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Flowmaster options for 2.3L Duratec

I want my 2.3L to be slightly louder than stock, but I don't want it to sound like a bumble bee. Do y'all have suggestions on which muffler I need? I found a youtube video of Flowmaster 40s on a 2.3, but it is a little louder than I want. Thanks!
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I;ve found the Thrush Turbo, which can be had at Advance/Discount around here for $30, is a nice quiet muffler with a nice roar.

I had one on my 2.2l Horizon, with 2.5" pipes turbo back, same when I had my old 2.3 Turbo Coupe, no cats on either. My buddy has one on his 1.9l Escort on the stock exhaust and it's super quiet, but sounds good.

It's cheap, and you can get a shop to weld up a whole exhaust for under $200. Well I know around here you can.

If GA has emissions laws, seeing how new your truck is, just do a cat back.
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A 3 chamber would be my suggestion.
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I have the Dynomax on my 2.3L and I can attest that it gives a slightly deeper sound, but definaely not a Flowmaster sound. I think that the Thrush is good because it is cheap and offers some of the same designs, but the Dynomax sounds better. I had it welded on for thirty bucks and it sounds great.
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I have Flowmasters behind the 302, and you can definitely distinguish the flowmaster sound.

The Thrush is good bang for the buck, That's why I always used it.

I've yet to pay more than $150 for a mandrel bent full exhaust, including the Thrush.
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Thanks for your input guys! The guy at the muffler shop didn't have the Flowmaster 50 in stock (the one I was expecting to get). I did end up with the 40. It is louder than I planned, but I think I'll like it. It sounds good from inside the truck. From the outside it sounds good while idling, but I'd like to hear it with someone else driving.
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Are you using just stock pipe on it and just swapped out mufflers?
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Yes sir!
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I see. I have a Flowmaster 40 sitting on the floor of my garage. I took my stock pipe off though after the muffler cause it was hanging low and rusty.
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Yeah, I hear ya. Mine was still in really good shape, as the truck is only 5 years old.
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The 50 series is supposed to be a little quieter and less aggressive correct?
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I have 50's on my Ranger, and it's quiet as hell.

So I'm curious to know that myself.
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The 50 series is supposed to be a little quieter and less aggressive correct?
That is correct. The 40 series is a two chamber, and if I'm not mistaken the 50 series is a three chamber.
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Here is a link I found helpful with info on all the different flowmaster options. Pages 9-12 give a good comparison of each.

http://www.flowmastermufflers.com/pdf/catalog.pdf
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Can you take a video of the sound of yours?
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Sure! I just shot 2 clips. Now I just have to figure out how to get em on here! lol
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Nickskates4life - think you could post a sound clip?
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