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No, I'm not planning on putting it on myself. Yea, the shop I posted about is the same that KevinM had do his exhaust. It's Troy's Muffler & Performance Shop in Anderson, SC that I spoke of previously. It's a pretty good haul from Charlotte to Troy's.

There are some shops near me that I might consider or see if Robert can install it or might recommend someone near him.

I'm still trying to get ahold of Mandrel Exhaust systems to arrange payment for the front half of my order. I placed the orders seperately because I didn't have all the cash on hand for everything at once. I'll put the front half on my CC when I can get through to them; I've left two messages on their answering machine. I paid for the back half with pay-pal.

Oh well, I'm not in that big of a hurry. As long as everything is here by June. I guess they'll call me when they're ready to process my order. I'll let ya know how it goes as information becomes available.

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I'm still trying to get ahold of Mandrel Exhaust systems to arrange payment for the front half of my order. I placed the orders seperately because I didn't have all the cash on hand for everything at once. I'll put the front half on my CC when I can get through to them; I've left two messages on their answering machine. I paid for the back half with pay-pal.

Oh well, I'm not in that big of a hurry. As long as everything is here by June. I guess they'll call me when they're ready to process my order. I'll let ya know how it goes as information becomes available.
I left several messages on their machines and never got any calls back. They replied to my emails days later, but never any phone replies. So if you really want that by June, you might have to use paypal for the rest of your stuff

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Thank you Ron for the info . I hope I get lucky in my order I paid for it all
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UPS guy just left 1/2 of my order on the porch. Looks like mine came with a welded on hanger and 4 exhaust clamps.


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I left several messages on their machines and never got any calls back. They replied to my emails days later, but never any phone replies. So if you really want that by June, you might have to use paypal for the rest of your stuff
Thanks, Yea, I just Pay-Paled the rest to them. They are impossible to reach by phone.

So, now I'm officially on the waiting list too. Well, it looks like Jason had to wait about a month for half of his order. We'll see how long the other half takes to arrive.

Keep us posted about order and delievery dates guys. So we can have some idea of how long these orders are taking to get out. Thanks.

Here are my dates:

Front and Back sections ordered: 2-20-2009
Payment for back section sent and received: 2-20-2009
Confirmation of receipt of payment for rear section received by email: 2-21-2009
Payment for front section sent 3-2-2009

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Which mufflers did you go with Jason?
Magnaflow XL mufflers.

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those socket conectors are kinda pricey..

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those socket conectors are kinda pricey..
just alittle bit but no worries the band clamps work just as good

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i'm gonna run the band clamps instead now jus gotta buy some.

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Hey Jason whats the overall length of those magnaflows? do you plan on having the mufflers tucked up and dumped out the corners? or doing something else?

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Hey Jason whats the overall length of those magnaflows? do you plan on having the mufflers tucked up and dumped out the corners? or doing something else?
The Magnaflow XL's are 14x9x4 Body, with an overall length of 20" including the inlet/outlet. I have SC GFX, everything is hidden anyway, so I went with the fully welded Stainless steel version. I think they have a show polished version too, for those of you who like to show off

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UPS delivered package #2 I can't wait for Saturday!


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NICE Cant wait . Already have a app to have mine installed when the time comes
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Purdy.... one question.

i see flange connections on the X pipe but none on the back half in the other pic? did yours come with the other flange piece?
2nd, does the driver side exhuast flange that bolts up to the manifold, does it have the single bolt that connects it to the manifold?

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Purdy.... one question.

i see flange connections on the X pipe but none on the back half in the other pic? did yours come with the other flange piece?
2nd, does the driver side exhuast flange that bolts up to the manifold, does it have the single bolt that connects it to the manifold?
nope and nope. It's definitely not a "driveway install". The flanges on the back of the X pipe do not have a mate from what I can see in all the stuff. Also the pipe that meets up to the X pipe flanges will have to be flared to meet up with that socket, unless my exhaust guy has a weld in socket. On the driver side collector flange, it's just a normal 2 bolt flange like the other side has.

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Well crap I knew I should of jumped on this sooner. Looks like they got rid of free shipping.
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Well crap I knew I should of jumped on this sooner. Looks like they got rid of free shipping.
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Got this email from them today. I have to say this IS the right way to do business!!!

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I’m writing this email concerning your recent order from us for the Thunderbird Exhaust System. It was discovered the day after we shipped your exhaust, that a section of the system might have the wrong style connection used for installation. We processed a 2nd shipment the following day and sent a new part to be used for installation. There is no action needed on your part, you can choose to keep the left over part or recycle if you choose.

We think this occurred because the order was shipped in 2 boxes. None-the-less the 2nd part shipped will solve the installation.

For the record, you should be receiving 3 shipments from us. 1. The catback and mufflers. 2. The x-pipe. 3. The additional/new part used for installation.

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Keeping it Joe .I am thinking and hopeing that the catback will hook up to my new tubeing

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Cool hey if joe dosen't want them

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Exhaust INSTALLED! The good, bad, and UGLY

Well guys I got my exhaust installed this morning.
First the good:
The back half was pretty well spot on. Everything lined up right and worked ok. Since I have SC GFX, I can't run the pipes straight out the back so we had to shorten the back part to move the muffler back from the bumper cover a bit so he could do a turn-down.

Now the bad:
The X-pipe lined up ok, but it's pretty much impossible to make it a slip-fit. One really needs ball & Socket clamps. Also on the front part of the X-pipe, its very difficult to get the pipes on. You have to put them on then raise the whole front half up into the car. I had that part welded so it's not coming back apart.

And the UGLY:
The down tube on the passenger side is WRONG! Anyone out there who bought the front half of this system should definitely test fit this piece first and decide whether you want to return it or "make it work". I chose to make it work. The angle of the downtube is off a bit, so the side of the cat is physically touching the starter. In addition to that issue, the O2 bung is pointed straight at the bellhousing where the starter mounts, making it physically impossible to get the O2 in there. I think even if you installed the O2 and raised the downtube, it would still hit. It's definitely not right and not something you can fix in your driveway without a welder. I had my exhaust guy cut the pipe off just after the cat. That allowed us to rotate the cat just enough to allow the O2 to clear and stop the cat from touching the starter. Then he modified that downtube to align with the new location of the cat and re-welded it. While we were looking in the end of the cat, we also found that they pushed the pipe too far into the cat housing, This causes a lip inside the cat all the way around. I'm sure this will catch airflow and cause turbulence inside there. I'm not sure how crucial that is, but there wasn't much we could do about it.

Overall impressions, It's a good system from the X-pipe back, very nice bends and I'm sure it flows well. I do have quite a drone around 1400~1800 rpm that I really dont like. Since I have 373 gears, I'm at 2200rpm @ 70mph so it's not too bad on the highway, but cruising around town I'm in that rpm range a lot. I will probably ditch the X-pipe and go back to a small mid-mount muffler to cure that.

Here's a pic showing where the O2 is pointed right at the bellhousing.


And here's where the cat was touching the starter.

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My system was catless so I never saw that issue with the cats when I had my car. Good luck to you guys that make the purchase. That cat is VERY close to the manifold for some reason.

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