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Should i run an x-pipe with or without cats with hooker longtubes?

Sometime next month I am going to be getting hooker longtube headers for my 03 GT and was jus wondering if i should run cats or go with the the off-road x pipe. Also does anyone on here have the hooker longtubes and how do they sound


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Depends on your local laws. Offroad will not pass any type of inspection, and will be a lot louder. So if you have to deal with inspection (and in VA, I know you do) or there's local noise ordinances, you may want to go catted. The horsepower difference between the two, as long as good quality high flow cats are used is negligible, so the main difference you're going to see is the price and the sound.


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What mufflers do you have? You need to consider the muffler type (chambered, resonator, etc.) when you're deciding on the midpipe. Some people don't like how a certain midpipe will match with a certain muffler. Check Youtube for some different setups if you don't already know what you want.

And like Bullitt said, in VA you have to have cats. But it all depends on who does your inspection

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I've got Flowmaster 2-chambered mufflers, but im not worried about legaility, im good friends with the inspector. I tried you tube but there aren't many videos with the longtube hookers. will not having cats be obnoxiously loud?

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The videos don't have to be specific to Hooker longtubes. Do a search for any longtube headers with o/r x-pipe and Flowmaster mufflers. That will get you a great example of what it will sound like.

Then search for that same setup with an o/r h-pipe and hear the difference.

Depends on your definition of obnoxious. Do you want to hear your passenger or your car?

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I just don't want anything thats gonna get me pulled for bein so loud. What are some less expensive brands that are a good quality as the hooker headers? the ones i am looking at are $920, i definitely want ceramic coated tho

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