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I'm considering the replacement of the original muffler & replacing the exhaust tips with the SE larger tips. I have a 2004 with the 5.3 L. What make & series muffler would give me an improved performance sound?

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I'm considering the replacement of the original muffler & replacing the exhaust tips with the SE larger tips. I have a 2004 with the 5.3 L. What make & series muffler would give me an improved performance sound?

"SJA"
This is a VERY subjective area. You will get many different opinions on which muffler is best. I personally would try to attend an SSR event where you have an opportunity to hear different exhaust notes up close and in person. This will help you to decide which muffler is best for you.

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muffler ?

I'm considering the replacement of the original muffler & replacing the exhaust tips with the SE larger tips. I have a 2004 with the 5.3 L. What make & series muffler would give me an improved performance sound?
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NO MUFFLER IS THE BEST THING I HAVE DONE TO MY R.

straight pipe from CATS to the LARGE tips. (simple engineering)

If driven nicely, its pretty quiet (less than a Harley)

If PUSHED it SOUNDS FANTASTIC. and when backing-down it burbles and gives a really pleasant sound.

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I kept my PURPLE stock, just in case .

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Most aftermarket........

Chevrolet did a lot of engineering to control resonation in the muffler system. There is even a "necking" of the ID in the exhaust pipe just ahead of the muffler as part of this system. Most cut the pipe in front of the area "in order to improve flow". Most after market mufflers will resonate, some a lot more than others. Wives seem to have ears that are especially tuned and object loudly when this occurs.
I installed a dual in dual out MagnaFlo on my '04. It was great with the top down, it was very annoying with the top up. Sold the '04. I installed a 14" single in dual out MagnaFlo on the '05. My wife rode in it 5 blocks and refused to ride it to International Rally. I put the stock muffler back on. At the Rally she heard an '05 with Mike's Tips and liked the sound. We now have a HIS & HERS exhaust system on the truck. Stock muffler and Mike's Tips for her, for me I installed a 3" cut-out with the 3" pipe coming over the muffler and dumping at the rear axle. On the highway with the top up, no resonating, with the cut-open it sounds life the 60s muscle car, it pops, gurgles, all of the right sound and it is loud.

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NO MUFFLER IS THE BEST THING I HAVE DONE TO MY R.

straight pipe from CATS to the LARGE tips. (simple engineering)

If driven nicely, its pretty quiet (less than a Harley)

If PUSHED it SOUNDS FANTASTIC. and when backing-down it burbles and gives a really pleasant sound.

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I kept my PURPLE stock, just in case .

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Wow! I'll consider that.
 

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Keep in mind posts of "no muffler" and "just straight pipes" often keep the original catalytic converter, y pipe, and exhaust manifolds. ?
 

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Will also depend on what local inspection requirement is. Our state inspection also has a visual inspection and no muffler would not pass.
 

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:wink2:I went with NoWeeds cut out on mine. It has a remote with on 1/2 and off.

As above. Top up go quiet. Top down your choice. It is a 6 speed, so it is really great during downshifting.

IMO

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No Muffler

I replaced the muffler on my 03:yellow: 12 years ago with a straight pipe. No other changes, all other components stay the same. The total cost was $40 and the wonderful sound and comments from other SSR owners make the value millions. I now have over 115K on it and still have never done anything to the motor other than oil and filters. Not having the muffler has no effect on the motor.
 

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Ilsa has a custom true-dual exhaust system. It starts with Kook's headers (just got 'em) back to an H-pipe equalizer, through Jones glasspacks, and out 5' tips. I'm waiting on a final tune to see what she'll do.
 
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