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Old 03-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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New muffler or all new exhaust?

Wanting a little bit more of a "beefy" sound from my 2003 V6, not sure where to start looking. Been told to look into Flowmasters. But not sure if I should pay about $300 to have just a new muffler or about $700 for all new exhaust pipes. What do you guys think? Don't have the money now but looking to make a plan for near future! Nothing better than V6 costs with V8 sound
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Wanting a little bit more of a "beefy" sound from my 2003 V6, not sure where to start looking. Been told to look into Flowmasters. But not sure if I should pay about $300 to have just a new muffler or about $700 for all new exhaust pipes. What do you guys think? Don't have the money now but looking to make a plan for near future! Nothing better than V6 costs with V8 sound
It's not gonna sound like a v8 but it's gonna sound good. Do you want dual or single pipe? If u gonna stay with the single pipe then just do the muffler. If u want dual do the whole thing n get an h pipe
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Yeah I'd just stay with a single. Don't wanna mess with going dual. Would you recommend flow master if I'm just doing the muffler?
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Yeah I'd just stay with a single. Don't wanna mess with going dual. Would you recommend flow master if I'm just doing the muffler?
i got a single flowmaster 40 for now. it sounds ok. nothing beefy aboutt it but its way better than stock. i cut my tip off tho cuz the stock tip looks HoRRIbLe ! it costed me 150 for the flowmaster plus installing and removing the tip

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gonna get duals soon though cuz i got a gt bumper and it looks weird with no tips
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Yeah I'd just stay with a single. Don't wanna mess with going dual. Would you recommend flow master if I'm just doing the muffler?
Yea flow master is a good muffler. I have dual flow master 40's n I love em. Or if u want just go to YouTube n hear which one u like best here's mine

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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Can I buy a single Flowmaster 40?
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Can I buy a single Flowmaster 40?
sure...i have single flowmaster super 44 and it sounds a lot better than stock, but not as good as duals..it was like 70 from american muscle and shop was 60 to install it.
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Yes get a SI/SO Flowmaster, whichever series you prefer - 40, 44, Delta, Super etc.

Most flowmasters are chambered, so that helps the v6 sound better vs straight thru/glasspack mufflers. You'll definitely sound better than stock..it won't be crazy loud or sound like a v8, but be better than stock, and ok for a v6.

I'd recommend dumping the exhaust right after the muffler...have the shop add a turndown tip right off the muffler's exit...it'll make the tone slightly deeper and you won't have that limp dick pipe under your bumper

Expect to pay 60-100 for a muffler and probably an hour's rate (60-75/hr) to install it at a shop.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Sonic I didn't get what you meant by:

I'd recommend dumping the exhaust right after the muffler...have the shop add a turndown tip right off the muffler's exit...it'll make the tone slightly deeper and you won't have that limp dick pipe under your bumper.


You mean get a new exhaust, muffler, and have them add a tip to the muffler?


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Sonic I didn't get what you meant by:

I'd recommend dumping the exhaust right after the muffler...have the shop add a turndown tip right off the muffler's exit...it'll make the tone slightly deeper and you won't have that limp dick pipe under your bumper.

You mean get a new exhaust, muffler, and have them add a tip to the muffler?

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No, he means install a new muffler where the old one was, but cut off the part that goes over the axle and weld on a piece at aims towards the ground.
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

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No, he means install a new muffler where the old one was, but cut off the part that goes over the axle and weld on a piece at aims towards the ground.
Thank you...yes that's what I meant...I forgot to mention that in my post.

Yes have the shop install the Flowmaster muffler in place of the stock muffler, then have them cut off the piping from the exit end of the muffler over the axle and to the tip. Then have them weld a turndown tip that aims towards the ground to the muffler.

It will most likely be cheaper since you don't have to run pipe all the way to the back bumper. If you don't want the exhaust to exit under the car you could run a single pipe to one side in front of the rear wheel for a single side exhaust too. You can also run it to the bumper as the stock single exhaust was too...you have a few options.
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

I like the sound of the last one. I don't mind the stock look with the single out the rear bumper I just want a more meaty sound. I'll probably have them install it to look like the stock but have them do the turndown tip towards the ground like you mentioned! Thanks for your input man! It's hard being 19 with no car knowledge but wanting the perfect pony! Haha
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I like the sound of the last one. I don't mind the stock look with the single out the rear bumper I just want a more meaty sound. I'll probably have them install it to look like the stock but have them do the turndown tip towards the ground like you mentioned! Thanks for your input man! It's hard being 19 with no car knowledge but wanting the perfect pony! Haha
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Since we're on the thread about exhaust how much is install on some shorty headers
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #17
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Alright I'm going with this one...and I'll do the turn-down tip to get a that deeper tone like Sonic said.

Flowmaster Super Flow 44 Series Offset Mustang Muffler (79-04) 942548 - Free Shipping!

Good choice? Will I run into any surprises when I go to have it installed? It's going to be the right size and fit correctly?
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

That's a good muffler to get...2 chambered and gives off a deeper tone.

A muffler shop should be able to swap that muffler in place of the stock one no problem. The only thing that might be different is the inlet/outlet size. I know the inlet/outlet on the new muffler is 2.5". The stock piping is 2.25". I can't remember if the stock exhaust inlet/outlet is 2.25 or 2.5". Either way a shop should be able to make flare the piping to fit the 2.5" inlet/outlets.

Maybe someone who has done a swap recently can chime in.
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Should I take it to a Ford dealer service garage here in town or should I look for a muffler shop?
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Should I take it to a Ford dealer service garage here in town or should I look for a muffler shop?
Good question...9 out of 10 times a Ford dealership will charge more.
Also my local Ford dealer will not install anything that isn't Ford or FRPP. Simply a liability thing...they don't want to get burned after a non Ford product fails or causes damage to your car.

May be something to ask your local Ford dealer if you want to do the install there.


Most exhaust shops will be more familiar with doing this kind of swap but there are plenty of exhaust shops out there that will try to screw you over and overcharge you. I refuse to go to the local exhaust shop as they overcharge and have a piss poor attitude towards customers.

If you have a certain shop you like or one that is recommended by someone you know then go there...it'll probably be cheaper than Ford and they'll be able to do any small modifications like the piping flares that I mentioned in the other post.

The best way is to do your homework before actually doing the install...call your local dealership and a couple muffler shops and get quotes...then go from there
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Sounds like a lot. I'll start doing my research.
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Sounds like a lot. I'll start doing my research.
That's the best way to not get overcharged. If one shop quotes $100 to install the muffler and another quotes $250 for the same work, then you know who NOT to go to lol.

Don't be surprised if the Ford dealer says they won't install an aftermarket part...they might do it, but I know some won't.
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Make friends with your local exaust shop! If you ever wanna switch, or need small welds its nice to have friends who know what their doing. For example whe my friend had his turbo installed he needed a wideband welded in and our buddy at the exaust shop did it for free
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Re: New muffler or all new exhaust?

Call around, check!
Don't get over-charged, check!
Make friends, check!!

---------- Post added at 07:56 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:45 PM ----------

Hey Sonic I pm'd you a question!
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