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post #1 of 7 Old 02-15-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Catback Vs. Axelback

Hey guys, I am looking at doing something with my exhaust system on my 2012 V6 and was wondering what the performance gains would be between doing a Catback or an axel back exhaust?
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Axleback would be pretty much immeasurable. It's done primarily for sound and weight reduction. The catback could get you a few ponies with the loss of the resonator(s) but without serious engine mods or a power adder would again be mostly for weight reduction and sound....

Headers (can't do these on an LFX due to the integral manifolds) or removing/replacing the cats with hi-flows would get you more....

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So then just go the cheaper route and just do the Axelbacks since my main goal is an improved sound. I see a lot of guys who seem to put a ton of $$$ trying to beef up the horsepower and torque in their V6's and to me it would make more sense to just go buy a 2010-2012 SS which would give you a car with all of the engine sound and horse power they are trying to gain through mods on a V6! Where I live, I can get a 2010 or 11 SS for under $25K now.
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I have a MagnaFlow axle back with an x-pipe and most everyone loves how it sounds.

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So then just go the cheaper route and just do the Axelbacks since my main goal is an improved sound.
Yes, for the most part that would do it. Though as bama below stated, an x-pipe would really help with the V6 "rasp"...

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I have a MagnaFlow axle back with an x-pipe and most everyone loves how it sounds.
I searched long and hard, listened to a sh1tload of sound bites, hung out at my fav exhaust shop to hear different stuff coming off their racks and in the end I went with Magnaflow as well. Though I was looking for a really deep tone so I went with their 3" Stainless Competition Catback... Always felt like there was something holding the car back until I went to the 3" but then again I have that angry b1tch Maggie under the hood!

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On a V6 I'd say Axleback, especially if don't want to spend a lot of money on a V6.
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You can find some companies that sell cat-backs for the same or even less than other companies charge for an axle-back. Shop around. And my recommendation is to go with a full cat-back. See, I hate having a mis-matched exhaust.

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