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Old 06-13-2018, 07:35 AM
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Hey guys, signed up a couple years back when I was 18 and bought my stock white 96, but never came on here or anything. So Iím new, I didnít wanna get into the for sale/wanted thread yet, but if this isnít cool just lmk to move the thread. Should only take a little bit Iím sure.

Basically, I bought my stock 96 with 60k on it, it was completely silent, while I was waiting to save up for a full cat back, I ordered the muffler eliminators for like $150 or so and the old man and I took a nice Milwaukee Sawzall with a good blade to the mufflers.

Im wondering if the mufflers are worth much of anything to sell? Like I said 60k, old man weekend cruiser type, garage owned, so no rust or anything. Thanks!

Man do I miss her...
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It just depends on finding a buyer that is looking for it.

When I had a muffler rust out and I just wanted a replacement on my '88 I got a used catback (axle back with both mufflers) from Jason at Vette2Vette for $50.

When I wanted to replace the whole catback system (LT1 style) I found several complete systems for under $100. I bought one at $75 and one at $25.

So for value, there is not much. If you find the right buyer they might bring $25 to $50, but may be for sale a while because not too many are looking for a used stock replacement.

Good luck.
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to add to what QCvette said, the other thing will be ow much pipe is left for attachment as well.

post a couple pictures of what they look like (condition)
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Ah okay, sounds like itís not worth posting pics or anything, thatíd be a pain for me rn. Thereís nothing really left as far as pipe, for the eliminators you basically cut just before the hangers. And theyíre in fine condition, but not great or anything. I just had no idea, so I was wondering if the two of them might be worth like $100-150 or something to that effect. Also a gear head friend I met in the Army had mentioned something once about certain mufflers being worth a little bit to sell to the right muffler shop because of a certain material inside, something to that effect so that was in the back of my mind as well. Iím moving and donít have room for them so I was wondering if there might be something I could do to unload em quick for a couple bucks, like a shop or dealership or something, I donít really know haha. Because yeah I already expected that posting them on eBay or something, theyíd just be sitting there for sale forever, and nobodyís gonna want them on Craigslist. Canít imagine what use someone would have for used stock mufflers really haha. Maybe Iíll call a junkyard or two. Just wanted to get an idea if they were worthless or not, which they basically are haha. Thanks guys.

And for the record, the dual tips on those eliminators did look and sound pretty good 😬
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The LT tips if removed correctly could bring $$$ and are easily shipped. They likely have same $$ value as the complete mufflers.
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I cant imagine someone wanting to clamp on stock mufflers. there is an abundance of stock cat backs that have not been cut. save the tips if you want but id chuck the mufflers.
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Since OEM mufflers are no longer available from GM (at least for my '88), those used ones might be worth something to someone who is looking for such.
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Since OEM mufflers are no longer available from GM (at least for my '88), those used ones might be worth something to someone who is looking for such.

Like a guy preparing a 96 for an NCRS campaign. Mufflers are date-coded and have part numbers. Mufflers (and their tips) have about 25-30 points associated with them. A significant amount, and enough that a guy will consider trying to find suitable take-off mufflers for his campaign.


I don't know what to suggest for you to approach this market. Probably E-Pay will be the most effective.


Parting thought: I do not know if your mufflers are the same P/N as LT4/Grand Sport mufflers. (I'll look it up later tonight after work). But if yours ARE the same, I would not toss them. GS's are sought after enough that they are being taken through the NCRS system to add value to them. Correct mufflers will be a big deal on a GS, and I suppose quite a few NCRS-potential GS's no longer have their original mufflers. So finding yours on E-Pay might be bought up by a guy just to have them on spec.
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Someone will buy them, eventually. If you have the space, put them in the For Sale section and hold onto them.

Lots of Corvette owners ditch the stock mufflers for something noisy. If the car is later sold, it is common for the new owner to want a factory stock system. That's what happened to me. Or sometimes the same owner that put on the noisy pipes will get tired of it and want stock again... but they ditched their old stock units, so now they are in the market to buy what you have.

