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#252628 - 05/24/17 01:19 AM Cheap/easy exhaust advice  
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My original exhaust is disintegrating and needs to go. I still have stock exhaust and am not really worried about maximum performance, and want to minimize noise and cost. That being said, an upgrade would always be welcome.
I have considered the Stinger 3" setup and chambered 3" muffler but it's pricey and I'd have to get it professionally installed.

Is it possible to delete the cat and run new 2" pipe to a new 2" muffler without doing any welding if i use clamps? I could probably do this for about $100 in parts but I haven't done exhaust work before.


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#252633 - 05/25/17 02:34 AM Re: Cheap/easy exhaust advice [Re: RC Martin]  
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I can see by yur signature yu have some nice mods on yur car..
and that performance is one of your criteria.

So... you need AT LEAST 2.5" !!
Going from your stock exhaust to 2.5" will WAKE UP the car !!
You will pick up at least 0.5 sec 0-60..

Cheapest:
I see yur location is 'rural' NE ..
a muffler shop should be able to bend you 2.5" from the downpipe back (removing cat) with a generic muffler of your choice for ~$200
maybe less if you're tight with a shop..

AND yu never get under the car.
PRICELESS ! lol I hate undercar work

Next cheapest:
if the max yur local shop can do is 2.5",
I'd get the stinger 3" DP (good deal for 100$) then a 3" muff,
then a flowmaster 3" -> 2.5 reducer cone to transition before the axle;
maybe see if stinger will sell you one of the 2.5" 'dual' tailpipes.
the install cost should be almost 1/2 if the shop doesnt have to bend the tailpipe

Next cheapest:
if yu can find a shop that can do 3" bending,
I would buy the stinger downpipe ,
then have yur shop hang the 3" muff of yur choice, and bend up a 3" tailpipe

Best: full mandrel bent 3" system


David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, 16.4@88 1/4 (gTech)
#252652 - 06/04/17 01:18 AM Re: Cheap/easy exhaust advice [Re: RC Martin]  
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Yes- if money is very tight and you have to do something now, you could clamp together some 2" stuff, but it probably wont be much fun, might not stay together long-term, and wont perform nearly as well as the options already offered.

Hope whatever path you choose works out! smile

-n8-


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#252683 - 06/19/17 05:39 AM Re: Cheap/easy exhaust advice [Re: RC Martin]  
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Thanks for the ideas!

The system is holding up for now but eventually I'm going to lose the pipe to the muffler, then it's over LOL

Guess I better save up. On the bright side the TC isn't my DD, but that's also what prevents me from spending more on it


84 TC - Bright Canyon Red, Rebuilt Motor .040 Over & 3-Angle Valve Job
Gnari FMIC / Recirc Pipe / HKS-SQV BPV, Stinger MBC @ 15psi, RF-E6 Manifold, Remote-Mount TFI, PC1 and Flowed 35# Injectors, Kirban AFPR
Rebuilt Suspension -- KYB & Energy Suspension
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2289955
#252692 - 06/24/17 02:48 PM Re: Cheap/easy exhaust advice [Re: RC Martin]  
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I just ordered a 3"stinger downpipe= $100
8' of 3" exhaust tubing from summit= $34
And one straight through summit muffler= $40
I will cut some pie cuts for the bends and weld it up, 3" exhaust for under $200, i will run a turn down for now and maybe buy another section of tubing later to make a tailpipe.


1986 thunderbird tc,, 5spd, bone stock so far.

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