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post #1 of 17 Old 12-20-2007, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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flex pipe=weak link?

This is the first day I've read of the flex pipe becoming the next 'weak link'. I pmed norcal nick last night if he had the block off plate in stock and he reommended just getting the whole up pipe and then I read this thread. I've never read of the flex pipe going bad. Have you guys? I haven't been around the forums too long but am hoping I can get away cheap with elite's block off plate cuz I don't have the money for the entire up-pipe.

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R u talking about the flex pipe on the exhaust between downpipe and the bed of the truck. If u r , its not a weak link.. u need it

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No, well...I don't think that is what Nick was referring to. I think there is a "flex" section on the up pipe itself.

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yeah the go bad and crack. I had my turbo uppipes crack on me and leak. got to the point where you could smell it in the cab.

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I have had the Elite Up-pipe with EGR delete and it broke at the flex area.

Elite nor I had any ideas on why it broke, just a freak thing I guess.

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son of a b!tch. you do one mod to ensure something doesn't blow but because you did that mod there is a chance something will blow! lol thanks for the quick replies guys! even at 11pm cali time I an still count on this site!

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I've had it break 3 times. I took mine and had the flex section wraped in a stainless sleeve. It's like a solid pipe now, but it'll never leak again.

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David,

You are going to be right there. I know money is tight for you (Funny because the Mod's keep coming) But I feel if it is tight then as a FRIEND I am suggesting to replace the hole pipe. If you brake the pipe loose to install the plate you might find the flex tube cracking in the near future. I say this because I know you have some miles on your truck and I feel a little now might add to be more later. We all hate when our truck makes us spend money when we are not wanting to. As for it cracking, yes it will start smoking your cab out and you will loose power oh and you don't want to do a mod that will loose power.

Why are you looking for a EGR delete? Don't want to over heat your EGR cooler and have problems ..... One mod always leads to another



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Yep, like I said, this is the next "weak link" in your system... I still have about 46k on my 100k warranty though. After that, I'll likely replace it with a solid up-pipe...

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tell me about it! But this is an xmas present along with a coolant filter. Nick, are you gonna be at your shop tomorrow afternoon?

Bama, did elite replace your up-pipe no questions asked?

With the solid up-pipe what happens to the "entry" of the egr cooler? Does it remain open or does elite send the block off plate to bolt up to it to close it off? I've always wondered. I'll be ordering that $165 pipe next week. thanks guys.

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