I was lucky that a local muffler shop had a pair of brand new factory mufflers for my LT1, $300 installed. I just wish I had kept the chrome Flowmaster tips and sold them, instead of just giving them to the shop. No biggie.
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Parting thought: I do not know if your mufflers are the same P/N as LT4/Grand Sport mufflers. (I'll look it up later tonight after work). But if yours ARE the same, I would not toss them. GS's are sought after enough that they are being taken through the NCRS system to add value to them. Correct mufflers will be a big deal on a GS, and I suppose quite a few NCRS-potential GS's no longer have their original mufflers. So finding yours on E-Pay might be bought up by a guy just to have them on spec.
I too would be interested to know if the actual GS mufflers are different.. I have a LT4/GS Catback on my ZR-1 actually
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I have an LT4 'system' here, the resonator, L muffler and R muffler all have the same 'system' identifying information on them. On all it's 10254060 and that's the 'only' part #'d system I've ever seen published for an LT4 'domestic' production. There's 2 different 'export' systems dependent upon the market.

For NCRS I'd think it important so as to loose no points I'd think there could be no 'butt welds' where they were added to the system.

-=Jeff=- What's the information on your LT4 system?

My system is a YDS and I checked a GS build sheet #709 and it shows the same YDS exhaust. The 'date codes' on my resonator, L muffler and R muffler DO NOT MATCH.

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I just threw mine away
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Originally Posted by ihatebarkingdogs View Post
Like a guy preparing a 96 for an NCRS campaign. Mufflers are date-coded and have part numbers. Mufflers (and their tips) have about 25-30 points associated with them. A significant amount, and enough that a guy will consider trying to find suitable take-off mufflers for his campaign.


I don't know what to suggest for you to approach this market. Probably E-Pay will be the most effective.


Parting thought: I do not know if your mufflers are the same P/N as LT4/Grand Sport mufflers. (I'll look it up later tonight after work). But if yours ARE the same, I would not toss them. GS's are sought after enough that they are being taken through the NCRS system to add value to them. Correct mufflers will be a big deal on a GS, and I suppose quite a few NCRS-potential GS's no longer have their original mufflers. So finding yours on E-Pay might be bought up by a guy just to have them on spec.

no one that has an NCRS type car is going to use mufflers that have to be clamped...
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they probably want date coded corrosion..and cheap.

If you can get $40 or so for the pair local pickup and dont mind sitting on them they might sell. Shipping these days is a killer!

Used to be C4 stuff would sell fast, not so much these days.

Theres always the guy who bought the cat back soup and learned that stock mufflers are not huge power robbers & dont attract the wrong attention.

Your buddy is probably thinking of platinum in cats?
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Originally Posted by missmyc4 View Post
Ah. Also a gear head friend I met in the Army had mentioned something once about certain mufflers being worth a little bit to sell to the right muffler shop because of a certain material inside,
He's probably thinking of catalytic converters. I remember hearing a few years ago of people having theirs stolen right off the car while out shopping.
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Originally Posted by AgentEran View Post
I just threw mine away

lol - guy selling used mufflers.


Reminds me of the peeps who try sell Bose speakers with the amps removed.
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Originally Posted by OH THREE Z View Post
no one that has an NCRS type car is going to use mufflers that have to be clamped...
Maybe, maybe not.

If the "installation" is not typical, there will be an up to 20% deduction of originality for an weld or clamps that is not typical. Perhaps 2-3 points. Much better than 100% deduction of both originality AND condition for "non service replacement" mufflers. Which IIRC is about 30 points.

When NCRS guys work on their "deductions" most learn to use a cost-benefit analysis when working on things that have received deductions. $150-200 for 25 or more points is very low-hanging fruit. Even if they have to weld the mufflers on and take a minor deduction for installation. Cheers.


Originally Posted by WVZR-1 View Post
The 'date codes' on my resonator, L muffler and R muffler DO NOT MATCH.
The dates on the exhaust system never match, but are generally within a few days of each other. The NCRS standard allows a part's date to be up to 6 months before the production date of the car. There are allowances for known exceptions to this rule of course. (Assembly date of LT5 engines in 93, 94, 95 ZR-1's is a good one.)

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