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Old 06-21-2014, 01:23 PM
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I am getting myself a 38r, but the question is, should I buy bellowed up pipes as well. I don't think my stock pipes are leaking but I could be wrong. Is it worth the extra money if my pipes now aren't leaking? And would it make life easier in the long run to do them with the turbo off and do it all at once? Thanks!
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I would do it without hesitation if it were my truck. Pulling the turbo isn't bad but doing it twice when it could be avoided is nice. Some people choose to do up pipes with turbo installed but it's a lot easier with it off. It's really not that much more money after buying a 38r especially if you get the dorman pipes, especially since it seems their fitment issues have been resolved. With that said about dorman I have international bellowed up pipes on my truck but our 450 at work has the dormans and our diesel mechanic said he had no fitment problems with them. So IMO yes it's worth the extra money and will make life easier in the end.
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If you can spare the coin I would just do them together, no point in having to pop the hood twice when once is better
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I am getting myself a 38r, but the question is, should I buy bellowed up pipes as well. I don't think my stock pipes are leaking but I could be wrong. Is it worth the extra money if my pipes now aren't leaking? And would it make life easier in the long run to do them with the turbo off and do it all at once? Thanks!
If you dig back far enough, I believe someone on here had like 5 sets of bellowed pipes for $200 a set.

I would most definitely do them if your going to install a 38R or any turbo really.
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Wish i had done mine when i installed my 38R.

Installed my International pipes last weekend. Toughest part was removing the old ones where they mount to the manifold on the passenger side. The top bolt stripped on me so i had to weld it to the flange so it would not spin on the back side. Ended up just snapping the bolt cause the nut was seized on there. I took a torch to the bolts before trying to loosen in hopes they would get soft and break. My idea worked great, about half a turn on the bolt and they would snap.

Driver side was a breeze and both up-pipes fell out of the collector.

I was tired and rushed the install part of the turbo though and didnt have one of the pedestal o-rings in correctly so when I started the rig back up it was puking oil out the bottom of the turbo. Next morning i tore it apart again and had it back together in an hour. Im getting good at pulling the turbo!
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