I realize this is subjective. I think one other forum member who had the system had similar thoughts. like I said..well made…precise welds and construction…. Just not the sound I was looking for.You're the first I heard say that. I have the cat back Tread on my Gladiator, all the other Jeepers in my circle chose it or switched to it and it's universally loved with us. I don't think the axle back sounds great, definitely recommend the entire setup from cat back, and it won't be cheap, but we do love it.