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lounge lizard

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so
today I cut out my resonator from my exhaust system. first I took my 4 1/2" grinder and cut the exhaust pipe right behind the resonator can as close as I could get to it, to allow as much pipe as I could for the later stage.

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once I had the tail pipe section with the resonator still on it removed from the truck. I cut the resonator off the tail pipe as close to the can as I could on my band saw.

I picked a piece of 2 1/4" dia. pipe that was 18" long. I cut that to 14" long and I used my pipe expanding tool to expand the cut end of the pipe enough to get the tail pipe part of the exhaust in it.

I then welded the two pipes together to eliminate a clamp that I would have a hard time reaching up in the body of the truck.

I installed the complete pipe back on the truck with the factory expanded end of the new pipe going onto the cut pipe at the muffler.

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once the pipe was hung I clamped this last joint so in the future if I need to change anything I can.

everything went back in easily. and while I was at it I used my floor jack to raise the tail pipe tip up closer to the body since it was hanging so low after I installed my body lift.

here is an after sound clip of the exhaust. there was no need for a before because you can listen to any stock 5.0L explorer to hear what it did sound like.

here it is!

http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j...gine repair/?action=view&current=DSCN2627.mp4

it does not give it alot of sound, but it is there. for about $25.00 or less and a couple of hours messing around in the drive way. :p:
 






turboplz

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Hmmm, very interesting! I wonder how it would sound if you removed the two secondary cats as well?

I may try this very thing before I spend the money on a performance muffler. I don't necessarily want more power, but would like a little more rumble for someone on an unemployment budget currently. How's the saying go, "When I've got the money, I don't have the time; but when I have the time, I don't have the money!"
 






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how true it is Turbo!

maybe in the future ( this summer since it is winter here now ) I will take some time and try some other things.

but I'm older and I don't need a loud rumble at an idle. but when she is up in the rpm range it would be nice to hear a little bit of it.
 






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last night I had to go for a ride around 11:00 p.m. and it was a good distance so I got to hear it some.

doesn't sound bad on just taking out the resonator. still need to take it out on a real road with maybe a higher speed limit.
 






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