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      06-07-2011, 04:09 PM   #23
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from what I've heard if you want full exhaust Dinan has the best sound. Not sure what happened to AMPowerJ's but base on sounds I'd take it over Akra. Akra is very nice, however the titanium sounds just doesn't sound quite as good to me, it's slightly boring after awhile.
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      06-07-2011, 05:00 PM   #24
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      06-07-2011, 05:05 PM   #25
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from what I've heard if you want full exhaust Dinan has the best sound. Not sure what happened to AMPowerJ's but base on sounds I'd take it over Akra. Akra is very nice, however the titanium sounds just doesn't sound quite as good to me, it's slightly boring after awhile.
I gotta say, I *love* the Innotech with the turner test pipes. Very melodic and interesting exhaust note.
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      06-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #26
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Here's the deal ...

Dinan's warranty is bullshit in my experience. I think many of us pay a premium for Dinan components because of their vaunted warranty. Well my story will show you that you can't trust that implied warranty.

Here are the highlights or lowlights of my experience.

I had to bend one of my center hangers pretty severely on the car to get the exhausts to line up properly in terms of height under the bumper. Also the tips were slightly off (about 1/8 of an inch longer on one than the other and this was visible when you looked down at the pipes when opening the trunk, etc.). Neither was a huge deal but both issues bothered me and when you pay $2500 for an exhaust I expect it to be perfect. But I wasn't overly concerned because I thought; no worries, Dinan has this wonderful warranty. Yes it is going to be a pain to ship it back, etc. but Dinan will make it right. WRONG!

I worked with Dinan for over a month to try to get it replaced under warranty. I provided detailed pictures of the bent hanger and the measurements of every tip. Communication was not good. I had to constantly write to request a status update.

They finally came back and they stated the 1/8 of an inch difference was within their tolerances, and they claimed the reason I had to bend a hanger was the exhaust must have been damaged in shipping. The warranty guy even said he sat down with Steve Dinan himself to discuss my case and this was their decision.

There is no excuse for a 1/8 inch difference on a handmade exhaust. How hard is it to cut the same length pipe and weld it on? Bullshit excuse #1.

They admitted I shouldn't have had to bend the hanger but they blamed it on the being damaged in shipping. Bullshit excuse #2! The box was in perfect condition when it arrived (which I told them). But even if it was a shipping issue, shouldn't they have helped me resolve that with UPS?

They left me high and dry. Did not offer a refund, exchange, discount or anything. I told them that I was very disappointed, asked about their famous warranty, and told them I would never buy Dinan again. I never received a response to that message.

So guys if Dinan will not replace an exhaust that is less than a week old, with photo evidence of the issues with it, do you think they are ever going to replace an engine that blows up because of their tune, or replace a shock that fails due to their spring, etc. Right then and there I realized that Dinan is not what they are cracked up to be. I also spent $1000 on their suspension kit early on thinking that sure they are just $200 springs but I have this warranty.

My experience might be isolated, but I am in sales and I would NEVER treat a customer like they treated me. If they treat one that way, chances are they will do it again.

Therefore, I would tread very cautiously when dealing with them.

*** And sorry to jack the OP's thread ***
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      06-07-2011, 08:19 PM   #27
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i like ours, it will be out next month 35 pound weight reduction, 304 polished stainless, less than $2K, made in USA
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      06-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #28
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The Gintani does drone a bit, but it does sound epic.
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      06-07-2011, 09:20 PM   #29
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I just got a brand new exhaust that hasn't been out yet. Its called the MRF Engineering Velaforza full system and its the best exhaust i have had or heard ever. It sounds insane but its not so loud that it wakes everyone up. no drone what so ever and it sounds like a deep exotic tone. Ill do a full write up as soon as i get a chance this weekend. their website is MRFpower.com might be exactly what your looking for
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      06-09-2011, 12:12 AM   #30
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I appreciate all the help guys.. I shall be making a decision soon.. I'm still not sure.. so far I've narrowed it down to the Dinan and Gintani.

I have heard the Dinan and it sounds good and its loud but I think I want something more aggressive. Once issue I have is that not all tips work, I understand there is a reason behind this with their R&D but would have been nice to have them all work. The only reason I'm considering Dinan exhaust its to have the full Dinan suite i guess since I have everything else Dinan so far.

You guys that have the Gintani, is the drone something that you can live with or is it simply unbearable?
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      06-09-2011, 04:00 AM   #31
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[quote=M3MamBo;9779915]I appreciate all the help guys.. I shall be making a decision soon.. I'm still not sure.. so far I've narrowed it down to the Dinan and Gintani.

I have heard the Dinan and it sounds good and its loud but I think I want something more aggressive. One issue I have is that not all tips work, I understand there is a reason behind this with their R
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      06-09-2011, 08:56 AM   #32
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The full dinan with there midpipe and software sounds epic... just my .02
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      10-28-2011, 12:50 AM   #33
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Hey Dude! All exhaust kits cost mega$$$.... you can just modify the stock exhaust as described by so many in this forum. The sound is COOOL!!!! I have tried this and other mods. The wildest is removing the stock muffler and extend the pipes out with twin 3 inch tips each side. Install an H pipe and the sound is otherworldly. Like having a dialy driven F1 car. The down side is that it drones at 2200-3000 rpm. That's why I decided to go with the modified stock muffler. Best all around exhaust....TRY IT!!!!!!
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