I agree with that sentiment, even on my 94 Mazda B3000, took off the stock muffler and replaced with a Flowmaster Delta Flow 40-series, the sound was barely louder than stock. Tried some other mufflers I had access to and same result, ran it straight out of the cats for about two days, sounded the best there, but way too loud and raspy. My final thoughts were to just run a small resonator. The Vulcan uncorked is a wonderful sound..FFVVulcanPowah (Mark) went through like 80 different setups and essentially came down to the "Ford didnt **** this up" conclusion. His current exhaust sounds great and works great too.
Since you got a 97, Just replacing the muffler with a Flowmaster wont be too loud (just dont mess with the resonators and cats.).. however whats Loud to me may not be whats loud to you.Thanks guys. I'm also looking into the Flowmaster Delta Flow 40, or something similar, but I'm worried about the sound. I'm in college so I don't have the money to throw around to try a bunch of them. I'm looking for an aggressive sound, but not unbearably loud inside.
I have a catless y-pipe, and no 3rd cat. No gutted ones, here.I really like FFVulcan's exhaust setup, which keeps the stock 2.25" piping, replaces the stock resonator with a Magnaflow 4" round muffler and a Magnaflow 3-chamber muffler at the rear. He also gutted some cats (Can't remember which ones) and the end result was a sound some people said sounded like a G35.