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Muffler/Rear Resonators

What's the difference between a muffler and a rear resonator. I need a universal muffler for my 2000. I decided to go with Borla.
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Traditionally, a muffler has the exhaust exiting the inlet pipe through many small holes into the muffler body, then again through small holes into the outlet pipe. Multi chambered is an apt description.
A resonator is typically a straight through design, with a single perforated tube from inlet to outlet.
Now let me add that many manufacturers use both names interchangebly. The stock resonator on a 1st gen 3.5 is multi chambered, the ones on a 300 Special are straight through.
It's a bit of a crap shoot to get the sound/performance from a system without being able to test it first.
One of several experiences I've had with exhaust mods was a surprise. I removed the stock (read "restrictive") multi chamber muffler from my Kawasaki 4 stroke dirt bike, (KLX300), replaced it with a straight through model packed with fiberglass and have a much quieter yet high flow system.
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Oregionlly they Resonators were designed to control noise quality, (like the drone) and to control exhaust sound tone. Most after market companies have been combining the two into one unit.
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Oregionlly they Resonators were designed to control noise quality, (like the drone) and to control exhaust sound tone. Most after market companies have been combining the two into one unit.
Does this mean that the resonator can be taken out of the exhaust and replaced with a straight pipe and muffler alone, without any back pressure problems? Will it be louder without the resonator? Will the in cab noise be louder if it is taken out as well?
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Yes you can omit the Rear resonators (I did this It freed up room for Air tanks, and comprssor for my air bag system). It will be a tiny bit louder but nothing that you will hear from inside the car only when staning by the rear trunk. I have a simple Rino muffler and a magnaflo collector. by adding a small glass pack between them elemenats the drone.
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