So I was wondering if I could get some opinions about a possible Christmas present I may be getting for myself. I'm looking at the Banks ram-air intake and monster exhaust. I'm also looking at the Torquetubes, though I am a little less than convinced that they would do all that much.
Anybody have experience / words of wisdom about the intake and exhaust? And in particular, are the torquetubes even worth it?
That's a bit over my budget and mechanical expertise, but that is definitely on the list. Just not the first thing. Since I do so much highway driving these days, I figure engine upgrades would be most beneficial.
I recently instAlled a powerpack (torquetubes, monster exhaust, and ram air) and it's sweet, deep throaty exhaust and the air intake growls around the 2400 range, the engine sounds way different when giving it gas... I think it was a good great fantastic improvement... However, a banks powerpack was 900 shipped ; main reason I put it on was I had a powerpack sitting in my storage for my 99 that I sold before installing, had to return to banks for CREDiT towards new banks products (go figure) so I was kinda forced to put the new one on my 2004 ... Is it worth it? I dunno..it sounds great and probably 35-40+ hp max.. But that's at an insanely 5600 rpms.. I wouldve done gears instead (currently running 3.73 on 35"s... So yea desperate needed) but it is a great upgrade and u will definently discern the difference.
stock manifold is built to preform much like torquetubes. Buying Torquetubes would be a waste of your money, and a lot of it. I have the Magnaflow Direct Fit Cat/mid pipe and Banks Monster Cat back system and it looks and sounds great. I would be careful with purchasing a cone type intake, they can and will suck up water, dirt, sand, dead babies, whatever it can. Stock TJ Air boxes are also designed to be very unrestrictive. You cant really get any more of a greater flow out of any other intake system, just stare at it one time and think about it for a bit.
I would purchase the Banks Cat back system and leave it at that, it'll give you the "performance" and tone you are looking for. Torquetubes will not make a noticable difference (maybe at 100mph) and neither will an intake, but it'll sound cool....
I agree on the lockers first, but in your predicament; you are kinda stuck..
Anyway, I have the Banks Torque Tube Header and Monster exhaust with a Cold Air intake.. Separately, they didn't do a whole lot besides emit a heavenly tone, but man when I finally installed the header, the Jeep absolutely WOKE UP!! Real lively man, you will like it.. I too almost went with the Ram Air, but wanted to go with an "oil-less" filter, so ended up going the AEM Bruteforce route.. The highest rated Intake on the market and their customer service is absolutely stellar.
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I think the headers did somethig as well... I rode around with my exhaust for about 150 miles then installed headers when shop was clear and I beleive it did do something... But 500 $ + hours to install ... I wouldve did super 35 w/ lockers instead... My next investment
I just installed a Banks Monster exhaust on my Jeep 4.0 TJ yesterday it sounds awesome and i noticed a significant increase in performance. I also have a K&N cold air intake the intake by itself didn't make much of a difference but combined with the exhaust i noticed a big increase in horsepower.
I just installed the banks ram air intake on my 2002 tj, AWSOME!!! noticed a difference turning the key over and you will notice a huge difference b4 u even leave the driveway!!! increases mpg by 1-2.. very simple to install! very nice kit, no dissappointments or regrets!