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oh and Ryan is right i wont ever buy or recommend a BFG. lol

I will either get a MTZ or a MTR next time around for the 150. For the ranger I love the pitbulls so far. :)
haha.. the only reason i was considering the Mud grapplers was your truck.. I remember seing the pics that you put up right after the lift and uhhghh... haha..

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I love my KM2s. Ride like my BFG ATs did and the noise isn't bad at all. Its noticeable but with the exhaust I love it. Now next time I'll be going with a different tire because every one has these now but would I buy them again? In a heartbeat.
trent, what exhaust do you have? I am HATING the freaking flowmasters thats on the truck, WAY to quite.. When you first start her up, its loud as **** then gets really quite.. want something louder haha
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I have MBRP, I wanted something quieter than flowmaster but still aggressive though so you probably wouldn't like it.
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I have MBRP, I wanted something quieter than flowmaster but still aggressive though so you probably wouldn't like it.
wow, quiter than flowmaster? i dont know, maybe i just have the quiter flowmasters but mine are QUITE haha
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sounds like you should have bought a chevy.

ford v8s usually are not that loud, they have a unique sound to them. I really like it. lol

but my banks is fairly loud, if you want loud and obnoxious on the ford, buy some headers, high flow magnaflow cats, and nice sized exhaust the rest of the way back and it will sound pretty loud and good IMO, but its gonna take some money.
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I don't want mine super loud, but I really want OBX long tubes with mag high flows, and mbrp catback. I think it would sound awesome.
The OBX headers are stainless, look very nice, and sell for $600 and change with high flows, or $500 with resonators.

I haven't looked at them in person but a lot of people seem to like them anyway.
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I don't want mine super loud, but I really want OBX long tubes with mag high flows, and mbrp catback. I think it would sound awesome.
oh it would, id probably stick with a magnaflow muffler though and do it all custom. if you are going to cut all that out you might as well do ti all custom.

id love to do that to, but i wont have this truck forever, i need to stop putting money in it. lol
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i believe my next set will be mud grapplers as well. I wish they still made the BFG KMs that i have now as i love them but i just dont think the km2s are as aggressive especially for mostly mud and i love the grapplers too. I dont think they would wear that bad on the light ranger as compared to a full size tho.
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I don't want mine super loud, but I really want OBX long tubes with mag high flows, and mbrp catback. I think it would sound awesome.
The OBX headers are stainless, look very nice, and sell for $600 and change with high flows, or $500 with resonators.

I haven't looked at them in person but a lot of people seem to like them anyway.
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OBX is junk, the company is a bunch of ******* chinese guys, stay away. I've had first had experience with them.
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OBX is junk, the company is a bunch of ******* chinese guys, stay away. I've had first had experience with them.
Let's hear about it! We've already jacked the thread. lol
I know a lot of people say it is cheap junk, but I have heard a ton of F150 guys that have been happy with their headers. I'm not dead set on them (so many other things I want to do first anyway).

Zach I like magnaflow as well, have them on the Subaru and had them on the Jetta. But they drone a little in each of those applications and I'm not sure I want that in my truck. Granted they sound so good on both cars I don't mind the sound...
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Yeah OBX is what most of the people use on F150online and I haven't heard any complaints on there about them.

If your going with high flow cats and headers I would go with a full on custom exhaust. Just use 304 stainless and mandrel bends and it'll be better than MBRP.

I'd like to do that but I have much more priorities right now. I need to get this **** welded on though, I don't trust the clamps at all anymore.
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I'm more concerned about gearing and suspension stuff now anyway. I wouldn't trust anyone here to do something custom, I would be afraid of it sounding like all of the other loud POS trucks here. lol
I also haven't been to any exhaust shop before that actually had a mandrel bender. Maybe it isn't all that big of a deal but I have never seen one.
I haven't heard anything bad about the headers on F150online either but that site is also full of clueless guys with 12" lifts with 26" wheels with stock gearing and open diffs, so I take everything there with a grain of salt.
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Haha yeah it is. Some of those people on there just make me laugh. Way to many 'bro's or know-it-alls
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I'm more concerned about gearing and suspension stuff now anyway. I wouldn't trust anyone here to do something custom, I would be afraid of it sounding like all of the other loud POS trucks here. lol
I also haven't been to any exhaust shop before that actually had a mandrel bender. Maybe it isn't all that big of a deal but I have never seen one.
I haven't heard anything bad about the headers on F150online either but that site is also full of clueless guys with 12" lifts with 26" wheels with stock gearing and open diffs, so I take everything there with a grain of salt.
and let me guess, full throttle lifts correct?
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and let me guess, full throttle lifts correct?
Not a lot of those, but some. Lots of fabtech 6" lifts, with 2-3" spacers on top. Tons of Rize kits with HUGE diff drops and spacers to use stock springs/shocks up front.
Some of the "off-roading" videos are absolutely hilarious.
Check this one out. Caution - it's painful to watch how long it goes on. haha YouTube - Bell Mountain / Stoddard Wells
My sport trac on 33s would have walked up that. lol
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Not a lot of those, but some. Lots of fabtech 6" lifts, with 2-3" spacers on top. Tons of Rize kits with HUGE diff drops and spacers to use stock springs/shocks up front.
Some of the "off-roading" videos are absolutely hilarious.
Check this one out. Caution - it's painful to watch how long it goes on. haha YouTube - Bell Mountain / Stoddard Wells
My sport trac on 33s would have walked up that. lol
dang hes pimpin in that video haha

