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This is a discussion on magnaflow vs hooker within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; This question has really been bugging me. I don't know which one to choose because I haven't heard them. I ...

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    magnaflow vs hooker

    This question has really been bugging me. I don't know which one to choose because I haven't heard them. I have pacesetter headers and ory. I do not want rasp but I want a good deep tone. Which would yall prefer? I've heard a hooker idle before and it sounded pretty dam good but don't know if it has any rasp while driving. Please help!

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    Forgot to mention that I'm just talking about the muffler. Which muffler would yall choose between the two. And which one has a good deep tone with no rasp

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    You are better off getting a full catback. Between those 2 i would opt for the hooker catback over magnaflow. They actually would both sound the same as far as loudness goes at startup and idle. But i give the edge to hooker over magnaflow because it has a more deep rumble, and muscle sound to it. Magnaflow has a smooth crisp sound.

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    I have Hooker ceramic LTs/ORY. I put a Hooker Aero chamber on it since my other muffler developed a loose baffle and it rattled sometimes, sounded like crap. I did like the loudness tho!

    When I put on the Aero chamber, I thought it was too quiet suddenly. Then I followed my car a few times. Now I'm convinced I made the right decision. It has no rasp, it is quiet and no droan at highway cruising, and the car sounds mean as hell and is plenty loud when I get on it. A nice alternative to Flowmaster, and I have some Flowmasters on my '68 Pontiac Le Mans droptop.

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    +1 for the Hooker Aerochamber, I installed just the muffler on my stock 99 Z28 and loved the difference. My current car also has the Hooker catback with LT's and ORY and I couldnt be happier. I've heard a few magnaflow catbacks and IMO I think they sound a lil bit deeper but still like the sound of the Hooker better. Either way I think Hooker and Magnaflow are two of the better choices for our cars, I'de like to hear how the Cherrybomb kit sounds but no one ever posts a sound clip.

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    I have Magnaflow with LTs and no cats. I love the sound. Just loud enough, no drone, no rasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXZ28LS1 View Post
    You are better off getting a full catback. Between those 2 i would opt for the hooker catback over magnaflow. They actually would both sound the same as far as loudness goes at startup and idle. But i give the edge to hooker over magnaflow because it has a more deep rumble, and muscle sound to it. Magnaflow has a smooth crisp sound.
    I pretty much agree with this.
    Although my preference would be Magnaflow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    I pretty much agree with this.
    Although my preference would be Magnaflow.
    Right on Mr.Luos!!! I ran magnaflow and just got rid of it for my TSP bullets.

    I will say that the SLP lid was my first mod then followed by Magnaflow. I will say after i added magnaflow my car and throttle response was better by the SOTP feel. So that shows how good of a free flowing system it is. Just wished it was a tad more louder. Still a good system though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXZ28LS1 View Post
    I will say after i added magnaflow my car and throttle response was better by the SOTP feel. So that shows how good of a free flowing system it is. Just wished it was a tad more louder. Still a good system though.
    Somewhere around this board is a thread that shows how well most brand name catbacks tested against each other, there was both flow and decible numbers if I remember correctly. I'm pretty sure Magnaflow did a lil better than the Hooker on both ends, just throwing that out there in case it helps your decision. My vote still goes for the Hooker system, but if I ever needed a new catback I would probably get either Magnaflow or look into the CherryBomb kit.

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    well seems like yall have good things to say about both of them so either decision i think i would be happy with the results. i went ahead and ordered the aerochamber hooker so lets see how it goes when i install it. thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpin78transams View Post
    well seems like yall have good things to say about both of them so either decision i think i would be happy with the results. i went ahead and ordered the aerochamber hooker so lets see how it goes when i install it. thanks guys
    I think you made a great choice with the Hooker catback. It sounds alot better in my opinion as far as sound goes.

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    Couldnt go wrong with either, I went with Hooker and love it with ORY and Pacesetter LT. The grunt at 2000 RPMs is amazing

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    Yeah you prolly woudn't be dissapointed with either.

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    With long tubes, no cats, cam and a magnaflow, it droned to much for me. I changed the muffler to an aerochamber and all is well. That was like 6 years ago. To this day im beyond happy i switched as my car sounds great

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    Just for the record, I have no drone at all with longtubes, no cats, and magnaflow catback.


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