I owned an original 6.2L Gen 1 with a 5-star tune, CAI and true dual exhaust for 8 years. The sound of the V8 was awesome and I loved the power delivery. I had several aftermarket parts on it (Methods, Red Letter Tires, mid-perch, BakFlip, ADD bumper, light bars, etc.) so it looked and sounded great! After waiting two years for a V8 Gen 2, I finally pulled the trigger on a new 2018. There really is no comparison between the two generations. Everything is better about the Gen 2, except for the exhaust note. (And I do mean everything) My 2018 is faster, smoother riding, better shifting, better gas mileage, better looking and has way newer technology than my Gen 1. I added an MPT tune, Full Race IC, 170 t-stat and colder spark plugs, among many other mods. I did not bother with a CAI, as they do not add any power and I did a simple FlowMaster muffler replacement to give it a loud growl under heavy acceleration. I have grown fond of the V6TT sound, so it does not bother me any more. The straight pipes you did probably added too much rasp and only made it sound louder. If I really have a longing for the awesome V8 sounds, I take my GT350 with the 5.2L VooDoo engine for a spin and all is right with the world, again... Get another Gen 2, you will not regret it.