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Planning on picking up the dual stainless exhaust from Trubendz this week.
http://www.mandrelexhaustsystems.com/servlet/the-314/98-dsh-04-DODGE-INTREPID-DUAL/Detail

Goal: Deep and smooth sound, no rasp, least amount of drone, loud but not obnoxiously loud.

Wondering what the best set up would be as far as getting rid of the front/first resonator.
1) Replace it with 2 x 2.25 in, 2.5 out Magnaflow muffler.
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2) Replace it with Magnaflow y-pipe into a Magnaflow straight through resonator.

I'm thinking the first option may be easier and cheaper, what is your guys' opinion?

Here's some visuals...
Setup 1:

Setup 2:
 

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I would think the 2nd option would be more expensive, but probably less of a chance of drone and still sound pretty good..the first option might be louder, but perhaps more chance of drone...I would think the sound would be good unless you hit the 2000-3000 rpm band...then the drone would be there but go away after 2800-3000 rpm...I know in my mustang as soon as I hit about 1900 rpm thru 2800 rpm it gets HELLA loud and sometimes drones if I don't shift right away....now for me personally , I like that unless I'm driving and can't shift for whatever reason....but going under overpasses or in tunnels...its awesome! And I scare the **** out of quite a few other drivers which is hilarious! Haven't caused any accidents yet, but got alot of middle fingers!! haha.....the trep is NO mustang....but it does rev sorta high in normal driving so if u don't want much drone I'd probably keep a front resonator....
 

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The way it's setup in the car is like example #1. However, instead of a collector they call it a resonator. No clue on which one would be better. But IMO resonators aren't a bad thing to have.
 

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Nah the collector Id have to buy separately and have the shop weld it on. Trubendz would supply the Y-pipe and resonator in setup 2 though...
 

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Hmm, I've got no idea which setup would be better.

I'm glad that you're going with Trubendz. I always cringe when I see a local shop job with pinched bends. I'll be getting a Mandrel tubing kit from them when I do my exhaust job eventually.
 

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I made a y-pipe for my car that immediately goes into a 2.5" Magnaflow XL offset muffler. It's a straight through muffler with the offset. It killed all drone my car made. I kind of added some back with a Flowmaster 40 at the back.

I tried a few different setups on my car. Basically it needs a resonator or muffler as close to the front as possible. I think either option you have will work fine for resonance. 1 would be quieter overall. But 2 would definetly flow a bit better and have less chance of drone. IMO
 

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my plan was to cut off the front resonator, replace with stainless tubing...replace everything else...using a stainless X-pipe, 2.5" stainless tubing and go into 2 Borla Stainless mufflers and out 3" into pretty much tips the same as my R/T has now....should sound nice and loud like I like it!!
 

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What about opening the factory resonator up and fabbing it to flow straighter rather than forcing exhaust into a wall and making it find its way out? Even completely hollowed out would flow better. It could even be done thrush dynomax style and flow basically straight through but have the perforation in the tubes with either glass or steel wool around it to deaden sound. Flowmasters should truly be called Slowmasters. They are loud but disrupt flow. I put a dynomax on my jeep and was impressed with the power and sound. It isn't to loud and annoying, but you can hear it and it sounds good. I haven't looked at magnaflow yet.
If I could weld or even had a welder I would be cutting my extra exhaust up right now and experimenting. But for sure that first resonator could be modified to flow much better. I can look at it and see power being robbed
 

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My dynomax muffler and Walker Tail pipe were made in USA. It is important to me to buy US made products or from countries that are decent to workers. Buying from china is supporting child labor and slave labor and overall poor work conditions. I do know that Thrush has some cheap stuff made in foriegn countries, and refuse to buy them. China is not alone in using child labor, slave labor, and extremely intimidating and shitty work conditions. Even the cargo ships that are extremely innefficient help push your cost at the gas pump higher. It is everyones moral responsibility to stand up for workers rights, and overall morals. Turning a blind eye and not wanting to know or pretending not to know is just as bad as doing it yourself. Even if you don't care about people across the globe you have to understand the effects of supporting bad morals will come right back to your neighborhood. Corporate CEO's get bonuses for running companies into the dirt, then the companies get our tax money to bail them out. Without investing back into our country that runs out as well. While these fat cats live like kings the common workers suffer. Please take moral responsibility on yourselves and dont just pass the buck or blame down or up the line. We all have to be accountable.
 

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Personally I love the sound of the factory Special set-up. I have always wondered how you can possibly know if an aftermarket set-up will sound like how you want it too, I mean how do you know ahead of time without spending all the $$ and then starting it up and going, "Oh crap, that sounds horrible"?
 

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Personally I love the sound of the factory Special set-up. I have always wondered how you can possibly know if an aftermarket set-up will sound like how you want it too, I mean how do you know ahead of time without spending all the $$ and then starting it up and going, "Oh crap, that sounds horrible"?
Well at first that's pretty much where you start from, but after being around enough tinkering you begin to get an understanding of how certain components alter the sound. It's still somewhat of a crap shoot, but less so.

There is a reason that a lot of people swap out individual components after building their initial full exhaust. I personally still haven't even started an exhaust system because I'm constantly listening to other setups and changing my mind. At this point I'm pretty solid on my design, just need to man up and do it.
 

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Well at first that's pretty much where you start from, but after being around enough tinkering you begin to get an understanding of how certain components alter the sound. It's still somewhat of a crap shoot, but less so.

There is a reason that a lot of people swap out individual components after building their initial full exhaust. I personally still haven't even started an exhaust system because I'm constantly listening to other setups and changing my mind. At this point I'm pretty solid on my design, just need to man up and do it.
I see, I see, so without the experience or tinkering piece by piece, it IS a crap shoot, lol! Glad I have never taken it on and that I already love the sound of my car then!!
 

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I kept the OEM resonator and just changed out the muffler with a flowmaster 80 then duel out... I find it sounds nice with no drone.
 

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I kept the OEM resonator and just changed out the muffler with a flowmaster 80 then duel out... I find it sounds nice with no drone.
The safe route with tinkering is just to pull the muffler and swap it with an aftermarket one. It's easy and not that expensive.
 
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