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Old 10-09-2012, 03:21 PM
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Do I need a downpipe with a 4" exhaust system?

Ok, I tried this in the general section, but it was probably the wrong place for it. I want to get a "Turbo Back" 4" exhaust system, and am wondering if it is worth the hassle to use a 4" down pipe (or a 3.5" aftermarket) instead of just keeping my stock down pipe and welding the 4" system to it. What do you all think? I understand that the stock one is 3.5", so what would the advantage of a, say MBRP 3.5" down pipe be? I want to lower my EGT's, and of course, maybe get a small bump in ponies. Thanks!
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My OEM down pipe was 3 inches, so the 3.5 did help. A 4 inch will work, but it's mucho tighto in there when you try going 4 inches.
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My OEM down pipe was 3 inches, so the 3.5 did help. A 4 inch will work, but it's mucho tighto in there when you try going 4 inches.
Did your 4" system come with the 3.5" down pipe? What model did you go with? Thanks!
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Smile 4 inch exhaust

I BOUGHT MBRP 4 INCH PERFORMANCE SYSTEM BUT THE 4 INCH DOWNPIPE WAS FOULING ON GEARBOX. FITTED THE ORIGINAL 31/2 DOWNPIPE THEN INTO THE 4 INCH PIPES AND IT WORKS JUST FINE
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:33 PM
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I BOUGHT MBRP 4 INCH PERFORMANCE SYSTEM BUT THE 4 INCH DOWNPIPE WAS FOULING ON GEARBOX. FITTED THE ORIGINAL 31/2 DOWNPIPE THEN INTO THE 4 INCH PIPES AND IT WORKS JUST FINE
Thanks for the info. So I guess my next question is, do some trucks have 3" vs. 3.5" down pipes stock?
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I got flowmaster and it came with a 4" down pipe, didn't really have any problems sliding it up to the turbo had to turn it just right and it went right up there. Kind of like a puzzle. All truck are a little different though, I've heard of people having trouble with the 3.5" down pipe.

The only reason I got flowmaster is because mbrp was 3 to 4 weeks out when I ordered mine and I'm impatient. Lol
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I have run all 3 ways (stock, 4" flowmaster, and now 3.5" mbrp), I felt that the stock downpipe spooled better in normal driving, the 3.5" is good all around, and the 4" was a pain to fit in the truck.
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If I'm not mistaken, exhaust tubing is measured on inside diameter. All I know is that I checked the box for a 3.5 MRBP down tube and it was larger than the OEM tube on my 2003. I already had a 4" Dynomax cat back and I connected the 2. A friend has a 4 inch on his 03 and it's a tight fit.

Why did I buy exhaust twice? Because we miss measured and thought that the down tube was 3.5 inches. Turns out it was 3 inches into the resonator, then 3.5 from cat to tail pipe.

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:01 AM
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Sounds like A 4" MBRP with a 3.5" down pipe is the way to go; and maybe the earlier 6.0's had less space to work with?
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You definitely want to get rid of the stock downpipe on an '03 6.0 as they are not mandrel bent. Meaning it's a crimped up POS where it turns to go to the cat.
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