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      03-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Getting a new exhaust!

Rogue engineering ikon or magnaflow exhaust 14185?

Rogue ikon

Price: $549.95+44 shipping
Installation: $100

MagnaFlow 14815 muffler

Price: $199.99 free shipping
Installation: $100

What I wan to know is? Which one is louder? Which one has less drone? Which one sounds better?
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      03-17-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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You're comparing a complete exhaust against a muffler? That's like comparing a ring setting vs a diamond. If all you want is a nice noise the 14815 is really good. I had it on my last car. $100 is a bit overpriced for a muffler install by the way.

Also, fasten flame suit.
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      03-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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You're comparing a complete exhaust against a muffler? That's like comparing a ring setting vs a diamond. If all you want is a nice noise the 14815 is really good. I had it on my last car. $100 is a bit overpriced for a muffler install by the way.

Also, fasten flame suit.
$100 is not that much. I don't know many mechanics that charge less than $100 and hour for labor. I'd also recommend spending a little extra money and getting the bmw performance exhaust. Sounds great.
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If its louder its gonna most likely have more (louder drone) are you mt or at? and what sounds best is a judgment call. tons of exhaust sounds on youtube. I would check those out.
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It takes less than 20minutes to install a muffler on a lift
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You're comparing a complete exhaust against a muffler? That's like comparing a ring setting vs a diamond. If all you want is a nice noise the 14815 is really good. I had it on my last car. $100 is a bit overpriced for a muffler install by the way.

Also, fasten flame suit.
IIRC, the Ikon exhaust is muffler only. So the performance gain will probably be the same for both. I don't think any brand sells a full catback for $549.

I would just go with the Magnaflow muffler since it's half the price. I have no idea what's louder. I can tell you the Magnaflow full catback is not very loud to the driver but pretty loud to anyone standing behind your car. I can set off car alarms if I punch it. Whether you can do that with just the muffler alone, I don't know.
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If its louder its gonna most likely have more (louder drone) are you mt or at? and what sounds best is a judgment call. tons of exhaust sounds on youtube. I would check those out.
I have a automatic, and I like a very deep tone. I have been checking youtube videos out, but ikon seems to quiet to me. Anyone has a 328i with ikon on it in Atl? I wan to hear it in person.
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I have a automatic, and I like a very deep tone. I have been checking youtube videos out, but ikon seems to quiet to me. Anyone has a 328i with ikon on it in Atl? I wan to hear it in person.
I'll be making a Magnaflow muffler video today with detail addicts exhaust mid pipes and I'll go up a hill. I'll show you how damn loud that drone is. It's too loud IMO and the windows are up, that's just at 2-2 1/2 rpm.
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I hated my magnaflows. All they did was drone.
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I'll be making a Magnaflow muffler video today with detail addicts exhaust mid pipes and I'll go up a hill. I'll show you how damn loud that drone is. It's too loud IMO and the windows are up, that's just at 2-2 1/2 rpm.
I think the exhaust setup you have probably sounds way louder than just a muffler swap, which is what the OP is considering.
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I hated my magnaflows. All they did was drone.
Even if you used the same mufflers, the sound would probably be different considering that you have a 335 and the OP has a 328.

OP, if its possible, you should listen to a variety of exhaust setups in person and decide what you like better. Personally, I would get the 14815, since its cheap and at least it gives the car some sound and it weighs less than stock too. Any gains from a muffler on the N52 are minimal.
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i have a ikon siting on my garage i want to installed it but, i dont want to mess up my warranty is it possible to unbolt the whole oem tubes and make a custom piping with out cutting anything on the oem? for the ikon intall i mean lol...im kinda noob sry.
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