Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan with ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Flowmaster American Thunder Catback exhaust system with muffler relocation, fitting all 2007 or 2016 Wranglers. This system will fit both two-door and four-door JKs. You should be taking a look at this exhaust system if you're looking for a little bit more sound out of your JK.
This system will provide a lower and a louder exhaust sound. And something I really like about this Catback system over a lot of the axle-back systems that are available on the market is that this will completely relocate the muffler up and out of the way of rocks and other trail hazards. So if you've damaged your factory system and you're looking for a replacement, or you just want that lower, louder exhaust note, this is a good system to take a look at.
Flowmaster built this out of 409 stainless, which is a quality stainless steel, but it's not going to quite give you the same corrosion resistance as a 304 stainless. So if you live in an area where they use a lot of salt on the road in the winter, like we do, you might still end up with some corrosion or surface rust with a system like this. All of the tubing is two and a half inch mandrel bent tubing, so you won't have any restriction on the bends, and the whole system is finished off with this nice polish tip.
The heart of this system is the laminar flow Super HP-2 muffler. This gives you all of the flow and the sound of the HP-2 muffler in this compact square case, which is nice, because, like we said before, this tucks the muffler up out of the way of the trail hazards so it's not going to get damaged.
When you take the system out of the box, you can tell that it is well-built and well-designed, even if the welds on the muffler leave a little bit to be desired, at least visually. Nice thing about this system is that Flowmaster backs you with a limited warranty. You can install this system at home in your driveway. Just keep in mind that the same system is sold for both four-door and two-door JKs, so if you're installing it on a two-door, you will have some cutting to do.
The install instructions tell you exactly where to cut and how much. However, after we made that cut, we found that they told us to take off a little bit too much. We also had to do some additional trimming that wasn't in the installation instructions to get our system to fit right. So if you're not comfortable doing that type of cutting and fitting, I would recommend that you take the Jeep to an exhaust shop to have them install the system.
If you do decide to install this system yourself, there are a couple things to keep in mind. As with any exhaust system installation, the install time will vary greatly depending on how rusty your stock system is. I would definitely recommend spraying all of the stock clamps and bolts with a good penetrating oil well before you get started. That will definitely speed things up. And those of you who have done exhaust systems in the past will know that the rubber exhaust hangers can be a little bit tricky. I would also recommend lubricating those and having a pry bar handy to pop them loose.
This is a high-clearance exhaust system, so it tucks everything up out of the way, and clearance is a little bit tight in some spots. One spot in particular, where the new tubing runs between the sway bar and the rear cross member, is particularly tight. We were able to get our system adjusted so it didn't hit either the cross member or the sway bar, but it took some patience. With the additional trimming and the fine tuning, the entire installation should take about two hours.
Once we got this system installed and out on the road, I have to say I really liked the way it sounded. It's definitely a lower exhaust note, and you get a little bit more volume, but you don't get a drone in the cab, which is really nice. We even got a little bit of popping and gurgling during engine braking with our stick shift. This system doesn't just sound good, it's also functional. It tucks everything up out of the way of trail obstacles and rocks.
I have to say I do like the way it sounds and the way it functions. But I would have like to see it fit a little bit better right out of the box, especially for a system at this price point.
Now there are exhaust systems that we offer that are more expensive, and they don't relocate the muffler, so I would say this is a really good value once you get it installed. So if you're looking for an exhaust system that will give you a lower and louder exhaust note, and tuck all the exhaust components up out of the way of trail obstacles, I would say this is a good choice, even if the install was a little bit challenging.
That's my review of the Flowmaster American Thunder Catback exhaust system with muffler relocate, fitting all 2007 and 2016 JKs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.