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OK... I've done the requisite searches, and have read the testimony of replacing the resonator on the 94-95 Thunderbird, and have searched the Magnaflow and Borla sites until I've gone blind. But I CAN NOT find what part number people are installing, and is it a complete bolt in installation?

I do not want to cut, grind, wiggle, fashion or rig a piece to fit. Is there something that bolts right where the resonator fits or not? I am back logged on Ford projects right now, and don't want to enter another (have to replace water pump, and clutch master cylinder, and drivers automatic seat belt on Escort, rebuild heads and motor on Bronco, replace control arms on Thunderbird, as well as adjust the twenty valves on my motorcycle). I would like an easy afternoon project that would show some results.

Is the resonator replacement/removal that project with the right parts? And what are they?

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You can just get rid of it totally. It is after all the cats so it is still good for passing inspections without it and it doesnt hurt the car to not have it. Heck, the 97s didnt have it stock.

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Find someone with a 96 or 97 exhaust that had theirs replaced and ask them for the pipe from behind the third cat. It's only about a foot long and should bolt up to your in place of your resonator. One end will attach with a clamps and the other will have two bolts and a socket. Alot of people replaced their exhausts with catbacks. However, the dynomax uses that piece, but the flowmaster doesn't.

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Car X removed mine for $50, included parts(pipe and clamps) and labor. Didn't take them very long to do it. I can tell a difference, alot better flow with out it!
 

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ThunderB said:
Find someone with a 96 or 97 exhaust that had theirs replaced and ask them for the pipe from behind the third cat. It's only about a foot long and should bolt up to your in place of your resonator. One end will attach with a clamps and the other will have two bolts and a socket. Alot of people replaced their exhausts with catbacks. However, the dynomax uses that piece, but the flowmaster doesn't.
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Hey... that's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm running the Dynomax setup. Would that piece work for me? I don't want to mod this beyond the point of no return, so I've kept the stock exhaust, as I will the resonator for potential sale.

Would this pipe from the 96-97 work for me? I'll buy one new from Ford if it means I don't have to cut or further mod the exhaust.

Thanks for the help !!
 

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dude... i got my resonator off for 20 bucks lmao. At a Muff shop called Bell's Exhaust. Took like 10 minutes. I Barely noticed a diff in sound when i left. Kinda disappointed :(. Oh well.... I'm gettin my mufflers off soon :D . Bigger sound then.
 

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I JUST DID A CUSTOM EXHAUST TO MY CAR WITH A HOOKER ARROW CHAMBER DUAL IN SINGLE OUT WHERE THE 3RD CAT / RESONATOR IS AND 3INCH FROM THAT TO IRS AND Y'S TO 2 2CHAMBER FLOW MASTERS. THE CAR SOUNDS JUST A LITTLE LOUDER THAT A STOCK MUSTANG. WITCH IS PERFECT FOR A DAILY DRIVER. THE WHOLE THING COAST ME ABOUT 345.00 WITH THE MUFFLERS AND ALL THE U-BENDS I BOUGHT. BUT, IF YOU CAN'T WELD I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH IT WOULD COAST FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT.
 

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I replaced my resinator with a MagnaFlow muffler sounds really good. Its got a low rumble to it but its not enough to drive you out of the. Next week as soon as I get my chip from Dennis im goin to gut the cats.
 

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If you go with a dual/in-dual /or single out (or the reverse), use a Magnaflow.

It has a dual common chamber design allowing for a bit of an X-pipe benefit,
whereas the Dynomax versions are dual single chamber construction.......
and, as some of us are finding out,.....they sound pretty good too, without
being totally "race car" loud.
 

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Hey folks,

Thanks for all the info (even the SHOUTING reply) :D . What I'm going to do is probably try to replace it with the piece of pipe from the 96-97. What I want to do is try it without a resonator for a while, and see if it drives me nuts. I realize for a few dollars I can have a piece of pipe welded straight in, but I'm trying to keep cutting/welding out of the equation until I figure out whether I want it permanent or not.

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Yea, since you already have a cat back exhaust system you should notice a diff with resonator replaced with straight piping. They say its about 20% louder over what you got currently. From my experience that number is about right. :cool:
 
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