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Old 03-08-2016, 01:20 PM
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This is my first time posting on this site (just found it today as a matter of fact) and it looks like the community is very helpful!

I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to vehicle modifications. I enjoy digging into my vehicles to see how different things work and attempting to fix whatever I can!

ANYWAY my question you everyone pertains to how difficult is it to remove the stock muffler and resonator? as well as replacing it with an aftermarket muffler to give er a little more character! I'm not a solid welder so I would most likely want to use couplers and fittings! (I'm a poor college student). I would love some advice with the process, some do's and dont's, etc. I have what I think to be all the correct tools and a shop to do all this work in. I just wanna check with the experts here before I screw anything up too terribly!

Thank you all for the advice!!!
Old 03-08-2016, 01:42 PM
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I would just purchase a cat-back exhaust, and place it on with the provided clamps.

Not difficult at all
Old 03-08-2016, 02:16 PM
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Awesome I will look into that! Thank you for the reply!!
Old 03-08-2016, 03:23 PM
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I installed a cat-back on my 06 Monte SS (Magnaflow)

Now if you want to delete the resonator (I did) you will have to go to a muffler shop and have them cut you a straight pipe to replace the resonator (take good measuments on the length) and weld a flange on it to fit up to the cat
Old 03-08-2016, 04:36 PM
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okay very good to know! thank you!
Old 03-08-2016, 05:34 PM
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Is yours an SS or not? A cat-back system is probably the easiest and most straight forward thing you can do with the exhaust. MagnaFlow seems to be the most common for these cars which is what I have on mine as well. I left the resonator on mine. Both of their systems, the 5.3L and the 3.5L/3.9L, will run you around $900.

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Old 03-08-2016, 07:02 PM
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mine is not an SS unfortunately.. I am running the 3.5! and yes this is my last year of college so I am hoping I will be able to throw a little more money into it after graduation! thanks for the estimate! that is something else that I was having trouble finding on the internet and a question I forgot to put in the original post :p
Old 03-10-2016, 10:29 AM
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I hacked my mufflers off, had some Flowmaster Super 40's put on, and had my shop put a straight pipe in place of the resonator.

The total was $350. About $75 for labor. The entire catback is great but you have options!
Old 03-10-2016, 02:27 PM
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Okay that sounds a lot more affordable for the budget that I am working with haha and I just picked up a thrush welded muffler and I am going to install that this weekend .. See how she sounds and if I decide then I will take it to town to have the resonator removed and replaced with either a shorter one or just straight pipe

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