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Old 10-26-2011, 03:39 PM
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1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

I'm sure this question has been asked before... But is there any aftermarket exhaust (manifold back) that doesn't require you to smash your firewall in with a sledge hammer for installation...? Or as they say... Alter your firewall... I'm not sure Ive ever seen such a ridiculous colaboration of pancaked pipes! What was Ford thinkin? I'd like to rid of this nonsense and wake this bitch up!
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

No sir you must alter it or do a body lift
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:54 PM
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

I have heard of people on here not having issues due to how far the engine is set up in it's mounts, and how the cab is mounted. You might be able to slide the engine forward enough to get the dp to clear, but I am not sure on this. I just used a porta-power and moved it a bit and tired the pipe then moved it a little again and so on......
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

Hmm... A body lift? Sounds like a good idea... Would I need to go a full 3" or would 2" work? Does the exhaust clear everything with the body lift installed? Or is there still going to be a passenger in my truck wondering why his shoes are melting from the pipe sticking out of my floor???
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I have heard of people on here not having issues due to how far the engine is set up in it's mounts, and how the cab is mounted. You might be able to slide the engine forward enough to get the dp to clear, but I am not sure on this. I just used a porta-power and moved it a bit and tired the pipe then moved it a little again and so on......

So are the power gains worth the time and money???
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:10 PM
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

I would never go more then 2 in on a body lift. I fit my 3in dp with no altering the firewall.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:36 PM
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So are the power gains worth the time and money???
Not really power gains, just better exhaust flow, lowering EGTs
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

All you really need to do is cut down, or fold over the pinch weld seam, and you'll have plenty of room. I wouldn't say I smashed my firewall. "Massaged" is a little more accurate. I use a combination of dremel, pry bars, 2x4's, baseball bat, and a 3lb hammer.
It's not that bad.
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I'm sure this question has been asked before... But is there any aftermarket exhaust (manifold back) that doesn't require you to smash your firewall in with a sledge hammer for installation...? Or as they say... Alter your firewall... I'm not sure Ive ever seen such a ridiculous colaboration of pancaked pipes! What was Ford thinkin? I'd like to rid of this nonsense and wake this bitch up!
It wont be manifold back as there are up-pipes to the turbo, it will be a turboback exhaust, also you dont need to "smash the firewall" or use a sledge hammer. Most people use a pry bar, port-a-power, a baseball bat works great too, its not that hard of an install.
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Re: 1997 powerstroke aftermarket exhaust

As others have mentioned, what's the big deal of smashing the firewall? It's not like you're putting a huge hole in it, as Nodge said all you're doing is bending the pinchweld on the bottom of the firewall. It's not that big of a deal once you get the stock pipe out, the pinch weld will be staring you straight in the face, and then it's straight-forward. As was mentioned above, OBS's are known to have different engine placements
(forward or back), so you may not have to alter the firewall even that much. Just make sure you do the firewall before you put the downpipe in the first time...ask me how I know .
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