Well, after having a rage fit at the quality (I know, cheap system but come on), I polished the tips up and began the install. I figured since its here, I might as well throw it up and see what it sounds like before I send it back.
Stock exhaust is a bit of a pain by yourself to remove as its all 1 piece. Even still, I got it off and got the dynomax install. Needless to say, fit and finish is a bit to be desired. The initial fit wasnt happening. The X-Pipe was hitting a CV joint and the right exit was hitting the rear valance. I decided ti disconnect and flip the X-Pipes. Did that and it nearly fit. I did have to drill a new hole in the factory exhaust hanger as where it wanted to sit was making the right side still hit the rear valance. Frustration is at its peak right now and Im ready to dish out another $700 for a new system. I finally got it all dialed in and tightened up. Drilling a new hole in the rubber exhaust hanger fixed the fitment issue and the pipes are straight now. The pipes leading back however are not tucked as high as Id like them to be, but not a huge deal as I dont off-road in this Jeep.
Now, I already issued a RMA request to return the exhaust so Im still deciding on it. You get what you pay for here. Its over $600 less than the Flowmaster system and $800 less than the Corsa. Quality DID suffer for this cost hit no doubt. It is stainless steel so I have no problems there, but I did have to put some time into removing pointless stickers and polishing the tips up (still have a slight nick in one of them but not noticeable). As far as the power goes, you can feel a difference top end. Its not like the CAI where you feel nothing when hard into the throttle. It also makes sense due to the stock exhaust being flat-sided in areas and having MASSIVE resonator and mufflers. As far as drone (which everyone seems to be worried about), there really isnt any. I keep hearing about horrible drone and I just dont get it. Maybe its because I have MDS disable, I dont know. The only drone I have is for about 300 RPMS while light throttle doing 55-58 MPH and for me, Im never driving in that range. The system is NOT loud at all in comparison to alot of exhaust systems. It is throaty at idle and light throttle under load, but not unbearable at all. To put it in perspective, my Volant CAI is louder at full throttle than the exhaust exhaust is at is loudest point. It has a nice deep mellow tone that lets you know you have a V8 and it sounds good surprisingly.
After the pain in the *** install and only mediocre quality welds and actual production product, I might end up keeping the system. It is stainless steel afterall so a few scratches and nicks wont hurt it but it is pretty frustrating to open a box and see that kind of quality from a new product. The system sounds pretty good and drone is next to nothing. Not over-powering but still a good quality tone. My magnaflow 14" muffler on my 5.7L Ram was twice as loud as this for anyone who came from the RAM side w/ a Mufflex system. Id say if anyone is looking to save some bucks, its not a bad way to go if you are not looking for perfection. And I really dont understand how everyone says Corsa is the only system without drone. They sure did a good job of marketing that one. This dynomax system is pretty quiet and not really drone prone compared to a lot of systems I have heard on other vehicle platforms.
BTW CC, if you wouldnt mind editing my thread title to have "and Dynomax Catback" to the thread title! That way we can keep it all in one thread rather than make multiples.