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Banks System Installed In My Mada' (Pics)

Well, I finally got it done. After a test ride in the General Managers Armada at my Nissan dealership, I was sold. I was afraid it was going to be too loud based on threads in the Titan forums so I asked if I could get a test ride before I forked out the $595 which includes installation. The only difference from the managers Armada and mine is that I installed a 3" Chrome tip instead of the 5" tip that comes with the Banks system. I made sure my tip was not flared at the ends because you'd get the megaphone effect. The tip is also curled in on the very end. They custom bent 3" pipe to go over the rear independent suspension because the Banks was initially formed to go over the Titan's rear solid axle. Upon firing it up, it is surprisingly quiet. It does growl at ya' for a second when first started. At idle in the cabin, it's as quiet as stock. Outside, that 3" tip really tames the note. The managers 5" tip acts like a megaphone and intensified the loudness and is also VERY visually obnoxious to look at. It seems out of scale with the truck when looking at from behind and also the angle is too steep in which it has to point. It basically says "Look at me!!". Upon driving off, you can hear the banks muffler till about 1600 RPM, a slight drone is heard. It's not bad though for my taste. It's definately not as bad as my Mossy catback on my Alti. To me, it's very tolerable and not as loud as some may say in the Titan forums. I think the Titans bed acts as a speaker which intensifies the drone. In the Armada, it seems well insulated form the noise. Not that you can't hear it, you will hear drone, but again it not as bad as you would think. It goes away after 3000 RPM. Going up hill under load it comes back. I would love to get it dyno'd for you guys and gals but there isn't one less than an hour from me. Hope this all helps if your interested in one. **I will not be responsible if you install the Banks system and are not happy with the sound based on my assessment, so please understand and keep that in mind if you install the system and are not happy with the sound** This is solely my opinion on the Banks. :D Check out the pics.
 

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Thanks for the report. What I'm really interested in is what the performance increase is...if any. I've been mulling this decision over for too long now...and eventually need to pull the trigger on something.
 

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Nice man! How about some more pics of the tip?

Any loss in low end? Did you add a CAI yet?
 

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I just added a pic of the tip. I didn't lose any low end that's for sure. Off the line it pulls through nicely till it shifts. I do have a Volant intake thats already installed. Man...I am done with the Mada'. Now just have to save up for wheels on the Alty' and it'll be done too :p

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Nice looking pipes. The smaller 3 inch tip makes the install look really professional and tasteful. I know we didn't buy these trucks to race, but I'd love to know how that combo of mods would dyno.
 

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WHERE DID YOU ORDER FROM WHAT MUFFLER DID YOU GET IS IT THE QUIETEST ONE THEY OFFER OR WHAT. WHAT WAS THE COST BEFORE INSTALL???????????? : :confused:
 

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WHERE DID YOU ORDER FROM WHAT MUFFLER DID YOU GET IS IT THE QUIETEST ONE THEY OFFER OR WHAT. WHAT WAS THE COST BEFORE INSTALL???????????? : :confused:
I don't think there's quieter muffler that comes with this system. I bought this at my dealer and was installed for a total of $585+tax. They had a whole wall of these Banks systems at my dealer and were blowing them out.
 

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Banks System

This is a really nice looking install! Does it sound as mean as the Banks on the Titan? Looks really good guy, enjoy it.
 

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No, it's actually meaner with the big 5" tip. The 3" tip I installed tamed it down surprisingly quite a bit. I didn't want it too loud. I gotta' keep it within the WAF factor. Plus I didn't like the obnoxious looking tip that came with the Banks. It just didn't look to scale.
 
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