Banks Monster Exhaust Upgrade On 2004 Nissan Titan

March 11, 2011

As someone who has spent decades playing around with loud boats, when the time came to upgrade the exhaust on my 2004 Nissan Titan, I sensed an opportunity. Much to my wife's chagrin, I went with a Monster exhaust system from Gale Banks Engineering. The new exhaust gave my truck the throaty rumble that my 10-year-old son and I love.

It wasn't a total impulse purchase. I had been looking at exhaust systems for a while, but had a couple of requirements. To keep the truck legal and to make it more attractive for resale, I wanted a system that retained the catalytic converters. Second, I decided to go with the Banks 48120 Monster Exhaust System because it's a single, as opposed to dual exhaust, which would be trickier to install and could raise noise to levels that would attract the attention of the guys who drive cars with flashing blue lights.

The all stainless-steel Monster Exhaust consists of all 3" piping with a 5" diameter double-walled tailpipe. The stock pipes could fit inside it. Banks estimates that the upgrade cuts backpressure by 92 percent and increases horsepower output by approximately 40 hp. Since I already had the NISMO Cool Air intake installed in the truck, I figure that I've also picked up some fuel economy. I've noticed it primarily during longer highway trips, but around town, I enjoy the sound when I'm accelerating too much to be able to take advantage of any fuel savings. Hey, that's part of the fun.

The reason I was finally able to get spousal approval was that I had my truck at a local shop to source an exhaust leak. I live in Maine where salt that's spread on the roads can wreak havoc on anything metal so I wasn't surprised to hear that some corrosion had occurred. The repair facility told me that it would replace some sections of pipe and re-use others for an estimated price that was only slightly lower than ordering the brand-new Banks Monster system online. Since the Banks system is stainless steel and guaranteed for life, it was a no-brainer. I got it through with free shipping, but there are many other outlets.

The system comes complete with everything you need to install it, but I admit, I took the easy way out and had it professionally done. Now my truck sounds cool and I get one other major benefit. My wife never wants to drive it.

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