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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 14, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Exhaust recommendations for new Shorty Headers

I recently purchased SB Shorty Headers (Rick's Camaros #33-10268) to replace my stock exhaust manifold and am looking for recommendations from anyone that has installed them before. [car is non-a/c, powerglide transmission, convertible]

Looking for good rumbling sound (and reasonable HP gain) out of the exhaust system with dual mufflers preferred. For the exhaust piping I'm thinking 2-1/2" pipes but as far as how to do it, looking for advice. Options I'm considering:
  1. Modify existing stock exhaust system (least preferred option as not dual, etc.)
  2. Purchase exhaust system through Ricks, Classic, etc. and bring to a shop to install. These look to start at $400+ for dual exhaust systems (Classic Industries #P1019S for rear exit). Wondering if this option is more troublesome for a conv (comments mention modifying/replacing the body pan for X-pipe system)
  3. Bring headers to shop and have custom system installed.

Trying not to break the bank either :-)

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 14, 12:07 PM
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Re: Exhaust recommendations for new Shorty Headers

Shorty's are a performance improvement over stock but don't expect more than a "feels like it's just got a tune up" difference! I would suggest you shop around for a good muffler shop and to make the pipe installer's job easier get the Hotchkis X-brace to replace your factory piece. It will give the pipe guy a lot more room to work.

By going to a muffler shop you'll get a custom built exhaust that fits, doesn't vibrate and if they know what they are doing can give you the sound you want! They also love working on cool cars and will give you great follow up support after you leave the shop! And chances are it will cost you less out the door than buying a premade kit!

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 14, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Exhaust recommendations for new Shorty Headers

Thanks. Called a local custom shop with excellent reviews and experience with classic cars. They quoted $950 all-in (includes $300 to install headers) - dual set up with Flowmaster mufflers.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 14, 11:37 AM
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Re: Exhaust recommendations for new Shorty Headers

Hey Matt,

I see you're in San Diego. I had Wholesale Tube Benders in Poway bend up a custom exhaust system for me and they did excellent work for a reasonable price. You might check them out. Small shop, owner operated. The owners name is Marlon.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 14, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Exhaust recommendations for new Shorty Headers

Thanks Paul. Actually, Marlon at WTB was who I spoke to :-)

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