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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Exhaust brand - which one and worth it? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; good morning guys. I have a lead on bassani, magnaflow, gibson, flowmaster. I love the throaty sound from the mashing ...
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    Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    good morning guys.
    I have a lead on bassani, magnaflow, gibson, flowmaster.

    I love the throaty sound from the mashing of the pedal.. I want to keep the low torque roar I hear inside, and want a good exhaust to compliment that. One that is tame at idle and at pampering, but one that awakens when requested but that does not cause too much disturbing resonance in the cab. Has a borla on my 99 vette and at highway speed is was disturbing.

    these are all cat-back. is it worth the money, is it all sound or is there any noteworthy hp gains? I have K&N. Do headers (straight bolt on if they exist) add to that awsome rumble? or is it all the exhaust.

    I loved nothing more than the sound of the C5R.

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    Magnaflow FTW! You will probably see little to no gains from a CAI and Catback though.

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    is it the headers? or the exhaust for the sound or hp. IS there a setup that is all bolt on or must the cats be replaced? What gives the deep throaty rumble under hard accel?

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    Cat-Back is just sound, Headers are sound and HP. Any long tube headers you get will need the cats replaced but most of the long tube headers come with high flow cat replacements. I would say the EASIEST swaps would be B&B Headers/cats witb B&B Catback or Kooks Headers/cats with Corsa Catback.

    I think that when I added headers my WOT got a little more high pitched then it did when I just had the cat-back.

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    You won't duplicate the sound of a C5R unless you shorten the overall length and go to three inch headers (B&B).

    I wouldn't look for serious HP gains from the exhaust, but it will come in handy when you do engine mods.

    I went from stock to CORSA.

    Then B&B headers (orig shorter type with cats) to CORSA.

    Then B&B headers (LT newer type), no cats + X pipe full exhaust system

    WHOO HOO!, but stopped three times and ticketed once (excessive noise).

    Then B&B headers (LT) + cats + resonator (swapped out X pipe).

    Sounded ok and I got looks + no Johnny law stopping me.

    Current: replaced the resonator with the X pipe.

    WHOO HOO! (but I watch my WOT's now).

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    i've listened to many (rather crappy) audio clips on youtube and I think the borla suonds the smoothest and deepest.. i had the splitfire on my 99 vette hardtop... loved it except the awful resonance at about 2000 rpm - 6th on highway - go fig.. thoughts? headers at to throatyness? woth the $ ?

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    If you are just looking for a better sound get RT high flow cats and a catback and don't waste your money on headers. $1200 plus tuning is a LOT of $$$ for a sound increase.

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    thanks heavy ! the points are well taken.. must look at the whole system. If cats are included with headers then will any cat back work at that point? or will there be welding of the sort? I think I want to stick to the eepnedd of the borla. have you herad the audio. try ctsv borla on you tube it is a red V, all the others seem too sound too hollow and not rich. of course the quality of the recordings is subjective.

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    I have BORLA headers on Mr. Vette and it sounds pretty good with the stock Ti exhaust.

    I have a friend with bullets and when he raps on it his Vette sounds downright nasty.

    Only thing to consider IMHO is: are you going to mod the motor later?

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    sorry for the awful spelling.. i cut my finger bad when installing the short throw and my typing is 1 finger off. i meant deepness of the borla. no pain no gain

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    Here is a link to the You tube on my V at idle.



    At about the 2:11 mark the rpms increase (not by much but you can get an idea of why I got stopped!)

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    Zoomers are VERRY deep.

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    kooks and corsa!

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    Re: Exhaust brand - which one and worth it?

    Full B&B: Long tubes, high flow cats, x-pipe, mufflers.

    NOTHING will ever sound better than this. It is the loudest, the deepest, and has the most roar. Videos don't do it justice, but here's one anyway: http://www.jon04ctsv.com/videos/PITL-5-23-09.html

    (this is just my opinion of course)

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    damn Jon look at you drive!

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