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Pros & Cons Smittys & Cherry Bombs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NITROFC, Dec 9, 2006.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE

Poll closed Dec 24, 2006.
  1. SMITTYS

    55.7%
  2. CHERRY BOMBS

    44.3%
  1. NITROFC
    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
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    Looking to see the what are better mufflers .... Smittys vs. Cherry Bombs ..also which do you perfer
     
  2. borndead327
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
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    there ar cons to smittys?
     
  3. Chad s
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
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    I have smithy's on my 47 ford. It had cherry bombs when I bought the car. I know a lot of guys here want a really loud exhaust, but Im going for a true early 50's custom. I like the soft burble sound of the Smithy's, and thats what every eary custom veteran ive talked to remembers. Performance wise, I think the cherry bombs were a bit better, but mine were pretty worn in when I had them.
     
  4. jambottle
    Joined: Apr 11, 2003
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    if you ever try "brockman mellow tones" ,you will never buy smitthys again!
     
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  5. 3pedal
    Joined: Feb 25, 2006
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    Sorry but only straight pipes will do
     
  6. Ebert
    Joined: Feb 13, 2006
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    Smitsters

     
  7. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
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    brockmans for a custom glass or steal only way to go
     
  8. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
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    used both, of the two, i'd go with smitty's
     
  9. porknbeaner
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    Smitty's are OK if you got a flatty or other mill that is somewhat displacement challenged. But they'll choke a mill that puts out much volumn. You're limited to bore size on them. But they do sound better than the Cherry Bomb.

    The cherry bomb where it lacks the '50s steel pack sound is a better choice for a higher volumn mill as you can get 'em huge.

    I like 'em both depending on the given application.
     
  10. moparvetern
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    is 100,000 miles on a set cherry bombs too much??? still going strong.
     
  11. thrasher
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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    i personally like the sound of the cherry bombs. i'd tell you what i have them on but i'd get made fun of.
     
  12. sickapache
    Joined: Aug 1, 2006
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    I second that
     
  13. Oilcan Harry
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    I like the sound of Smittys but being made with joints on the ends they rust out too quickly for my money. I prefer a bullet style muffler, they have lasted longer for me. As for brands I've had Cherry Bombs, Walkers, and some no names. I couldn't tell much difference between any of them. Size of the thru pipe, tail pipe diameters and length of the tail pipes seemed to affect the sound more than anything else.
     
  14. pepi
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    straight pipes indeed, 4 inch collectors ground pounding, sweet music.
     
  15. bills model a
    Joined: Aug 27, 2004
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    Im a sucker for a cherry bomb they sound right to me
    Bill
     
  16. I agree. The Smithys have a rust problem.

    If ya' run them make sure ya' drill a drain hole in them to let the condensation out.

     
  17. madgrinder
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
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    I have some no-name "spiral core" glasspacks on my truck... 14" long with a VERY thick case. I got them in trade for some TIG work on a manifold. Sounds right to me!
     
  18. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    Smitty's sound better as they age, Cherry Bombs get too clapped out sounding as they age. Run staight pipes all the way to the back, on the flathead powered roadster. Can't beat the sound.
     
  19. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Mufflers??? we don't need no stinkin' mufflers. I owned a muffler shop when I bought my repro Smittys...just because. I didn't like them at all. Too quiet. I've heard all the old stories about burning them out with kerosene before installation, but I just run without any. A hot rod is supposed to make noise! IMHO:D
     
  20. usmc50lx
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
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    Cherry bombs on my coupe 2.5 all the way from the collector out the back and dumped before the axle with 18in bombs and turndowns. Got cut outs up front and don't really need em it is loud but don't loud pipes save lives?
     
  21. nailhead_brent
    Joined: Jun 18, 2005
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    I used to work at a Muffler shop in town so I always tried to see what different things sounded like, and on my 322 in my buick, I found that 20 inch "blue streak" glasspacks worked well, I have had them on for about 4 years now and it sounds awesome!

    But I don't think you could ever beat the quality of a true smitthy, sounds so crisp and clean!
     
  22. Wolfie
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    Actually, I think the greatest sounding mufflers were the original Porter Mufflers! Unfortunately, they are no longer available!

    Wolfie
     
  23. burger
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
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    I have Smithy's in my '54 truck... they're obnoxiously loud.

    2-1/4 pipe, muffs are about 22" long or so, "warm" sbc..

    they're louder than the 10" stainless steel race mufflers they replaced. seems like they should be quieter, but they're not.
     
  24. Ghostrdr
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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    If you have issues with Cherry bomb's sound and want it mellowed an X pipe or crossover smoothes thing out a bit. Of course I can't say if any of you would do that since it would be questionably period correct.
     
  25. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
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    Yup -- Porter steelpacks were the real deal.
     
  26. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
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    Smittys or '60's GM turbo-corvair mufflers.
     
  27. 1931S/X
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
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    i always wondered just how long they last since they are only made out of 20guage, from what ive read. thats way too thin for any exhuast part. i dont really see the point of purposely burning out th epacking in a muffler. save the money and dont run any.
     
  28. Jeff Norwell
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    I think there both shitty....straight hooked to eight is music.
     
  29. Roothawg
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    You Canadians are rebels.........
     
  30. restoroddin
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
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    Weren't smitthys made out of old drive shafts? I seem to recall guys making them by drilling holes along a section of 2" stainless, putting the 24" driveshaft 'sleeve' over that and capping the ends with homemade 'washers'. From there the exhaust went where-ever you wanted.
     

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