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Have some questions about some addons im looking to get

Been reading the site for a few weeks and decided to join because it seems like there are a good amount of knowledgeable people on here.

I have a 2011 GT/CS with 3.73 gears and a MagnaFlow Competition Catback exhaust on it already. This is the only upgrade that I have done. I am looking to add some long tube headers, an X or an H pipe, a cold air induction, and a tune. My main goal on the car for right now is sound, power second. Keep in mind that I am not a gear head and dont a lot about cars as far as upgrading and fixing them. From what I have read long tube headers is the way to go it seems. and an X-pipe over an h-pipe? or the other way around?

These are the parts that I am looking at.

bbk full length headers
bbk high flow catted x pipe
or bbk off road x-pipe
sct custom tune
steeda cold air kit

I dont have the cash for it all at once so i have to break it up into two different upgrades.

Am I on the right track here?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I live in New Orleans by the way so my emissions stuff isnt a factor, i think lol.

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Been reading the site for a few weeks and decided to join because it seems like there are a good amount of knowledgeable people on here.

I have a 2011 GT/CS with 3.73 gears and a MagnaFlow Competition Catback exhaust on it already. This is the only upgrade that I have done. I am looking to add some long tube headers, an X or an H pipe, a cold air induction, and a tune. My main goal on the car for right now is sound, power second. Keep in mind that I am not a gear head and dont a lot about cars as far as upgrading and fixing them. From what I have read long tube headers is the way to go it seems. and an X-pipe over an h-pipe? or the other way around?

These are the parts that I am looking at.

bbk full length headers
bbk high flow catted x pipe
or bbk off road x-pipe
sct custom tune
steeda cold air kit

I dont have the cash for it all at once so i have to break it up into two different upgrades.

Am I on the right track here?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I live in New Orleans by the way so my emissions stuff isnt a factor, i think lol.
First, go with the Steeda CAI and tune, while at it, add the O/R X-pipe and the GT500 Axle back. This $grand will transform your car immediately to a mean sounding street rod that will be faster than 98% of the cars on the road. Make sure you tell the tuners about all of the mods. They calibrate every mod and change as needed going forward. Best of luck and have fun!


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ide rather not spend more money on an axle back considering i already have the magnaflow catback


also, wouldnt it be better to get the x-pipe and headers at the same time?
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The Steeda/SCT combo is great. With that buttoned down, I'll talk about exhaust. This is gonna be long, but here we go. I would personally go with all Bassani. I know I currently have Magnaflow axle-backs, but I only got them because Bassani had not made an exhaust yet and I was impatient. I will buy a full Bassani exhaust soon. From what I've seen Bassani's long-tube headers make amazing power; equal to or better than any others.

I have had two previous Mustangs ('01 GT, and '03 Cobra). Both had full Bassani exhaust, and the sound was beyond words. I literally had someone tell me how amazing they sounded every day. By comparison, I've had the Magnaflows (Streets not Competition) on my '11 GT for 6 months now, and I've had only one such compliment. Now, I'm not looking for others' approval, I'm just saying EVERYONE seemed to love the Bassani. Their fit and finish are perfect. I had the exhaust on the '01 GT for 6 years/130k miles with no problems.

One thing about the Bassani, they are loud, but again, everyone loved them. Even older men (and women) who you would expect to NOT like a loud car liked them.

My experience with X vs. H pipes follows. On the '01, I put it all on at once, but the Cobra got the cat back first, then 3 weeks later the x-pipe. The (factory) H pipe was deeper and sounded good, while the X was a little louder, a little higher pitched, and much more burbly. The X sounded more like a Mustang, while the H sounded like a GM LSX motor to me. I like the X better, it will likely make more power too.

As far as cats go, I feel high-flow cats are the only way to go. Just so everyone knows, I live in Alabama where there are no emissions tests. I don't like O/R pipes for two reasons. First, I think they sound bad. I think the cats drown out some of the high-pitched popping. Second, THE SMELL!!! My '01 GT's cats scraped so much that they ended up crushing the catalyst material and shooting it out the tail, so I basically had no cats for a while. Without cats, your exhaust will smell like gas and fumes. It is annoying.

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Bama-- be sure and include ALL the mods you plan on doing when you order your tunes--Bama tunes is great about helping you out with tech questions and etc.. Good Luck nd Enjoy

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Bama 5.0, thanks for the reply.

i cant change out the magnaflow catback right now to bassani, if i did i basically wouldnt be getting some other addons til much later. i would rather just stick with the magnaflow for now, and just add on from there.

im not hitting the drag strip or anything like that but i like to have fun in my car around town. i also just graduated college so i dont have a ton of money to throw around right now.

i guess what i am basically getting at is this, im going to eventually get all these upgrades but for the time being i would rather the sound of the car be better. i know this might sound crazy but ive watched videos of mustangs with long tube headers and an x-pipe and i thats what i want next.

sorry for the noobness but i havent had a mustang since my 2000 gt in high school lol
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I would not change exhaust.I have the comp series catback also with catted x-pipe part#16399

this is a great alternative to longtubes and with Steeda CAI and Blowbyracing tune I made 406rwhp/387rwtq

the sound is awesome and you will be close to a longtube car with equal mods.

longtubes are nice and make good power but I decided to keep the stock manifolds and add a supercharger

sorry no sound clip but just imagine your current set up but louder and deeper.

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Sorry Rjone15, for some reason I thought you were planning on buying a complete system from BBK, thereby replacing your Magnaflows. That not being the case, I would still recommend Bassani for the X and header.

Since you're strapped for cash, I would buy the X-pipe first (with cats). It will make some decent power and will make your exhaust a little louder. In my experience about 90% of the change in volume comes from the mufflers. The switch to high flow cats (or none at all) should make it a little louder, but not too much. They will, however, change the tone. It will sound better for sure.

Later, you can do the longtubes for some more power. I would first do the CAI/Tune. I think that is going to net you the most power, but if you would rather a sound boost, do the exhaust.

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thanks for the tips
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