I haven't done an update in a while so heres my condolences annnnnd pictures
I've done a lot more than im posting tonight but heres to getting my updates going again. I welded the whole joint on the cage as per recommendations...looks like snot but its a solid weld, Im adding some pics of the car on the ground finally. Rear is way high and will be lowered but here ya go.
And heres some of my exhaust pics. I got bored toying with the idea of having someone build my exhaust and the added cost, and what the heck I built my roll cage so why not try something as trivial as some exhaust tubing
So I made another journey to Summing Racing...If your are unfortunate enough as I am to live with in driving distance of one of these stores go ahead and send your apologies to the bank account...
I picked up the universal 2.5" mandrel bent tubing kit, a Narrow X-pipe, some collectors, hangers and clamps. I took my time placing everything up and started from the header flange and worked my way back little by little. I'm usually anal retentive about measuring 10 times and cutting once but I'm ready to drive this things already! I measured one...count it, yes one cut, and eyeballed the rest of em. I deburred all my cuts inside and out and made sure to have no blow through or mig whiskers in the tube after welding. I tacked everything in place before I pulled the whole system out for final welding.
I started off by cutting the flange off of the collector kit and welding it straight onto a peice of mandrel bend, Otherwise with the JTR headers it would have put the pipe too close to the oil pan. After that went into some 90 degree bends pointed toward the rear. A few very small bends were cut to point the straight pipe back. I wanted to keep good access to the oil filter and slave cylinder as well as keep the passengers side away from the starter as far as possible, but in doing so I may have sacrificed about 1/8"-1/4" ish ground clearance. I snaked both sides up above the transmission crossmember. 2.5" is TIGHT in the trans trunnel with a t-56 and straight x-member.
I added some shortened slip joints to the x-pipe and slipped it onto the pipe coming over the trans tunnel. After that I just added bends as needed to keep the pipe as hight and tight as possible all the way to the rear where have them mounted to some 2.25" summit mufflers (dont hate, they were on sale for $10 bucks a pop, too good to pass up simply to get it quiet enought to drive down the road). I added some angled tips made from 2.5" pipe but don't have any pics of those just yet.
All in all im pretty happy with the way it turned out considering this is my first attempt at any of this stuff. I may need to re-work the front based on how much ground clearance I have when its on the ground but time will tell. It sounds much better than it did in my old truck! My old truck had 2.5" with long tube headers, an h-pipe and glasspacks with LOTS of dreaded drone! This system has a very airy sound to it with lots of tone in the rpm ranges. Not too mbad for some on sale summit mufflers
Let me know what you guys think.
Edited by redneck1545, 03 June 2012 - 09:50 PM.