1997 Silverado 5.7 with Flowmaster50's
Recent addition of Flowmaster50 dual exhaust is more pleasing to the ear than the stock exhaust but, I can't help but wonder what it would sound like with the Flowmaster50's replaced with straight pipes. I grew up with the 50's Chevy V8's and "glasspacks". All the dual exhaust systems I remember had a much better sound than the mufflers of today. Today's sound is a hollow echo chamber rather than a "mellow burble". What would a good choice be for more audio and less "echo" chamber. Louder is better!
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Just flowmasters with straight pipes and no cats would be obnoxious to drive after the first ten minutes I would think.
That thought had occured to me but I would sure like to hear it before spending 'mo money. Don't mind spending some $ to get the right result but jeeeez I hate to buy and try 6 different combos to get to the finish line. I was going to get the 40's but the muffler guy talked me out of it due to the in-cab resonance issues with the 40's.
I still get a little of that in the cab but I keep thinkin "it's resonating IN the mufflers so get rid of them"! It would be relatively low cost to just take the Flowmaster out and replace with a straight pipe. I think I'll try it. I can always get the Flowmasters put back if my windows start cracking.
Thanks for the conversation
But seriously, it's important to test the sound/resonance at highway speeds. You might actually like the new sound for the first two weeks and then slowly--it becomes more of an annoyance on the highway.
One tip I can give you is to test the new mufflers while hill-climbing a slight incline in high gear. That's when things get most annoying.
It is insanely loud w/o cats. I have high-flow cats on mine rather then stock.