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Old 08-23-2011, 10:13 AM
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Ok here is my question and delima. I finally decided to put a new muffler on and went with a magnaflow after reading all the reviews. They sound amazing in all the Youtube videos I have watched. The shop where I got it put on said there would be no need to waste the money on them bending and making dual out pipes since I already had the stock two out. So I went with their advise. The exhaust is not very loud at all. It sounds good when I am getting on the the gas, but there is very little to no sound when idling or coasting. It just doesnt sound like the beast a 5.7 Hemi with 390 hp should sound like.

I had a 1998 F-150 with the small V8 and it sounded a lot better with a Flowmaster and dual outs the shop made. I always wanted my truck to sound like the deep tones Dodges have.

So finally to my question. Are the resonators really making it that quiet? Are the stock duals having any effect on the sound (diameter of the pipe..etc?) I really want it to sound good and the shop owner said if I wasnt happy with the sound they would cut out the resonators. Has anyone done this? How does that make it sound?

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Hey 4x4, I have the 24" magnaflow with resonators removed. If I had to put a percentage on it, I'd say it's about 20-25% deeper and louder than stock. I absolutely LOVE the sound. It's exactly what I was looking for. Deep, loud when I want it (WOT) and still highway mannered. My wife does not really notice the highway difference but she definitely notices the city growl. I removed my resonators before installing the muffler and did not hear enough difference to be satisfied. But both combined is harmony. What size muffler did you get? 18", 24"?
I have read that removing the resonators may cause a weird sound during MDS through the exhaust, but I have yet to hear anything weird like that. Truth be told I kill MDS every time I'm driving it. (Wife's truck)
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I honestly do not know which is on it. I asked some questions and they basically said just magnaflow. They werent very informative for being a muffler shop. I guess I will see if i can find out that information and go from there.

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magnaflow arent that loud when idling and cruising. Which is prefered by most people who use these as their daily drivers.
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Go measure the can length. 14" long cases are LOUD, they get progressively quieter as the case dimension lengthens. I have an 18" single in / dual out. I can hear it at idle and around town but it's a low tone and just a nice burble. When I get on the throttle, it gets a LOT louder.
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Thanks for the help guys. So I measured it and it 14". So this means it should be the loud one. Its definitely not loud by any means. So now I am stumped. If I supposidely have the loud one, where has all the sound gone? Does the size of the dual out pipes play a factor? Do I need to replace the stock pipes to get the true sound of the muffler?

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Thanks for the help guys. So I measured it and it 14". So this means it should be the loud one. Its definitely not loud by any means. So now I am stumped. If I supposidely have the loud one, where has all the sound gone? Does the size of the dual out pipes play a factor? Do I need to replace the stock pipes to get the true sound of the muffler?

Thanks again for the advise.

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It's for sure a magnaflow? One in, two out? Correct inlet/outlet size for the pipes? Mine is the 24" like I mentioned without resonators and it definitely made a difference. The 18" with resonators was the way I was going to go, but I tried no res first and went with the 24" to balance it out a bit. I can't believe the 14" magnaflow is not noticeably louder. Double-check the unit. Get under there and look for name, part number, etc..
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Yeah a 14" should be loud, even with resonators. Keep in mind though it won't be that loud at idle, but when you get on the pedal it should scream. You will pick up a little bit of noise level (along with resonance) by removing the resonators. The diameter of the pipe and tips plays a role in the sound (but a very small role). You probably wouldn't notice a difference if they ran new dual pipes and larger tips.
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oh...and they do need a bit of time to break in. Mine was pretty quiet in the beginning but a road trip took care of that!
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oh...and they do need a bit of time to break in. Mine was pretty quiet in the beginning but a road trip took care of that!
^^^Mad's correct. Mine had a break-in time as well. About 500-800 miles did it with a few long trips. Now it's pure heaven. But it's not like it was quiet before they broke-in. They just seasoned a bit. I still heard the difference immediately after it was installed. Especially that startup blast it does. Woot!
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