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Old 01-01-2012, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's a comparison of my old Magnaflow muffler to my new Maxflow muffler.

I've had the Magnaflow cat-back exhaust on my car for a good 6 years now. After years of abuse, it was beginning to show. First I had a weld crack on the resonator. Got that patched up real quick. Then the hangers on the muffler broke off at the welds. Part of the reason these happened was probably due to the motor mount inserts I have. Making the whole exhaust shake and with no flex pipe, putting strain on the welds. The other was probably some slight rust around the welds on the muffler. The rest of the exhaust piping is still in good shape so I decided to leave the piping alone, keep the Magnaflow resonator and just weld in the new Maxflow muffler. This is also with the stock cat in there and DC Sports 4-2-1 header.

Overall, the Maxflow muffler sounds waaaay better. It is quieter throughout the RPM's. It has a nice deep tone to it, no rasp to it at all surprisingly. It does not drone inside the car, I can listen to my music and talk with ease now. With a 2.25" slant cut tip instead of the 4" tip, it looks much much better. The Maxflow is also slightly lighter than the Magnaflow muffler. And the guy who installed this muffler said I'd probably gain a tiny bit more power due to the design of the Maxflow over the Magnaflow.

Got this video before and after I replaced the Magnaflow. I shot the video with a GoPro Hero and also a regular point & shoot Canon camera so you could get the best idea of how these sound.

Magnaflow vs Maxflow - YouTube

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Old Magnaflow. The hole is where the hanger used to be.

During installation of the Maxflow. Notice my bumper is messed up around the lip. That's due to the massive 4" tip from the Magnaflow melting away the plastic...

Straight shot with the tip on.

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Sounds decent. Where did you get it?
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Sounds good, I always hated the raspy magnaflow exhaust. +rep
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Sounds decent. Where did you get it?
Friend of mine works at an exhaust shop around here. I just bought the muffler from the shop, it was $55. Total was $135 for muffler, new hangers, hanger rods, tubing for the tip and labor.
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Friend of mine works at an exhaust shop around here. I just bought the muffler from the shop, it was $55. Total was $135 for muffler, new hangers, hanger rods, tubing for the tip and labor.
Interesting.

Would you be willing to help me get a hold of a 3 inch version maybe?
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looks and sounds a lot better
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Interesting.

Would you be willing to help me get a hold of a 3 inch version maybe?
I remember my friend saying they were made by Jones. Looked it up and here's a list of their Maxflow muffler sizes/specs.

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hmmm interesting i have to get rid of my raspy magnaflow oval . great now im torn between this a vibrant or dynomax
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dang it sounds real nice. i are sold. where can i get one?
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Sounds good. My buddy got rid of his magna flow for a vibrant one. Sounds waaayyy better.
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Call up your local exhaust shops and ask for a Jones Maxflow. It's not just a bolt on type muffler so you may need to go to a shop anyways(unless you can weld and do a little pipe bending).
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That video comparison should be the )(*#$(*#$ standard as to how to do a dang muffler/exhaust comparison.

It sounds good, too, though . . . the only time I have ever heard a Magnaflow sound that bad is when there is either no cat, or no resonator (or a resonator that is too short). I happen to like the combination of a Cherry Bomb and Magnaflow very much. That new muff sounds pretty effing good, though.
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sounds much cleaner, I like a lot
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Nice write up with an awesome video review! Love the new sound of the Maxflow Muffler!
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I found a few on ebay for about $60-$70 with a nice video as well.

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Much better!
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I really wish the case was made of a better grade of stainless, but it isn't gonna stop me from giving one a try when I upgrade exhaust.
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LOL that video was made by the shop I had this muffler done at. Mandrel Bending Solutions in Pasadena, MD. Greg Jones is my friend who works there. If anyone in the MD area needs exhaust work done, he's done it all and is very good and passionate about his work and I highly recommend him.
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