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Old 11-24-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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Magnaflow 11386 VS Thunderbolt 1386

I've been gathering exhaust parts for my swap and stumbled across a muffler on EBAY called Thunderbolt TBM1386. It's a dual 2.5" in/out and appears (based on picture) to be an perforated X-Pipe design internally. It's stainless and the EBAY ad compares it to a 11386. Its the same size as well.

I've found it as cheap as $32 so that is about $75 cheaper than the Magnaflow and as I'm bleeding money on this motor swap that's a good amount

Thoughts??? Any one ever use one??

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-Dual-4x...-/142515555787
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:23 PM   #2
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Correction to above price. $32 + $12 shipping so $44. Basically the same as Ebay. STill $60+ less than Magnaflow.
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Old 11-25-2017, 12:28 AM   #3
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Correction to above price. $32 + $12 shipping so $44. Basically the same as Ebay. STill $60+ less than Magnaflow.
It looks to have alot rougher finish the Magnaflow. I know the Magnaflow resonated x pipe i installed on my car was auctually pretty heavy. Great build quality. Its what inside that you cant see my be the difference. That cheap one may breakdown alot quicker then the Magnaflow. Its just me but when it comes to exhaust brand names are best. If you look around the forum not many members have cheap no name parts or exhaust. But its entirely up to u.
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:05 AM   #4
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Yeah, seems like a cheap knock-off, especially considering how similar the part numbers are; the cheap one could rust away or degrade in no time.
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:38 AM   #5
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The main difference is most definitely going to be in the steel and weld quality. Instead of a good stainlesssteel, you're probably going to get some cheap imported stainless steel that'll start corroding rather quickly (especially with the internal moisture caused by our oxygenated gasoline). The packing material is also probably much cheaper, and will likely be less densely packed than the MF 11386. We generally price the 11386 @ $100 shipped since they're a community favorite. Cheap insurance for longevity, I'd say.
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