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can my v6 sound like a v8 ???

Can someone tell me the quickest way to make my v6 1999 mustang sound throatier, badder, like a v8 and the car is all stock, what would be the first things i can do to get more HP and torque??

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Never ever ever. That v6 can have 650hp but a stock 4.6 will still sound better. That's just the way it is

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nope, not ever gona happen.

i have a 99 v6, with cold air intake, and a flowmaster original 40 single and it sounds pretty throaty but not near a v8 at all.

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i'm in the same boat! i love my 4.0! i just want some V8 rumble the most, i'm ok with having the same power, but if i could get her to rumble like a 4.6, or 5.0, then i'd probably be buried in this car.

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Thanks for the comments, but surely there is different pipes, mufflets, glass pac, something that can give it a meaner sound??? What about the horsepower, what is the first thing to do to a stock engine. A chip or what???
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Thanks for the comments, but surely there is different pipes, mufflets, glass pac, something that can give it a meaner sound??? What about the horsepower, what is the first thing to do to a stock engine. A chip or what???
I've heard a few that sound close at idle, but at full throttle they are never even close. They always sound halfway between rice and V8.

You can spend a ton of money on easy mods, but there's just not much HP to be gained without forced induction or serious engine work. These 3.8's are not like a V8 mustang where you can gain 50 horse without touching the heads or cam.

If you must mod it, do a K&N drop in filter (5 hp), mufflers (sound preference only), and if you are feeling ambitious... swap your upper intake to a Windstar (5-10hp)

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I've heard a few that sound close at idle, but at full throttle they are never even close. They always sound halfway between rice and V8.

You can spend a ton of money on easy mods, but there's just not much HP to be gained without forced induction or serious engine work. These 3.8's are not like a V8 mustang where you can gain 50 horse without touching the heads or cam.

If you must mod it, do a K&N drop in filter (5 hp), mufflers (sound preference only), and if you are feeling ambitious... swap your upper intake to a Windstar (5-10hp)
What non boosted v8 can you add 50 hp to without touching the heads and cam?

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I have the MAC dual conversion (yeah, I know, not true duals, but out the back it is two pipes and it has 2 mufflers). Gives it a nice sound and a way better look at the rear. About $300 online and you can install it yourself in an hour or two. OR spend the $300 at a muffler shop and have them do it with some Flomaster 40's and it will sound a lot better. But never as good as an 8

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H pipe and flownasters is about the closest you can get

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H pipe and flownasters is about the closest you can get
you need a little more than that.

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thanks for the help, i am a speed freak CPA and know very little about cars. Any mods or filters or pipes or whatever, any advice to make my car quicker, not top end speed, and sound better, I will print off so I can have while shopping parts. A quck list of upgrades would be great if you have time.
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Since your cylinders are actually larger than a 4.6L V8 you should experience a slightly deeper exhaust note. The reason a GT sounds like it does has more to do with the H pipe and dual exhaust. So if you put a cat-back GT exhaust in your car you'll get a similar sound. The difference will be that your will be slightly deeper and with a slower rumble, because you've got 6 drummers drumming instead of 8.

Mine sounds fantastic, a deep rumble with a slight German accent.

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Not mine but a similar sound:

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I like the flow master force 2 they have a sound clip on American muscle it sounds pretty good
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Yadkin's right, a whole 3.6 cubic inches difference lol (i calculated it)


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