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I'm thinking about removing the downstream resonator from the exhaust and replacing it with just a piece of piping. I just wanted to know if this makes the exhaust too loud or if it changes the tone at all... Any help?
 

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The exhaust shop told me that it wouild make my exhaust about 15-20% louder than what it sounded like now, with that said I didn't do it.
 

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I've heard couple of clips of tC without the resonator - sound much worse than just TRD muffler by itself and much louder.

My Matrix with TRD muffler and no resonator sounded like a fartpipe Civic, so I turned right back to the muffler shop and asked them to put the res back in.
 

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i was actually thinkin of doing something similar to this...dropping the 2nd cat and the res all in one. i want to get some actual gain out of the exaust without throwing a code. and since the 2nd cat is downstream of the 2nd 02 sensor i shouldnt throw any codes. my only worry is that it will sound like garbage so if anyone has done something like tis post up a sound clip
 

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Originally posted by ZEROmotorsports@May 1 2005, 09:35 AM
i was actually thinkin of doing something similar to this...dropping the 2nd cat and the res all in one. i want to get some actual gain out of the exaust without throwing a code. and since the 2nd cat is downstream of the 2nd 02 sensor i shouldnt throw any codes. my only worry is that it will sound like garbage so if anyone has done something like tis post up a sound clip
It WILL sound like garbage. Creative Compacts offers a full exhaust kit without cat or resonator, but they don't recommend running it without a cat.
 

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Here is another option, get a good perforated core straight through muffler and replace the resonator with it. You will be a bit louder but not excessively so, should help the rice sound a bit as well.

Why bother, if you looked into the resonator you would know, it has a very serious small passage and especially at one end, really chokes the rev range down. I noticed a fair amount more pull high up on the tach than I did with the resonator still on the car.

I have a straight pipe there for now and a reverse flow "turbo" muffler out back. This is just temp until build a full mandrel system for our turbo project. Sounds ok except one area in the rev range starts farting rice krispies out the back:(



Rick
 

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Not yet, I am thinking about doing a major mod to the crossmember and running the exhaust right through it eliminating the S pipe all together:)

Not decided on that yet but do want to get the piping away from the intake manifold!

Rick
 

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OK well i went ahead and did it. It is louder.. thats for sure. and at first i didnt like it, but I definitely feel a considerable gain in HP. Call me a fool or say its in my head all you want, but I definitely feel a gain. The tone didn't come out ricey at all... it sound exactly the same, just louder. All in all, i'm pleased with it, but I may be changine my whole set up for next summer. We'll see what happens as more aftermarket parts come out for the tC. I'll get a video as soon as possible.

Rob
 

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is this something that you can do at home or do you need to bring it to a shop to do?
 

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frost is the sound of your exhaust a lot louder now. do you have the stock exhaust or thr trd one?
 

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He has the TRD!

- your welcome Rob!
 

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I have the stock exhaust on my tc, if I remove the resonator how will it make my car sound? Is it even worth doing?
 

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Will probably sound worse, no power gain and will be a complete waste of time and money. But if you are bored - why not
 

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Untrue... I definitely feel a difference in top end power. I had two people who had driven my car before the removal the they both feel it too so its not just me. And it doesn't sound bad... just louder. Tone is exactly the same... still no buz or fart sounds... I'm very happy with it. Don't knock it till you try it.
 

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People who can "feel" 1-2% increase in horsepower always amazed me.
 

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Its amazing that you're not trusting me on this. I'm not some noob ricer who thinks stickers and a high wing make a fast car. I've tuned cars and have a lot of wrench time under my belt. I'm telling you it added power. How much, I can say and wont be able to until i can get to the dyno, but trust me, top end power was increased.
 

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frost this is a question for you, I have the stock exhaust will it sound okay if I remove the resonator? Will It be a lot louder because I am trying to avoid that. I just want to be able to hear it during accleration. Thanks for your help
 
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