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Old 04-13-2006, 12:22 AM
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Just finished replacing the resonator on my '04 Jag x-type because the oem unit was a baffled unit which created considerable backpressure. The results are amazing! Which leads me to this thread. Before I get under the xc 90 and unbolt the exhaust system, does tech or anyone else out there know if the oem resonator is baffled or a straight thru type?

Old 04-14-2006, 01:38 AM
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I thought that the engines are designed to run w/ some back pressure, and removing it (resonator or muffler) will not increase HP. Is it true?
Old 04-14-2006, 08:18 PM
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Correct! But the turbo and cats downstream provide that backpressure. The Jag has three cats, one for each manifold and an additional one after that. Replacing the resonator has provided faster 0 - 60 times, and slightly better gas mileage. Seems to me that if the Volvo resonator is restrictive, it should show even a slight improvement. If the oem resonator is a straight thru type, then I won't gain anything by replacing it.

I have replaced the catback exhaust systems on the previous 10 domestic vehicles I've owned and gotten improvements on all but one, a 2004 Ford Escape. The factory system on that SUV apparently was engineered differently. But, I don't want a noisier Volvo so I'll keep the factory muffler.

Old 04-14-2006, 10:06 PM
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I wish I could tell you but I have never had one apart.
Old 04-23-2006, 01:01 AM
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Well, crawled under and unbolted the resonator at the forward connection. Ran a borescope through the unit and discovered that it is straight thru. There are three restrictors in it, each one reduces the pipe to 1 1/2" ,but since the exhaust consists of a series of pulses and not a constant, high pressure stream, , I think I'll leave the resonator in place. Keeps things quiet.
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