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Old 12-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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MRTv1 axle back <or> Cherry Bomb v8 cat back

Need help deciding between MRT V1 axle back or a Cherry Bomb V8 system (it fits the v6 camaros)

This is the conversation discovering that the v8 system works well on the v6
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81962

- Both are equally priced (MRT: $429; Cherry Bomb: $400)
- axel vs cat back --> apples/oranges?

People that have the MRTv1 swear by it & that gives me comfort

The chance to have an true performance exhaust though (i.e. the full cat back) is enticing

The link above showed that of the ppl that did the Cherry Bomb application - 1 or 2 heard some rasp and complained it was too loud YET the rest raved (blah blah ferrari blah v12 sound blah)

best stock to MRTv1 I found:


stock to Cherry bomb v8 on v6:


That's the other thing - so few people have done this mod (I only counter about 4). This is another vid from one of the first to try it out and love it:
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:12 PM   #2
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That cherry bomb exhaust actually sounds pretty good. But I've decided myself on the ARK N-II with BBK LTs w/HFCs.
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I am in this exact same situation.... I have been thinking about the cat-back for ages, just don't know which to pick.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:21 AM   #5
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i had cherry bomb, now i have pypes.
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i had cherry bomb, now i have pypes.
I was wondering how come you didn't re-use your old system

....why Pypes now? Took a loss on the cherry bomb?
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:19 AM   #7
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That cherry bomb exhaust actually sounds pretty good. But I've decided myself on the ARK N-II with BBK LTs w/HFCs.
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I am in this exact same situation.... I have been thinking about the cat-back for ages, just don't know which to pick.

See if ARK offers a Christmas sale and then do yourself a favor and buy either one of their cat backs. N-2=loud, DT-S=not quite as loud and no drone even with LT's...both are simply stunning in build quality and sound. Ppl are flipping out over the burnt blue tips.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:47 AM   #9
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cherry bomb

I currently have the V8 Cherry Bomb Catback in my V6. honestly, I love it. it is loud. i was in the same situation as far as for the exhaust system, trying to decide if i should get MRT or cherry bomb. listened to a million videos of MRT and a few of cherry bomb. MRT sounds good, really good. but to me, just me, MRT makes the V6 sounds like an import. nothing wrong with that but personally i didnt want that sound. I wanted something different. so I had a second opinion on both of the systems. and my friend and I concluded that cherry bomb sounds more like a muscle car. now keep in mind, this is not a V8 so it will never be as good but having said that, I know that no one in the V6 community is looking to make their car sound like a V8.

so let me tell you a little about cherry bomb. cold start is amazing. it sounds very close to what a V8 engine sounds. its a nice rumble. after that it settles down a bit and you still can hear a little bit of a rumble too. i dont drive my car much on the highway or freeway so most of my driving is around 45-50. at this speed in 3rd or 4th gear it sounds great. loud and aggressive. however once you get your RPM to 2500 to 3400, it is loud. the drone is badd. so driving on the freeway at 65MPH in 5th gear is really loud. the in cabin drone is pretty bad. it makes the car shake quite a bit. however if you have some music going on, then you will not hear anything.. anyways, I love the system. i wanted loud and i knew that that was gonna come with a price. that is drone.

now what do you want? do you drive your car a lot for long distances?? it depends on ur wants? MRT will probably be more pleasant if you drive for long period of time since the drone is less from what I have heard.
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oh yeah i forgot to tell you. the cherry bomb is aluminized steel which if you drive your car during the snow time, you gonna need to wash it all the time or else the salt will rust it. MRT is stainless steel so you should be good. if you are really interested in listening to the catback from cherry bomb, you could come down to Dover,DE where i live. idk if thats too far for you too drive. let me know if you need anymore advice.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #11
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MRT V2. You wont regret it. I think the V1 is a bit too loud.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:29 AM   #12
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:09 PM   #13
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oh yeah i forgot to tell you. the cherry bomb is aluminized steel which if you drive your car during the snow time, you gonna need to wash it all the time or else the salt will rust it. MRT is stainless steel so you should be good. if you are really interested in listening to the catback from cherry bomb, you could come down to Dover,DE where i live. idk if thats too far for you too drive. let me know if you need anymore advice.
Wow - thanks pal...that is a comprehensive and well thought out review. I PM'ed you some thoughts