i like the rize kits. if its done right of course.
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I'm more concerned about gearing and suspension stuff now anyway. I wouldn't trust anyone here to do something custom, I would be afraid of it sounding like all of the other loud POS trucks here. lol
I also haven't been to any exhaust shop before that actually had a mandrel bender. Maybe it isn't all that big of a deal but I have never seen one.
I haven't heard anything bad about the headers on F150online either but that site is also full of clueless guys with 12" lifts with 26" wheels with stock gearing and open diffs, so I take everything there with a grain of salt.
if you are wanting exhaust and still on this side of the country i recommend driving to North Carolina. Nick will hook you up. :)
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Oh I should get nick to weld my crap up for me. Guess that gives me a reason to drive over there now haha
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If I end up buying my own gears/lockers I would be tempted to drive down there and have him install them. lol
I have just had SUCH bad luck with people here. :(
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Let's hear about it! We've already jacked the thread. lol
I know a lot of people say it is cheap junk, but I have heard a ton of F150 guys that have been happy with their headers. I'm not dead set on them (so many other things I want to do first anyway).
Ok, this is going to be a massive thread jack but oh well lol. Sorry

We have a 2.0 focus, it used to be my dads beater and since he has a decent amount of connections he wound up getting a bunch of aftermarket stuff for it from his friends at the companies. The car had a 4-2-1 race header on it (no cat) since the stock exhaust is similar to a civic where it has the cat directly in front of the engine with a short header you get decent gains by going with a long tube race header. The header that was on the car was on since 02 and the welds were cracking slowly so we wanted to replace it. Looking around we find the only 4-2-1 header still made is the OBX brand ones, the rest are 4-1 which sound more ricey and don't make as much low-mid end power. So we figure what the hell, theres decent reviews online about the brand and it's cheap. Buy one on ebay from "TunaTom" and it shows up. Looks decent, welds not the best and doesn't feel the best quality but I guess we can't complain. Go to install it and the bung for the EGR is the wrong size, it is too big. Email them and they don't really want to work with us but say they will exchange it out for a new one once they receive it and they ask for pictures as proof. I do some digging and find that this "TunaTom" is someone who works for the company and is a real ******* who you can't get in contact with. Also found out that someone had the same issue before and exchanged it like 3 and kept getting another header with the bung that was too big. So we decided screw it we'll just file a Paypal dispute and attach the pictures to that and Paypal will make them refund the money and let us return the header and then we'll just buy a quality 4-1 header. Paypal gives the buyer like 2 weeks to respond before it automatically refund you, so they of course didn't respond until exactly 2 weeks later or whatever the max time period is. Stuff goes back and forth a little and they finally give us an RMA number, we ship it back costing us $40 and they refund it. The whole ordeal took like 3 weeks and wound up costing $40. I tried contacting the TunaTom guy at the very beginning and found the companies phone number on some website, when I called I said I was looking for Tom and the guy asked who this is and I replied with "eBay" and then in typical angry chinese man fashion he cursed me out and called me a little dick gay mexican. How he got to calling me mexican I'll never know but thats some great business practice.

I'm sorry if that is rambling and doesn't make sense but it took me like 30 minutes to type since I'm doing like 4 things at once right now lol. Bottom line is buy name brand aside from Pacesetter.
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Sounds like a horrible customer service experience! Nobody wants a bunghole that is too big. lol

I have read that a lot of the F150 guys have different bungs welded in, I'm not sure if it is due to the wrong size, location, not enough bungs, or what. But it sounded like a handful of people bought them expecting to modify them anyway. I haven't looked at other (longtube) headers for the F150 but as I said it isn't a priority right now. I did see a dyno from someone who installed the OBX headers on his 5.4L, where he gained about 20HP in part of the powerband. The gain at peak HP/TQ wasn't as high, but the 20hp gain was at a lower, more useable rpm range and they looked to smooth overall power output. Although I think any headers would help over the ugly stock manifolds.
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sounds like you should have bought a chevy.

ford v8s usually are not that loud, they have a unique sound to them. I really like it. lol

but my banks is fairly loud, if you want loud and obnoxious on the ford, buy some headers, high flow magnaflow cats, and nice sized exhaust the rest of the way back and it will sound pretty loud and good IMO, but its gonna take some money.
yeah i would die before i got a chevy lol.. I have heard some really amazing sounding f150's around, just never have the chance to ask the guys what kit they have.. I never thought about getting a custom system done.. hm.... how much do you think a good custom cat-back system would cost? round about?
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yeah i would die before i got a chevy lol.. I have heard some really amazing sounding f150's around, just never have the chance to ask the guys what kit they have.. I never thought about getting a custom system done.. hm.... how much do you think a good custom cat-back system would cost? round about?
well i would assume since you have a flow master its custom already. im not sure though. It would be interesting to see just how loud your truck is. well compared to my banks kit etc...

the Banks isnt that loud I dont think but people say they can hear me from a ways away. lol
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wow, quiter than flowmaster? i dont know, maybe i just have the quiter flowmasters but mine are QUITE haha
flowmasters are normally loud.. atleast thats what I think when i think of flows.
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the Banks isnt that loud I dont think but people say they can hear me from a ways away. lol
Its probably those tires they can hear, not the exhaust.



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flowmasters are normally loud.. atleast thats what I think when i think of flows.
Did he ever say what series flow it is? Flowmaster makes a pretty wide ranger of mufflers.
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My buddy has an 04 f150 with the 5.4 he just cut the muffler out put a straight pipe, magnaflow y pipe and 45 tips. Sounds good but there not loud enough.
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