My exhaust system was due for an update since the turbo system went on. After the down pipe I basically had some busted ash exhaust shop tack in some crush bent piece of crap.
I picked up 3 inch stainless from Vibrant. The build list went a little something like this:
2X - VIBRANT – 3” MANDERAL BENT UNIVERSAL BEND
1X - VIBRANT – 3” 5 FOOT STRAIGHT TUBE
1X - VIBRANT – 3” ULTRA QUIET RESONATOR
1X - VIBRANT – EXHAUST HANGERS
3X - VIBRANT – V-BAND ASSEMBLIES
1X - VIBRANT – 3” TURBO FLEX PIPE
I started with the downpipe – Leaving my V-Band to turbo flange slightly loose to allow for some rotation while mocking up the rest of the system. I wanted to start out with the flex pipe to keep stress off of my manifold. I had to knock some of the stainless wire off of the end of the flex pipe and then I mated the V-Band flange to it for a couple of quick tacks.
I’m no professional welder by any means but I do know that you must tack v-band flanges in multiple areas before you make your pass or else you’ll end up with a warped flange that wont seat properly.
Then I slid under the car and started to mock up my slight bends before the differential. It always looks like one straight shot will work but it won’t, especially when using 3 inch pipe. After each piece was determined I tacked it together.
Old vs New – and I’m calling it a night.