Yeah, I finally changed my truck from stock. Me and a buddy ordered a 4" budget exhaust each from Gus at Farmboy's and they came in Friday. I started on mine yesterday with pulling the OEM tubes off. I have 80K on my truck so things had time to "meld" together . The downpipe clamp was really stubborn and ended up gualling a thread. I'm guessing from it being heated and cooled so many times. I salvaged it though with a die. No way to get a new one so late Saturday afternoon.
Also, I will never do another 6.0 without a lift. It's a biotch getting that DP off with all the insulation on it. I ended up slicing it all the way up and ripping it out. To say I was covered in fiberglass is an under statement. That stuff is still stuck in every joint and fat roll on my body.
Once out, I couldn't believe how bottled up it is where they crimp the pipe down. Jesus!! I don't know how it ran as good as it did!! The new stuff went on fairly uneventful thank God. (and Gus
) The only thing I ran into was clearance on the pipe going over the rear axle. My truck has 5th/gooseneck hitch rails that are big under the bed and it's really close under there. But, firing it up made it all worth the labor. Sounds nice,,,, really nice.
It's an 03 so you guys know it has some spool whistle. Got a nice deep tone when the vanes open up too. I went with the muffler option but no cat. I couldn't do the straight pipe thing simply because I drive bad enough to get more unwanted attention than I need. The sound would just increase my odds of getting tickets.
Next weekend I will be helping Glen (my bud) put his on his 7.3. I hope his is easier.
PS. Livewire, here I come.:burnout