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Old 09-12-2012, 02:39 AM
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I am curious to what the best exhaust system would work for my v6 engine. I want something that has a nice rumble to it, but nothing obnoxious. Any suggestions?
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Welcome to the forum, d_mcphail!

You have an unusual engine in your truck. Not many in our group have the rather small 3.8L V6 and as a result, not many will be able to share their experiences regarding exhaust upgrades.

Most will say that it is a matter of personal choice. I would suggest a turbo style muffler, which is really a less effective muffler than OEM, but is not too loud.
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Do you have any suggestions, as to, what brands I should look in to? I am looking to replace my whole exhaust system, including headers and all. I just want something to fit my truck and have a nice rumble. Thanks
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What about a 40 series flowmaster muffler? Single in/out?
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3.8L, hmmm...check the timing cover to see if it's leaking, ditto the valve cover gaskets. Get down on your knees and thank the lawd that the head gaskets haven't blown yet.

3.8L was the most problematic engine FoMoCo ever offered, we used to call it the "miracle" engine. If the timing cover didn't rot out before 40,000 miles, if the head gaskets didn't blow before 50,000 miles, it was a miracle!

FoMoCo was never able to solve the seeping valve cover gaskets, even after changing the gasket and valve cover designs several times. German engineering is not all that it's cracked up to be.
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