MBRP Turn Down Exhaust
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Exhaust tip is out of the way
Sounds ricey at high RPM
Very loud in cab drone @2k-2500 RPM
So why should I replace a perfectly good exhaust on my new tacoma? Well, it was a calculated decision much like the skids and sliders. In a previous review of Kyle's Relentless sliders, one item you don't see is the pancaked exhaust tip after Kyle hit it on a rock after his tire cleared what the slider slide over. Looking at my stock exhaust tip, I realized that it is sticking out pretty well, right behind the rear tire and it may easily suffer the same fate. I received an autoanything.com coupon for 20% off (which usually excludes anything I actually want) that turned out to work on a MBRP exhaust system with a turn down option and ended up costing just over $200 shipped.

So here are my thoughts on the exhaust:

Power difference? None noticeable and my butt dyno is usually pretty accurate.

Installation was a breeze (20 mins) as it secured with 2 original bolts and 3 hangers. I did have to cut the pipe a bit (as instructed) to fit my short bed. Easy.

Sound - this is where I am conflicted about the exhaust. At start up it sounds amazing. Nice deep sound. Once it gets going, however, it becomes pretty loud in the cab with closed windows. What irritates me the most is the loud drone it produces at cruising RPM range of 2000-2500 RPM. Second irritant is the sound it makes at high RPM - sounds like a ricer. I mean I get it, it is a 3.5L which will never sound like my old V8 mustang with a Bassani exhaust, but I am not a fan. The last part I do not like is the constant, unavoidable up-shifting and down-shifting of the vehicle and the associated sounds the exhaust produces. Any Tacoma owner with larger than stock tires knows what I'm talking about as our trucks come under-powered from the factory, so the transmission has to pick up the slack. And the 3rd gen tacos do hunt for gears quite often.

So, as a verdict, for off-road this exhaust is great. For daily driving, for me, it's too loud. I am still torn whether or not to go back and keep the MBRP just as a backup.
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