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So who's gone from Long tubes back to Manifolds?

Discussion in 'Exhaust' started by CompO_Eric, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. CompO_Eric

    CompO_Eric Arch Enemy of the Prius Established Member

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    Since I'm still pretty bummed about the way the car sounds I might go this route... Right now it has Kooks 1" 5/8 LTHs, off-road x and Borla Stingers. Car hasn't had a on dyno tune yet, just a few revisions to richen the mixture but as stated in another thread, pop and 4V sound is gone.

    My current set up is a 2.2L Kenne Bell which I don't foresee going away in the future. So IMO there's not much gain for me to run headers other than the sound. Plus it only makes future inevitable jobs such as changing starters and clutches more difficult.

    Thoughts are welcome


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  2. jm35ny

    jm35ny Member Established Member

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    I love the way headers sound on these cars, no way I`d go back to manifolds. Kooks are nice quality headers too!
     
  3. likuid_inc

    likuid_inc New Member Established Member

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    Yeh those are top notch headers, I just picked up the Borla Touring Catback and am saving for either the BBk catted X Pipe or Magnaflow Catted X pipe to hook up to stock headers. I hear these cars sound amazing with the H Pipe attached to the longtubes tho, very deep and aggressive. I would keep your current setup, and get a custom dyno tune to have it running on point! Good luck man
     
  4. BlksvtCobra01

    BlksvtCobra01 Deplorable and Proud Established Member

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    Go with Magnaflow or Bassani. BBK is junk.
     
  5. blownfox

    blownfox Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I was wondering the same thing. The car I picked up has kook long tubes but changing tge clutch just got that much harder and cant go as low with the car. What about the bassani mid length headers? Do they hang as low as LT and is there better serviceability with them?
     
  6. Bdubbs

    Bdubbs u even lift bro? Premium Member Established Member

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    I have arh 1 3/4", 3" off road x pipe, and Bassani catback. The car sounds down right awesome. Not loud until I mash the pedal. People don't expect that loud mean sound, catches everyone off guard. If you have popping sound that's tune related. I had that with my old tuner.

    Ditch the stingers.
     
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  7. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Why catted x pipe?


    We put ours on when car was new..

    ive done tob many times and they arent in the way with bbk long tube..

    And as others said ..car sounds way to mean to go back..

    would really like a little louder than what we have..
     
  8. likuid_inc

    likuid_inc New Member Established Member

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    Yeah I hear a lot of negative comments about the BBK parts, but when shopping on a budget it's difficult to get used parts for a good price! These cars are still very sought after, and all used parts are either mangled or selling for the same price as Brand New. For instance those kooks headers a lone are going for more then a grand right now, thats nuts! I am keeping a look out for premium parts in the NY area, but sometimes its just nice to open a brand new package!! I can't even get a set of gears installed on my IRS Cobra for less than 500 bucks just for the labor. FML. Quality Dyno tunes are 400 a session. <3 NY
     
  9. likuid_inc

    likuid_inc New Member Established Member

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    Catted Midpipes are the only way to pass Emissions in NY, They are double the price but half the headache come inspection time! HotCobra how the hell did you reach 400 with a canned tune and exhaust work, thats amazing if true!
     
  10. oldmodman

    oldmodman Well-Known Member Established Member

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    After watching the hell that a friend went through after trying to get through SMOG with long tubes I decided to go with shorty headers, stock H pipe with factory cats and a Borla 14258 quiet cat back. I am very happy with the sound I get.
    But take into account that I'm an old guy and am past screaming loud pipes. Plus I really, really hated the drone on the freeway.

    No problem getting it past California SMOG.
     
  11. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Most stock have dynoed 380ish..

    we seen 30 hp and tq gain with a push of 1 button

    hoping to get back on dyno @400k...like to see how engine has held up on power not neing beating to death.

    still feels like new driving
     
  12. 03_uni-B

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    THIS x3874523. I couldn't get the BBK xpipe to fit that I bought. I sent it back and bought a Bassani X, which I should've done to start.
     
  13. NateDogg

    NateDogg Terminator Established Member

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    That pop/crackling your looking for on decal is tune related. Mine does it and sounds glorious with my kooks Lts.

    I've had a lot of exhaust set ups, and Kooks LT and 3inch xpipe paired with some stingers is probably my favorite. (I do like the MAC catback, but the fitment is so damn shitty)

    Now that I have Cams added to the equation.. Good god... This is what a cobra is supposed to sound like!!
     
  14. Bdubbs

    Bdubbs u even lift bro? Premium Member Established Member

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    You like that popping on decel? I had it and hated it. Sounded like a damn old farm grain truck. Stingers are to raspy for me, I guess it's all perspective.
     
  15. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    any chance of a sound clip...ive heard 1 cobra with cams..brought back the big block sound
     
  16. CompO_Eric

    CompO_Eric Arch Enemy of the Prius Established Member

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    I figured. Who did your tune?

    Also, like the other guy. In for a vid :beer:
     
  17. likuid_inc

    likuid_inc New Member Established Member

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    Yeah those stingers sound mean! I see a lot of them paired up with the bassani off road x pipe and the LTs. A little too loud for my taste, and the drone is definately noticable. But a lot of guys enjoy the roar with WOT especially the cops when they hear them coming from blocks away!!
     
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    stangfreak Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I gained over 20rwhp with the mac long tubes. The tq went up also. I forgot how much I gained. some people I know, didn't gain that much. But, after the headers were installed, there mph in the back went up. so it didnt show on the dyno, but, at the track, the car was faster. You also have to understand, headers also dissipate the heat from the motor faster. its a win win all around. I would never go back to manifolds. why would we?

    If you have a big twinscrew, or even a tvs you need those long tubes IMO.
     
  19. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    Here's a short vid of mine. Sorry no action shots yet!

    Crower Stage 4 cams
    SLP long tubes
    off-road X
    Magnaflow catback.


    [video=youtube;yzwPrqL0twI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzwPrqL0twI[/video]
     
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  20. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Thanks..idle is wild
     

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