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How do I choose a muffler?

This is a discussion on How do I choose a muffler? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Sorta like choosing a wife. You gotta try a bunch of 'em before you find the right one....

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    Sorta like choosing a wife. You gotta try a bunch of 'em before you find the right one.

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    i put a flowmaster on my V6 camaro back in high school... god damn, horrible mistake.

    Only sounded like an 8 at idle.

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    I looked at them all, heard them all, checked all the prices. The Borla is raspy, heavy and expensive. The Corsa looks good, but the mufflers fall apart and is expensive. I thought the Loudmouth was a good compromise. The Hooker might be worth looking at too, but it's not SS, and there's numerous tips to pick from. Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by illcul8troffcr View Post
    She said she was only trying to spend $100


    Ive had a flowmaster... Ive had the slp muffler .. And Im partial to my magnaflow now.. I bought the entire catback though
    I read that, I was just throwing her some alternatives, Why buy a $100.00 FlowMaster muffler when she could save a few more pennies and get the likes of SLP LoudMouth or a MaganaFlow cat-back which sounds and flows 100 times better then the Flowmaster?? Just doesn't make sense..

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    Hooker Aerochamber

    I have the Hooker Catback on my 2000Z. Sounds slighty lounder than stock at idle and WOT really comes alive. http://www.thunderracing.com..... P/N 66-21721 Hooker AeroChamber Muffler, 2.5" inlet, dual 2.25" outlets (direct fit for stock intermediate pipe on 1993-2002 V8 F-Body) $90.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Spiral View Post
    i put a flowmaster on my V6 camaro back in high school... god damn, horrible mistake.

    Only sounded like an 8 at idle.
    That's because the only exhaust that'll make a 6 sound like an 8 is the intake-back system.

    The SLP LM is a relatively cheap system, stainless too, so it'll last; keep in mind though that an SLP Resonator doesn't quiet the sound, it's just an expanded pipe, works like a glasspack, it allows air build up so that when the engine pulses it creates exhaust bursts. For a stock car, the LM is a good choice. Then again, a cutout may be the better answer for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89LX View Post
    I have the Hooker Catback on my 2000Z. Sounds slighty lounder than stock at idle and WOT really comes alive. http://www.thunderracing.com..... P/N 66-21721 Hooker AeroChamber Muffler, 2.5" inlet, dual 2.25" outlets (direct fit for stock intermediate pipe on 1993-2002 V8 F-Body) $90.00
    Friend has just the AeroChamber muffler on his '98 T/A. Sounds sweet! He just polished his regular T/A oval tips, which most people don't realize, are stainless steel, looks and fit cool, and actually helps to deepen the exhaust tone (because they're bell shaped). I just wish it came in stainless steel!

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    personally if you only have a hundred to spend save that same hundred for the next few months and get what you really want dont go putting crap on the car
    that you will not be happy with i have spent 860 on my full exhaust building it total custom with electronic exhaust tune and all

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-Bomb View Post
    personally if you only have a hundred to spend save that same hundred for the next few months and get what you really want dont go putting crap on the car
    that you will not be happy with i have spent 860 on my full exhaust building it total custom with electronic exhaust tune and all
    Please explain what an "electronic exhaust tune" is

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    Quote Originally Posted by StangKiller615 View Post
    Instead of just getting a muffler, why not get a cat-back exhaust system? Corsa, GMMG, and Borla are some of the nicest cat-backs for F-bodys although very expensive. If you want lots of sound you may wanna consider a SLP Loud Mouth. FlowMaster is the the worst flowing for LS1 cars. I went on and got the Corsa, and love every bit of it. Corsa has the nicest tips as well. The SLP uses a resonator rather than a muffler, but the resonator can be replaced with a muffler. This system will work for you if you plan on leaveing the engine stock, but tends to get obnoxious with lots of drone with boltons.

    I am going this weekend to change the exhaust on my Z to get a better sound. I was going to start with a cat back system, but the guy at the muffler shop said to save my money and just change the muffler for now. He said that the plumbing before the muffler on an aftermarket cat back system doesn't flow that much better than the stock system, so unless I was changing the entire system, I would be just wasting money. So in other words I couldn't justify the extra expense for a minimal flow increase.
    Sounds resonable - any truth to that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by astraltramp View Post
    I am going this weekend to change the exhaust on my Z to get a better sound. I was going to start with a cat back system, but the guy at the muffler shop said to save my money and just change the muffler for now. He said that the plumbing before the muffler on an aftermarket cat back system doesn't flow that much better than the stock system, so unless I was changing the entire system, I would be just wasting money. So in other words I couldn't justify the extra expense for a minimal flow increase.
    Sounds resonable - any truth to that???
    In my opinion it's not a waste of $, but if you're $ is limited, do what you gotta do. I replaced my Y-pipe with an LG Motorsports and my exhaust with a SLP Loudmouth and there's a big improvement in flow, just look at the 2 side by side and the sound is soo much better

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    I would look into the Magnaflow system. Good price, good sound, with or without longtubes, and they look so DAMN good. The Hooker is what I have now, and the sound/power is awesome, but it looks like PURE crap. I took it out this weekend to survey the damage (while I got the tranny out and am doing a head swap). That catback has to be the nastiest looking piece of metal in NC. Rusty, about all the black is gone, and the rest of the pipes look like ASS too. A real eye sore.

    Someone here said 'I don't care what it looks like, it is tucked up under the car.' Apparently, he doesn't spend much time working on his car himself, 'cause everytime I jack that thing up I see that rusty POS immediately, and I can very well see it when I stand behind the car.

    The only thing about getting another one is that I run the risk of being dissatisfied with the sound, and/or power.

    Wish the Hooker came in stainless, I would buy one immediately.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Sorta like choosing a wife. You gotta try a bunch of 'em before you find the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMF View Post
    SLP Loudmouth is the way to go, if it's a 6 spd. I love it and so does everybody within 100 yards

    I second that, i have an auto and loudmouth exhaust kick ass.
    They are a lot of fun, loud at first but awsome sound and you gain some power too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichelLeS1 View Post
    i looked at the inside of some flowmasters today.
    i don't like the way they are so restrictive.
    i think i will look into getting something from SLP or magnaflow.
    borla is way too expensive for my budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMF View Post
    Please explain what an "electronic exhaust tune" is
    the electronic exhaust cut out positioned in a y pipe one side just before the muffler an the other out straight out the back. its a little different from a dump
    you can tune the exhaust to come thru the muffler and the straght out pipe i custom fabricated the unit from 3.5 inch mandral bent pipe and welded 4
    inch magnaflow 18 inch long tips wicked sound people walk up to the car constantly asking me about it. the cool thing is you can open the exhaust 20% for light to light or 100% for 70mph drops.

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