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Old 10-19-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Question Don't know what to do!!!

Hey everyone, i have been wanting to get some type of nice exhaust to make my 2002 v6 sound great and to have a little more power (if possible) i dont know a whole lot about cars but i am wanting to learn about mustangs because i am hoping to have one the rest of my life. So any help on what to get to make it sound good. I have heard either Flowlmasters or Magnaflow, but i just want to know what would be best! thanks for your help!
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I have a Flowmaster American Thunder cat back system on my GT and love the sound! You could try youtube and listen for the combo you like best.
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I've got a set of flowmaster delta 40's on my gt......sounds wonderful to me....everytime i'm gearing down for a redlight, they still make me giggle like a school-girl.
I used to have an 03 supercrew, I had a magnaflow on it, with 5" tips.... it wasn't obnoxiously loud unless you were hard into the pedal, but it had a nice mellow tone.
I'm sure either would sound good even on a v6, but you may also want to think about an x-pipe or h pipe to go with whatever you chose
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Exhaust is a personal preference, plain and simple. As stated above, I'd listen to some clips/videos of different exhaust brands ~ Flowmaster, Borla, Pypes, Magnaflow, Bassani
Hearing the exhaust in person a car is the best way, since cameras don't always do justice.

Borlas and Bassanis sound real good on the v6's, but they are the more expensive brands, so keep that in mind.

I have the Pypes brand on my car, and I like them. A nice deep idle, and a quieter, mellow, race-like tone when accelerating.
I've heard flowmasters with longtubes and an h-pipe on a v6: that combination is probably one of the best sounding aside from Borla

You have many different options when replacing your stock exhaust:

1. You can buy a y-pipe bolt on kit that simply attaches to your stock y-pipe.
2. You can have a shop fabricate some piping with your choice of mufflers and either exit under the bumper with tips, or be dumped before or after the axle. (dumps simply take the piping and turn it down towards the ground)

3. You can look for a GT takeoff exhaust catback. These are hard to come by these days, but are around.
4. You could buy an h-pipe adapter (Pacesetter makes one for around $100) and bolt up any GT/Mach 1 catback.
5. Many people will say get either an x-pipe or an h-pipe. It really doesn't matter, since our cars are even firing, the equalization of pressure isn't an issue. The h-pipe will offer a slightly deeper tone, and the x-pipe will offer a slightly higher, raspy tone. It's not necessary, but if you want one you most certainly can get them with aftermarket cats on
6. KEEP your catalytic converters no matter what...the v6 sounds like crap without them.
7. Headers aren't necessary as well, but can change the exhaust tone and possibly give off a few extra hp. If your car is near stock or lightly modded, I wouldn't worry about replacing the stock headers, unless they are cracked or of in need of replacement.

I know this a lot to throw at you at once, so if you have any questions about any certain part, don't hesitate to ask
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

wow, sonic blue really laid down the options for you lol

i say long tube headers, H pipe or X, high flow cats(optional) to flowmasters. i say flowmasters because they are economically friendly. i think bassani sounds amazing but they are expensive.

keep in mind that you and me have a v6. after 3 grand on the rpms and higher no matter what the car will sound a bit ricey. Theres no escaping that.

check out the clip next to my pic in this post, see how you think the car sounds.
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

JEESE Sonic leave a little room for someone else to offer advice....lol. Anyway, listen to sonic he has got the main line into what is really great for our sixers.

I have magna flow myself and I love the sound. They are turned down before the exhaust with ghost tips ( all looks ). But I don't think that they sound ricey at all after 3000 RPM's but maybe thats just something with the newer sixes. But probably it is due to the fact that my motor is built. Anyway welcome to the Forum man. Post pics when you get the chance.
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

sonic pony basically summed things up. decide on your muffler, and either get a GT takeoff or have a reliable shop do custom piping. an H pipe with 2.25" piping would be ideal.

a lot of people stress out over what muffler to buy. do your research, but just remember, ANYTHING is an improvement over stock so don't worry about it!

in my personal opinion, borla is probably your best choice, but any of the top mufflers will be fine (flowmaster, magnaflows, etc). there will be no performance differences, so just go by sound. flowmasters being the most popular choice it seems.
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

yea, ive has two v6's both sound good down low but sound bad up top, thats why I would run a stock GT muffler take off... sure it wont sound as good down low but up top it wont sound as bad... its a trade off.

If you keep the stock v6 rear bumper run at least 22 inch long tips (stainless) and 2.5-3.0 inches in size (no bigger) and angle the tips up a little do NOT have them even with the ground... the curve of the rear bumper on the sides make the even tips look like they point down. Go to my album and look at my old 01 v6 to see my 2.5 inch stainless steel (dont go chrome) tips angled up some on the stock v6 bumper. Alto you need .5 inches between tip and bumper at least.
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

pyes are also a good brand and sound great
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

another thing is to remember... the worse thing to do when you dont know what you want to do is something. Take your time and decide what you want and the order you want to do them to reach what ever end goal you have for your car.
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Pypes 409 Stainless Steel V6 Dual Pipe Conversion Kit (98-04 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

What does everyone think about this? Do you think this kit would make my v6 sound like a v8? And if it could make it sound great then would i have to take it to a shop and have them modify it to fit my car? Thanks everyone! your all awesome! this helps a lot!
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Re: Don't know what to do!!!

I've heard Pypes on the V6 sound pretty good.

However you might want to look for something that's a "cat back". You're going to hear that a V6 with out cats will just sound horrible.

If you want to know how it sounds try and find somebody with a similar set up or scour YouTube for sound clips. Most audio though will not do justice.

As for installation, exhaust is pretty easy to do and requires a few basic hand tools. However the further you go up towards the engine expect more work. Anything header back will definitely take an afternoon. Cat back is usually the simplest, but most installation instructions will tell you you will need to cut off the stock exhaust, and the new exhaust will "slip on".

I'm pretty sure AM has an install article on those Pypes. Give it a read and that will probably give you an idea of your capabilities on handling the project.
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Yah as OsirisGuy said, a v6 with no cats is probably not the way to go. I know Pypes offers that same system with cats, so you may want to look into that. As stated above, you could also look into a catback sytem; this way you could retain your stock cats and still have dual exhaust.

I have the y-pipe converter back system from Pypes, basically the same thing without the midpipe/cats. I like the sound, both idle and wot. The o/r system might be slightly higher pitched since there are no cats.

As far as installation. You can install it yourself, but you may run into fitment issues. I ended up taking mine to the shop to have 3" of pipe taken off for the system to sit right. You may want to consider just having a shop with a lift install it, however, if you are able to use a lift, the install shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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I cant find that same kit with cats, anywhere :-/...i checked on youtube and stuff to see how much i like Pypes on a v6 and i love the sound, its great! so if i can find that kit (above url) with cats on it then i will be in business! But would it be better if i kept the stock cats on and just got the dual exhaust or will i get better sound if i get the Pypes cats??? i hope all that made sense...it did in my brain...
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blueovalindustries.com or americanmuscle.com
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I cant find that same kit with cats, anywhere :-/...i checked on youtube and stuff to see how much i like Pypes on a v6 and i love the sound, its great! so if i can find that kit (above url) with cats on it then i will be in business! But would it be better if i kept the stock cats on and just got the dual exhaust or will i get better sound if i get the Pypes cats??? i hope all that made sense...it did in my brain...
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If you don't wish to buy the catted system (in the links above) you could buy aftermarket cats, such as the Pypes. These hi flow cats are less restrictive and you only need two, compared to the stock 4.
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I actually saved about $100 by having high flow cats welded in to the off-road pipe. maybe that will work better for you.
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