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Old 10-31-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

How much does a CAI affect the sound of your V6? Does it affect the exhaust noise as well?
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

You probably won't hear much of a change, maybe more of a low end gurble but the biggest effects on exhaust tone involves the exhaust.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

it does make it sound louder but i do have dual exhaust. i put it on after the exhaust upgrade so i wouldnt know how it would sound if you got stock. it sounds louder in the higher rpms like 3.5k mostly 4k
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

Yah you probably won't notice too much of a difference with the stock exhaust, since it's very restrictive. I noticed a slightly deeper tone at idle, and a slightly louder tone wot. Not too much, but a noticeable amount.

CAI's are one of the mods that you do for appearance and don't expect too much in performance gains. It's more of a "I have one of those" type of things. You can pick one up on American Muscle for $74 or cheaper on ebay if you want, gain a couple hp's and a slightly louder tone.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

I would like to have a deeper sound from my exhaust.. What's a cheap way to get that? Just a muffler?
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

You could simply swap in a different muffler in place of the factory one if you wanted. If you do that, I would cut off the single turndown tip (limp noodle) for a cleaner, better look.

I would consider dual exhaust. You will really get a different sound from your stang. It will get a higher pitch above 3k, there's no way around that...there are many brands and ways to do this. But if you don't want to spend that much on duals, you could do the single muffler. Your stang will have a deeper, louder tone than stock.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

How difficult of a job is swapping out the muffler? What does it involve?
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

Taking the stock muffler out is easy, you just cut it out from the stock piping.
I'd probably have a shop do the install. They can cut it out and weld the new one in on a lift. I'd only imagine the shop charging you an hour's labor to do the muffler swap.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

Yeah I can imagine, I'll call around and get some quotes
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

makes it a touch deeper, most will not notice the difference~
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

Is it not worth it then in your opinion?

I would really like to have a little bit deeper sound with my exhaust but I'm on a tight budget.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

I had dual exhaust on my 99 V6 from a GT. GT takeoff exhausts are relatively cheap and functional.
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Re: Has a CAI affected the sound of your V6?

if all your looking for is the deeper sound then a CAI is NOT worth it. get a new muffler, call a shop and have them put it on for you.
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