Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olmsted Falls, OH
Mark: The mufflers do, in fact, produce a nice growl at idle and low speed cruising. And they bark under acceleration and load. They are louder than stock, but not actually obnoxious. The reason I changed them over is due to the fact that I spent a bit of money on a sound system and amplified speakers ( gotta have that road music!) and I didn't see the wisdom in having to fight the mufflers to hear the tunes.
The mufflers are just the mufflers. They're fine. No dents, tears, holes or other mishaps. They fit inside the chrome surrounds already on the TC. In fact, the only difference I can discern between the two is that the outlet diameter on the Stage 1 appears to be about 1/2" larger.
I'll say this: The Stage 1 and the K&N filter most assuredly breathes better, and gives a bit more life to the motor....at least according to the "butt dyno."
Let me know if interested. Or make me an offer that's not too insulting.