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Help Me Pick Some Axle-Backs PLEASE.

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Help Me Pick Some Axle-Backs PLEASE.

NOTE: I can't remember how to update my signature, but I'm asking this question with regard to a 2012, Mustang GT I recently picked up (not the '07 as in my sig.).

That said, I'm itching to pull the trigger on some axle-backs, the rest is completely stock. I'm torn between Roush and Flowmaster (either American Thunder or Hushpower). From I've heard on youtube, I LOVE the sound of the Roush mufflers. But, I've also heard they are "obnoxiously" loud. I haven't came across anyone in person to hear for myself, so I was hoping for some of your opinions/feedback on the subject.

I found the American Thunders I had on my '07, to be alright and even a little on the tame side for me. That is, I would have liked them to have been a bit louder. However, I really don't want something that is crazy loud. It's just so hard to get a feel for them with only videos. Some sound crazy loud and others sound just right.

Please help...

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Old 07-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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I chose Roush and love them. Loud but not too loud.
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Roush IMO isn't obnoxious unless you have an off road setup. I like them, probably would have gotten them but I was cheap and at the time the gt500 was 250. Plus the whole long tube thing was in the plan at the time. I've also heard the flowmaster's have a tendancy to drone, second hand info though. The 700 $ ford racing exhaust sounds pretty good too, but its a bit more than the other systems. Go to mustang week, they had those mufflers on sale for 250. gt500 axlebacks are about as loud as the stock new edge mustangs, take a lot of the edge out that hushpower and roush exhaust have.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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Both would sound good to me. The ROUSH mufflers are louder, but it depends on how soft or loud you want them. It's hard asking others for help on exhaust, being your the one who has to live with them. I have MACs on my GT, and Flowmasters on the wifes Mach1, and both have a great sound that's not annoying. I hope you're happy with whatever you choose.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #5
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I'm 78 years young and I put some axle backs on my 2011 GT, bought them through Brenspeed and they were made by Borla for Steeda. The type are the touring mufflers. They are the best sounding I have found yet. Standing behind it, they are a little loud but mellow. I can barely hear them in the car unless you stand on it.
They remind me of the big glasspacks I used on my flatheads years ago.
I'm not sure if they are still available but I know you will like them from what you said on your post. they set me back about $650. All stainless steel
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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I have SLP axlebacks on mine, they sounded great before and after I put longtubes and an OR/X pipe on. If you want the thrashier higher pitch tone you have to get a resonator tip or muffler delete style.

You have to determine if you want a deeper growl or a racier high pitched sound

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Hello seniorsmith,

I had a 2012 GT with the Ford Racing 49 state kit and loved them. I got tons of compliments on it as well. I have a video I posted that allows you to hear it but it doesn't really do it justice. This was the axle back kit and the part number is in one of the two videos I did.

I have a 2014 GT now and just recently purchased the Gibson setup and love it so far. Got a steal on it through Amazon for $279. Figured it would be nice to try something different that the "standards" that most people have, nothing against them but it is nice to sound different

Agree with others that it is ultimately up to you as the sound is all personal preference.

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I have a few different exhaust set up videos posted here.

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Please people stop the madness. Do you think Carroll Shelby just tripped over a muffler and said hay, I'll put this one on? No Ford Engineers worked and tested till their ears bleed then they rested.

Some say get Corsia, Borla or FRPP? I believe they're all made in the same place as Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP).

I went middle of the road with FRPP axil back Sports $699, you can step down to GT-500 $300 or up to the $1200 Duel Tip monsters on the Shelby's.

Do you trust your Mother? Once on a visit home to the folks, my Mom said my car "purred". That was idling in the driveway, not WOT. Or as I would say it had a Stealthy cat-like menace to it.
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i got ford racing..superb with zero drone
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I've got a stock 2011 Mustang GT and installed the Roush axle back system. They become louder the harder you accelerate and sound very good doing so. If you accelerate in a relaxed manner, they are very conservative in volume. There is very little drone on the freeway. What little there is not overwhelming. I don't know how they compare to systems but I'm satisfied with them. When you wind the Coyote motor up where it's happy, it sounds great!
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FWIW, I had put Borla Stingers on my 2006 vert. I loved them with the top down, HATED them with the top up. The drone was awful.

I switched to Corsas and love them all the time. Zero drone at any speed.

Granted, as discussed over and over again in the many exhaust threads, exhaust sound is purely subjective and one man's purring is another man's grating. If you are considering Loudmouths, your preferences are probably somewhat different than mine......

Good luck with your decision.
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Please people stop the madness. Do you think Carroll Shelby just tripped over a muffler and said hay, I'll put this one on? No Ford Engineers worked and tested till their ears bleed then they rested.

