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    Thread: Exhaust question. Remove resonator or muffler

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      04-08-2012 01:35 PM #1
      Hey guys, just looking for a little exhaust help. I have a mkiv chipped 1.8t Jetta. 3" turboback. It goes 3" DP to a 42dd high flow cat, to GHL resonator, to magnaflow muffler. It sounds great, but I want it to be just a little louder, while still having a nice deep tone.

      So the question is, should I remove the resonator or muffler? I know removing the resonator would give me no power improvement and the muffler would give me a little. But regardless of legal and power issues, which one being removed would give it the best sound.
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      04-08-2012 01:36 PM #2
      Resonator!

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      04-08-2012 01:45 PM #3
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      Resonator!
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      04-08-2012 02:53 PM #4
      Resinator

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      04-08-2012 04:11 PM #5
      I think the resonator cuts down the high frequency raspiness
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      04-08-2012 08:22 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by groggory View Post
      I think the resonator cuts down the high frequency raspiness
      yep. IMO, non-resonated sound is garbage.

      I wouldn't remove either, but I guess if you HAVE to remove one, take the resonator.
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      04-08-2012 09:14 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by xxsur3shotxx View Post
      yep. IMO, non-resonated sound is garbage.

      I wouldn't remove either, but I guess if you HAVE to remove one, take the resonator.
      I would leave it alone, I agree.

      My brother had a local muffler shop make him up a 42dd'ish exhaust setup awhile back...

      Magnaflow twin tip muffler, 2.5" aluminized steel piping, non-resonator, stock cat, 3" downpipe. He didn't like it. Sounded very raspy and droned on long drives. You could hear him coming from 5 or 6 houses down.

      My 42dd setup sounds great. Minimal highway drone, a nice deep sound. 3" aluminized piping, twin tip magnaflow, very long resonator (I'd say it was a good 20" or so), high flow cat, mandrel bent 3" downpipe hooking up to my GT2871.

      I don't think you should take off the resonator. I think if you want to change the sound get a bigger turbo.
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      04-09-2012 10:42 PM #8
      Replace resonator with high flow cat

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      04-09-2012 10:53 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by R32robd View Post
      Resonator!
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      Resinator

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      thanks guys, still debating

      Quote Originally Posted by groggory View Post
      I think the resonator cuts down the high frequency raspiness
      yeah thats the only thing i'm worried about or it'd already be long gone.

      Quote Originally Posted by xxsur3shotxx View Post
      yep. IMO, non-resonated sound is garbage.

      I wouldn't remove either, but I guess if you HAVE to remove one, take the resonator.
      Quote Originally Posted by groggory View Post
      I would leave it alone, I agree.

      My brother had a local muffler shop make him up a 42dd'ish exhaust setup awhile back...

      Magnaflow twin tip muffler, 2.5" aluminized steel piping, non-resonator, stock cat, 3" downpipe. He didn't like it. Sounded very raspy and droned on long drives. You could hear him coming from 5 or 6 houses down.

      My 42dd setup sounds great. Minimal highway drone, a nice deep sound. 3" aluminized piping, twin tip magnaflow, very long resonator (I'd say it was a good 20" or so), high flow cat, mandrel bent 3" downpipe hooking up to my GT2871.

      I don't think you should take off the resonator. I think if you want to change the sound get a bigger turbo.
      okay, wanna buy me the turbo?

      Quote Originally Posted by R32robd View Post
      Replace resonator with high flow cat
      i already have a high flow cat. i see zero benefit whatsoever in running two cats
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      04-10-2012 02:01 AM #10
      How about replace resonator with a larger, longer resonator?
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      04-10-2012 07:48 AM #11
      damn tough crowd. I deleted the rear muffler and ran a 3" pipe from the resonator to two 2.5" pipes out the back. Its a little drony on the highway but it doesnt sound like a tractor on startup, and it sounds awesome to me. Especially 4k up. Gives a nice pop when you slam from first to second. I personally havent heard an exhaust clip of any TT with a dual outlet muffler that I liked. If I had to chose an exhaust it would be the 42dd one or milltec though. Im just gonna grab a borla round muffler for $140 eventually and finish the front half of the exhaust. For now it only cost $100 so im not complaining.
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