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Old 08-19-2014, 01:54 PM
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Question Turbo-back Exhaust for Manual 4x4

So I got excited when I saw a vendor had the stainless steel turbo-back exhaust system (MBRP) I'd been eyeing on sale. But then I noticed in the product description that it was only available for automatic transmissions. A call to both the vendor and to MBRP confirmed that MBRP in fact did not manufacture a turbo-back system for a 1997 manual 4x4 F250! I did a bit of forum searching & discovered that aftermarket downpipes are not easy to install on these trucks. So much for a DIY installation I guess. This leads me to a couple of questions:

Does any company manufacture a quality stainless steel turbo-back exhaust system that will fit a 1997 manual 4x4 F250?

For those of you with experience installing a turbo-back system on a 1997 manual 4x4, what exactly are the challenges that DIY installer would face?
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:24 PM
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i can't see what the difference would be. I have a 97 4x4 manual and my 3' down pipe and "race pipe" went in relatively easily...
I used diamond eye parts though.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:49 PM
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Evidently it's a tighter fit with a manual. Any research on the various forums will indicate that the Diamond Eye fits better than the MBRP ("Mounts, but Really Poorly..."), since it's a two-piece and can be adjusted for minor cab-frame-powertrain space differences. Just speculating, but I'll bet the people with fitment issues are also those with old, compressed cab mounts, and a fresh set of cab mounts would add some wiggle room.

I'm guessing that for all these reasons, MBRP is covering its hiney by "qualifying" it for automatic trucks only.
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the manual bell housing sticks out rubs the DP. i have an MBRP and it sucks, had to bend it quite a bit to get it to fit. I will us diamond eye net time
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I have a diamond in my 97 with a manual the normal massaging if the firewall and down pipe clears great. I wasn't able to be around when the rest of the exhaust went in but my brother and a friend said it was easy to put the whole thing. I have 3 in dp and 4 in the rest of the way
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So the verdict for a downpipe on a manual is Diamond Eye?

What are the advantages of having a 4" or 5" exhaust tube after the 3" downpipe?
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:32 PM
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none. personal preference and sound
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:50 PM
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They both will fit, but as terry said the hell is slightly larger so a little more firewall persuasion is required, I like the 5" system better Kause it sounds awesome, it's slightly deeper then the 4" kit, but no real differences other then that
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I like my 4in sounds way better than the hack job that's under my 94. I've never got to hear a 5 before though
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Is there somewhere that shows where and how much the firewall needs to be adjusted to clear the 3" Diamond Eye Downpipe?

I just ordered one and planning an engine swap, so it should be easier to modify the firewall with no motor.

Thanks!
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