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Old 08-27-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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aFe catback 3" high tuck exhaust installed

Hey guys just wanted to give you my review of the aFe exhaust I just put on my JKUR. The exhaust showed up and looks great tho I'm not sure why they mounted the aFe plate on the side facing upward but no big deal since I'd probably get it caught on something anyway while on the trails.

Now I got a great deal on this exhaust. Shipped to my door for 280ish $ from autoanything.

It is made out of 409 SS which is something I definatly wanted. It fit right up with no real problems other then adjusting the curve so it doesn't hit the frame above the rear axle. Pulling the stock off as people on here have said is a PITA!!!

I went with this high tuck exhaust to open up the area were the muffler used to be for other ideas and it definitly did that plus looks to have givin some extra space for axle movement which is also why I went with this style.

As for the sound: It has a nice deep sound to it but kind of reminds me of the way some kids rice burner sounds at certian rpms. It is a little louder then I would have liked but I am starting to get used to it and its sort of growing on me. See how I feel about it after a month or 2.

Hope this helps anyone looking into this exhaust. Any questions feel free to ask

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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Is that system with the muffler before the rear axel..??

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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Its going to need a few weeks to break in properly before it will settle on its permanent exhaust note so give it some time to rid itself of the rice farts.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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Post a picture. I am looking at the same setup. Thanks,
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Its going to need a few weeks to break in properly before it will settle on its permanent exhaust note so give it some time to rid itself of the rice farts.
Not true. There is no break in. These mufflers are plain metal on the inside, chambered or straight thru, and there is no packing in there to break in. Its plain metal today and it will be plain metal years from now.

There could be an argument that 'coating' the metal inside a chambered muffler with oils and other exhaust crud will cause some sort of sound deadening but it will be minimal.

Most muffler 'break in' people speak is actually the person just getting more used to having a loud exhaust.

OP: I'm disappointed to hear you call it ricerish... I have the regular 2.5" axle back being shipped. I hope it doesn't sound too bad.
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Not true. There is no break in. These mufflers are plain metal on the inside, chambered or straight thru, and there is no packing in there to break in. Its plain metal today and it will be plain metal years from now.

There could be an argument that 'coating' the metal inside a chambered muffler with oils and other exhaust crud will cause some sort of sound deadening but it will be minimal.

Most muffler 'break in' people speak is actually the person just getting more used to having a loud exhaust.

OP: I'm disappointed to hear you call it ricerish... I have the regular 2.5" axle back being shipped. I hope it doesn't sound too bad.
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Not true. There is no break in. These mufflers are plain metal on the inside, chambered or straight thru, and there is no packing in there to break in. Its plain metal today and it will be plain metal years from now.

There could be an argument that 'coating' the metal inside a chambered muffler with oils and other exhaust crud will cause some sort of sound deadening but it will be minimal.

Most muffler 'break in' people speak is actually the person just getting more used to having a loud exhaust.

OP: I'm disappointed to hear you call it ricerish... I have the regular 2.5" axle back being shipped. I hope it doesn't sound too bad.
Really? Definitely not my experience with the turbo mufflers I have been feeding to my v8 ZJ in the past few years. But I didn't realize that the aFe was just a metal canister. It makes sense for this application... nothing to really break in.
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Not true. There is no break in. These mufflers are plain metal on the inside, chambered or straight thru, and there is no packing in there to break in. Its plain metal today and it will be plain metal years from now.

There could be an argument that 'coating' the metal inside a chambered muffler with oils and other exhaust crud will cause some sort of sound deadening but it will be minimal.

Most muffler 'break in' people speak is actually the person just getting more used to having a loud exhaust.

OP: I'm disappointed to hear you call it ricerish... I have the regular 2.5" axle back being shipped. I hope it doesn't sound too bad.
Actually, there is a break in period. At least there was on mine. I've had and do have loud exhaust on many cars. I don't need time to get "used" to it. My experience was that upon first installing my AFE axleback, I didn't enjoy the sound it made at lower rpms. I actually intended to remove it.

Life had other plans though and about two weeks later, I get in it, take off and immediately notice the difference. It was much more mild sounding and I liked it. Couldn't believe how much it changed. Now, I'm keeping it.

