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Paul Hettick
Posted 2020-05-17 9:51 AM (#598386)
Subject: Are quiet mufflers still available?


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The reason I ask is the last 2 exaust systems I've had done I've asked for quiet mufflers. What I get are moderately loud. Had the mufflers on the first car changed out twice with no difference. Is that just the way they are made now? Have do another system soon and this one has to be quiet.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2020-05-17 10:23 AM (#598388 - in reply to #598386)
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I have been wondering the same thing lately!  There is something very appealing about very quiet exhaust.

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wizard
Posted 2020-05-17 10:39 AM (#598390 - in reply to #598386)
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I'm not totally sure, but I think my mufflers are from Walker - the oval type are quiet, just a low mellow tone.

For next to silence you will need to install front oval and rear oval mufflers



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1960fury
Posted 2020-05-17 1:09 PM (#598396 - in reply to #598386)
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The OE exhaust systems were VERY restrictive, while I can understand that someone wants a quiet car (not me) I hate the thought of chocking an engine. I'd install an adititional straight thru muffler in the tailpipe (2 with dual exhaust) along with the oval ones in the stock location. This should make the car alot quieter.
I had a complete stainless system from Kepich Exhaust in Florida, made after OE with a crossover pipe. It was VERY quiet, you could barely hear the engine (HiPo 383).
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1960fury
Posted 2020-05-17 1:11 PM (#598397 - in reply to #598388)
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Lancer Mike - 2020-05-17 10:23 AM

I have been wondering the same thing lately!  There is something very appealing about very quiet exhaust.



True, goes along well with the smooth "magic carpet" ride and MC design of these cars.
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Mr. Bob
Posted 2020-05-17 2:06 PM (#598401 - in reply to #598386)
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I recently had a 2.5" dual custom exhaust installed in my 61 Newport with 440 and cross rams. I was too loud just idling, and sounded like a 77 Camaro when I put my foot in it. Took it back to the exhaust shop and had them install (1) a cross over pipe, and (2) glass packs as resonators just before the tailpipes. Much more civilized now, and whisper quiet cruising at 60 mph with the top down.
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Mike M
Posted 2020-05-17 4:56 PM (#598410 - in reply to #598386)
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The noise may not be the mufflers only.
If you had the pipes also, most muffler shops use thinner pipes because they can be bent more easily.
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57chizler
Posted 2020-05-17 5:52 PM (#598413 - in reply to #598386)
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Problem is that a lot of muffler shops don't want to be bothered by having to stock a gazillion different mufflers so they install the "Turbo" style mufflers that flow better but also are more noisy and often drone. A crossover pipe helps with the drone.

The stock replacement oval mufflers available from Walker are usually dead quiet and have no drone.
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Paul Hettick
Posted 2020-05-18 8:56 PM (#598456 - in reply to #598386)
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Both of my cars have "stock" Walker mufflers on them. Both can be borderline loud in certain driving conditions. I remember that stick mufflers used to be quiet, maybe too quiet. My next job will be on a 58 lincoln. I want it quiet. I mean a little tone is ok but man what's on my other two cars would never do.
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wizard
Posted 2020-05-19 12:51 AM (#598460 - in reply to #598386)
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So, perhaps stock Walker mufflers with additional resonators?
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Paul Hettick
Posted 2020-05-19 10:01 AM (#598469 - in reply to #598386)
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Anyone know where Walker mufflers are now produced?
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dfermon
Posted 2020-06-05 4:34 AM (#599280 - in reply to #598386)
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Does anyone have a Magnaflow muffler? I'm curious about its sound.
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Mopar1
Posted 2020-06-05 10:56 AM (#599290 - in reply to #598401)
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Mr. Bob - 2020-05-17 1:06 PM

sounded like a 77 Camaro when I put my foot in it.
That would be enough to make me want to scrap the car!
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FIN_NV
Posted 2020-06-05 11:53 AM (#599291 - in reply to #598386)
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I got stock Walker Mufflers from Napa, for my Golden Commando. They had a very low growl to them.
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57burb
Posted 2020-06-05 6:13 PM (#599307 - in reply to #599290)
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Paul, modern aftermarket exhaust tubing and mufflers are just made of thinner "stuff" than the OEM parts were.

I suggest having your muffler shop add a medium or large resonator to a straight section of each exhaust pipe ahead of each muffler. The resonators will smooth the exhaust tone and quiet it significantly, before the muffler ever gets it. This is how modern cars are sewing-machine quiet.



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Mike M
Posted 2020-06-06 12:38 PM (#599330 - in reply to #599307)
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try Waldron's Antique exhaust, thats where I got mufflers for my '58 GC Fury and complete exhaust for my '65 Satellite convertible.
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51coronet
Posted 2020-06-06 11:28 PM (#599356 - in reply to #598386)
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You can wrap the exhaust also to tone it down. Problem is the wraps usually hold moisture and shorten the life of the exhaust system. Making it heavier where ever you can will help with the noise and adding extra mufflers or resonators like mentioned before. Sound deadener on the interior of the car helps a lot.
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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-06-07 6:14 PM (#599383 - in reply to #598469)
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Paul Hettick - 2020-05-19 10:01 AM

Anyone know where Walker mufflers are now produced?


Hey Paul,

According to the walker website, "Walker stays ahead of the curve with key processes like muffler and converter assembly, pipe-bending, welding, and stamping, all in our Harrisonburg, VA manufacturing and distribution center."

Its nice to see a quality product still made in America.
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Paul Hettick
Posted 2020-07-03 9:51 PM (#600478 - in reply to #598386)
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Good to know. I remember as a teenager buying cheap 68 - 70 chargers, usually 383 cars and having to punch holes in the back of the mufflers to get some tone. The new walkers on my cars have a yucky Blat Blat tone.
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Shep
Posted 2020-07-04 1:01 PM (#600492 - in reply to #600478)
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Agreed on the blat, blat tone, an x pipe or h pipe will eliminate most of that.
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