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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 04-03-2002 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to cut the exhaust off the passenger side from the H-pipe back
on my 1987 Mustang GT this morning. I'd been holding out replacing
it, as I was hoping FRPP would start shipping their low-cost stainless
system. I've already got the Ford Motorsport stainless steel shorty
headers and 2 1/4" off-road (no catalytic converters) H-pipe. After
a (not so) quick search of the web it looks like Borla, Bassani, and
Magnaflow are the only companies offering stainless steel cat-back
systems for the '87 GT. Magnaflow appears to be the cheapest at $400
or so but it may also be the loudest. The Mustang is my daily driver
and with no catalytic converters, I don't want a really loud muffler.
Bassani has a "quiet thunder" system with removable baffles and may be
the quietest. The best price I've found on Borla is $500. Not sure on
Bassani.

Anyone had any experience with these systems?

Dan Jones

P.S. The car sounds really bad with 4 cylinders muffled and 4
unmuffled. I had to drive it in this morning as the Pantera's battery
was dead.

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 04-03-2002 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years ago, I put a Walker/Dynomax cat-back on my little brother's 86 5.0 LX... sounds real good and was a bargin, just under $200 if I remember correctly. It isn't stainless, it's aluminized; it's been almost three years and it's holding up great

Don't remember the p/n, but I ordered it from Summit.

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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 04-03-2002 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks but I really want to go with stainless steel. I've seen too many aluminized systems rot out quickly. I'm looking to keep the car for another 10+ years and drive it in snow and rain.

Dan Jones

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
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posted 04-03-2002 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmmmm... don't see much snow here in sunny Southern California

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Mpcoluv
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From: Charlotte NC usa
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 04-03-2002 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't Edelbrock make a 409 stainless cat back setup for an '87?

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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 04-03-2002 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, it's aluminized. Several manufacturers have stainless tips or stainless mufflers, but the pipes are still aluminized.

Dan Jones

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Mpcoluv
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posted 04-03-2002 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Daniel Jones:
No, it's aluminized. Several manufacturers have stainless tips or stainless mufflers, but the pipes are still aluminized.

Dan Jones


You know the Aerospace guys have inconel and Hastalloy tubing laying around.....
If you knew anyone like that, you would have an immortal exhaust system

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Daniel Jones
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 04-05-2002 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I miss being out in the shop. At one time I had access to CNC lathes, Milling machines, and all the scrap metal. There was a big hunk of tungsten that Dave would have lovd to have for balancing cranks.

Dan Jones

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