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How bad do the 3.8L's really sound??? by kawana
Started on: 11-11-2008 10:29 PM
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Last post by: solotwo on 09-12-2010 08:47 PM
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Report this Post11-19-2008 03:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for kawanaClick Here to visit kawana's HomePageClick Here to Email kawanaSend a Private Message to kawanaDirect Link to This Post
that one sounded pretty cool. wonder what kinda piping it took to get that sound? Wonder if there'd be enough room to do something close to that, if you removed the trunk.
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Report this Post11-20-2008 11:37 AM Click Here to See the Profile for JncomuttClick Here to Email JncomuttSend a Private Message to JncomuttDirect Link to This Post
Old SC video.



Crappy cell phone video, Yay for turbo!


And an Idle video...

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They can definitely sound great at idle. Here are two clips of the Golden86 car when he still owned it. Worked over 3800sc, no cat, 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust.

Idle: http://media.putfile.com/3800SC-Idle and driving: http://videos.streetfire.ne...c16-9e03b1856b5b.htm Adding a cat quieted down slightly, but the intake whine is still there.

I agree that it is TOTALLY a matter of preference, but personally, I cant get enough of it.
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Report this Post01-18-2009 01:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for currie68Click Here to Email currie68Send a Private Message to currie68Direct Link to This Post
has anyone tryed running a resonator or maybe a sound chamber
on one of these. I been under alot of cars with these.

they have a cat then a sound chamber then a muffler
hell I have seen some with two or even four with dual
exhaust. just a thought
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Report this Post08-09-2009 11:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JncomuttClick Here to Email JncomuttSend a Private Message to JncomuttDirect Link to This Post
Back from the dead!! (I got a new turbo)

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Haha, i see this thread continued without me :P Nice vid Jncomutt, that thing took off like a rocket! Try and get some more videos of it
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More "Back from the Dead"

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Report this Post06-15-2010 01:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Tstang429Click Here to Email Tstang429Send a Private Message to Tstang429Direct Link to This Post
I personally don't think they sound that bad. Throw a cam in them and they sound really mean.
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i like a more "bubbly" sound, like a big ole v8. the 3800 sounds ALRIGHT, but it sounds like a severely muffled v8 IMHO

also, i HATE HATE HATE the sound of a turbo spooling....i will NEVER turbo my car....lol

from what ive read, people either deal with the sound or try to make it quieter... is there a way to make it LOUDER and more like a read v8?
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Every car in Australia has one and i can tell you none sound really sweet the best option is go for the silent exhaust that way the only noise you hear is air sucking and supercharge whine. The 2.8 liter at least sounds sweet you wont find many v6 that will sound like an 8 without going the 8.
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Turbos are the worlds best muffler.
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Here is my $ .02.....

I have only been in and driven ONE 3800 SCII fiero. I gotta say that it was very impressive in both performance and sound.... When it was idling, it sounded for all the world like a v8 was in there.... When you were driving the car it sounded rather docile but when you put your foot in it, it has this primal, wicked screaming roar from the supercharger and whatever else is back there.... Gotta say I loved it.... And man did that car freakin' haul ass!!! I am always a fan of a v8, especially the 5.0 motors with mods and flowmaster mufflers but this is something different and after I rode in it and then drove it, I really like the way it sounds. I also love the fact that there is a blower involved, pretty cool man.... peace

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Report this Post09-11-2010 10:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JncomuttClick Here to Email JncomuttSend a Private Message to JncomuttDirect Link to This Post
The video is crappy, but its an exhaust thread, so....

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I know this is an old thread that got resurrected, but I certainly hope no one decides not to do the 3800 swap just because of exhaust sound worries.

I'm sure there are better options, but I was VERY happy with the Dynomax Turbo mufflers I had on my Grand Prix GTP. Minor complaint with a drone inside while on the highway but nothing a bit of Dynamat wouldn't fix. However, it sounded INCREDIBLE from outside the car--at both idle, and WOT acceleration to ~6k or so.

There's nothing to prove with the SBC/Flowmaster combo--everyone knows that sound. I'd prefer something unique(ish) that still sounds angry as hell with the right exhaust.
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I know that this is a 3800 thread but I have to say that my 2.8 after the mods to the pipes were done sounds bad a$$ to me. This is straight pipes from each bank. One for each side




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Here's a ride along of a few miles of country driving in my 3800sc. N* intake quieted down that rasp quite a bit. SS AutoChrome Headers, Magnaflow muffler, C6 tips. Sorry, not much WOT, but I tried to give a little bit of everything throttle wise.

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Out Bonnevill has a 3800 NA and I like the way the exhaust sounds on it. As we left a grocery store yesterday a Mustang went by us with a rather loud exhaust. I hope it was a 6 because to me it sounded like crud. My wife even looked at me and commected that she didn't like the way it sounded, she prefered the sound of our car.

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Originally posted by Khw:
Out Bonnevill has a 3800 NA and I like the way the exhaust sounds on it. As we left a grocery store yesterday a Mustang went by us with a rather loud exhaust. I hope it was a 6 because to me it sounded like crud. My wife even looked at me and commected that she didn't like the way it sounded, she prefered the sound of our car.


The Ford firing order doesn't lend itself to particularly great sounding exhaust most of the time. But they are distinct. It's easy to tell when a Mustang is around. Unless they swapped in an LSx or SBC of course. :P
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Originally posted by sabooo:

Here's a ride along of a few miles of country driving in my 3800sc. N* intake quieted down that rasp quite a bit. SS AutoChrome Headers, Magnaflow muffler, C6 tips. Sorry, not much WOT, but I tried to give a little bit of everything throttle wise.



That sounds great!!

Do you happen to have the Magnaflow part#


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What the heck..... here's a badazz 3.8 turbo. billet roller cam, lots of other mods too.

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I have a new video in my signature.

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Ultimate 3800 swap thread

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Originally posted by Fiero Thomas:

What you think?



I think that sounds great!
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Originally posted by jscott1:


Let me guess...you are under 21 years old? To those of us old enough to remember a muscle car, supercharger whine is not what I want to hear when I punch it. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just not my cup of tea.


Well I grew up in the 60's. My first car that I bought for myself was a 69 Z/28. Say what you want, I like the supercharger whine.
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