Exhaust gains for a V6

Discussion in '2005 - 2014 Specific V6 Tech' started by abuckingham, Nov 28, 2011.


  1. abuckingham

    abuckingham New Member

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    Looking around the web i've found a lot of different exhausts for my mustang however none of them really knock my socks off and i have also read that a exhaust system for a v6 doesnt really do anything for the car itself...if i had to describe what i wanted from an exhaust it would be an aggressive sound and some power gain while helping MPG any ideas? That being said i see the general consensus is to just get a CAI (which i am probably an AirRaid) and a tune....but since this is my first mustang im open to suggestions.
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    Do all three to get a noticeable change in all three areas. I got better sound, more power, and about .5-1mpg better efficiency. They all work best together, not separate.

    Keep in mind that we're driving V6's, and though it may sound more aggressive, it may not necessarily sound awesome.
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    exhaust brands

    which brands do you recommend and with a V6 does it make a difference between cat back and axel back?
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    I like K&N but there are several good brands out there. Same goes with tuners and exhaust.

    I think the only difference between a cat back and axle back would be the price, since it would be a dual exhaust kit versus a pair of mufflers. I went with GT takeoffs, which are axle backs, and had a muffler shop add an x pipe i bought and run the second exhaust down the left side. $200 for the labor, $20 for the x pipe, and about $40 for the GT axle backs.
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    Since it appears you have a 2012 v6, keep in mind you already have what ford calls a CAI and dual exhaust, so you may not get as much out of it as us with the older V6's do. Maybe just not as noticeable.

    I would definitely go with axle backs though if i had a 2012 v6. Depending on how good the ford CAI intake looked, i might consider an aftermarket CAI and retune too.
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    Wow that's loud! lol
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    You best bet is to always do a full exhaust system, including headers. With full dual you'll get a small incease in sound and hp, while headers and CIA will also give you more impressive sound and a boost in hp. I personally like JLT CIA, get good gains on hp. though it can be expensive, nothing hurts to take your time adding. Me personally I feel more proud adding piece by piece

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