We want you to get the most out of your muffler. These guidelines will help ensure longevity, and help prevent voiding your warranty.
Professional installation is highly recommended.
Improper installation voids the warranty. We are happy to help you find a great installer in your area, no matter where you live. If you would like help finding a shop in your area, simply contact us.
Paradox Performance Mufflers are directional.
The inlet should be clearly marked on all Paradox Performance Mufflers.
We recommend welding the joints. We do NOT recommend Saddle/U Bolt clamps.
We recommend welding the inlets/outlets. However, they may also be clamped with "band" (AKA "lap joint") exhaust clamps and liberal amounts of muffler cement. NOTE: Due to the extra thick metal used in our mufflers, we do NOT recommend traditional "saddle" (AKA "U Bolt") clamps.
Inlets/outlets are non-expandable.
Because of its thick gauge steel construction, necks are non-expandable.
For more sound control, install two Paradox Performance Mufflers in-line, or add a high-flow resonator.
This is highly effective, and has a negligible effect on flow.
Be careful not to hit the internals of the muffler with the tailpipe
Do not put pipe so far in the outlet that it touches the internal components. If the outlet pipe/tail pipe touches the internal components, then sound quality will suffer greatly.
Be sure your exhaust system is hung properly.
Exhaust systems must be mounted on rubber and have a fair amount of sway and give. Rigidly mounted systems (even ones mounted to rubber) can lead to broken exhaust components. In addition, the system must be hung in such a way that there is no torque on any part of the system, or any binding effect. It is also important to have proper clearance that takes into consideration the height and range of the vehicle's suspension.
Tailpipes that are extra long, extra small in diameter, or extra large in diameter can cause undesirable effects.
Taipipes are the pipes that go from the outlet of your muffler to the end of the exhaust system. If they are especially long, small in diameter or extra large in diameter, they can make sounds like popping (diameter too small/pipes too long), rasp (diameter too small/pipes too long), or annoying bass (too big in diameter).
You may not need to upgrade the entire system.
More is not always better. Upgrading an entire system with (for example) over-sized pipes and “duals” could result in excessive sound volume. The more you upgrade the exhaust, the louder it is likely to become.
Beware of deleting emission controls/catalytic converters.
This is illegal for most street vehicles, and very often leads undesirable and unpredictable sound and performance. We advise highly against removing catalytic converters or other emission controls. We make absolutely no guarantees or predictions for vehicles that have had any part of their emission controls removed.