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Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

When I bought my '00 f-250 with the oh so powerful 5.4 its had a huge hole in the muffler, since I bought it for a plow truck I cut the muffler off and dumped it in front of the rear tire. Ive been thinking about dual exhaust with a single inlet dual outlet muffler, I dont want it real loud but Id like a good low tone. Any ideas what muffler to run?
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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

You'd probably like the sound of a flowmaster 40 series.

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

My old truck was an 02 f250 with a 5.4 I used a 40 series flowmaster 3" inlet with duel 2 1/2" outlets and had a local shop bend up tail pipes. It was quiet when just driving around but when I got into the gas it sounded wicked!

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

getting rid of the cats and adding dual flowmaster 40's sounds wicked. Way better sounding then the ol 5.0's. If you wanna run cats which technically you should get rid of the stockers and get some high flow ones off ebay. They have high flow and ultra high flow cats on there. Had good lucj with the small bullet style ones that look like glass packs.
Here is a vid of what it sounds like. If you do a single in dual out it will make it quieter some. The 3v 5.4's are quit a bit louder. My wifes 05 is way to loud with dual flow 40's and no cats. If you want it quieter keep the cats on. The single in dual out actually seems to have more cab drone over a dual exhaust. I've ran a lot of styles of exhaust on the 5.4 's.





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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

Thanks for all the input, Im trying to keep this low budget cause its just a plow truck so i think i will keep the factory cats on. Do you know what the truck in that video is running? muffler and pipe size? I was thinking of 3" tail pipes but im sure 2.5" would be just fine.

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

Does anyone know if they sell the 40 series in a dual kit that 45s the tips behind the rear tires? I cant seem to find one online, or would I be better off taking the truck to a shop and having everything installed and custom bent there?

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

If you follow the link to youtube he gives the info there. I think its 2in to 2 1/2. I forgot I put a dual exhaust on my father in laws 99 f250 with a 5.4 We used 2 1/4 on his and dual flow 40's. I just cut the cats off his and ran from there back. When I take it to a shop its usually $200 for the dual exhaust to be run and bent up and installed and then the price of the mufflers. I've never bought a kit off line so not sure if they make one or not with 45 degrees exit. I've got two shops around here that both do the exhaust for $200. with the price of the flows its around $340 with everything plus tax. Tips are usually about $50 a piece if you get stainless and most shops have them. You want to go to a locally owned exhaust shop. if you go to a place like tuffys they will give you a price of $800 for dual exhaust. Why they are so damn high on there prices is beyond me. i would stick with 2 1/4 exhaust to keep the torque band lower. I noticed a difference going from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2. 5.4's don't make a lot of torque down low to begin with so you don't want to make it worse. Whenever you get it done you are gonna have to put up a vid. I never get tired of hearing a good sounding v8 especially with flows.

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Re: Besides and engine swap, what makes a 5.4 sound good?

Taking off the cat on a 5.4 won't set the check engine light?

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Just remember, if you go with bigger pipes you are going to lose low end torque, which is a valuabe commodity for plowing.

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