denver now. But I still get down there a couple times a year.
The previous owner 'attempted' to put it on themselves, so I don't know where they got it. I just happened to crawl under it too look for rust and other issues when I was buying it last weekend and saw it there.
They did a really poor job welding it on - I'll snap a pic of it. I'll also get a sound clip of it too. But what I can tell - it's a flowmaster 40 that's on it, and an AFE 3in tip I think. I'll double check tonight.
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I have the banks on my 98 4.0. I can't recommend it at all. Its not loud or throaty. They also neglected to tell me that I can't use the tip because I have a hitch.
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I have a banks. Its kind of loud but throaty and sounds good. I never had any clearance issues with mine, even with a long arm
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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I wish I had gone with a Magnaflow over the Banks one I did put on my Jeep. It's tarnishing/rusting far faster than any SS system I've ever had in a vehicle before. It has been a pita to seal, had it apart a few times now to get it better, and sounds just like many of the ricers I've pulled up next to in town. It's not too bad if you like that kind of sound, but I think I'd have rather done the Magnaflow, as I've had much better luck with them in other vehicles in the past, both sound wise and quality...
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i have a hitch on mine, i have heard that the banks has issues with tips on hitches. I think im going to try the muffler shop first and see what they can do.
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I have the banks monster and I'm pretty happy with it. Overall it cost me $217 because I installed myself. I have never heard a ricer sound anything like my wrangler so I'm not even sure where that comment came from. It is an improved sound but does not over exaggerate the motor. I also have zero clearance issues and I have a hitch that I use and have zero issues there as well.
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I have the banks monster and I'm pretty happy with it. Overall it cost me $217 because I installed myself. I have never heard a ricer sound anything like my wrangler so I'm not even sure where that comment came from. It is an improved sound but does not over exaggerate the motor. I also have zero clearance issues and I have a hitch that I use and have zero issues there as well.
im still bewildered at the ricer comment, i wonder if he even owns a jeep. It seems like it would be pretty hard to get a wrangler to sound like one haha
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Why the need to sound like a rice burner in the hood? there is no one that will be impressed except the home boys.
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not going for a ricer sound, i want the deeper, powerful sound. These systems shouldnt have a ricer sound. It wont sound like a rubber band or can exhaust
To the ricer comments, the straight 6 in no way sounds anything like a ricer 4 cyl or any V6 with any muffler. I does not "sound" bad.

To the "I want my Jeep to sound mean" thought, I do have to shake my head. Yea it is the american thing for our cars and bikes to sound loud but for a wimpy Jeep 4 or 6 with a big bark is like seeing a Chihuahua with the voice of a Rottweiler. All you would do is laugh. Who really wants to draw attention to themselves and be all bark and no bite?

I have a couple muscle cars, that have bark but there is something to back that up. I do have a Dynomax on the TJ which is barely above the stock muffler. The no brainer reason was I hopped on the 100.00 refund they offer and a Amazon returned new in box cat-back Net total 29.00. According to scrolling banner, the Dynomax refund is back.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:32 PM   #20
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HEY AZ YOU IN AZ?
where did you get your setup?
PM me with what you have or got, sounds like what I am looking for...

I too am looking to upgrade.
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I'm in AZ, Give this shop a shoot and see what they say. I've had a pickup and a Motorhome exhaust modified there. Thinking about going there soon for a new magnaflow on my tj.

Mesa Mufflers AZ

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Ive got the Magnaflow with mag hi flo cat and love the sound. No drone, not too loud, just a good deep throaty sound. They claim like +14 hp that you'll never feel in a jeep. I can say it went on easy and have had no issues goin on three years now. I bought mine from 4wd. It's usually pricey but wait for them to run a special.
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I have the banks on my 98 4.0. I can't recommend it at all. Its not loud or throaty. They also neglected to tell me that I can't use the tip because I have a hitch.


What brand hitch do you have?
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Ive got the Magnaflow with mag hi flo cat and love the sound. No drone, not too loud, just a good deep throaty sound. They claim like +14 hp that you'll never feel in a jeep. I can say it went on easy and have had no issues goin on three years now. I bought mine from 4wd. It's usually pricey but wait for them to run a special.
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I know that I've pulled up to cars that are ricers, and the Jeep sounds very similar to some. I'm not making it up, have quite good hearing, and had the system on for a while now. No it doesn't sound like every single one, but way more than enough to make me say that. As I said, which some may have missed, it's not to bad if you like that kind of sound, but I do wish I had gone with the Magnaflow instead...

Just offering my opinion. It's go with the Magnaflow.
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For what it's worth (from the FNG here....)
I just picked up my `00 that someone had put on a Flowmaster along with a 3in. tip on the exhaust.
Surprisingly, it sounds pretty good and not "rice burner'ish"... They could have done a better job welding it on (which I plan on fixing,) But driving with the flowmaster on it sounds pretty nice to me.
I get more comments/ compliments on my Flowmaster exhaust than any other Mod...but I did just put new Flat Fenders on this week.....and no one has seen it yet...
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Just installed the Banks headers and Monster cat back.
Sounds great to me.
Quiet in 4th but throaty in 1st thru 3rd.
It also gave me a bit of power.
Not a ton but it's noticeable.
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What brand hitch do you have?
Not sure what brand hitch. The tip almost fits but not quite.
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I have the Monster Cat-back. 4.0l I6. Sounds good to me, no drone, no ricer BS. I have a manual, and it sounds it's best when engine breaking going down a hill. That said, I don't believe it is worth it. In one winter it looks like the oldest thing under my Jeep. For everyone with fitment issues, take two big pipe wrenches and use some elbow grease to get it where it won't hit anything. I had to bend the hanger on the rear pipe so it wouldn't rattle on the heat shield also. Didn't take long. I ended up not running the tip for clearance issues, seeing how this went on because I ripped off my old one, I didn't want that thing sticking out. I would recommend using the band clamp for the tip at the muffler to rear pipe connection and throwing out the U-bolt clamp. It would make adjusting things for clearance much easier and seal better.
After the next round of upgrades, I think I'll get a Magnaflow high performance cat and take it to a shop and have them fit it under the skid and run a pipe to the back.
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I have the Banks Monster and I think it sounds great. Not anything "rice burner".

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