Here at Camaro Performers magazine, we tend to focus on the performance side of the hobby; hence the name "Performers" as part of the title. With that said, the pressure was on to get our fourth-gen project car, Black Betty, to sound like it meant business. The stock exhaust was so docile in the decibel department that the car's bark, or lack thereof, was nowhere near its bite. Something had to give. With the car sporting a killer stance and an aggressive tire and wheel combination, it was time to get this car more vocal. Besides, robbing a car's ability to exhale with ease is a horsepower killer and, with only about 330 hp to the wheels, that's the last thing we want to do with this car.
Now, we've heard plenty of fourth-gens with aftermarket exhaust systems bolted up, but we have yet to hear anything that sounds better on an LS-powered engine than a chambered exhaust system. The characteristics of the exhaust note are pure and aggressive-exactly what we needed on our latest project car.
In our quest for a look and sound to match the personality of the car, we called the crew at Stainless Works Exhaust Products and they pointed us to their '93-02 F-body 3-inch Catback exhaust (PN CA9302CH, $989.68). Their CNC mandrel-bent, 304L stainless steel, 18-gauge, 3-inch tubing comes with all the necessary hangers and correct bends for easy installation. To finish things off, we went with their 3-inch chrome Y-tips (PN 7020300, $156.27).
One of the benefits of the Stainless Works exhaust is that it produces a distinct growl at idle and cruising, but once you hammer the throttle, all hell breaks loose. We like that. Since Stainless Works includes a 31/2-inch chambered mid-section, interior drone is a non-issue even at low rpm highway driving.
Needless to say, we finally have Black Betty sounding like it should. Now all we need is a little more horsepower. We'll address that "little" issue soon enough.
•To see and hear before and after video of the exhaust installation, go to www.camaroperformers.com.