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Free Flow' exhaust...

Yes, free Flow' -- as in free Flowmaster, lol.

I have rumble-envy: Whenever I hear everyone elses truck I get jealous that my truck doesn't sound like that. I really notice it in videos. Even the 3.0's sound deeper and "bigger".

So, I asked the motorheads in the Facilities department (who have built, wrecked, dismantled, raced more vehicles than all of us put together) if they had any old Flow's laying around, Chava (one of the mechanics) said he had a couple of 40's laying around. I asked him what he wanted for one of them and he said I could have one because what he was going to use them for didn't pan out and he salvaged them from his buddy's junkyard for free.

They're even 2.5" both ends, like my exhaust currently is.

Doesn't matter too much the inlet/outlet configuration since I dump it after the muffler anyway.

If I don't like it long term, I can cut it off and give it back to him. Might be too loud in the cab since it's a "traditional" 40 and not the newer ones. But hey, it'll be fun.

Used is no problem since the bloody things last forever and are built like an armored car.
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awsome.... free is always good. i just found someone giving away a superchip from craigslist. that saved me a good hunk o money
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lol! I saw that. I'd LOVE to find one of those. What did you decide to do with it? Are you going to just try it?
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well for now it will sit on my desk here for another month or so. but when i get home i'll throw it on and see what happens. id really like to do some power mods before i get doug to work his magic though
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Cool. That's what I'd do.

Just noticed your signature about being trucklesss -- my sympathy, lol!
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nice..

I need to get new exhaust. Im lookin at the flow master 40's to.
Tell me what you think
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free is good i had a flow on my ranger 4.0 and it was far too droney and loud in the cab. i had a flowmaster on my new truck too and actually lost torque with it and got a very raspy exhaust note. now i run magnaflow on everything. but hey, for the price, who can complain!!
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free is good i had a flow on my ranger 4.0 and it was far too droney and loud in the cab. i had a flowmaster on my new truck too and actually lost torque with it and got a very raspy exhaust note. now i run magnaflow on everything. but hey, for the price, who can complain!!
Bob what configuration did you have it in on your ranger. Was it duals out the back or dumped or what. I wanna do a flow on mine and just do a side exit cuz I can do all that myself.
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John, don't you have a magnaflow or something nice like that as it is?
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John's got a Dynomax..

Let us/me know what you think of the Flow! I have the same Dynomax as you and would like your comparison!
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Bob what configuration did you have it in on your ranger. Was it duals out the back or dumped or what. I wanna do a flow on mine and just do a side exit cuz I can do all that myself.
i had it out the side in front of the tire. it looked cool but very loud.

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Mine will be dumped under the truck and if it doesn't work out I'll put up with it for awhile.

What I think I'd like is the super 40 or the 50 series because the cab resonance is less. If I replace the 40, I'll just give it back to Chava for his "junk pile".

Still, with all the bloody cats on a 3.0, and the smaller engine, I'm not thinking it's going to be very loud at all.

And yes, Colin, I have the Dynomax which has been a great muffler but I'm starting to want "that sound", lol.
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John's got a Dynomax..

Let us/me know what you think of the Flow! I have the same Dynomax as you and would like your comparison!
if you really want, when i get home we can swap sometime to see whats it like. i was thinking about going to dynomax or a magnaflow as opposed to the flow
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Too loud, Alon?
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Too loud, Alon?
i acutally like it, but my parents and grandparents think it is kidna loud. its interesting, after i dumped it i think it got quieter than when i had the pipe all the way out the back

i like how the flow sounds, but i just want to see what else there is... its been two years with this.
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My wife will probably think it's too loud, lol. She'll get used to it I think -- she's gotten used to everything else (the lift and large tires was the hardest because of the issue of getting in the truck).
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Give me a call when you get back Alon, we'll have a mufler swap day..lol..
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John, if you dump a flowmaster you are going to lose power from my experience. Its better to run out the back with a flowmaster unless you have a race motor in a street rod and even then its not good.
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Well I'm not running a tailpipe and the 3.0 has MORE cats than the 4.0, lol, which should keep my backpressure up okay. I keep tearing tailpipes off...

If it's a problem, I'll do something else, or bash in my turndown to cause more backpressure, lol.
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Thats awesome......When i took my truck into the dealer to get the rear brakes checked out today, i was standing behind my truck, and he started it, i was like holy sh*t?!?!?! thats my truck?!?!?! it sounded so awesome, even since i have never heard it since it was new and "not broke in" so now it is, and i defenitly need a new sound clip, because it sounds wayyyy more throatier now.

Glad you'll be happy with the new exhaust. ;-)
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i hope you like your new exhaust john. i cant wait till i get mine i going to do something alittle different i going to try flow hushpower II on mine
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I saw those -- they're the ones with the "jets" inside. That's a completely different technology of silencing for Flowmaster over their other stuff. I'm curious to hear one of those for real. I thought it sounded pretty cool in concept and they look "compact" and maybe easier to fit in tight places if you had to route things differently or whatever.
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im curious to hear what they sound like to so i going to try them out and if i dont like it i take it off and but back the stock. i dont want something to loud because my neighbors will complain and im hoping this will be a little louder than stock.
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It's supposed to be a "mellow" tone. Shouldn't be too loud, I don't think. At least, not according to the "charts" they have.
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Well, I got the Flowmaster 40 (an "old school" 40 at that, as the guy that gave it to me said) and it sounds GREAT.

However, it is NOT very loud -- something I've seen with other 3.0 Rangers with the amazing 5 catalytic converters: 4 preheaters and one main CAT.

But it sounds GREAT and I was able to use my same wrap-around clamp that secured my Dynomax. It had pips welded to it that were the right size for my turndown and cat pipe to slide over so I haven't welded it -- just clamped it to the stubs (which were welded to the Flowmaster.)

I no longer have "rumble envy".

Interestingly, where the band wraped around my Dynomax, the outer shell was completely rotted. Doesn't matter much as that part is decorative with the Dynomax name pressed into it. Below that is the real "structural" shell of the muffler and it was intact. But that thin outer wrap rotted through in the 3 years since I mounted it.

I expect this Flow', even though an "oldie", to last a long time -- they're very well built.
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