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So we're working on our 2014 HEMI equipped RAM 1500 today and you might notice that there's something missing, both of our tailpipes, and that's because we're talking about a very cool and very unique exhaust system. I'm referring to Magnaflow's Off Road Pro Series Single Exhaust System in the very cool turn down configuration. Now, there's really no two ways to go about it guys. If you're looking for the loudest possible system available for this truck or any truck really, then this is the ticket. I'm gonna give this one a very solid five out of five on my loudness meter. This is basically the next best thing to open headers if you will, and I say that because the turn down configuration is dumping all that juicy volume directly underneath the cab and bed so you're gonna be hearing plenty of volume inside the cab.Now, as far as price is concerned, this system comes in at just over the $500 price point and honestly, you're definitely getting what you pay for here. This setup is still made out of factory grade 409 stainless and you're saving a little bit of cash because you're not investing in higher grade 304 stainless and that's not a bad thing. 409 stainless is a factory choice because it's as affordable as possible but it's gonna protect that system from the elements for years to come and that's gonna be the case with the Magnaflow system, I would say, will easily last the life of your truck even if you do take it off road and even if you do see a lot of snow or rain. So, rust won't be a concern.And on the note of overall price, this is not the most affordable stainless steel setup that you can get. You can invest in another system that does include tailpipes but honestly, you're not gonna get the same level of volume as you will with this system and obviously, the more you invest in it, the more difficult that install's gonna be and the more time it will take. So this is definitely one of the most convenient installs that you can do on your truck.Now, you might have been watching some other exhaust videos and you might have heard us referring to some other loud systems like the Borla ATAK or the Flowmaster Outlaws and we've said in the past that those are the loudest systems you can buy but honestly, this one wins on a technicality and again, it's because of that turn down configuration. But you shouldn't worry, we actually just finished driving this thing around and as you probably heard from our sound clips, there are surprisingly not a crazy amount of drone inside the cab. Now don't get me wrong. When you do press on the pedal, you can basically have a screaming match with the system but when you're not at wide open throttle, you will be hearing all that thumping inside the cab but it's nothing that's gonna interrupt a conversation with your passengers. I actually own the Flowmaster Outlaws and I put them on my own V8 ride and I would say that the amount of volume you're getting inside the cab with this setup is comparable to that one and that's actually a good thing because all the other systems that get a five out of five on my loudness meter still dump outside the vehicle, typically, near the bumpers. So, even though this system dumps underneath the cab and bed, the interior noise is still comparable to other systems and that's a good thing.And as far as the install is concerned, it's very simple because, basically, you're just throwing on a small extension pipe, the muffler itself and then a really tiny exhaust tip to actually turn it down towards the ground. It gets a soft two out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. Very straightforward. Shouldn't take us more than two hours and really, most of the difficulty is gonna come from you wrestling with your factory system if it has any rust or corrosion on it. So, again, if you want the absolute loudest possible exhaust system for your truck, you want something that looks really clean because we're ditching all those tailpipes, then the Flowmaster Off Road Pro Series Single Exhaust System is the one for you and if you decide to stick with this one and pull the trigger on it, you can come back to this video. I'll show you guys just exactly what tools you need to get the job done and I'll show you how easy it is to get this installed step-by-step.All right, guys. To install your Magnaflow system, you'll need a drive ratchet with a 15-millimeter deep socket and optional but very helpful tools include an impact gun with an impact swivel socket, some spray lubricant, a pry bar and a dead blow mallet. All right. So, obviously, before we install our new exhaust system, we have to remove our factory one. So, we're gonna start with removing our tailpipes. Our tailpipes are secured to our muffler assembly with two band clamps. In order to loosen those band clamps, you will need a 15-millimeter deep socket. It is a bit of a squeeze so if you're not using a hand ratchet and you prefer power tools like me, it's very helpful to have a swivel socket. Makes it a lot easier. Once you've loosened both of those band clamps up, we're gonna spray down both of our exhaust hangers, free them up and get them out of those rubber isolators. Then we can remove the tailpipes as one piece.All right. Now that our tailpipes are removed, we can remove the muffler. The muffler is secured using a band clamp. So, you'll need that same deep socket. And again helpful to have that impact swivel if you're using power tools. Once you've loosened that band clamp, it's just a matter of sliding the muffler off the mid pipe. It's helpful to have a pry bar to get some leverage or you can use a dead blow mallet and also, keep in mind, there are two more exhaust hangers on the muffler. Just spray down those rubber isolators and free them up like we did with the tailpipes.All right. So we have the factory exhaust removed and honestly guys, that was the hardest part of this whole job here but before we throw the new system on, I wanted to put them next to each other just so you guys can get a cool comparison here and see just how crazy of a difference it is, right? Obviously, this system is tiny. I've never said this before but the muffler is really only here in spirit guys. This is pretty much a straight-through design. It's got a little bit of a perforated tube in there. A little bit of a chamber to just capture some of the sound, make it sound a little bit different from just an open header or open pipe if you will but that's basically it. And because it dumps underneath the truck, you don't gotta worry about tailpipes and resonators and hangers and all that other jazz.Now, as far as build quality is concerned, this is made out of factory grade 409 stainless. That keeps the price down a little bit which is, again, why it's one of the most affordable systems. You honestly don't need 304 stainless because, well, 409 will stand up just fine. This system is actually made out of 409 stainless. Our truck has plenty of miles on it and we live here in the East Coast where it's humid, hot, wet and we see all kinds of road salt from the snow we get but our system has stood up just fine. We don't worry about pinhole leaks or excessive rust or anything like that and that'll, obviously, be the case with the new Magnaflow system. So, without further ado, we're gonna throw this guy in place. Super easy. We're just gonna throw the mid pipe onto our extension pipe there. We'll bolt down our muffler with the hangers lined up on those rubber isolators. Then we'll throw on our a crazy tiny little exhaust tip and we should be good to go.All right. When you go to throw your extension pipe on your mid pipe, you'll need this larger three-inch clamp and you can use that same 15-millimeter deep socket to tighten it down. All right. To throw your muffler onto the mid pipe, you'll need one of those smaller clamps in the kit and in order to get those exhaust hangers into those rubber isolators, it's helpful to spray those down again. All right. With our muffler secure, we can throw on a little turn down tip with our remaining clamp.So, as you can see, bolting this system up only takes a couple of minutes. Just do yourself a favor, double-check those clamps. Make sure they're nice and tight, and that should wrap up the install. And that also wraps up my review. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. Keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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