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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2013, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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exhaust question for newbie

Be easy on me as I'm a newbie but I would like to know if outside of being able to DIY, is there an advantage to going with an exhaust that you can order vs. going to an exhaust shop and having them do it?

I'm specifically talking about a 4" turbo back straight pipe.
Considering both would be aluminized steel, is there a difference? Is it the cost that drives most to go the DIY route?
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There is no difference, the biggest issue (at least everywhere I've been) is finding an exhaust shop that stocks 4" pipe and has a bender that will handle 4" pipe. Plus, when you use a normal type of bender, it crimps down on the bends reducing the overall ID of the pipe. Not that big of a deal, but it still effects flow a little.

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Exhaust shops Ive been to whine and moan about 4in exhaust and flip out about 5. Not sure why exactly but it is easier to order a complete system via internet. Maybe its just because Im in MD. This state is *** backwards from the people to the laws...

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well if you have a shop do it they are going to charge you a ton. thats why everyone does it themselves.
i bought my 4 inch diamond eye for like 270 online. took me about and hour and a half to install
only thing that you need two people for is to hook up the downpipe other than that its a one man job.
if you have access to a air compressor or sawzall it can be done easily.
and of course a few other small hand tools.
if you live somewhere near the coast or where they use lots of salt on the road go the stainless route, if not go with the aluminized.

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You will find VERY few shops that offer the ability to bend 4" tube... Most stop at 3".

Its a painfully easy job to install a kit on your own.

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Just Placed the Order

After reading through this thread and others I went with a 4" Stainless Steel (live pretty coastal) Turbo Back - Straight Pipe (essentially - no Cat / No Muffler) for my '97 F350. Currently stock exhaust on truck.

Got authorization as part of a Father's Day negotiation. Had to act fast.

Will self install taking next step toward bringing truck into 21st century.

When I can't figure out the installation I will once again look to the expertise on this forum. I appreciate the insight and opinion.

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