I havent been able to find one anywhere. I work at autozone and we dont carry or can get any thing. I was just wonding if any one knows of any. Im not looking to go with a cherrybomb or something stupid.
I got the entire 7 foot piece from the converter to the muffler from Parts America, it's made by Maremont. $32.99 from Autozone, Part Number: 389815. Then got on ebay and found a NOS muffler for $9.99. Used a Magnaflow hi-flo converter that I also got off ebay, and bought a GT header from 1lowscort. Installed and welded it all up in my driveway for less than $150.
Don't criticize the glasspacks until you try them. They sound good on these engines right off an HO header. It would replace the stock cat location, and the regular exhaust fits right in. I bought my replacement pipe from Advance a few years ago, and stuck on a stock Tempo muffler, with straight pipe in front (the car came with it) and HO header. It works well, and unless you're revving the engine constantly, and track racing, there's no reason to really open it up. I enjoy how the car sounds ( a little louder than the Escort muffler), and it's not annoying. You could even look into a muffler from an 80's V8 car, and graft that in. You car would be very quiet, and there would be little restriction.
I guess i should mention that my car is a gt with the HO engine so it has the stock header already on it. I don't want the car to sound like a rice burner so i wasn't going to do a cherry bomb but they are cheap enough that if i don't like it i dident loose much. IM having a really hard time finding any thing aftermarket performance for these first gen gts. I don't want to be a pain in the ass but can you guys guys me any leads on good sites or do i just have to make every thing i want.
I got a great deal on this car. Its bone stock and in beautiful shape. I think im the third owner and the two previous were meticulous with maintenance to the point that when ever they would buy something for the car they put the date on the part. So i don't want to do the whole stupid 16 yr old put lights on every thing and hollow out the cat routine because its rare to find them in this shape but i still want to do some mods that will help the car and not take away from how clean it is.
Nah, Cherry Bombs and Thrush glasspacks don't sound at all ricey to me...they're way, way deeper. I had one on my Tempo, and actually received compliments for the almost V6 throaty sound it made. But I also had it coming right off the header, replacing the cat, and cut off the stock muffler with a turndown in its place. It was also rather loud: louder than the typical Folger's cannon.
Depends on your area. There are no emissions testing in my state...and nearly everyone I know has done away with their cat. It's as standard here as slapping on a Folger's can and "cat back" exhaust is in other states. I've even seen an Escort that ran only the cat; the person took the muffler off...it was a bit buzzy, but not that bad.
Well, not in the US anyway. The UK has a pretty good following for these cars, but the prices would be very expensive since the US dollar is virtually worthless compared to the British pound. There's really no need to upgrade the exhaust unless you're doing engine mods as well (high compression/high revs or forced induction). 2" is plenty...as a point of reference, an Accord SEi from the same era has a 1.75" exhaust, yet it has a 2.0L engine that has a power peak @ 6k rpm.
If you're going to start upgrading the car heavily, then yeah you'd need other parts. These cars are pretty well engineered as stock, though, so they can take a lot of abuse. I'm personally running higher compression on stock parts with no troubles.
The other way to upgrade the car is to look at other parts from cars. I'm currently using a lot of Tempo parts because they're usually lighter, and a little more compact. You can also modify the stock parts to do more of what you want. Bolt ons are the easy way to hot rod an Escort...but it doesn't make them better. A modified stock part is likely to do as well or better than many aftermarket parts. This is because OEM stuff is designed to last longer...it prevents expensive recalls or lawsuits. I highly recommend doing a search in the 1st gen section for things you're interested in modifying. It's likely been mentioned, if not done before. If you have any questions regarding Tempos, just shoot me a PM.