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Flowmaster super 44....Underwhelming

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I had a super 44 put on my 2003 ranger and it's barely louder than stock if I'm in the car. If I didn't know better I wouldn't even know it had an aftermarket muffler. It's only kinda loud if your outside the car facing the tailpipe. I didn't want it crazy loud and obnoxious like some straight piped trucks, but I wanted to at least get some nice rumble. I'm definitely not 'hearing the thunder' as advertised on the flowmaster box.

Am I missing something here? Also from the look of it the truck has like FOUR cats which seems ridiculously excessive imo. 2 mini cats after each manifold, a combined Y-pipe cat and then one more after that.

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I have a Flowmaster 40 and it's plenty loud for me. I don't know how much different the 40 and Super 44 are anyway
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It should get louder with break-in. Patience grasshopper.
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its also a ranger it wont rumble
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It should get louder with break-in. Patience grasshopper.
How can a flowmaster break-in? Will soot buildup on the baffles make it louder or something. Anyway I wasn't expecting an awesome V8 rumble or anything. I was expecting to at least hear something different while driving around. It literally doesn't sound much different than stock except for a slight droning at certain rpm ranges. I can floor the pedal while driving around and still not hear much from the exhaust. The only time I really hear anything is when I start it on a cold morning and hear the high idle from outside of the truck. I've looked it up and it seems like lots of people have had this problem with the super 44's being too quite.

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after mine broke in it got louder
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What pipe setup are you running?

I had a super 44 on mine, and had duals out the back with 3 inch tips. Was loud.
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not to sound like a dick but is ur hearing ok? and the 40 series is louder then a super 44
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my super 44 is far from quiet. it definitely doesn't sound anything like stock. what kind of set-up are you running?
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^^^ i will back you on this i think chris truck sounds great i need to get mine set up like your buddy
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my super 44 is far from quiet. it definitely doesn't sound anything like stock. what kind of set-up are you running?
Well actually it has been sounding slightly louder lately. Idk if it's due to a break-in period or me just knowing what sound to listen for. Still it's really not all that noticeable from inside the truck. Outside it's somewhat better sounding with the traditional flowmaster sound, but still nothing particularly attention grabbing. My hearing is pretty good and my family/friends all think that the car is pretty melow sounding too. My main complaint is the lack of sound response when I step on the pedal.

As far as setup is concerned I have the stock setup with just the flowmaster instead of the factory muffler. Maybe I need to hack off two of the cats and put in 1 high flow universal cat or something. I'm not looking to spend big $$$ on this and go true duals or anything.
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just get rid of the exshaust pipe after the muffler and put a turn down on it, you'll hear it then cheap and easy fix lol
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A muffler alone isn't going to give you any huge differences unless the factory is horribly restrictive. Sound wise, it's only going to get so loud with the cats intact. I have the Super 44's and I put a resonator tip on it and it's got the perfect tone that I was looking for. NOT to loud or obnoxious.
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STRAIGHT PIPE IT
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Mine was annoying loud when it was just dumped under the truck. Running pipes out the back will quiet it down in the cab, it should easily be louder than stock though.
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^^^ i will back you on this i think chris truck sounds great i need to get mine set up like your buddy
thanks man! and yes you do.


and to the op i would get a different set up after the muffler. mines a single in dual out and it goes to two tips out the back.
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^^ again agree


you need to get a single in dual out muffler and some 2.25 inch pipe and some nice 3 inch about 12-18 inch tips w.e the longest you can fit and it will be louder.


i run my trust straight piped out the side in front of the rear tire and its annoying as hell on the highway and its hard as hell to talk on the phone in my truck
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^^ again agree


you need to get a single in dual out muffler and some 2.25 inch pipe and some nice 3 inch about 12-18 inch tips w.e the longest you can fit and it will be louder.


i run my trust straight piped out the side in front of the rear tire and its annoying as hell on the highway and its hard as hell to talk on the phone in my truck
thats the exact set up i have. just make sure if you live anywhere that they put down salt and crap on the roads get stainless steel tips. i dropped the extra coin on them and im glad i did. i wouldnt have tips right now if i had just gotten chrome.
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yea i have stainless ones too and im so glad
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Dude just get under the truck and start stabbing holes in the pipe with a screw driver or take the bolts out of your exhaust manifold.
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Dude just get under the truck and start stabbing holes in the pipe with a screw driver or take the bolts out of your exhaust manifold.
Aside from simultaneously deafening and asphyxiating myself that sounds like a plan Anyway I'm thinking about sawzalling out the 2 main cats and then having the muffler shop weld in 1 high-flow metal cored bullet cat. That outta liven things up.
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