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Old 06-16-2013, 08:28 PM   #18
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Well I've decided I'm gonna start with a Magnaflow Resonated x-pipe, see if that helps make this a touch more acceptable, before I decide to cut a hole in my V1's. Might knock a few dB's off them as well. I went with the v1's cause I wanted the idle to be nice grumble, and was afraid that the v2's wouldn't have it. With the v1's I have an awesome idle, but the things are way louder than any youtube video I've ever seen, almost unacceptably loud. I'm hoping the x-pipe will get me into my ideal sound range, and knock out some drone. If that doesn't eliminate all the drone, then J pipes are in my future.

kessler, how long are your j pipes and where is that measurement taken from, where the pipe meets the v1 to the end of the pipe?

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:14 PM   #19
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I measured down the middle of one side. Not the outside, not the inside. its somewhere between 29 and 29.5 inches, I did not measure precise since it comes with a built in overlap.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #20
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So there is going to be a set of MRT V1's for sale soon...only got about 60 miles on em. No offense to the MRT lovers in the world, but those things are just way to loud. Maybe I'm just getting old.

It was weird. I drove to work with em on and thought I could handle em. Then I drive home and now I feel like my head is going to explode. Rather than spend more money trying to fix it, I'm going back to stock
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #21
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Awesome! Congrats on the upgrade, and make sure to post a video!
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #22
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Wait about 100 miles. I got the V2s but after 100 or so miles they significantly calmed down and now they are perfect. I had the same response you did at first but they mellow after a break in.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #23
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So there is going to be a set of MRT V1's for sale soon...only got about 60 miles on em. No offense to the MRT lovers in the world, but those things are just way to loud. Maybe I'm just getting old.

It was weird. I drove to work with em on and thought I could handle em. Then I drive home and now I feel like my head is going to explode. Rather than spend more money trying to fix it, I'm going back to stock

LOL. JMO, I think you should have gone with the V2's instead of the V1's. I love mine. I do love the cold start as they are kind of obnoxiously loud but once the motor settles into idling they are kind of mellow.

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:57 PM   #24
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I have hesitated changing to the MRT V2 for over a year because of concern about it being to loud. Haven't been able to hear a V2 set-up except in youtube posts--and I know they are just a representation and aren't the same as actually having it on the car. Resonated x-pipe may resolve, but Still an issue of uncertainty. I share the concerns OP is experiencing.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:25 PM   #25
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What I originally wanted was louder than stock. I got that from the MRT V1's. What I didn't want was to wonder whether or not I'm gonna set off someone's car alarm with it.

If I was going to rate stuff from the stock exhaust being 0 and the MRT V1 being 10, I was hoping for something around a 4 or 5. Like I said though, maybe I just had different expectations than everyone else. My personal situation (2 year old and a newborn) would not allow for something this loud as my DD. My 2 year old was complaining it was too loud. All I wanted was a nice grumble. Now I'm not sure what to do other than go back to stock and be grateful I can drive it without getting a headache.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:27 PM   #26
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I think what really made it clear for me that they were too loud, was driving next to a semi doing 70, and my car was louder.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #27
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Yeah, listening to you tube clips doesn't really give the sound of what to expect when you actually get them on your car and in person. I know I spent close to 2 hours listening to a bunch of different sound clips and knew it would sound different in person. I chose the one I thought sounded the best and hoped for the best in person and not the worst. When I see a post when someone mentions they wished they could hear them in person the next thing I look for is where you're located and seems like everyone that says that lives across the country.

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:59 PM   #28
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Ok im going to be getting an new exhaust soon I have talked my self out of paying over 1000 for a cat back so im looking for an axle back. Im stuck over the MRT V1 or V2. I went from my old DD a 99 Blazer (4.3 V6) with stock exhaust down to where it y's into one pipe from there its 3" through a 3" thrush glass pack and out through a 3" tip. So basically from the front passenger area to out the back it 3". And I liked the sound but it did have a bit of drone and with the off road tires the was plenty of road tire noise. All that noise I got use to so if the MRT V1 is about that noisy im going to get that. I just don't want to must drone. So my MRT V1 guys where ya'll at is the drone that bad?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #29
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Certainly made me put the damn briefcases back on. If you're worried about drone, the V2 May be a better choice, though I've heard there is a slight drone with them as well. To be honest though, I think the root of the drone problem for MRT is that the axle back is just too loud. Before I put the v1s on, I did a few revs with the mufflers cut off and I had a very hard time telling the difference between the v1 and just the muffler delete. Just my opinion though.

Personally, I'm gonna drop the extra cash for a cat back that's a touch quieter, and little to no drone. Better than the headache I got with the V1s.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:21 AM   #30
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Just for everyone's information, if you really want to know what it's like driving with an MRT V1, and you want to know what the drone is actually like. Get your smartphone or some other device, and play the following clip through the speakers in your car with the volume set to 19 (granted I did this with the premium sound system in the 2LT). The drone is picked up very well with the camera, and from my experience with the V1's that's about the correct loudness.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mIuS8vZ...ZMskx33uodnZmG
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #31
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That is pretty close to what my V2's with the Solo HFC's sound like. I don't think you would like the V2's alone either. I think they are a little quieter than the V1's but not much. I really can't say what cat back exhaust will do for the sound or drone but if you're on a budget your best bet is stick with the stock mufflers. Hope you find a happy medium.

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #32
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That is pretty close to what my V2's with the Solo HFC's sound like. I don't think you would like the V2's alone either. I think they are a little quieter than the V1's but not much. I really can't say what cat back exhaust will do for the sound or drone but if you're on a budget your best bet is stick with the stock mufflers. Hope you find a happy medium.

