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aluminum 18 48.65%
304 grade stainless steel 7 18.92%
409 grade stainless steel 12 32.43%
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post #1 of 25 Old 07-13-2012, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Who has stainless or aluminum exhaust?

Just getting opinions on whether to buy a stainless or aluminum exhaust system from MBRP. Im pretty set on their 409 grade, but figuring a stock exhaust is made from aluminum so it should hold up pretty well through the weather etc. Just seeing what you guys prefer to use on your trucks.
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T304 is best and costly.
T409 decent material and will last. Used already on the OEM exhaust tubing.
AL will not last in NJ over time.


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T304 is best and costly.
T409 decent material and will last. Used already on the OEM exhaust tubing.
AL will not last in NJ over time.
basically my thoughts lol
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I live in WI, and our local municipalities has a fetish for dumping salt on the roads, even when its -10F and the salt won't do anything. I still opted for the alumanized exhaust. The T409 looks like crap after just a couple of months and T304 is way too expensive and no one makes it in 5 inch. My truck had alumanized on it before and it lasted for 4 years, based on the info the PO gave me, and when i replaced it, it was all in great shape besides the down pipe. I coated the alumanized with a high heat clear coat, and the inside is coated with a black soot, so I think it will last for quite a while, but time will tell.

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Yea salt up here gets pretty bad too sometimes to the point where the road turns white and stays white till the end of march
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First things first. To my knowledge there is no such thing as an Aluminum exhaust. I know of Aluminized Steel, which is what I believe is being referred to here but I have never heard of a completely all aluminum exhaust before.

With that being said, my exhaust is made of both aluminized steel components and 409 stainless steel components and while I live in the South, I have made several road trips to the North to Michigan in the winter and my 409 stainless exhaust looks like A$$. I'm with Adam on this, I would clear coat or paint black your exhaust with high temp paint once a year and call it good regardless of what material you end up going with. As long as nothing would rust, I would say save the money and just get the Aluminized Steel but just make sure you paint it. I have painted my parts (5in 90* elbow and 5in to 8in Stack) with just regular Rustoleum and they look just like the day I put them in almost two years ago. I just touch it up about once a year and I'm good to go. Hope this helps.

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I would say get the stainless. Lasts longer.

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if they salt the roads in your area, go 304. I'd rather replace aluminized twice as often as 409 because 409 looks like crap IMO
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I went with aluminized steel. I intend to paint it with high-temp paint and get 5+ years out of it. It is cheaper than stainless and gets the job done for now. I have put aluminized on several vehicles over the years and it was never a problem.
Do you plan on keeping your truck for a very long time? if so, maybe the investment will be worth the cost that stainless brings.

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No way im doing 304 prices are just too outrageous
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