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Old 08-08-2013, 11:43 PM
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Bellowed up pipes..... really?

Okay can somebody explain something here..

The gasket in the stock design tends to fail, it can be replaced for a couple dollars. I just pulled a 2000 motor with 366 000kms and no leak to the up pipes...

So instead of replacing a few dollar gasket, we are all buying pipes that cost around $500 that equal no performance gain.... unless you had a significant leak prior to the "upgrade"

Is that about right?
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:35 AM
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Damn, you hit the nail right on the head!

For most vehicles the up pipe doughnut will fail eventually, especially when increasing HP and turbo PSI, and also increased EGT's, a completely stock rig is less prone to this issue but not many of us keep these rigs stock.

I also bet you would buy the up pipes after having to change out the doughnut cause most people never want to do it again. Its a PITA to get to unless you pull your tranny. $500 IMO is a good deal to be assured you no longer have any leaks an will never have to replace this stuff again.

Go to a shop and you will spend almost $500 in labor for them to change a doughnut that may fail again......
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:22 AM
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If you have the ability/patience to drop the tranny yourself then sure its alright but also new gaskets tend not to seal because the expanding and contracting of the up pipes deforms them and eventually causes the gasket not to seal, hence the leak. The gasket itself doesnt really go bad its the pipes that are no longer tight against the gasket so a new one may not solve your problem.
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