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Performance Muffler Applications on Reattas

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The SS came with it.  The 1988 serial #105 is the one that needs the new muffler. 

 

Having said that, the SS sounds great, has a decent amount of power (not sure the muffler adds any, but it might)  I'll get photos soon. 

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Well shucks, I need a muffler but am having rotten luck. I tried looking up Walker 18240 but it was discontinued. Then I looked for Walker 12265, but all I found was a perf muffler with 2.5 inch inlet and outlet. Then I checked rockauto and they don't list a muffler for a 90 Reatta at all !!

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Chris- THIS is a very cool site, one of those "we have nearly everything" places. Because something is "discontinued" don't limit yourself.

 

I think the dual setup I proposed earlier, and what Members Nittany and Retired w?Reatta have is superb; it's what a Reatta should've come with.

 

Retrojohnny's POST HERE was another fine choice, to keep the outlet "stock". You could just order the parts, and DIY if you're able.

 

Don't give up.

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Agree on not giving up.  Think a little outside the box.  You can do a short reducer/expander piece between the stock tailpipe and the performance muffler 2 1/2 and that solves that. 

 

I have photos of my SS dual with the stamp of the muffler # on it but I am traveling on business.   I meant to add when I had a moment.

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No worries about the muffler. I hit a Deer last night doing about 50 when my headlights were on. It took off the headlamp piece that flips up and down, and a chunk out of the front left fender. Too bad, I enjoyed riding it. My next vehicle is going to be made of steel, with a huge deer-shredder on the grill

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3 hours ago, ChrisWhewell said:

It took off the headlamp piece that flips up and down, and a chunk out of the front left fender. Too bad, I enjoyed riding it.

 

That sounds like you're giving up the whole car, now:unsure:

 

Those pieces are easily obtainable, and replaced. And- probably way cheaper than C5 parts.

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This is a 1990 stock Camaro muffler.  I have since painted it flat black, except for the outlets, which are SS.  On the right side I cut out a piece of the black plastic to match the cut out on the left.

I like the look and it definitely sounds throatier.MVI_1663.MP4

 

IMG_1660.JPG

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I thought I'd get some comments about the sound.

It takes less than a minute to download.MVI_1663.MP4

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On 11/12/2017 at 6:26 PM, Retired w?Reatta said:

This is a 1990 stock Camaro muffler.  I have since painted it flat black, except for the outlets, which are SS.  On the right side I cut out a piece of the black plastic to match the cut out on the left.

I like the look and it definitely sounds throatie

 

IMG_1660.JPG

 

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Stanley- I think it sounds beautiful- the way a "luxury sports car" should sound. A slight rumble for normal cruise, then aggressive & throaty when stepped on. If Buick had just done a few tweaks- the Reatta wouldn't have been such a failure. Optional manual trans, T-tops, true dual exhaust, maybe even an SC for '91 could've saved it a few more years. Going on 30 years- I really don't see how GM justified $28k for an '89. Other than the "upgrade" (:lol:) of TEVES ABS, and a touch screen that nobody (especially the target demographic of Customers) wanted- the Reatta was kind of "mundane". Yea, ok- "hand built" means what? Higher cost? "Attention to detail"? I'm the 3rd owner of my '89 #3111, and the only owner to work on it. I have found numerous stupid things wrong. The grommet for the trunk lock solenoid & light harness- was simply on the harness, but not snapped into it's hole. Every hinge (hood, door, trunk) was painted, and not one dab of grease or drop of oil applied. The 3-point cargo strap still in it's bag, rubber band, thrown under the spare tire. The first owner couldn't have cared less- and then it was a used up beater when his Daughter inherited it for 2 years- and then it sat, waiting for me.

 

I can't wait to do mine next year, among other much needed work. Is the bumper fascia hard to trim? I would think- just a piece of cardboard as a template?

 

Your Reatta is a beautiful example of what it should have been.

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Thanks, I really like the sound also.

I agree that Buick could have done better to make the Reatta more marketable.  

But I also believe it's one of the better made cars out there.  I'm the second owner of my '90 and it just turned 233,000 miles: Original engine, original tranny.  Not many other cars can do that.

I still don't understand why there's no demand for them; there are a few in my neighborhood for sale in the $800 to $5,000 (ragtop) range.  Good condition but no takers.

Yes, I used a piece of cardboard as a template copied from the left side.  The bumper fascia was not hard to cut; I used a general purpose shop scissor.

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I really like the Borla Cat-Back system ... Looks like I would have to modify the rear to accommodate the dual exhaust  however would definitely look and sound nice.  Has anyone ever done this type of exhaust on their Reatta?

 

https://www.borla.com/

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, NCBRIJEN said:

Has anyone ever done this type of exhaust on their Reatta?

 

Even though the "Enter Your Car Info" section dummied-up the second I typed "1989 Buick Reatta" and there were "No Results Found" I still entered my info on the "Request Page".

 

I will get back here with their response.

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