There are many things to consider when planning a custom mandrel-bent exhaust system for your Classic, Muscle Car, or Hot Rod. Here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we bring up a whole list of question to the customer as we plan a system. Here are some of the high points:

  • What is the purpose of the car?   Street driving, drag racing, road course racing, etc?
  • What kind of exhaust system is on the car now?
  • Do you have headers?
  • Do you have catalytic converters?
  • Do you want stainless or mild steel?
  • Do you want any type of coating?   Ceramic?  Color?
  • Do you prefer MIG or TIG welding?
  • Do you want an X or H Pipe?
  • Do you prefer Tucked tightly to floor or right out of the box fitment? 
  • What kind of tips do you prefer?   Where? 
  • What size pipe diameter?  2.5″ is most common, but 3″ can often be accommodated.
  • Round or oval pipe?
  • Do you have a brand of mufflers you prefer?  
  • What sound level do you want?   Stock / quiet, loud, etc?
  • What type of tone?   Mellow, deep, raspy, etc.?
  • Do you want cutouts?
  • Is there a preference for clamps?   Standard pipe clamps, welded-on V-Band, etc?

Once these questions are answered, our techs can go to work designing a system that delivers on all requests.



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