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Old 03-02-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Z28/SS exhaust

as you know I just got a Z28 I knew everything there was to know about the 3.8L, but Im wondering whats the best exhaust setup in Y'alls opinion? Im gonna do the full exhaust so feel free to chime in!
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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I've heard great things about the Random Tech exhaust... and, of course, evryone loves the Corsa... B&B Tri-Flow is another great one... if you dont mind the noise, the GMMG chambered exhaust is the best sounding one available, IMO

stay away from the Flowmaster... I had one and it sounded good, but it was a serious performance inhibitter.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
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i would say check out clubgp.com If you are interested in ANYTHING 3800 series engines, it is there, granted the forum is for grand prixs, but we use the same engine, so a lot of the performance parts and exhaust stuff will be the same. AT the very least you can check out the exhast section to see vids of other members setup's so you can see what sounds best to you......but a personal FYI from someone with a 3.8, beware the dreaded DRONE with custom exhaust, i dont mind so much, but i can be troublesome at times
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Agree w/ Turtle!!! Stay away from the flowmaster!

I know...I HAD ONE. Didn't like it. Didn't do a d@mn thing to help.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:08 AM   #5
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SilverTurtle Ive heard that GMMG chambered exhaust. It sounds great, but where do I buy?
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:58 AM   #6
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SilverTurtle Ive heard that GMMG chambered exhaust. It sounds great, but where do I buy?
currently, there's a group purchase going on on LS1Tech... go to LS1Tech.com and then do a search for GMMG group purchase... I think its $650 after they get the first 10 orders or something like that... I'm considering getting in on that GP

other than that, you can go to GMMGinc.net and buy directly from GMMG
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Old 03-03-2008, 12:37 PM   #7
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If you're looking at just a "cat-back", then GMMG is a good choice. I'm considering it for my SS.

I changed the complete system on my SS, (see sig.) and I like the result.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:45 PM   #8
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for price, power, and sound, you cant beat a magnaflow catback.
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I've always been partial to Gibson. But that was truck cat backs. No idea if they are as good for Camaros.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:49 PM   #10
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I had a magnaflow on my 3.8L and I loved it! I havent heard how it sounds on the 5.7L though.
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I think Magnaflow and SLP are great options for stainless catbacks. The SLP is available with a resonator or a muffler. The Loud Mouth SLP (resonator) will rasp really bad if you plan to run long tubes headers, so be forewarned.

I run QTP long tubes with their high velocity merge collectors(HVMC.) I used to have mid-length MACs, then switched to QTP standard collectors, and have ended at their HVMCs. They are T304 stainless, 1 3/4" primaries, and are about the longest primary tube headers on the market. I use QTPs catd' Y-pipe but have replaced their cats' with Magnaflow cats' and changed the orientation a little bit for better ground clearance. I have a Borla adjustable catback and use QTPs QTEC (electric cutout) and the only thing I'll end-up changing is eventually fabb'ing up my own T304 Y-pipe, merge collector, and four-inch I-pipe. I love the system because with the cutout closed, there is little to no rasp and with it open, you could hear it a mile away.

You'll spend close to $2000 for a set-up like this but it will last as long as the car and give you good power. I've made more than 360 rear wheel horse power with this setup with only an air box and a dyno tune. I have a stock long block and a big stall converter.

There are a bunch of other header and catback manufacturers. It will pay to do some research. If you want to listen to sound bites, try ls1sounds.com.
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I will deifinitly be consulting you when the time comes to buy my exhaust for the Maro.

Can you please define "long block"? I'm thinking this isn't the same as a crate motor long block vs short block.

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The SLP is available with a resonator or a muffler. The Loud Mouth SLP (resonator) will rasp really bad if you plan to run long tubes headers, so be forewarned.


If anything, adding the SLP L/T's after installing the Loudmouth only improved the sound, IMO. "rasp"????
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I will deifinitly be consulting you when the time comes to buy my exhaust for the Maro.

Can you please define "long block"? I'm thinking this isn't the same as a crate motor long block vs short block.