I understand what you are saying about not having sound damping material. I'm also not pretending to have an explanation (nor do I care). I'm just sharing my own experience.
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The afe high tuck is after the axle...had mine for 5 mos...love the clearance...not a huge fan of the sound but you do get used to it, the volume knob on the radio helps.
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Sorry guys I'm in the middle of buying a house and have had a hard time getting online. Anyway I will post a pic then, the reply above this is not the same exhaust I have. Mine exits on the driver side now w/o a muffler.

And yeah I'm sorry for calling it ricerish. Not the best word for it but it just reminds me of an exhaust I had on my eclipse years ago. It definitly sounds like a 6 cylinder now . I was just saying that it is a little louder then I was hoping for. I'm not an old man by any means but I'm not in my 20's anymore either and don't want/need the extra attention. It has started to grow on me and it does seem to be settling down a bit, or I'm getting used to it. I don't think pipes w/o a muffler really change much with use but I could be wrong. Kinda strange thing with it is it is louder at 3k rpms then any other time. Has a great rumble to it at idle and a nice smooth sound but thats probably more because its a 6.

Pics to come soon. Probably after I get back from lunch
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The afe high tuck is after the axle...had mine for 5 mos...love the clearance...not a huge fan of the sound but you do get used to it, the volume knob on the radio helps.
That is why I went with this system!! And it opens up that huge area werer the muffler used to be. Thinking of mounting a OBA compressor back there or something. See what I come up with after I'm done with closing on my house. After signing all those papers and putting in offers and looking at places I would rather rip my exhaust off 1k times then go through all this again . Pics to come soon
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Is that system with the muffler before the rear axel..??
No muffler at all. It has a resonator tho which is part of the long pipe and mounts right near the EVO canaster. I snap some pics then so you can see it.
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Not true. There is no break in. These mufflers are plain metal on the inside, chambered or straight thru, and there is no packing in there to break in. Its plain metal today and it will be plain metal years from now.

There could be an argument that 'coating' the metal inside a chambered muffler with oils and other exhaust crud will cause some sort of sound deadening but it will be minimal.

Most muffler 'break in' people speak is actually the person just getting more used to having a loud exhaust.

OP: I'm disappointed to hear you call it ricerish... I have the regular 2.5" axle back being shipped. I hope it doesn't sound too bad.
Sorry was the best way I could explain it. I had a 6 cylender eclipse a while back with a greddy exhaust and it kind of sound like that. Now just to be clear I loved the way that car sounded. Greddy exhausts are a great exhaust in the import world and in my experiance are top notch. Back to the aFe now, it doesn't sound horrible or anything and I am planning on keeping it. It has a deep sound to it at idle and just has a bit louder howl to it then I was hoping for during acceleration. Other then that tho I am very happy with it and it did what I wanted as I post earlier.
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Thanks, that gives me an idea of what to expect.
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I just installed this on my 2012 with a banks intake this weekend. Its loud!

Its alot louder than i had thought it would be.
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I just installed this on my 2012 with a banks intake this weekend. Its loud!

Its alot louder than i had thought it would be.
Good loud, or bad loud?
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I have put on about 300 + miles this week and it is developing a more mellow tone. It does sounds good just too loud for my taste between especially between 2500 and 3100 rpms. its quiet on the highway at 60-70 mph and sounds really nice when opened up in the upper rpm band.

I called AFE and they are sending me a 22" bolt in muffler to replace the 12" muffler my kit came with. There are two AFE cat back high tuck 2.5 inch systems. I ordered the only one Northridge carries which was the louder one with the 12 inch muffler. Its not free from AFE but its cheaper than buying another exhaust....so long as it makes the difference.

Another note. if you have the Kleinn air horn kit, the muffler is a tight fit with the smaller muffler. I will probably have to relocate the horns and horn bracket somewhere else to fit the larger muffler.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #20
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UPDATE:

I replaced the smaller AFE muffler with their 22" muffler option for the 2.5" high tuck car back and it is probably the most perfect combination of function and nice mellow tone. Good rumble on idle, no drone at all and very nice tone on acceleration.

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