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Vehicle: 2012 Challenger R/T 6spd w/ STP, year-round daily driver
Objective: Make my ride sound like it looks & drives
User: 50-year-old married dad with a couple of teenage daughters
Budget: Under $1,000 installed

Requirements: Obtain a deep, rich and rumbly muscle-car tone without excessive rasp or bark. Vehicle must serve as family transportation up to 20% of the time, so it cannot be crazy-loud. Drone must be minimal.

Approach: For months I studied YouTube videos and read countless user reviews on ChallengerTalk and elsewhere. I sought out but identified relatively few in-person custom exhaust setups that sounded good to me. I narrowed prospective systems to either a manufactured cat-back or a pieced-together solution featuring just new mufflers/straight pipe.

Selection process: I’ve yet to read a bad review about SOLO Exhaust, so that one was high on my list. However, many commented that it absolutely roars under WOT, and that’s just not for me. I do not like the ‘NASCAR’ sound and need the tone to be mostly deep & rumbly.

Turning to MAGNAFLOW, their cat-backs seemed close to what I was after, but are over $1,000. I could not justify paying that much when lower-priced systems sound as good or better (for my taste). I considered replacing only my factory mufflers with Magnaflows and adding straight pipe in place of the resonators---a cost-effective route---but something made me feel that a pieced-together system would be a disappointment, especially in terms of possible drone.

Turning to MBRP, the sound seemed almost perfect: deep, rich, rumbly, not much bark, not crazy-loud, and their newer systems (post-2010) seem to have conquered the drone issue. The system seemed robust, well made & nicely-finished, the user reviews were mostly positive, and the $800 price was within budget.

Decision: MBRP. I’ve had the S7104409 Cool Duals cat-back installed for 2-3 weeks and am enjoying it more & more each day. I’d compare the sound to Zoomers, but not as much volume/loudness.

Cold starts are mildly thunderous until the system warms up and quiets down to a deep, smooth rumble. Idling is not very loud but DEEP-sounding. Partial-throttle fills the cabin with a muscular burble; outside it sounds like a low growl and then a mild lion’s roar. Step on it and a muscle-car tone develops with a rapid-frequency burble/purr that sounds like good glasspacks with just the right volume.

No real drone, just a slight resonance between 1,600-1,900 RPMs---I call it “micro-drone,” but many wouldn’t even notice it. It bothered me a bit at first but it doesn’t at all anymore.

Driving the car is a lot more fun now. I can actually hear the exhaust rather than motor only---and the car SOUNDS like a true muscle car.

Hear a little HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7eF2qk9luyQjVldFJTWEVpR3M/view?pli=1
 

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Thanks for the review. You complicated matters for me a bit :). I'm looking for about the same thing you described and want to keep it affordable. I've been look at solo and corsa. Corsa is a bit expensive unless I can get used. I haven't heard of MBRP so I'll put that on the list. The only thing that concerns me about your review is the drone. I have the auto and want to minimize the MDS drone (and yes, I want to keep my MDS). I know your system is for 6 speed, do you know if MBRP has automatic versions?
 

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There is only one version of the MBRP cat-back, so no special build for autos.

For what it's worth, I'm highly sensitive to drone and it's almost non-existent with this setup on my M6. Can't really tell you how it will sound/behave on an auto.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
 

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The sound of an exhaust is very subjective and some are as polarized about catback brands as they are when it comes to Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge. I love my MBRP catback. It's hard to beat the fit, finish, sound quality and performance for the price. I've had it for four and a half years now. Lot's of compliments. I even get lots of compliments from my neighbors. They say things like, "We can always tell when you're coming home and that's a good thing!" or, "We love hearing you drive away." And, Cannonball is right, the tips have a great retro look.
 

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We have MBRP also and like it, although it could be a little louder. I do feel it gave me a performance gain. 09 R/T auto. Best time 13.39 @105.6,
 

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Sounds good. Wish I could turn the sound down on my Zoomers just a tiny bit. Love how deep they sound at all rpms, just a tad loud.
 
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I love the sound of my Borla S. Driving it now is like a great concert. >:)
As much as I love Sirius-XM and have it on 24/7 when I'm working, we found that ever since we equipped Baby with her Borla's, the radio stayed off. And so it was bye bye to Satellite Radio. I jokingly remark how sweet her drone is. Whatever it is, the sound is alive and breathing as we roll...in spirited fashion.
 

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UPDATE: I allowed a coworker to take my car for a spin earlier today, so this was the first time I heard it while someone else started her up and drove off.

Wow---the exhaust tone is freakin' awesome outside the car. Super deep purr, not too loud, no rasp.
Perfect.
 

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next time someone posts a "hey I love my new exhaust thread" without a youtube or sound clip should be banned at least for a week................LOL
 

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yeah, I know. FAIL! lol

I had a short clip of exterior and another of interior posted on YouTube and shared them here but, long story short, I don't have that account anymore and lost the files. Will work on that and share something via some other means asap.
 
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