It came in a day early, so I figured, F it, let's do this!
Removing the stock system was a bitch. A couple of the flange bolts were really stuck. I had to use a breaker bar and WD-40 to get em off.
Mounting the BA system wasn't too bad. Hang the rear hanger first, then the other two. Line up the flanges, snug em down, then tighten until the flange ears slightly bend inward. This took a little time to line everything up. Once I could thread the flange bolts, it wasn't too bad. Attaching the rear pipe only took one adjustment. It's just awkward since the work is done laying on your back.
Stock system VS BA 8" standard. Stainless steel.
Some random post install pics:
I only have had the chance to drive it a few miles. I haven't installed the resonator yet. I'll try it on the Interstate and around town for a few days first.
Initial impressions - idle is deep, very mellow, and quiet. Regular acceleration sounds deep but not too loud. Stomping the gas sounds deep and mean. FINALLY, this truck sounds like it has a V-8 in it.
Power loss - I didn't have a chance to do before/after dyno runs like I wanted. The butt dyno hasn't noticed any loss of low end, or anywhere else. This was the main thing. I didn't want to lose power. So far I can't prove I lost anything, and I don't care if I don't gain any power.
I realize this is just another in many threads about the 8" BAMuffler. I figured I'd post my experiences since I haven't seen any threads with this system on a long bed double cab.
I'll report back on if I do the resonator or not. I have a feeling I will end up installing it, but I'll give it a chance without it first.
builds some good shit. Don't bother with mass produced, stamped out, big brands.