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I'm not expert on anything, however I'm just adicted to exhaust and information thereof

The way I referrenced long block is exactly as you are thinking.
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If anything, adding the SLP L/T's after installing the Loudmouth only improved the sound, IMO. "rasp"????
You know; I don't really have a problem with rasp, myself. It looks like you had the resonator not the actual muffler so I'm assuming yours is the more aggressive of the two. The reason I posted how I did was the concensus on other websites is the resonator-style Loudmouth just didn't sound that good to most people. If I'm correct in what you posted, I am glad you're happy with your set-up. I'm nobody to speak on someone else's preferrences Most people think of my set-up as having a lot of rasp, however, I'd bet $100 many of those people have only heard my set-up with the cutout closed; with it open, it has little to no rasp and sounds somewhat like a GMMG.

For referrence, rasp is described as a very tinny sound from the exhaust, that usually comes between 2000 and 3000 RPMs. It's generally thought of (by some) to be very irritating and annoying. I, personally, don't have a problem with it for the most part.

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I'm not expert on anything, however I'm just adicted to exhaust and information thereof

The way I referrenced long block is exactly as you are thinking.
Sooo you weren't talking about a crate motor???? And if you were, what crate motor are you talking about?

I think there is a double or triple negative in my earlier post. Kinda like three rights make a left???
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OH, and as far as adding LTs after the catback and improving the sound, I completely agree. I get less drone with my LTs and the cutout closed then I had with completely stock exhaust.
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You know; I don't really have a problem with rasp, myself. It looks like you had the resonator not the actual muffler so I'm assuming yours is the more aggressive of the two. The reason I posted how I did was the concensus on other websites is the resonator-style Loudmouth just didn't sound that good to most people. If I'm correct in what you posted, I am glad you're happy with your set-up. I'm nobody to speak on someone else's preferrences Most people think of my set-up as having a lot of rasp, however, I'd bet $100 many of those people have only heard my set-up with the cutout closed; with it open, it has little to no rasp and sounds somewhat like a GMMG.

For referrence, rasp is described as a very tinny sound from the exhaust, that usually comes between 2000 and 3000 RPMs. It's generally thought of (by some) to be very irritating and annoying. I, personally, don't have a problem with it for the most part.

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Kind of weird to see disapproval of Flowmasters.. I have Flowmaster exhaust on my Camaro and it sounds excellent, a nice horse power boost, and a lot better than other after market exhausts I've had on other cars.. Hmm never tried GMMG though.
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SLP Loudmouth FTW!!! resonator... I only wish I could buy another Ypipe and Loudmouth again for this SS...
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Kind of weird to see disapproval of Flowmasters.. I have Flowmaster exhaust on my Camaro and it sounds excellent, a nice horse power boost, and a lot better than other after market exhausts I've had on other cars.. Hmm never tried GMMG though.
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SLP Loudmouth FTW!!! resonator... I only wish I could buy another Ypipe and Loudmouth again for this SS...
Too bad you don't live closer buddy. I'd sell you the 'Loudmouth', cheap, and buy the GMMG chambered exhaust. (I always liked the look of the chambered exhaust.)
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http://www.01pewterz28.com/gmmg.html

Ok...what's the deal...can't pull up the pix for some reason. had some cool pix, though.
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I had the corsa cat back on my z28, but when i put long tubes on, the muffler cracked on the inside and sounded like crap. then I switched to the hooker cat back. I must say that it sounded awesome with the Dynatech LTs.
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I understand Corsa had that problem for a little while but warrantied the mufflers. I know that a lot of people like the Hooker CB and there are also a lot that like the Corsa. Personally, hearing a Dynatech/Corsa combination at the track did not impress me. It just kinda' sounded weird. However, many people don't like the sound on my Borla with LTs, so... let alone the tips.

I believe the problem many people have regarding Flowmaster is with only the crossflow design they use on the F-body. I've read flow tests and dyno sheet that show significant restrictions with this particular model that Flowmaster produces. I don't think many people have a problem with their regular mufflers though, where the inlet and outlets are on opposite side. I've had both two-chamber and single-chamber Flowmasters on my LT1 and like them both. I found the single-chamber to actually sound a little better with my SLPs shorties than with the two-chambers. Maybe it was because the single-chamber was a Delta Flow, I don't know, but the main thing against Flowmaster is really only the crossflow.

Hey, if you like it, good for you. It's your car and your money
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