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I am planning on putting dual exhaust on my 2001 Dodge Ram Off-Road. I want something that sounds aggressive, but not loud and obnoxious. Also a system that is tuned out in the cab when driving long distances or on commutes to and from work. There are too many brands to choose from. Can anybody recommend an exhaust system (dual-split rear), that they would feel fits my specs mentioned above. I've been told to go w/ Gibson...

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I have a single 3inch Flowmaster on my 97 Ram and i love the sound. I have the 40 series so its pretty loud outside. Ive set of dozens of car alarms just drivin by. Here a link to a Flowmaster site that will give you more technical info. http://www.bobsmuffler.com/flowinfo.htm
 

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If you are going to buy an off the shelf system get Gibson. Maybe even a set of their headers to go with it.

I personally went and had a local shop do a cab back system for me. They used a 2 chamber Flowmaster with dual 2 1/4 pipes out of it and some nice 3x14 chrome tips out the back. If you want them turned out the side you can always have that done as well. It isnt too loud but might bother some people on a long drive.
 

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I ran a Gibson "super truck" exhaust with Edelbrock headers on my Ram. Awesome sound! Good quality pipe and muffler, all mandrel bent. I just had to remove the stock cat back exhaust (pain in the butt) and weld in the Gibson. Took about 1 hr to do, 45 mins of which was spent removing the old exhaust. I have a picture some where, I'll post it when I find it.
 

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i have the flowmaster american thunder (2 chamber) dual exhaust with 2 1/2 inch stainless tips. its pretty loud from behind but in the cab its not that bad, but you do hear it. it went on real easy and everything lined up, but the bolts on the old system were a ***** to get off. i dont know if its any faster at all, but it does feel more responsive when you get on it. if you go with this one make sure you get the stainless tips for a few dollars more over the polished ones, they'll stay nicer alot longer.
 

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Thanks for everyones input. It seems that most systems I've looked into have a problem fitting on the Ram with the Off-Road package. They'll fit..but I would have to remove my spare tire or hitch assembly to do so. Anyway, I found a split rear system from Gibson that will fit the Off-Road package only without any modifications. If anyone needs this info...you can get the system from either truckperformance.com or summitracing. The Part# is 6502. 6501 fits all Rams but not with the Off-Road package. I ordered the system yesterday along with SS angled tips and we'll see what comes of it. If anyone's interested...I'll let you know how they sound and perform in a couple of weeks!
 

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Well....so much for that. This system I ordered doesn't fit after all. You do have to remove the spare to get the Gibson system to fit correctly. I'm just going to go to a local shop and have it custom built. I apologize to everyone that I recommended the part # above when it doesn't fit. SummitRacing.com told me it would.
 

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There should be no difference in the Offroad and the non-Offroad Ram when it comes to exhaust routing... unless the shocks have been relocated, but I doubt that.
 

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Your absolutely right with there being no difference in the exhaust routing. However, the Off-Road Ram has the 17" wheels and Rams without the off-road package don't. Due to the spare tire having the 17" rim, these non-custom exhaust systems will not clear the stock spare without removing it. And I don't want to do this...so I am going to have someone do it custom. But then you run into future upgrade (bigger tires w/ matching spare) problems which I haven't even thought of yet. I may just run it out the sides like yours or leave it alone! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">
 

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I have the American Thunder dual exhaust system on my ram and I love it. Not too loud not too soft and you don't have to blare the stereo to drown it out. I also had the spare time problem (had to deflate it just to get it out) but to solve that I installed a 4 inch lift and 36" swampers so i have no need for that 245/75/16 spare (275/75/17 in your case).
 

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you might wanna actually get down and look at what size your spare tire is, i have the off-road package on my 2001 and its only a 16 inch spare. even if it were a 17 the size of the rim shouldnt matter when putting an exhaust kit on. the flowmaster kit i put on cleared fine.
 

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Yep...it's a 16" spare. I assumed it was a 17. How does that work? If you ever had to put the spare on, wouldn't the truck not sit level with a smaller rim and tire? Thanks for the info..looks like I will get a FlowMaster system done at my local shop. Gibson is still telling me that their split rear systems won't fit on this truck due to the spare. I don't see how when the tire is 265/75R16. Would be tight, but should fit. But they know better than I do.
 

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I have 2 2-Chamber single in single out 40'Series Flowmasters mounted behind high flow cats, H-pipe, and T.E.S. Headers.

Rather than bring the piping out the back, it dumps immediatly before the back axle.....

It's really loud, which is what I was looking for.

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I bought a FlowMaster Cat-Back Exhaust System. It's a dual chamber American Thunder Series muffler with single in and dual out. It's really easy to install. You can either use the pipe-clamps (included) or have it all welded together. The style I got was the rear side exit model. Paid only $230 plus shipping & handling from Summit Racing. Sounds just right, not too loud and not too quiet! :D:
 

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Save yourself some money and just buy a 3 inch center inlet/outlet 2 chamber flowmaster muffler and have a shop bend a 3 inch pipe out to the stock location. I paid $59 for the muffler and $80 for it to be installed (welded) with a 3 inch pipe. The sound is awesome from a 2-chamber flowmaster. Why pay $230 just for a pre-made system plus installation?
 

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I have the Gibson Dual Rear Exit and gibson headers on my truck now. And I would go with the gibson on your truck. Because this is my 3rd Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 since 1996 and the 1st two trucks I went with the Flowmaster 2 chamber exhaust and the gibson gives you a much better sound. And I will go with Gibson from now on.
 

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How much is just the gibson muffler? The gibson systems sound good but I just prefer the low resonant sound the flowmaster makes. No other muffler sounds quite like a flowmaster. I had a Gibson pre-made split-exit system before on this truck and I got tired of breaking the driver's side rear exhaust hanger evertime I went offroad.
 

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I had a local Snata Clara shop put in my system fr $300. I went with a stage 2 Flowmaster because of the exact reasons you stated. I love the soud (with the manual trans, when I down shift to slow down it popps like a harly) but on long trips it isn't even noticable. At the light, I can growel it and it gets attention. I went with duel-out chrome tips. Looks fine. I was more interested in it not being too loud on the freeway rather than the looks.

A buddy of mine went with a stage 1 and ya it sounded great at the light, but you couldn't talk in the cab at 45 MPH! I hated that thing.
 

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I HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM WITH SPARE TIRE AND HAD A LOCAL SHOP IN BAY AREA DO MY WORK.INSTALLED A DUAL FLOW MASTER EXHAUST W/3X14 STAINLESS PIPES OFFSET OUT THE REAR, IT SOUNDS GOOD, BUT I WAS HOPING FOR A MORE DEEPER THROAGHTY KIND OF SOUND. MAYBE NEXT TIME. MY NEIGHBOR HAD INSTALLED A SIMILAR FLOW MASTER EXHAUST BUT ADDED TWO CATALYTIC CONVERTERS. IT SOUNDS GREAT AND YOU DONT EVEN HEAR IT WHEN ITS IDLING IN THE DRIVE WAY. GO TO FLOWMASTERS WEB SITE AND YOU CAN HEAR THE DIFFERENCES IN ALL THE OPTIONS.jaycrew4
 

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I've ridden in Rawkon's truck, and I agree, its relativly quiet inside with a mean, loud, and agressive sound outside. Go for the Flowmaster 40 series.
 
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