Some say get Corsia, Borla or FRPP? I believe they're all made in the same place as Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP).

I went middle of the road with FRPP axil back Sports $699, you can step down to GT-500 $300 or up to the $1200 Duel Tip monsters on the Shelby's.

Do you trust your Mother? Once on a visit home to the folks, my Mom said my car "purred". That was idling in the driveway, not WOT. Or as I would say it had a Stealthy cat-like menace to it.
I have to say, your logic won me over and I took your advice to heart. I weighed all the options, researched videos, etc., and ended up going with the Ford Racing/GT500 style axle-back exhaust. I was willing to spend as much as $700, so the amazingly affordable price of the GT500's weren't a factor, but a nice bonus.

That said, I don't think I could happier. They sound absolutley amazing. Clean, crisp, hollow, deep - all the things I was looking for.

At start up, they bark at you and growl for a minute to put a smile on your face. At low idle, they make this clean, hollow, bubbling sound. Under light acceleration, a low, hollow, growl, that grows louder and louder as you reach higher rpms; and when you matt it, they f'ing roar. On down-shifts, they bark and bubble like a muscle car should. Cruising around, you can barely hear them and there is absolutely no drone.

They are absolutely perfect for me. EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thanks to all for your input.
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And the tips look about right. My stock tips were 3 or 3.5" and the axil back Sports were 4", so they filled-up the valance opening just right. Too small a pipe in a big opening is as bad looking as too small a tire on a lowered car. The car sounds like Steve McQueen would want it. Loud and mean enough to race but sophisticated enough to pick-up Jacqueline Bisset and take her to a jazz show without seaming like a noisy child having an exhaust tantrum. You're 90% less likely to have BMW drivers laugh at you.
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Corsa's are gold but too much for me. That's why I got Basanni Race. One day I'll have Corsa's

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And the tips look about right. My stock tips were 3 or 3.5" and the axil back Sports were 4", so they filled-up the valance opening just right. Too small a pipe in a big opening is as bad looking as too small a tire on a lowered car. The car sounds like Steve McQueen would want it. Loud and mean enough to race but sophisticated enough to pick-up Jacqueline Bisset and take her to a jazz show without seaming like a noisy child having an exhaust tantrum. You're 90% less likely to have BMW drivers laugh at you.
Oh yes, you're absolutely right about the tips too. Not only do the 4-inchers fill up the valance better, they are not the rolled, shiny chrome tips; they are just straight pipes out the back. It really gives it a more purposeful, less cosmetic, look.
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Please people stop the madness. Do you think Carroll Shelby just tripped over a muffler and said hay, I'll put this one on? No Ford Engineers worked and tested till their ears bleed then they rested.

Some say get Corsia, Borla or FRPP? I believe they're all made in the same place as Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP).

I went middle of the road with FRPP axil back Sports $699, you can step down to GT-500 $300 or up to the $1200 Duel Tip monsters on the Shelby's.

Do you trust your Mother? Once on a visit home to the folks, my Mom said my car "purred". That was idling in the driveway, not WOT. Or as I would say it had a Stealthy cat-like menace to it.
FYI, all mufflers are not made by FRPP. I believe Ford Mufflers are made and/or designed by Roush. Steeda's are by Borla, Flowmaster made by themselves as well as Dynomax. There are some from the big list that sound similar and that may be the case of one of them being made by another large exhaust/performance company.

seniorsmith, glad to hear you are happy with the FRPP. I had those on my 2012 GT but on my 2014 I decided to try something different.
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FYI, all mufflers are not made by FRPP. I believe Ford Mufflers are made and/or designed by Roush. Steeda's are by Borla, Flowmaster made by themselves as well as Dynomax. There are some from the big list that sound similar and that may be the case of one of them being made by another large exhaust/performance company.

seniorsmith, glad to hear you are happy with the FRPP. I had those on my 2012 GT but on my 2014 I decided to try something different.
I can totally relate. I had Flowmasters on my previous '07 GT, and on a Ram 1500. I love the Flowmaster sound, but I'm happy I've found something different. In my opinion, the Flowmasters had a more retro, muscle car sound, where as the FRPP's lean more towards modern performance - which is a nice change.
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I'm glad you didn't install Flowmaster Pro-series Hushpowers. I installed on my 2011 5.0. They sounded great outside, but the drone inside was terrible! I took them off after six months. I've heard good comments on the GT500 and may try them. Anyone want my Flowmasters? Selling them cheap!
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I'm going with roush when I do mine in a month or so, and this is exactly how I want mine.

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