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I drive seldomly during the week as I walk to work. On the weekends though I do a lot of highway driving - oftentimes 60+ miles one way at speeds in the 55-80 mph range. Upon reaching my destination I am doing a ton of city driving (several 15-20 minute jaunts around NYC ~15-40mph range).

I am fearful of the 2 things Wuiquen mentioneded about the Cherry Bomb set up: the rusting (it's my "daily driver") & the drone. In the same respect, for MRTv1, I am fearful of the primary concern for all v6 camaro owner: the semi-rice sound. I agree the MRT rev does not match the Cherry Bomb muscle, but it seems like I may avoid potential headaches i.e. rust-proof-painting the CB's or the highway noise.

In this regard I am leaning towards the MRT because I guess it would be a plug in and forget set-up. I am still on the fence. I am relatively young and don't mind a loud exhaust but i am relatively young and do mind how I spend hundreds of dollars (lol!)
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Wuiquen raises a good point via PM - Would the Cherry Bomb axle back ($300) reduce/eliminate the drone?

Potentially the drone comes from switching from stock H-pipe to X-pipe.
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See if ARK offers a Christmas sale and then do yourself a favor and buy either one of their cat backs. N-2=loud, DT-S=not quite as loud and no drone even with LT's...both are simply stunning in build quality and sound. Ppl are flipping out over the burnt blue tips.
Lol they do look and sound awesome, but my problem is $$$ lol I am a working college student and I have been after the cherry bombs cause i found them to be the best bang for my buck. I have also been looking at the vararam intake recently due to its price, and quality.
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Lol they do look and sound awesome, but my problem is $$$ lol I am a working college student and I have been after the cherry bombs cause i found them to be the best bang for my buck. I have also been looking at the vararam intake recently due to its price, and quality.
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oh and a good idea from Wuiquen is to just buy just the CB axle backs - save another$100
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I wanted to start this thread up again because im in the same situation also. Like you said everyone swears to the mrt but after finding the cherry bomb I really like both. I would get the v6 version of the cherry bomb though. I cant deicide. Any suggestions?
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I wanted to start this thread up again because im in the same situation also. Like you said everyone swears to the mrt but after finding the cherry bomb I really like both. I would get the v6 version of the cherry bomb though. I cant deicide. Any suggestions?
V8 version or mrt1.0 I have the Cherry bombs and they are amazingly loud when I am wot and have a deeper tone when I am at idle. They scream after 4k revs
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See if ARK offers a Christmas sale and then do yourself a favor and buy either one of their cat backs. N-2=loud, DT-S=not quite as loud and no drone even with LT's...both are simply stunning in build quality and sound. Ppl are flipping out over the burnt blue tips.
^^ THIS! I have the DTS and it's amazing. Ppl REALLY are Flipping out over my tips Deffinately worth the extra money. But if your lookin to only spend around 400, I say try the cherry bomb. I've heard it and it sounds actually really good, just gotta watch the rasp..
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^^ THIS! I have the DTS and it's amazing. Ppl REALLY are Flipping out over my tips Deffinately worth the extra money. But if your lookin to only spend around 400, I say try the cherry bomb. I've heard it and it sounds actually really good, just gotta watch the rasp..
Does the DTS sound great at all levels. I do ALOT of long drives usually between 60 - 80 MPH. Does it sound good with little drone? Also is it raspy at all or sound anything like importish?

If you were to put headers with the DTS exhaust which would you all prefer and if your not would it sound good without headers?

THanks, also if anyone has a video please attach, I am still trying to find one.
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