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74merc
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posted 05-24-2001 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
got my headers, got a 2 1/4 reducer and 2 1/4 pipe to tie into my existing exhaust.
here's my question.
is my existing 2 or 2 1/8 pipe going to be restrictive and negate the gains of the headers?
what would be effects be of stepping down in size to my smaller pipe?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 05-24-2001 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not by much. You really won't be turning at a high enough rpm to make much of a difference. {under 5,500, right?}

By removing the exhaust manifolds, you are getting rid of most of the restriction.

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Greenstang
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posted 05-24-2001 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and in theory by reducing the size of the pipe, you will help increase savenging. That is due to the increase in velocity, though I think it would be hard to prove and wouldn't really show much in the real world dyno tests ...

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74merc
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posted 05-25-2001 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yea, for the time being it'll be under 5500rpms.
planning for around 6500 by the time I'm finished.

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PJHMustang
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posted 05-25-2001 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PJHMustang   Click Here to Email PJHMustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once it was common practice by the factory to run say 2" from the engine to the muffler then 1-7/8" from the muffler back. Two reasons given for that practice was quieter operation and the exhaust had cooled so it has a lesser volume requiring a lesser diameter for equal flow.
I would stick with the existing tailpipes until you have the need. It's called economics.

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74merc
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posted 05-25-2001 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
economics would take over regardless, I was just wondering if it would limit it now or in the near future.

thanks guys.

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richard bohm
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posted 05-29-2001 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if you have dual pipes already you wont gain much by going to a larger pipe. maybe 10-15 hp. you can make that up by not running the air(you are using the sanden compressor right??). dont bother replacing the pipes untill they need it. then go with 2 1/2" into the mufflers, and 2 1/4" out.

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74merc
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posted 05-29-2001 03:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what are you talking about sanden compressor?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 05-29-2001 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sanden is a type of A/C compresser.

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