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Old 08-16-2012, 06:37 PM
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The manifolds on my truck are rusty (on the outside anyway) and the exhaust pipe is...well...just isn't lol. I'm basically running out of the 2 into 1 cat thing, with a rusty pipe hanging on the end of it that has the o2 sensor screwed into it.

My thinking is that shorty headers and true dual exhaust should give me a decent power gain? If nothing else that rappy little 318 should sound killer with this set up If I go this route should I use a H or X pipe? And where do I pop the O2 sensor in?

One of my buds owns a exhaust shop so I can do that whole thing for about 350. Or I can run cat back single (2 1/2, 3, whatever) for about 100 bucks. (that's with me doing the fab, mock up, weld, and install). I have no idea what kind of shape the cat is in, or how much to replace that (don't really wanna know if ya know what I mean hahaha)

Any thoughts on which way I should go with this would be most appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:55 PM
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Well, should you decide to run a pipe down the drivers' side, keep the plastic gas tank cool somehow, I have no idea how to do that, so this puts you back to running the pipes down the right side. the cat on my 98 broke loose from the head pipe ages ago, all I did was buy a stainless band clamp and put a coupla wire feed dimples on each side of the pipes I was reconnecting, and cranked the band clamp down tight. It's never fallen off, and never leaked. They are a little pricey, but quite effective, when theres no room to do much of anything else.I went with a removed exhaust assy from a hemi truck, its a single 3" pipe, all the way back, I was fortunate to find a single cab shortbed setup that fit straight onto mine, with 2 back to back size adapters. My 95 , I pulled the cat and band clamped the two pipes together, to 2, 2" aluminized pipes which go in to a single magnaflow oval 2 in 2 out muffler that fit, standing on the high sides of the oval, perfectly, with the 2 pipes separating aft of the rear axle, coming out of the edges of the trailer reciever. No useful spare tire carrrier anymore, the spare is in the bed, but here in salt land, spares in the carrier fall off anyhow, eventually, and thats an authentic liability concern, having your spare killing someone by bouncing into their windshield. The mount boss for the 02 sensor is simply welded into one of the aluminized pipes, and drilled, just don't have the sensor mounted downward, so it doesn't catch things, but you can still put a 6 point deepwell with a slot cut into it, on it when you want to replace it. Take the old sensor off, with the pipe at operating temp, you'll find it easier, if you plan to reuse it, tho your mileage would probably improve with a new mopar sensor. that sensor is about the only OEM part I buy, have had good luck with them, as opposed to chinese ones. Good Luck!
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like he said your gonna run into the gas tank problem ive heard of it but idk how i ordered a catback system and its nice for 300 bucks and next is a high flow cat and headers let us know how u make out
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Thanks for the replies guys, gave me a few things I hadn't really thought of. It's kind of funny you mentioned the spare tire falling off, I had that happen on my Dakota a couple years ago. Thank god it happened in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel and not 2 minutes before while I was on the highway. Since I am running 35x12.50's eventually I'll get rid of the stock spare and have a full size spare, maybe mounted baja pre-runner style.

Right now I am kind of leaning towards a single 3" running in the stock location.
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I thought about single to dule for mine. But dicided to go single for 3 in pipe. I have a differnt issue with o2 though I almost have to do a high flow stock style cat for dule sensor set up. But I did find a cat that has two seperate pipes in and single out.
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The more I think about it, I'm going to go with a single cat back 3" and use the $$ I save on new shocks and stabilizer.
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