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The Sound of a Mustang

Hello everyone,

As some know, I'm new to Ford as well as Mustangs. I recently just purchased an 01 Bullitt and absolutely love the sound. I was interested in solely making the exhaust louder, not toned different. I think the sound of a GT is amazing. What are my options for just increasing the loudness (not the tone) of my exhaust? I did a search and couldn't find anything.

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easier said than done. Pretty much any modification to the exhaust system will change the sound. The stock exhaust uses a chambered muffler system. Buying a similar chambered exhaust should give you a sound that you are looking for. Magnaflow and Flowmaster come highly recommended.

I personally have Loudmouth II's on my mustang and I love them. Look them up on youtube.


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An O/R H-Pipe will give you basically the same tone, just louder and more aggressive. The stock midpipe has 4 catalytic converters which restricts exhaust flow and dampens the sound. Depending upon where you live, you might have to put the stock midpipe back on for emissions, but a few hours of work every two years is worth the sound of it. People have also noticed slight gains in torque and horsepower with an O/R midpipe.

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i would go with slp
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An O/R H-Pipe will give you basically the same tone, just louder and more aggressive. The stock midpipe has 4 catalytic converters which restricts exhaust flow and dampens the sound. Depending upon where you live, you might have to put the stock midpipe back on for emissions, but a few hours of work every two years is worth the sound of it. People have also noticed slight gains in torque and horsepower with an O/R midpipe.

Thank you. That's what I was looking for. Good thing about Maryland, is you only have to have your vehicle inspected once. Thanks for the advice to you and the others.

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Just go on youtube and there's a bunch of exhaust clips. For example, if you're curious what Flowmaster Super 44's sound like, just type in 2001 Mustang Flowmaster Super 44 and about a million clips will come up. Americanmuscle also has clips of pretty much all the exhaust systems they sell on their site, too.


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Americanmuscle also has clips of pretty much all the exhaust systems they sell on their site, too.
^ Best route imo. They do good comparisons and you know exactly what youre listening to.

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^ Best route imo. They do good comparisons and you know exactly what youre listening to.
The only thing is, the OP wanted to keep the sound/tone close to stock, but just have it louder. Replacing the midpipe to get one without cats is therefore the best route to take. Of course, if he is to consider any aftermarket mufflers/catbacks, then AM is the right place to go. Personally I think the Super 44's sound pretty good. I just wish AM also had sound clips for each muffler with the stock midpipe, O/R H-pipe, and O/R X-pipe. That would be pretty sweet!

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Right, but all I'm saying is that its going to be really tough to get it to sound close to stock and get louder. When I replaced my mid-pipe with a catted X, I got an entirely different tone. It was more aggressive got a healthy gurgle.

On that note, I dont think replacing just the mid pipe would make it that much louder. The stock mufflers are so volume restrictive that I dont think the difference would be heard. Like you said, I just suggested some chambered flowmasters or magnaflows.

I only suggested going to AM because they have the best comparisons of exhaust set-ups vs. youtube.

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If you looking for that deep muscle car sound go with a set of magnapacks and an off road h pipe... Check youtube, streetfire, and I believe if you google mustang exhaust clips a site will come up for just mustangs. Do some research till you find a set up you like. Note little things such as CAI's and such wil change the exhaust tone and deepness!

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i really think you should look into aftermarket exhaust setups. you say you love the sound but just want it deeper, but i promise you, listen to some aftermarket setups, and you will think the stock exhaust sounds like a baby kitten compared to the symphonies of flowmaster, magnaflow, etc.

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