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I want more noise and "improved throttle response", but I want to do it with as little modifications as possible.

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Can I simply swap my stock muffler with an aftermarket muffler to get what I want? If so, can I get a magnaflow muffler such as the one in the pic below, and how loud will it be? Also, how much should I expect to pay for installation?

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Jacob, from what i have heard Magflows are VERY loud. I have only heard them on trucks and SUVs but thoose were insanely loud. Maybe take a look at the Remus muffler. Installation shouldnt be that much though, let me know where you go when u get it done, i maybe doing a muffler also :thumbup:
 

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Can I simply swap my stock muffler with an aftermarket muffler to get what I want? If so, can I get a magnaflow muffler such as the one in the pic below, and how loud will it be since all I'm doing is swapping mufflers and not taking out any suitcases? Also, how much should I expect to pay for installation?
 

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Basically you want a throatier exhaust with better throttle response/performance. Go with the Remus replacement muffler/resonator. I'm not impressed with Magnaflows' quality, and if you don't have the $$$ to do a full cat-back Supersprint, this may be the best way to go. The unit from Magnaflow seems to be generic and not specifically designed to fit the Passat. I've seen installers do them, but IMHO they look and sound horrible (terrible droning at idle), even on the custom jobs.





Here's the two replacement muffler/resonator offerings from Remus for the 2.8L V6 Passat. I ran a similar setup on my 4 Motion before moving to a full catback exhaust system. The throttle response did slightly improve but not as much as with a cat-back or header-back system.

Have you consulted with a tuner in Atlanta for feedback on aftermarket exhausts? Is there a reason that you aren't considering a full exhaust system?

I don't think anyone on this forum or any good tuner is going to give you a jaded answer to your question. Your performance may improve with the Magnaflows, but I don't think your results will be as good as with a system that's specifically designed for your car. Seriously take a look at the SuperSprint full catback for your V6.

SuperSprint Part#: 887203 (Mid-Pipe) and 887268 (muffler/resonator).
(The Italian Site was down, so I couldn't post any pictures)


** I'm not sure about the labor rate in Atlanta, but a muffler replacement is about 1-2 hours of work.
 

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I've got magnaflow on my car, I love it. Don't know what "Droning" is, is that a real word? Explain what that is please. I had mine custome done so that the only thing showing is the tips, You cant see a muffler hanging out from under my car. European car man. seldom design cars with visible mufflers, I wanted my car to look as factory as possible. Sound is a low blurbally, Have had many comments on the sound, People say it sounds like what they imagine a german sports sedan to sound like. Ive had it for over 2 1/2 yrs. and it hasn't gotten louder, it does get louder if you run long sections of road at 110 mph, then, once you slow down, its a little loud, but it will quieten up after it cools down. I've heard sound clips from remus and it sounded just like the name......"Reem us!" sounded real tin like, aluminum cannish. But if you like that sound....Go for it glxpassat also has magnaflow on her car. I got the 8 1/2 x 14 x 6 in., single in dual out with an 18in. resonator. If I could do it over again? I would have done the same muffler, but dual in dual outs, and two 21 in resonators. Then I had the muffler tucked up and had the tips ran down and rescest into the bumper (like Audi). Looks good, Sounds good. Good luck with your exhaust! :thumbup:

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I agree, your perfomance won't be as good with a home made exhaust kit as compared to a kit designed. They design it for the best flow and resonance at key points to produce best performance. Might just hold out for a real exhaust.
 

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The Swami said:
Basically you want a throatier exhaust with better throttle response/performance.....
Have you consulted with a tuner in Atlanta for feedback on aftermarket exhausts? Is there a reason that you aren't considering a full exhaust system?
Basically, I want to spend as lil $$ as possible on the exhaus. I don't want to go all out, and that's why I'm not considering a full exhaust. I don't even care if it ads any hp or anything, although I don't want it to decrease hp. I'm simply doing it for the looks and sound.

Passaton18s, Doing such a "custom" install sounds like a good amount of labor hours. I'm really looking for the most simple, and cheapest way to get what I want. Also, if I decide to change my mind I don't want it to be impossible to return it back to stock.

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Jacob
 

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Basically, I want to spend as lil $$ as possible on the exhaust. I don't want to go all out, and that's why I'm not considering a full exhaust. I don't even care if it ads any hp or anything, although I don't want it to decrease hp. I'm simply doing it for the looks and sound.
O.K. Let me save you some time and $$$.. There's a guy who did some quick work on my old racer when I was at Road Atlanta about 2 years ago. These guys are in Marietta and they do excellent VW/Audi race work!! I'm sure they will recommend something that meets your needs and is in your price-range.

Barry Palmer Auto, Inc.
787 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, Ga. 30060
770-425-2549
http://www.barrypalmerauto.com

Knock it out, and I hope your ride sounds and looks tight...
 

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The most expensive thing on my exhaust was the muffler! I paid the going rate for the pipe at the time. Then I paid for a 18 inch resonator, and Two tips, All-in-all, it cost me right at $300. Thats pretty damn cheap for exhaust! You don't have to rescess the tips either, I just thought it would look better. there are a bunch of Jetta's where I live and they all have the coffee can mufflers, you know, the kind that the tips are welded to the end of the muffler? It looks bad cause the muffler hangs down from under the rear valance. Good luck man! :thumbup:
 

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keep your old one, and try it. There's really only one way to find out, and that's by hearing it. You can take everyone's opinion on it, but it really won't determine much without hearing the individual mufflers. If you're leaving your resonator on, any muffler won't be too loud on the v6. I have a wide open muffler on mine, and my father-in-law says it sounds like a jaguar. I save the stock muffler incase it was an unbearable noise. I'd suggest going with something you like that not everybody else has. HTH
 

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I think you'll be happy with the magnaflow, I've never heard a magnaflow system that was to loud, and I think with your stock system still in place, it shouldn't be overly loud. I had a magnaflow muffler on my old ford escort,and it wasn't bad, but there really wasn't much, except maybe a full system from the header back, that could help that thing sound good.
 
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