cats need replacement
Hi, I recently purchased an '06 Commander Limited with the 5.7 Hemi and am hoping someone might have suggestions regarding exhaust. i'm new to the forum and have found many helpful tips about my new used xk, what a great place to learn!
My commander has just over 43,000 km. No warranty because i live in Canada and this is originally a US vehicle. I'm within my 30 day guarantee period from the place where i bought it, so hopefully i'll be covered. i just took my xk in to the local jeep dealer and everything checks out perfect except the exhaust. my cats have been rattling and need replacement. The dealer says $1600 for the whole deal.
Thinking there must be a cheaper solution and wanting the work done right, i took the vehicle to the best performance shop around, and they suggested 2 hi flo magnaflow convertors (part # 94005) and a magnaflow muffler (#12286). I asked about magnaflow cat back (16665) because i figure this is a great opportunity (glass half full) to add some sound; i've been to magnaflow's website and like the sound of the cat back for the 5.7 hemi (at least on the computer). he suggested that i should do the 2 cats and muffler only, leaving on the resonator, to help keep noise levels down. i told him my wife and kids would like some deep sound from the hemi but we'd still like to be able to talk comfortably, watch dvd, etc on our drives.
Anyway, i've been looking through the various threads to do with exhaust here, listening to the sounds, etc, but it's hard for me to tell what sounds are the magnaflow muffler only, and what's the cat back. does anyone have any suggestions on what would be the best option? will the magnaflow muffler on its own be enough for deeper tone, or should i go for the 2 cats and cat back?
Thanks for any thoughts and thank you for this forum. It's an awesome resource!
06 Jeep Commander Limited, 5.7 Hemi, Silver