Best Exhaust Setups For Your 1979-1993 Mustang

Samuel Weber
July 28, 2021

Queen, Whitesnake, Teen Wolf, Vanilla Ice, and the Fox Body Mustang - all icons of the 1980s that are still incredibly popular today. Like these bands and movies, the 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang brought a new wave of enthusiasm to the masses. With a big five liter V8 up front, the Fox Body was a return to form for the Mustang - a short wheelbase, a big and powerful V8, and a slick manual gearbox - and it showed in the Mustang aftermarket world how much people had missed the mighty rumble of the V8 Mustang on a proper chassis. Like Quiet Riot’s lyrics, the Fox Body made you feel the noise and get wild with it.

With the return of the big five liter V8, aftermarket companies jumped at the chance to make the car as aggressive-sounding as possible. With brands like Magnaflow, Flowmaster, and more back to doing what they do best, the enthusiast market leapt forward for the Mustang. Companies jumped headfirst into the aftermarket exhaust world for the 1979-1993 Mustang which sold incredibly well among enthusiasts, fans, and worked exceptionally well in cinema and pop culture. Even today, the Fox Body is an icon that people still want. When people want their 1979-1993 Mustangs to sound the best they can, there are a surprisingly high number of options to choose from because of this. Whatever setup you want, you can find it here at Steeda.



Cat-Back Exhausts Mid-Pipes Mufflers Headers



catback exhausts

1979-1993 Mustang Cat-Back Exhausts

When you’re building up your 1979-1993 Mustang’s horsepower, a full cat-back exhaust setup is one of the best and most simple ways to go. Cat-back exhausts help increase horsepower and exhaust flow and also majorly increases your car’s sound. Nothing sounds better than an aggressive muscle car, and a proper high-flow cat-back exhaust can completely change your driving experience. While not all exhaust systems are created equal, these exhausts are some of the best cat-back setups for your 1979-1993 Mustang ever available.

One of the best options is the Magnaflow Street Series cat-back with rear turn-downs. This exhaust features a nearly straight-through design with low-resistance mufflers which gives the car a nice bassy sound in the middle RPM range, and when in the higher end it sounds like a serious muscle or sports car. It gives you the old school classic Mustang sound that made the car popular in the first place. While not incredibly loud at idle, this Magnaflow system definitely makes your presence known and wakes up those around you with its classic sound.

foxbody flowmaster exhaust

If you want a bit more aggressive tone to your cat-back exhaust in your 1979-1993 Mustang, then the best option for you is the Flowmaster American Thunder with turndowns. This exhaust is more aggressive than the Magnaflow listed above without being overly violent or disturbing to others. The American Thunder series exhaust is known for giving cars a major change in tone and it does that well in the Fox Body Mustang. This exhaust really brings the car back to its roots as a serious muscle car in the 60s and early 70s. This exhaust is quintessential Americana for muscle car lovers.

foxbody competition exhaust

For those aiming for a bit more of a classic race car exhaust note, the Magnaflow Competition Series cat-back is the perfect exhaust. The exhaust is exactly that: a competition-level exhaust that turns your Fox Body into a classic racer. The Magnaflow Competition Series cat-back does not use mufflers at all and makes these Mustangs sound like true race cars on the track. While manageably loud, the Competition Series will still sound like a full-blown circuit track car when you put the pedal to the floor.



midpipes

1979-1993 Mustang Mid-Pipes

When you want to make your 1979-1993 Mustang sound even more like a classic, upgrading your mid-pipes is the way to go. With upgraded mid-pipes, you can add horsepower to your Mustang as well as starting the foundation for building a custom exhaust setup with mufflers. With mid-pipes, you have two options - a higher pitch X-pipe setup or a more muscle and aggressive tone from an H-pipe. While these both change the tone of your exhaust, they also have proven horsepower benefits through their installation.

If you want to give your Mustang a more raspy and higher-end sound to its exhaust, the way to go is with the X-pipe. Thankfully, Magnaflow’s Mustang GT’s X-Pipe/ W Cats make a perfect case for the X-pipe setup. Not too raspy or dramatic, you really can hear the difference nearer the top end of the RPM range. If you want a more classic rumbly tone, the BBK Mustang 5.0 H-Pipe /W Cats makes it easy to achieve. These cars make a good noise even without upgraded mid-pipes, but whether you choose the X-pipe or the H-pipe you will be happy with the results.



mufflers

1979-1993 Mustang Mufflers

Following the mid-pipes, you can attach your own mufflers, and with a wide variety to choose from it might be difficult picking the best one. Well, actually it is easy to say which is the best sounding one for the 1979-1993 Mustang and that would be the Flowmaster Super 10. The Super 10 is louder than the Super 44 by a good margin, and adds a much more aggressive tone to the exhaust note as well. The Super 10 is a much more powerful exhaust note which matches the Mustang’s personality incredibly well



shorty headers

1979-1993 Mustang Shorty Headers

When modifying a Mustang, one of the best upgrades available is headers. Headers change the flow through the exhaust from the engine, and by result improve performance dramatically. Along with this, upgrading your headers changes the sound of your car dramatically too, bringing major muscle car rumble to your ride. With these cars, the best way to go is between two sets from BBK. The first option for these cars is the BBK Shorty Equal Length Headers which have a balanced exhaust flow through it which results in a race car-esque exhaust note under heavy acceleration. If you want a more muscle car tone, the BBK Unequal Length Shorty Headers are the way to go. The unequal setup changes the sound of the engine as well as the exhaust flow and the result is a much more throaty muscle car sound.





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