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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 00, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I'm getting ready to replace my exhaust. I keep seeing 'aluminized' exhaust. Does this really make a difference. Are all aluminized pipes about the same or is there someway to weed out the trash from the worthy? I don't have a lift so I will probably just go to Midas of Meineke since I dont look forward to spending hours on my back. I want to make sure they dont say 'yeah, its aluminized' then sell me some cheaper plain steel pipes.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 00, 10:45 AM
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You definately want aluminumized pipe. It doesn't rust. The aluminum coating also makes the pipes look like new longer.

When you look at the pipe, ask to see some with and without the coating so you can see the difference. They usually charge more for the aluminumized pipe, so pretend you don't know the difference and act dumb. Steel pipe is a darker silver, almost blue. Aluminum is brighter, more like a true silver. Also, they tend to put a heavy coating of oil on steel pipe so it won't rust until they put it on your car.

FYI, my aluminumized exhaust is 6 years old and still looks good. the aluminum coating does get scratched from road debris, so you'll get little rust spots here and there.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 00, 07:58 PM
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I say definitely go with the aluminized pipe. gheatly is right, it dosn't rust. Regular steel pipes look like "rusty junk" after about a month or so if you don't paint them. I had a new set of aluminized pipes installed on my 70 Chevelle over 2 years ago, and they still look new. The only place they will rust is at the welds,if you weld them. A little VHT paint can be applied there. They do cost a little more, but well worth the money.
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