So, I've been looking at different mufflers for my FX4. A 40 series is a little to loud, a borla is a little expensive. So, I decided to try out the Hooker Aero Chamber.
To the best of my knowledge (with all the searching I did), I'm the first to try this on a Ranger. I ordered it (Single 2 1/2 offset in./Single 2 1/2 in. center out) off of Summit for $65.95. Great price, and like always, Summit is a great company. It came from Summit within 2 days, and the first thing I thought when I took it out of the box is, "Damn, this thing is heavy." As you can see from the picture above, this muffler is well built and it has the weight to prove it. Also, this is a chambered muffler but, when you look through the inlet, it's almost a straight shot.
I took it to the local muffler shop to bend the pipe for it. The guy at the shop made the comment that he thinks the muffler is heavier then the rest of the truck. I had him do 2 1/2 cat back with the exit in front of the rear pass. side wheel. The finished work looks good except the muffler hangs down a little farther then I like but, it's only about a inch below my driveshaft, so it isn't to bad.
The pitch of the muffler is perfect for the person who doesn't want to be to loud while still turning heads when you drive by. The in cab noise is amazingly quiet. You can hear it while taking off from a stop light, but once up to speed (even on the freeway), my tires are louder inside the cab then the exhaust. Outside the truck while driving, idk how loud it is yet because nobody else drives my truck, but I could hear the muffler guy (in a fairly large shop) start the truck up, pull it around on the far side of the building, and park it.
The sound of the muffler is great. At low RPMs, it sound almost like a V8. When you get on the truck, it starts getting a higher pitch like you would expect from a V6, but nowhere near annoying.
This is a great muffler that many haven't heard of yet or just have overlooked. The flow of the muffler is very high and much better then flowmaster. It is built strong and can withstand off-roading. Plus, it sounds awesome. The only downfall is it's size and weight.
Ok, have a sound clip. Sorry about the quality.....it was taken with a digital camera and not a camcorder but you get the idea.
Ranger With Aero Chamber