May 1, 2018
Exhaust systems are a great aftermarket add-on that can transform your ride. Large pipe diameters, performance mufflers, and precise bends lead to increased horsepower and more aggressive exhaust tones. The brand of aftermarket exhaust system you choose may differ greatly as each manufacturer strives for a different sound. Two of the most popular aftermarket exhaust system manufacturers, Magnaflow and Flowmaster, are highly sought after due to their distinct designs and sounds. In this guide, we'll examine the details of both manufacturers' exhaust systems to help you determine which brand is best for your ride.
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Magnaflow carries a wide series of exhaust systems to accommodate daily drivers, off-road vehicles, racing vehicles, and more. Most Magnaflow exhaust systems are categorized according to the driving style or configuration of the vehicle in question.
When choosing a Magnaflow exhaust system, you will sometimes be prompted to choose which exit style you prefer. Choose rear exit if you want the exhaust to terminate at your rear bumper, or side exit if you prefer it exit from the side of your vehicle.
Also known as the MF series, this exhaust system is designed to create a balance of interior resonance and exterior sound. This efficient design creates a slightly more aggressive tone than OE exhaust systems.
Ideal for a truck that will spend most of its time on tracks and trails, the Off-Road Pro series is lighter than other designs. It is also designed to increased ground clearance and to accommodate modified suspensions.
This design incorporates elements intended to maximize power and exterior noise: larger pipe diameter and a straight-through muffler design. The results, while impressive, are so loud and aggressive that they may not comply with local or even federal noise requirements. For this reason, this system is recommended strictly for racing applications.
This series is mostly found for Jeep Wranglers. It's designed to accommodate aftermarket rear bumpers and provides maximum ground clearance for vehicles that will see extreme off-road conditions.
The DPF series is designed for vehicles equipped with diesel engines and extends from the diesel particulate filter. It features intercooled tips to reduce exhaust gas temperatures. It is available in stainless steel, black powder-coated steel, and aluminized steel.
While Magnaflow categorizes its exhaust systems according to utility, Flowmaster arranges its exhausts according to the level of sound and power they create. This is mostly accomplished by using increasingly aggressive mufflers and larger pipe diameters.
Flowmaster often includes exit pipes for both rear and side exhaust configurations in its kits. This allows you to try out both styles and decide which you prefer during installation.
Flowmaster's introductory exhaust system, the Force II system features the chambered 70 Series muffler with Delta Flow technology. If you're looking for a mild exhaust upgrade that isn't overwhelming, the Force II makes a great choice.
Flowmaster's most aggressive exhaust system, the Outlaw Series may not comply with local or federal noise ordinances. It includes the single chamber Super 10 Series muffler, which is only slightly quieter than running with no muffler at all.