How to find the right muffler?

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May 31, 2020
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Alberta, Canada
My Car
1972 Mach 1
351C 4V - C6
Blue with Blue interior
My solution was to use the Dynomax STs with exhaust cutouts. This setup gives you the flexibility of running relatively quite with cutouts close but then you can control the "volume" by opening the cutouts as much as you want. Find the version of cutouts where you can control the opening manually rather than either fully opened of fully closed. I am typically cruising with the cutouts closed, but when going to a car show or in the track I open them slightly to get the rumble sound and reduce any performance restriction the mufflers and pipes provide. I don't typically run them fully open because it gets obnoxiously loud but then my EFI struggles in ide due to the location of the O2 sensor near the cutouts.

Edit: to clarify, what I mean with opening/closing the cutout flap "manually" is really via an electric motor, but you can control the motor from inside the car by manually hitting the rocker switch so you control the amount of flap rotation you desire instead of fully open or fully close.
I dont suppose you have a pic under the car that shows where you put the cut outs? Im planning on making the exhaust myself and right now Im just trying to lay it all out on paper since the engine is out. 

Aug 14, 2014
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Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
This is one before welding it all together but it shows the location right after the header collectors. I since installed "half" turndowns to push the exhaust downwards.


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May 30, 2011
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Pittsburgh, PA
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'71 Sportsroof
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop (sold after 20 years)
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA
If you run an X pipe or an H pipe that will also make a difference. When I switched to the X pipe my car got considerably quieter.

You'll get an awful cackle out the pipes otherwise.

RC92234, what mufflers are on it now (the new ones)? A crossover might be all you need.


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