I have a 2012 R/T Dodge Challenger & I want it to sound meaner. Any suggestions on what kind of exhaust I should go with?
I also have a 2012 RT Classic and I recently shelled out just under $2000 for my Borla ATAK setup. It's less than a month old and here's my observations so far (up front - my autotrans is a daily driver, I'm the only driver, and I have a Mopar CAI):
-For ordering and install, I went through an local authorized dealer via Borla website. A local Corvette custom shop took good care of me, my ride, and worked around my tough work/travel schedule. It took Borla a few weeks to custom manufacture and ship my set up. After talking with them, each Borla exhaust system is custom to a particular car (an SRT ATAK is different from an RT ATAK, is different from a Mustang, Camaro, etc.).
-It's loud and mean at start up but sounds differently while moving vise sitting still and revving. I'm not a fan of sitting still revving, but after start up, once the engine idles down, it's not too loud.
-It's loud and mean while I'm driving with windows up and obviously with windows down. I mostly drive with windows up and I LIKE that i can hear the exhaust accentuate the up and down shift of the transmission.
-Even though it's loud and mean on local streets, on the highway, there is no "drone"... that monotone background noise that drives people nuts! On the highway between 2k-3k RPM, the exhaust actually quiets down until i lay the hammer down and it sounds off again. Disclaimer - my hearing is not so good because my job and I listen to music rather loud and I LIKE that i can still hear the exhaust over the road noise/stock radio. In other words, background noise is nothing new and I'm used to it.
-Since installing, my ride seems to drive like a totally different car - really hard to explain this but with the CAI and stock exhaust gone - it just drives and feels differently.
-Unconnect phone call downside (i guess)... when my old lady calls me, I have to talk loud and she's told me that on her end, the exhaust kind of overpowers the phone call... whatever. Although when she rode shotgun after the install, she admitted it's not as loud as she though it would be (yes - wife buy-in!!).
I had to save my cash for this purchase, and while doing this, i did a ton of research online to narrow down options. But as a lot of the other guys on this thread have mentioned, there are a ton of options and other threads which was kind of overwhelming (too many options and they all started sounding the same). I have to admit though, I didn't go out to find other R/T rides with different exhaust setups to listen to them in person. Probably should have but for some reason, the Borla ATAK set up kept catching my eye, and I would find myself going back to their website to listen to their exhaust options. Finally said f*ck it and went with the gut feeling - Borla ATAK. My ride definitely sounds meaner and it's awesome! Hope this helps.