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Old 10-13-2013, 05:34 PM
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Exhaust down pipe

My buddy has a 2000 7.3 with a leak in his down pipe. His mechanic wants to charge him $400.00 to supply and install a new oem down pipe. Is this a good price? Is it an easy job? I have a 6.0 so I'm not too familiar with the 7.3, I told him to buy the Diamond eye 4" turbo back for $300.00 of eBay and will do it our selves. Thanks,
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:41 PM
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Its an easy half day job to replace the hole exhaust. Do it yourselves.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:12 PM
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Are you sure its the down pipe and not the up pipes?
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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Not too sure I haven't looked at it myself, he's telling me he's getting exhaust fumes in the cab and the turbo whistle is getting loud.
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I highly doubt its a down pipe issue... Sounds like an up pipe issue.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:20 AM
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my downpipe was actually leaking, very uncommon though. very small pinhole
wouldnt have known it was leaking if i didnt change the exhaust.

if it is the downpipe a 4 inch diamond eye system can be had for 230 from alligator performance.
install with two people with the right tools is 1.5-2 hours.

up pipes are definitely a more common leak.
belowed up pipes are a permanent fix for this issue, int'l is the way to go with up pipes.

bd diesel came out with some too.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:13 AM
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perfect timing for this thread !

I was about to post to ask if anyone had used the Rockauto bellowed up pipe replacement kit. It's listed around 200 bucks versus the more expensive 400 dollar versions. Does anyone know the difference between the two besides costs?

I have recently found poor performance and leaky up pipe connections. Gotta get it fixed.
Thanks,RB
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:49 PM
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the cheaper ones are usually dorman (made in china) and most of the people that buy these have issues installing them.

just not worth saving a little bit of money to maybe have it leak again.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:31 AM
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re: the IH up pipes

I looked at the IH up pipes and Y connector from the RiffRaff site. In the picture they look to be Stainless Steel ? or is that just me wanting them to be SS given the price of them puppies....

I tend to think you are correct on the china supplied pipes, cheaper is not always the best route, especially considering the amount of time and effort to install a new up pipe system. I only want to tackle this task once. !

thanks , RB
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:52 PM
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ya its definitely one of those jobs that you only want to do once.

they are stainless. they also have stainless gaskets instead of the stock gaskets which are an organic gasket which wears down quick.
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