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Finally! Finished my dream exhaust
When I first swapped in my V8, I did shorty headers (free), and had a local shop do the exhaust. It was alright, but didn’t like headers, and the exhaust hung too low. So I decided to re-do it with my new welder.
I bought rams horn manifolds off Ebay, sandblasted them, and coated them with a brush-on cast-iron look high temp coating. The big reasons to do rams horns is lower underhood heat, better clearances, less bolt loosening, and it allows me to use an off the shelf Y pipe (Walker # 42087 about $45). That Y pipe uses 2 – 2” pipes. I cut the end off, and got some 3” exhaust pipe, and went to work cutting, bending, and welding it up. This is my first project with the welder (literally doing the project hours after I got the MIG welder set up). I did re-use some of the pieces from the old exhaust and the muffler, so my cost for re-doing this was low.
To make it work, I had to re-locate the brake proportioning valve so that I could run the pipe real close to the frame next to the oil filter (higher out of the way). The whole thing tucks above frame rail height.
Rams horns: $50
High temp coating: free, I had it laying around (but $20 if you need to buy)
3” exhaust tube: $20 from a local shop – nice 14 gauge
Hangers: Included when I bought the pipe
Walker pipe: $45 shipped
So the total thing cost me just over $100, and lots of my time.
Now to get to work on the skidplate……
Here it is layed out on the floor. 4 total pieces, but 3 shown (the last section did not change).
How the Y pipe goes around the oil pan.
Tight fit around oil filter (but not too close)
After the skid is on, I will be close to flat belly
Here is a view of one of the rams horns installed
The outlet. Didn't change since last summer (when I took this pic).