I am replacing my header for my jeep cause there is a leak in it. It is pretty expensive but I want to upgrade it. What would be the best sounding and loudest one cause I wanna have that sweet noise of my straight 6...but I don't wanna break the bank. The Drake Offroad exhaust manafold is the one I was looking at buying any others around the $200-400 rage?
I'd say borla is the king here but you said budget so I wouldn't know. Maybe someone else will chime in.
I had some type of aftermarket header, magna flow high flow cat, and magna flow muffler and it sounded awesome on my 98 I6. I wish I could have figured out what type of header it had...
97 Wrangler 2.5 Manual SE. 157,000 miles
A manifold is not going to change your exhaust note. Second, do not get a header without the later model expansion joints or else it wil crack. Do a search and you will find cracking stock and aftermarket headers is common
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
If you want loud... Just take anything exhaust related off the vehicle and screw the O2 sensors
Headers do little to exhaust noise level, they may change the note of it a bit, but it's mostly for higher flow. Mufflers and bigger pipes will make it sound louder. The loudest would be just a straight pipe after the cats, and you could gain some money selling the metal if you just leave it open past the cats. Though I can't vouch for the quality of sound that way. Or the legality.
I've got a Banks Monster muffler with 3" tube. It's not loud, but I'd say at least 50% louder than stock, much throatier too. I love it myself
I mentioned the jba header only because I saw you were going to replace it and the exhaust. Jba makes the best header and it will not crack. If you want a loud exhaust look at the magnaflow off-road series.
Anything worth doing is worth over doing!
I've got a Banks Monster on mine that I bought off a buddy almost new for $30 (it would not fit with his tummy tuck). Cheap and sounds awesome at idle and slower speeds. The only thing I don't like is the tone at highway speeds but I think most of them are that way.
I've got 11,000 miles on a polished stainless steel ebay header that goes to a cat-delete Y-pipe and to that I have a Dynomax cat back. The header has not cracked despite what others here might say, and it has no rust or leaks, still looks brand new.
It cost a hundred bucks. Does exactly what it's supposed to do.
As for sound there is no difference compared to the stock doorman style nor is there any huge noticeable power improvement. I had the Dynomax on prior to the header upgrade. Your call but it might be best to stick with a flexible OEM style like everyone says but so far- no cracks or any issue whatsoever.