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If only staying stock was a choice. Now, it's too late. I've heard what my engine can sound like, and there is no going back. Don't get me wrong, I want quieter than the V1s, they're still too loud, but after experiencing the awesome sound they were capable of producing, the stock exhaust is too quiet now. It actually feels quieter than it was before I had the V1s.

It's as if the Chevy gods have forsaken me! Why have you abandoned me oh great Chevy gods!? Why!? Just give me a sign!
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If only staying stock was a choice. Now, it's too late. I've heard what my engine can sound like, and there is no going back. Don't get me wrong, I want quieter than the V1s, they're still too loud, but after experiencing the awesome sound they were capable of producing, the stock exhaust is too quiet now. It actually feels quieter than it was before I had the V1s.

It's as if the Chevy gods have forsaken me! Why have you abandoned me oh great Chevy gods!? Why!? Just give me a sign!
Have you thought about trying to replace the h-pipe for a MagnaFlow X-pipe before tossing money into a whole cat back system? Just a suggestion and from what I have read it is supposed to mellow out the tone and help the drone. I guess I just thought I would throw that out there as I don't know if you are on a budget. It would be something I would look into before tossing a grand into cat backs myself.

The video you posted, Screamin', he does a video for the V2 and that is what sold me on that exhaust. Not saying that the V2's will help your situation. In his words "the sound is a little more subdues than the V1's". I hope you find the gold at the end of the rainbow. Good luck with the search.

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #34
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Have you thought about trying to replace the h-pipe for a MagnaFlow X-pipe before tossing money into a whole cat back system? Just a suggestion and from what I have read it is supposed to mellow out the tone and help the drone. I guess I just thought I would throw that out there as I don't know if you are on a budget. It would be something I would look into before tossing a grand into cat backs myself.

The video you posted, Screamin', he does a video for the V2 and that is what sold me on that exhaust. Not saying that the V2's will help your situation. In his words "the sound is a little more subdues than the V1's". I hope you find the gold at the end of the rainbow. Good luck with the search.

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I have thought about that. In fact, I even purchased one hoping it would tame the drone, but I never got around to installing it. I drove to work the day the resonated x-pipe arrived, and was thinking I could stand the drone until I got the x-pipe installed. Then I drove home that same day, and after an hour long headache inducing drive, the only thing I wanted to do was cut the damn V1's off and get the stock exhaust back on.

I didn't want to spend $100 to get the x-pipe installed, then discover it didn't take care of the damn drone. After thinking it over, I thought that if that happened, I could add a couple of Vibrant Super Quiet Resonators (the same mufflers on the V2 I think) rather than try to get my hands on some V2s, but at about $100 bucks each plus install you've already broken Solo Cat-back price range once you account for the cost of the V1s and the Resonated X-pipe, and all with the added risk of not knowing what the car would sound like. I was afraid that I would wind up dumping too much money into this pattern of "Try this! Does it fix it? Nope. Try This!" then be left with a car that sounded like crap, all to kill some drone, and a touch of volume.

All in all, my thought process was like this...

Got the V1's (+$500)

Hated it.

Maybe add a resonated x-pipe (+$100, +$100 at least for install).

Like it? Yeah? Great. Total Spent: $700

Don't? Damn.

Swap the V1's for V2's (+$300 at least, assuming a trade is not possible. I just sold my V1's for $325 today for a $175 loss. I paid $500 including taxes)

OR

Add 2 Vibrant Super Quiet Resonators (+$200, +$100 bucks at least for install)

Like it? Yeah? Great. Total Spent: $1000

Don't? Damn.

I feel like if I reached this point and wasn't happy, I would have just said forget it, and put the stock mufflers back on (+$100 at least for install of stock mufflers, -$350 for the sale of the V2's or -$325 if I had kept the V1s, -$50 for the sale of the x-pipe or nothing if I kept it, and -$100 for the sale of the Vibrant Super Quiet Resonators)

Total Spent: $600 +/- $50 (All so I could keep my stock mufflers, and piss off my wife)

And IMO, this would be a conservative estimate of the loss. Then in order for me to be happy, add in the price of either a nice cat back (+$1100) or a new axle back (+$500, +$100 possible install needed to add more pipe from when I cut it for the V1s), barring this same process from repeating.

Total Spent: $1100 - 1800 (Low end being an axle back, that's a really expensive axle back, and high end being a cat back, that's also a really expensive cat back, and an extremely pissed off wife)

Or I could have gone this route, which I am...

Sell the V1's (-$325 for sale of the V1s, -$100 for the return of the uninstalled x-pipe, +$100 for the install of the stock exhaust while I hunt for something new) and purchase a nice catback exhaust I'VE ACTUALLY HEARD IN PERSON (+$1100) and be happy with about 10 times less hassle.

Total Spent: $1375 (Slightly more than a nice Cat Back cause I made the MRT mistake, a relatively undamaged stock exhaust for reinstall when the car is sold, and a moderately happy wife)

And in case you're wondering, my wife's happiness meter isn't based on the cost, but rather her perception of whether or not I'm screwing up our brand new Camaro, lol.

So rather than go through a bunch of trial and error, I've decided I'm going to just get a cat back that's rather drone free. I'm thinking a Corsa or an Ark DTS. Do they sound as amazing as the MRTs at WOT? I don't know yet, but even if they don't, I think that's a small price to pay to be able to drive all day, have a car that can still roar, and be headache free.

Moral of the story: Listen to the damn things in person BEFORE you buy them.
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