Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio
My pipe is smooshed... upgrade options?
Not too long ago I noticed that the exhaust pipe is kinda crushed near the rear u-joint in the driveshaft. From what I could see it was pushed in on itself no more than an inch or so, I'll try to get a picture of it sometime tomorrow. Until then, I know the opinions I can get will be limited, but I'll present the questions and concerns I have now all the same.
First of all, I know the crushed pipe can't be doing any good for the car's performance. Any ideas on how much it might be affecting the numbers, hypothetically? Is it possible that it's also reducing my gas mileage?
Obviously, this needs my attention. However, I have entertained the idea of upgrading to true duals in the past. If I start messing with the exhaust, why not do it all in one fell swoop? It shouldn't cost too much (I'm hoping under $300 but no more than $500) and I should be ale to take care of it in my driveway in a day. Here's my only drawback: I don't have ANY exhaust work experience, I don't have a welder or a lift, and the amount of time the car can remain out of commission is at most, two... perhaps three days (unless I take vacation). I greatly prefer to do my own work. However, my dad would be able to assist me since he's replaced the exhaust on his '76 Trans Am before and has a bit more experience in that area.
With those concerns in mind, do you think I should just replace the crushed section of the pipe (fix it) or go for broke and install the whole dual exhaust system (upgrade it)? I mean, how hard can it be...?
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