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Old 03-22-2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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My Solo Exhaust review

Finally made a decision and went with the Solo system. It was reasonably priced and was quick shipping. The install went really quick, maybe took a n hour. As for the sound, it's just slightly louder at idle, but sounds awesome under full throttle. Howwever, at about 2000 rpm I am getting a droning sound, worse when under light throttle..or if I have the car full. Had to make an emergency trip last week, loadedc my wife and 2 kids in the car and drove 800 miles one way...i found that I had to either dirve slower than i wanted or faster as they were complaining of the "drone" in the car...again at 2000 rpm (approx 80 mph) has anyone else experienced this?? I researched the heck out of this and was led to beleieve this system was "drone" free...last system I bought was a Corsa on a 2003 vette and it was much better ie no droning..also get alot of popping on deceleration...but I can live with that!
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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I don't have the SOLO but I have a similar setup (resonated X-pipe and muffler delete). Luckily I don't drive very much on the highway but the last time I did I remember there was a certain RPM/MPH that I seemed to have some drone. Not that big a deal to me because as you said you just slow down a little or speed up a little to get rid of it.

I'm intrested to hear if others have the slight drone at certain speeds/rpm as well because I've read serveral posts claiming it was a "No Drone" system.

I don't think your going to get away from the decel popping. It's there even with the factory system....it's just that since the exhaust is louder you're going to hear it. I did just put a Halltech CAI on my car and a swear the decel popping seems to have decreased a noticeable amount. It's still there but just seems like not as much.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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Wow that is disappointing to hear as the Solo was on the top of my list. I need a drone free exhaust due to the wife factor.

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Old 03-22-2010, 11:46 PM   #4
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I guess I was pretty happy with it till the long drive..I'm old school and drone was OK for cruising around town (we used to go thru the mcd's drivethru and torque load on the brakes just to get it), but for highway cruising it can get monotonous..like I said it seems worse with a slight load..going up a grade, and it's at a desirable cruising speed..anyone else notice this?
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:10 AM   #5
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Finally made a decision and went with the Solo system. It was reasonably priced and was quick shipping. The install went really quick, maybe took a n hour. As for the sound, it's just slightly louder at idle, but sounds awesome under full throttle. Howwever, at about 2000 rpm I am getting a droning sound, worse when under light throttle..or if I have the car full. Had to make an emergency trip last week, loadedc my wife and 2 kids in the car and drove 800 miles one way...i found that I had to either dirve slower than i wanted or faster as they were complaining of the "drone" in the car...again at 2000 rpm (approx 80 mph) has anyone else experienced this?? I researched the heck out of this and was led to beleieve this system was "drone" free...last system I bought was a Corsa on a 2003 vette and it was much better ie no droning..also get alot of popping on deceleration...but I can live with that!
Do you have an auto? I have the auto/l99 and the "bump" as they call it coming in and out of AFM is horrible. I was under the impression that Solo had a L99 specific exhaust with no drone but I have the same prob you have, I have to go 65 or 80+ or I'm droning. And it's worse going up hill under load. The drone is not head thumping or anything, but it is annoying.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:46 AM   #6
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I have an LS3, it has a bit of drone but not uncomfortable,(but I do play the music loud anyway) I had issues with mine rattling on the heat shield, adjusted it about 10 times and it only does it occasionally now (the pipes coming out of the centre box are not at the same angle causing the box to twist and tap the heat shield!)
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:50 AM   #7
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I installed my Solo on my LS3 about a week ago and I now have a couple hundred miles on it and yes, I'm experiencing the same drone at about the same place. Not bad but it is there. You know, I've never heard a performance exhaust system with absoluetly no drone so I was expecting some. I can live with this in this car but then again, this isn't my daily driver. When I removed this system from the box I said 'oh boy, this is going to be loud" But accually, it was alot quieter then I amagined. Honestly, if anything, I would have liked it alittle louder. But it does sound nice. I was alittle disappointed in the fit however. First, the right tail pipe protruded into the exhaust tip about 2.5 inches where as the left pipe was nice and flush in the tip. Second, I had a bad vibration and it turned out to be one of the heat shield's above the muffler. I ended up installing a additional hanger mounted to the cross member which held the system creating alittle more clearance from the shield. All good now. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with the system...........Rich
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:04 AM   #8
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I have a Corsa on my LS3 and am very happy. They don't lie when they say it's a no drone system. It's very unobtrusive when cruising on the highway,but when you open it up it sounds great.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:32 AM   #9
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I have a Corsa on my LS3 and am very happy. They don't lie when they say it's a no drone system. It's very unobtrusive when cruising on the highway,but when you open it up it sounds great.
For the A6 guys when driving on the highway try shifting into M and down shift to 5th gear and upshift to 6th using the paddles. This should lock out afm and help with your drone. I was torn between their L99 kit and the Magnaflow comp catback. Glad I went with the maganflow no drone on my L99. One other thing check to insure that your mid pipes are not touching the center brace this has been known to cause drone. The clearance is very tight.
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I have the SOLO on my LS3...No drone...but I did have the same fitment issue Puttnutt24 had with the center muffler hitting the heatshield. It created a slight noise...I had my shop call SOLO when they were putting my headers on and they told them they have heard of this issue a few times and they told the shop to place something(piece of wood) between the center muffler and the heatshield while doing the header install to create a little extra clearance...then obviously remove the clearance piece....and it actually worked.

No drone...no vibration/rubbing issues....I love it...sounds amazing with my SLP headers.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:00 AM   #11
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Silverfox - I am glad you posted this. I've had the SOLO on my L99 for 3-4 months, few months into it (I dont drive much) I did notice that at around 2k RPM, the car sound is annoying. But if you let up the gas it goes away.

I didnt know what to do, because most people say it is zero drone (which it was for me in the beginning, maybe because I dont driving highway to often). I figured it was a problem with the install which is difficult to prove.

Let the thread know what the fix is.

Also on start up, mine *pops* a lot. Is that normal?
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:18 AM   #12
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Mine has it at 2000 also.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:37 PM   #13
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Ive only had mine a week and I love it no drone whatsoever
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:30 PM   #14
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our car has drone as well on the highway its very annoying. Spoke to Jeff and Steve before on this but i havent really followed up since iv been busy.
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