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I have a 96 Vulcan and I am looking to do an exhaust upgrade. Is it worth it to go with a dual system off a duratec? Also, does anyone know if magnaflow mufflers are any good? I want a little rumble, but not any rasp and not too loud. Also, does anyone know what I can use to cut aluminum intake tubing (for my CAI)? Thanks!
 
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The duals will not add any power, just looks. I like the look of duals, so I plan on installing a SHO system on my 97. I have no experience with the Magnaflows, but most of the people that have Flowmaster 40's like them. I've used Summit Turbo's on my SHO, and they sounded nice. Cheap too, about $15 each.

For the intake tubing, you can use either an exhaust pipe cutter (I think Autozone rents them), or a hacksaw.
 
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I'll put a vote in for Flowmaster 40's.


Click on the link in my sig to "My TCCA Pics" and download myexhaust.wav and listen to it. That's what my 2001 Vulcan sounds like with a Flowmaster 40 Series DeltaFlow muffler. I don't think it's too noisy (on the inside anyways).
 

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MagnaFlows are pretty loud. I have four on my SHO. One just after Y-pipe, one next to the gas tank and two at the end. I still set off some car alarms in parking garages. The fourth muffler was necessary to get rid of the rasp when I installed the SHO Shop 2.5" mandrel bent cat back on the SHO. If you stick to the stock pipes and add the MagnaFlow it will sound better, without the rasp.

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How would your dual system be hooked up? Does anybody know the diameter of the downpipe used on the taurii? I've never had a dual exhaust on any of my taurii, but if I'm not mistaken, they start from the cat-back. The one way you'd see results from a dual system is if you had a larger pipe pre-cat, or a bigger/higher flow cat. That's where the biggest bottleneck is, trust me. The cats on my SR20 choked about 70-80 HP top end (no kidding). Granted it is a turbocharged engine, but it still shows where your bottleneck will be.

In short, duals will do little to nothing for you unless you take care of 'em before the catalytic converter, then you might see a little bump in horsies and torque.

Cutting aluminum is quite easy, as stated before. A hacksaw, or a bandsaw, will do nicely for your application, then sand it down to get that nice, clean edge. Whatever you do, though, DO NOT USE A CUTOFF WHEEL OR ANY ROTARY TOOL USED TO CUT STEEL. They will break into many pieces, scaring the living bejeezus out of you and anybody around you. Plus you'll ruin a perfectly good cutoff wheel... (Yes, I speak from experience... Don't ask)
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. I am probably going to go w/ the Flows, but I think the 40 Series might be too loud. Anyone heard a 50 series setup on a vulcan Taurus? They're supposed to be a bit quieter w/ the same performance.

BTW, about those Summit turbo mufflers - they're pretty cheap - anyone heard anything good or bad about them?
 

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*please dont shoot me* I have never really like flowmasters. I see the inside of those things and i wonder "where the heck is the flow here??"
 

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Originally posted by socom58@Mar 24 2004, 01:25 AM
BTW, about those Summit turbo mufflers - they're pretty cheap - anyone heard anything good or bad about them?
They are good. They aren't stainless, though, so you'll be replacing them a few years down the road. However, they flow very well... better than some $70+ mufflers. A few V8SHOers have them and like them for the sound and performance. Since they are a regular turbo muff, they won't be as loud as an open chamber or straight-through muff.
 

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Summit Mufflers have a smaller case than the stock muffler. Could a muffler shop put the proper piping on it so that it can reuse the stock hanger? Also, the pipe on the smallest Summit muffler is a 2.25" and the G2 piping is 2". Would that be a problem?
 

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Originally posted by Qwertz9586@Mar 24 2004, 08:12 PM
Also, the pipe on the smallest Summit muffler is a 2.25" and the G2 piping is 2". Would that be a problem?
...Precisely the reason why my Summits are still in the garage. It can be done fairly easily by a muffler shop, but it would be a pain if you planned on doing it yourself. You'd have to install reducers, which would mean an extra set of clamps, or an extra weld; or you could try a tailpipe expander, but 1/4"+ would be a stretch (oh, a delicious pun!
) for that stainless tubing. OK, it might not be too hard, but I'm not about to hack up my stock pipes to see how easily that pipe stretches. My pipes are 1-7/8" so that would mean even more stretching.

As far as the length goes, that's easy. Pipe is cheap.
And the shop can tack weld the hangers on in about 5 minutes.
 

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BTW - does anyone know the stock pipe diameter on a Gen 3 Taurus? I think it's 2.25", but I'm not sure.
 

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G3 pipe is 2.25".

Back to the G2 pipes, couldn't the extra room in the Summit muffler slide over the existing 2" pipe and weld around the gap so it seals? And then just use 2.25" piping from the muffler to the exhaust tip. And a muffler shop could do this easily cheaply?
 

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I have a gen3 (96 Vulcan), so this would be super easy for me in the regards that I could easily stretch the Summit pipe to go over the stock diameter exhaust? Or better yet the stock exhaust over the muffler?
 
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