: Exhaust question........



85_fleetwood
06-12-06, 11:47 AM
So, I was underneath my 85 fleetwood replacing the rear shocks and I noticed that the pipe going into the muffler somehow broke off where it actually connects to the muffler and it looks like the only way to fix it is to replace the muffler.

This car has the HT4100 in it, so it by no means has any kind of muscle to it. I thought if I installed a FLOWMASTERr, maybe I could at least fool someone into thinking it's got something worthwhile under the hood.

Do flowmasters actually improve performance or gas mileage any? Would I be attempting to "polish a turd" by having one of these installed?

scurling
06-13-06, 02:47 PM
85:

IMHO...it's all about immage with a vehicle of our size. The average person has no idea what type of engine or power is under your hood, so don't worry about the "polished turd" complex. If you like the sound of a deep exhaust rumble, I say go for it. It will give a a few more HP in the process which can't hurt, but the sound is what your after. ;)

Destroyer
06-13-06, 05:12 PM
So, I was underneath my 85 fleetwood replacing the rear shocks and I noticed that the pipe going into the muffler somehow broke off where it actually connects to the muffler and it looks like the only way to fix it is to replace the muffler.

This car has the HT4100 in it, so it by no means has any kind of muscle to it. I thought if I installed a FLOWMASTERr, maybe I could at least fool someone into thinking it's got something worthwhile under the hood.

Do flowmasters actually improve performance or gas mileage any? Would I be attempting to "polish a turd" by having one of these installed?
I actually heard a 4.1 with a Flowmaster and in sounded ok. Far as the mileage goes, yes technically an exaust that breathes freely should help but the fact that you always want to hear the exhaust at WOT doesn't.

BluEyes
06-14-06, 11:53 AM
Depends on if you like or hate that flowmaster sound. I always thought the sound clips on their website were really bad recordings or something untill I heard one in person and realised that the recordings were accurate, unfortunately.
Personally I preferr the super-turbo style muffler. They are available at a fraction of the price of a flowmaster and are equally free-flowing.

As far as sound being an indicator of performance... 99% of cars out there are stock under the hood (not counting red/yellow plug wires on ricers) so don't worry about it. The odds are that most cars you have been hearing with a nice rumble are all muffler. (or no muffler, haha)

Changing the muffler only might free up a bit of power, but you've still got the stock exhaust hooked up to it (I'm assuming). If you want to get some noticable gains, ask what it would cost for a 2.5" mandrel bent exhaust and a hi-flow cat. Losing the factorys crimp bends and small piping will really free things up.

Destroyer
06-14-06, 05:03 PM
As far as sound being an indicator of performance... 99% of cars out there are stock under the hood (not counting red/yellow plug wires on ricers) so don't worry about it. The odds are that most cars you have been hearing with a nice rumble are all muffler. (or no muffler, haha)

Yeah, like every damn Dodge ram owner thinks he needs to put on a loud ass muffler. As if they didn't look hillbilly enough with the confederate flag in the back window!.

85_fleetwood
06-14-06, 08:05 PM
(or no muffler, haha)



I've got an Escort GT that has no muffler and it sounds superb!!!!