I have a 91 Spider Veloce. Replaced the front and rear exhaust with parts from International-auto but unfortunately, now it does not sound anything like an Alfa. Can anybody recommend an exhaust that sounds like the original? Is Bosal any good?
Tom, can you please provide facts to back up your assertions? :wink2:
I just switched from an Ansa to a "stinger" (in other words, I completely eliminated the rear muffler). The Ansa sounded nice but was too quiet for my taste. The stinger sounds fantastic but is a bit too loud. I'm enjoying being a hooligan for now but may tire of it. Already got yelled at to slow down in my neighborhood while doing 20 in a 25! >
I've had a few Alfa's before and it is not so much the loudness that I'm looking for but the "tone" of the muffler. What brand would be the closest to the original? Ansa or Bosal? Has anybody removed the resonator? and what was the result?
I went through several rendition of the exhaust system before I found one I like.
Yes, I removed the resonator, after it disintegrated, but the sound was a little loud. This was due to the muffler being nearly shot too. I replaced the rear muffler with a stock one and it had a better sound, but not quite I was looking for. Finally, I put on one of those $300 IAP headers, Installed a Flowmaster CAT where the resonator was suppose to be and ran the stock rear muffler. NOW I LIKE THE SOUND A LOT! Not too loud and it sounds like a 4 cyl sports car should.
Go to the muffler shop and have them replace the resonator with a straight piece of pipe. Probably cost about $40. If you think it is too loud, have them weld in a cheap straight muffler. You need to spend a little coin before you find the configuration you like.
You'll also get a little growl out of the exhaust if you remove the stock air cleaner box for one of those K&N jobs.
I just changed our exhaust system using a Flowmaster front pipe/cat, Ansa center muffler and stinger at the rear. These were all "direct fit" parts. The Ansa center required modification as well as the stinger. Lucky I can weld, but ***? after spending close to $600. why?
The S4 Spiders are very quiet in stock form. As others have mentioned, you have multiple options to tune the sound to what you think it should sound like. The American V-8 crowd has a lot of debates on what their engines should sound like (Flowmaster vs.Magnaflow is a particularly entertaining debate). Do what makes you happy and enjoy your car...