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Not for that price!!!馃槼馃槑
Yikes, that's probably half of why my 2014 Cherokee is worth 馃槀
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Can someone who knows exhausts help me with something.... I never quite understood why systems as shown in the diagram are called "cat-back". The photo above shows the muffler/tailpipe and leads up to the center resonator section where the photo ends. But on our Cherokees, if you have the 3.2 V6, you have the "Flex/Y-pipe" and "Forward Extension Flexpipe" that connect between the resonator pipe and cats or for the 2.4 I4 engine you have the Forward Extension Flex pipe between resonator and cats. Either way, there's "missing pipes" needed to get all the way to the cats.

So, why do they call systems "cat back" if they're missing intermediate pipes and such? Is this just general industry terminology for the rear section only and it's assumed the enduser will buy the additional mid/front area pipes that are needed to connect to the cats?
That particular Magnaflow system is definitely a "flex pipe back". The Gibson, which is a much better option for a Cherokee is actually an "axle back". My custom exhaust guy said he can build me, and install the equivalent, all stainless steel, and welded, not clamped for about $500...馃槑
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That particular Magnaflow system is definitely a "flex pipe back". The Gibson, which is a much better option for a Cherokee is actually an "axle back". My custom exhaust guy said he can build me, and install the equivalent, all stainless steel, and welded, not clamped for about $500...馃槑
Nice. I wish I knew your guy... Time to replace my Y-pipe and front pipe. Usual culprit... the rusted flex connectors 馃槖
Nice. I wish I knew your guy... Time to replace my Y-pipe and front pipe. Usual culprit... the rusted flex connectors 馃槖
Just check around with your local muffler shops, they can fix it better than stock for next to nothing in a matter of minutes. The dealer wants crazy money just for the little piece of flex pipe. There's many around here that have found a good muffler shop that have been able to replace the entire section for around $100 or less, parts and labor...馃槑
Just check around with your local muffler shops, they can fix it better than stock for next to nothing in a matter of minutes. The dealer wants crazy money just for the little piece of flex pipe. There's many around here that have found a good muffler shop that have been able to replace the entire section for around $100 or less, parts and labor...馃槑
Thanks. Might be too late for me... I already bought the pieces on RockAuto. Walker makes replacements for all pieces except the V6's front pipe (had to get that Mopar). The Walker pieces were 1/2 of what Mopar charges. I should have headed to a muffler shop 馃槩
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Can someone who knows exhausts help me with something.... I never quite understood why systems as shown in the diagram are called "cat-back". The photo above shows the muffler/tailpipe and leads up to the center resonator section where the photo ends. But on our Cherokees, if you have the 3.2 V6, you have the "Flex/Y-pipe" and "Forward Extension Flexpipe" that connect between the resonator pipe and cats or for the 2.4 I4 engine you have the Forward Extension Flex pipe between resonator and cats. Either way, there's "missing pipes" needed to get all the way to the cats.

So, why do they call systems "cat back" if they're missing intermediate pipes and such? Is this just general industry terminology for the rear section only and it's assumed the enduser will buy the additional mid/front area pipes that are needed to connect to the cats?
This is a guess, but I鈥檒l bet it鈥檚 a marketing term and used to meet emissions standards by stating the Catalytic converters are not being removed and all the emissions are staying intact on the vehicle. If they market an exhaust as a complete or full exhaust system it would sound like everything is being replaced from the manifolds back or for use on an older non emissions vehicle.
Probably way off on this, but cat back does cover their butts letting everyone know it鈥檚 only pipes after the factory emission systems.
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Probably way off on this, but cat back does cover their butts letting everyone know it鈥檚 only pipes after the factory emission systems.
That would be exactly correct...馃槑
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Okay I admit I know nothing about exhaust. That being said I do have a criteria.
1. Get rid of the ugly stock muffler
2. Exhaust pipe not hang lower than stock pipe
3. Not too loud
4. Not have a raspy tone (not sound cheap / racer boy sound)
5. Have a good idea of the sound before I buy ( I'm sure a local guy can do it better and cheaper but what's it going to sound like? Will I be happy with the sound? )

Gibson - Axle back - on sale for $855.53

CONS - 1. Hangs 2 inches lower than stock exhaust according to a couple owners post on FACEBOOK
2. Raspy throaty loud

PROS - 1. Mid priced
2. available with black tips

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Flowmaster - axle back - $579.95 at Summit Racing

CONS - 1. Hangs low
2. Loud and raspy , highest pitched sound

PROS - Lowest price

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Magnaflow - includes resonator and extra pipe - with 20% off coupon $1378

CONS - 1. Sky high price but you get more stuff
2. Tips stick out too much

PROS - 1. Doesn't hang as low as others ?
2. Best sound IMHO
3. Upgraded band clamps
4. Double wall tips ( after watching / listening to youtube videos tips do add to the sound that I like )

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How does the Gibson hang down lower?




The pipe is still there, just can't see it behind the fat muffler. :cool:
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How does the Gibson hang down lower?
I was waiting for you to chime in....LOL!!!馃槈馃槑
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How does the Gibson hang down lower?




The pipe is still there, just can't see it behind the fat muffler. :cool:
That's much better than the video posted above. Maybe the other three installed their's wrong. Thanks for the new info. Oh, does your exhaust sound like the video?
That's much better than the video posted above. Maybe the other three installed their's wrong. Thanks for the new info. Oh, does your exhaust sound like the video?
It's on my son's TH, and it sounds ****. LOL Only my opinion, but it drones too much for me.
My son likes it, and says he doesn't even notice it anymore. He's gotta be deaf...

When he first installed it, it didn't line up quite right, but now it tucks up nice and neat. :cool:
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Proper installation is key, to drama free!!!! That pretty much applies to anything...馃槈馃槑
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Cost wise you could see what your local muffler shop can do for you.

On my Ram I had the shop I use cut off the giant OEM muffler and everything behind it then add a Flo-pro Max muffler and custom bend a new hidden tailpipe for way less than a cat back system. He also slid on several sizes of the Max muffler while it was running so I could get the sound I wanted.
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Cost wise you could see what your local muffler shop can do for you.

On my Ram I had the shop I use cut off the giant OEM muffler and everything behind it then add a Flo-pro Max muffler and custom bend a new hidden tailpipe for way less than a cat back system. He also slid on several sizes of the Max muffler while it was running so I could get the sound I wanted.
Sounds like a shop that cares about customer service and providing a good product. Getting rare these days.
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