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Unread 07-03-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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Exhaust = Voided Warranty?

Will a Cat-back exhaust void my 36,000 mile warranty? I have read the warranty and the wording on exhaust modifications is a little vague. I want to upgrade my exhaust as soon as possible, but want to make sure I hold onto that warranty for a little while at least (I've only had the Jeep 4 days!)

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Unread 07-03-2010, 12:54 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think so, but the best bet is to ask your Jeep dealership. Some are more mod friendly than others.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 12:56 PM   #3
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If its a straight bolt up system, and they void your warranty for it, that is crazy...but I am hearing more and more about crazy dealers...but with all the trucks, jeeps, and performance cars going around with new exhausts, I can't see how they would...
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Unread 07-03-2010, 01:00 PM   #4
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It should not, but you should still go in and talk to your local dealer to make sure they don't care. I put a cat back system on my '08 Silverado with 115 miles on it and never had any issues when the truck went back in for warranty work.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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I just had a Cat back dual SS system installed on my 10 Rubi. My dealer has no problem with it because it's "after" the Catalytic Converter. Therefore, it doesn't affect emissions, computer, etc. which is the whole purpose of this type of system. I went with the Rugged Ridge with Gibson slash cut tips and like it because we wanted a decent SS direct bolt on no modification system without much of an increase in sound volume. Once you decide what type of system you want talk to the dealer as was previously mentioned, but they may want to talk you into the Mopar system which is understandable. Search the Forum for more info. on why members chose the systems that they installed and what they were looking for; performance, sound, appearance.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 03:46 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. I spoke to the dealer, and they said a Cat-Back system that is bolt on and installed by a mechanic will not void the warranty. Luckily, my mother's boyfriend owns a shop and will give me a "receipt". Hope this info helps someone else.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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No warranty problems just throwing $$ away for an obnoxious noise maker.
No REAL performance gain.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 11:40 PM   #8
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No warranty problems just throwing $$ away for an obnoxious noise maker.
No REAL performance gain.
Is there proof there are no "real" performance gain.

I usually dyno each and every mod on my cars, but this being the wifes Jeep I don't think I will go that route. But I do plan on changing the cat back exhaust and looking at it don't see how there could not be a performance gain even if minimal.


And a dealership has to prove that said part is the cause of their problem....it is the LAW. So aftermarket parts do not automatically void your warranty...there is exceptions but they are pretty common sense that you will not have a warranty on most of the jeep after they are done.
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Unread 07-04-2010, 01:00 AM   #9
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I had an MBRP dual exhaust kit on my 2007 Dakota and they never said anything about it. Oh, and it will give you a slight but hardly noticeable power gain. Maybe 2-3 horsepower in the upper rev-range. Although, the MBRP kit I put on my Dakota was SUPPOSED to boost it about 12 HP. Don't know if I believe that or not but judging from the dual muffler setup that came on there stock I would say it was making it hard for the engine to breath.

I need to get a catback for mine. I'm tired of it sounding like a minivan. I want it to sound scuzzy like my old Jeep... like a Jeep should sound.
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Thanks for the responses. I spoke to the dealer, and they said a Cat-Back system that is bolt on and installed by a mechanic will not void the warranty. Luckily, my mother's boyfriend owns a shop and will give me a "receipt". Hope this info helps someone else.
They can't force you to pay a shop to install your aftermarket accessories in order to maintain warranty, just like they can't force you to pay an oil & lube place to change your oil to keep your warranty in effect, either.
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Is there proof there are no "real" performance gain..
Is there proof that there is?


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I usually dyno each and every mod on my cars
You have a dynometer?
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Is there proof that there is?
Really intelligent response! You just had someone call your bluff and you responded like a 4 year old. I agree with the other guy. It might be very minimal and not really worth the cost, but I have a very hard time believing that there is NO gains to be had. You are taking out a restrictive muffler and adding in a more free flowing one.
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I forget the name of it, but there is legislation in place to prevent them from just randomly voiding your warranty for this kind of stuff. If you perform modifications to your vehicle and something happens, they have to proove that the modification was the cause for the failure of parts before they can refuse your warranty claim. They cannot simply void your warranty for the addition of aftermarket parts.
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It's probably the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act

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Really intelligent response! You just had someone call your bluff and you responded like a 4 year old. .


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I agree with the other guy. It might be very minimal and not really worth the cost, but I have a very hard time believing that there is NO gains to be had. You are taking out a restrictive muffler and adding in a more free flowing one.
That's because you blindly believe the marketing instead of asking for the facts as I did. Think about it for just a moment, if auomotive manufacturers are being squeezed by the Feds for evey last bit of MPG's, don't you'd think they already put in all that crap like "performance" exhaust, CAI, and TB spacers if it in fact worked?
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