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5/4/14 11:34am - Original Message: 'Sidepipes'
Crockett 1
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Hello I am thinking about installing sidepipes to 78 vette, anybody have and comments or helpful

hints I see some for sale on ebay which look like you can just weld them to factory pipes

I am just looking for the good sound but want to be able to still hear my stereo

I am not expecting any H.P. gains from this also does anyone have experience with these

I would love a set of the Hooker headers/sidepipes but having hard time with the $1500.00

price tag....any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Andy 

**UPDATE INSTALLED MY SIDEPIPES SOUND EXCELLENT!!!

I GOT THE ONES ON EBAY FOR $390.00 WOULD RECCOMEND GOING TO EXHAUST SHOP FOR
INSTALL AS CUSTOM PIPES NEED TO BE FABRICATED TO CONNECT TO MANIFOLDS. 

 



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1/13/14 12:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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Plenty of folks here with sidewinders of all different kinds/brands. I'm sure they'll be able to give you tips on how theirs work, and sound. Thumbs Up

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1/13/14 12:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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What did you say????????????????
I can't hear you over the sound of the side pipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hmmm that is going to be hard to balance.
DaveM has the Hooker set up on his black 81, I have been in this car.........get a high wattage stereo!
You do see used set up once in a while but the shipping is going to get you. almost worth going new with free shipping.....and you can put mufflers in the pipes.....
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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1/13/14 3:59pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

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I got Hookers from Jet Hot, ceramic coated, with the glass packs. the price was less than Hooker. See what there price is.

The sound is not bad at all until you open it up.

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1/13/14 9:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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I see a lot of guys installing the universal Patriot sidepipes. They don't look as nice as the Hookers but for under $300 it can fit the bill. They work with your stock exhaust manifolds. You order them by length. Summit, Jegs etc carry them. Now, I have a set here. Picked em up used and they are going on my Model A drag toy not the vette. I will assume they are an offshore product but the material is fairly stout and the chrome pretty good. None of its flaking off....yet....I can e-mail pics of these if anyone wants some angle not shown in the ads. I don't have the elbow that adapts the front of the pipe to your manifold down tube. I get to make those...hence the $50 price tag. They are glass packs...just about full length too. So I assume they are not very loud. I'm going to section mine and remove half the muffler. Hey its a drag toy.
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1/13/14 11:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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I installed sidepipes this past spring in my 72 Convertible. Bottom line, wish I would have done it in the first place. I went with headman side exhaust headers and a factory piping with Ecklers covers. I think they sound great and I dont consider mine that loud. That is until you push to hard on the accelerator, which I dont believe in! Now I believe the aftermarket pipes are much louder but the factory pipes are perfect for an old man like me. Of course the sound is only half the pleasure, the eye appeal wraps up the package for a big Thumbs Up! I'll try posting a pic to show you!
Also with a cover on your pipe there is less of a chance to not get the leg tattoo that stays with you for life. And if your significant other gets burnt your up the creek for the rest of your life! The fiber glass covers do not get hot, check with other for aftermarket covers.
Best of luck, and if your in Pa in the spring and want to hear them, feel free to stop in!


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1/14/14 8:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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I did the repro chrome metal N11 '69 side pipe covers and a set of oversized side pipe mufflers from Sweet Thunder. Very pricey. 

I just did a search on ebay. There is a set of fiberglass '69 N11 style covers for about $390 shipped. These fiberglass covers can be painted. Plus you won't fry your leg on them either. Sweet Thunder has OEM style side pipe mufflers that bolt to the stock manifolds starting at $450 for aluminized tubing. Stainless is starting at $650. 


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5/4/14 12:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Sidepipes'
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Crockett 1 said:

Hello I am thinking about installing sidepipes to 78 vette, anybody have and comments or helpful

hints I see some for sale on ebay which look like you can just weld them to factory pipes

I am just looking for the good sound but want to be able to still hear my stereo

I am not expecting any H.P. gains from this also does anyone have experience with these

I would love a set of the Hooker headers/sidepipes but having hard time with the $1500.00

price tag....any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Andy 

**UPDATE INSTALLED MY SIDEPIPES SOUND EXCELLENT!!!

I GOT THE ONES ON EBAY FOR $390.00 WOULD RECCOMEND GOING TO EXHAUST SHOP FOR
INSTALL AS CUSTOM PIPES NEED TO BE FABRICATED TO CONNECT TO MANIFOLDS. 

 





So how about some pics!



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