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Old 12-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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Catback

Finally got my american thunder catback put on and all I can say is wow. Super quiet. Coming from annoying straight pipes I now have my radio at normal volume. Had to take to exhaust shop because the bolts were rusted pretty badly. Think I'm gonna keep my exhaust like this for awhile.
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What kinda mid pipe ya got?
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What kinda mid pipe ya got?
Stock H-Pipe. Previous owner just removed the entire stock catback and left the H-Pipe hanging. Was loud compare to the thunder catback.

Edited. Here's my catback lol. Looks great with tips. Not having exhaust makes me love how it looks now.
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Stock H-Pipe. Previous owner just removed the entire stock catback and left the H-Pipe hanging. Was loud compare to the thunder catback. Edited. Here's my catback lol. Looks great with tips. Not having exhaust makes me love how it looks now.
You didn't feel like you had no power with your H pipe just hanging ? I bottomed out my Off-road H and it felt like i lost a lot of power and gas millage was horrible
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[QUOTE="Rich04;1898778"] You didn't feel like you had no power with your H pipe just hanging ? I bottomed out my Off-road H and it felt like i lost a lot of power and gas millage was horrible[/QUOTE

Took like 45 seconds to get to 60 miles lol. Can't tell mpg wise. I got 23 mpg with no catback.
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You must live in the boonies because around here you would have gotten at least one ticket for noise pollution. Good deal, I'm not a huge fan of flows but ANYTHING sounds better than the *** that is straight pipes/no catback. Get an O/R pipe on it and it'll be G2G.
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Yeah, live in the woods of Texas. Never had trouble with the law. Thinking of BBK O/R. Or is pypes good?
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BBK will be fine and fit like a glove.
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Any tools I need to make it easier for me to take off the Mid-Pipe? Would I need new o2 sensors or no?
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No new o2 sensors, the old ones should be fine. However, there is a nut on the passenger's side collector that is a pain in the ***. A shallow socket won't go on and a deepwell won't fit. Solution is to use a 1/2" drive shallow socket and 1/2" drive universal adapter. That is deep enough to get on the nut but not too deep where it can't fit.
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No new o2 sensors, the old ones should be fine. However, there is a nut on the passenger's side collector that is a pain in the ***. A shallow socket won't go on and a deepwell won't fit. Solution is to use a 1/2" drive shallow socket and 1/2" drive universal adapter. That is deep enough to get on the nut but not too deep where it can't fit.
Ugh F that nut...it beat me lol, took it to a shop for my midpipe swap
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Yeah, live in the woods of Texas. Never had trouble with the law. Thinking of BBK O/R. Or is pypes good?
You'll be happy with Pypes or BBK. They both make a quality mid-pipe. The car will sound much better with the cats deleted too. Especially with those American Thunder mufflers.

You also won't need much more than basic hand tools once you're able to get under the car. I'm assuming you have jack stands and a floor jack?

Let us know what you think of the new mid-pipe when the time comes!

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Yep. Floor jacks and common hand tools I have. Probably going to get bbk x pipe o/r after the New Years. Gonna keep it quiet for now. Looking at Steeda UDP and throttle body at the moment.
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Steeda UDPs are good, I'd go with a Dragon 75mm for the TB.

As for the midpipe... too many Pypes horror stories and you really do get what you pay for. I've never had an issue with BBK as far as fit. They aren't stainless but if you are in TX you probably don't have to worry about road salt.
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Steeda UDPs are good, I'd go with a Dragon 75mm for the TB.

As for the midpipe... too many Pypes horror stories and you really do get what you pay for. I've never had an issue with BBK as far as fit. They aren't stainless but if you are in TX you probably don't have to worry about road salt.

Also looking at the mgw short throw shifter. Would I use the sealant that comes with it or get the gasket from AmericanMuscle?

Reading review about UDP, should I use the Alternator pully? Why does it cause charging issue?
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I've never used the alt pulley, it can introduce charging issues but probably won't. I had a ton of problems with my 91GT and the alt pulley but that had a 2G alternator which is barely adequate to power it in stock form.

As for the MGW, just use what they include. The gaskets are meant more for ppl using the full billet shifters like the Tri-Ax or Pro 5.0
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