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Old 02-05-2005, 09:55 PM   #1
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I'm not really sure this is the area to post this question in, but it seemed the best. I have a 1996 Ford F-250 with the powerstroke diesel. The turbo is right on the top of the engine, and the exhaust kinda goes over the right cylinder head, and between the engine and firewall. The problem is that to make the 3 inch pipe go through the 2 1/2 " opening, Ford flattened, and crimped the downpipe in several locations.

I know there are aftermarket downpipes out there, but I was wondering if anyone has tried them, and how hard they were to install, and if it made any difference afterwards.

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Old 02-05-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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I'm not really sure this is the area to post this question in, but it seemed the best. I have a 1996 Ford F-250 with the powerstroke diesel. The turbo is right on the top of the engine, and the exhaust kinda goes over the right cylinder head, and between the engine and firewall. The problem is that to make the 3 inch pipe go through the 2 1/2 " opening, Ford flattened, and crimped the downpipe in several locations.

I know there are aftermarket downpipes out there, but I was wondering if anyone has tried them, and how hard they were to install, and if it made any difference afterwards.

Thanks,

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Old 02-06-2005, 02:45 AM   #3
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As u say their are a number of aftermarket pipes available. The big problem is beating the firewall out to accept the bigger pipe. Can be done but not easy. I found the performance gain to be worth it. But would NEVER do it again

Check the forums here for detailed info on the process. You may have to look in arcives.http://www.thedieselstop.com/

Hope this helps

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Old 02-06-2005, 03:38 AM   #4
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SVO, Here's a couple more links to ford truck forums that may be helpful.

http://fordtruckworld.tenmagazines.com/forums/
http://www.ford-trucks.com/

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Here is another Ford diesel link.

The Diesel Stop.

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We installed a full 3" on our '97 PSD but did not have to rework the firewall as the pipe fit, barely, into the existing space. I also installed a low flow air intake filter. Before and after showed marked power increase and over 1 mpg increase.
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How difficult was the installation? Did you encounter anything unusual (i.e. have to raise the vehicle on a lift, remove other components/parts or buy/use any special tools)? From whom did you purchase your downpipe?

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Here is a link to Diesel Performance Parts which has several types of exhaust parts/systems for diesels.
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SVO,

I bought a hypermax 3" down pipe and installed it myself one afternoon on my old '96. It is a fairly easy job, but takes time. I followed instructions found on www.thedieselstop.com
Yes it made a noticable difference, lowered the EGT, turbo spooled up faster.

The easier way to upgrade your exhaust is to upgrade your truck to a '99 or newer. Stock the new truck will give you much more performance than whatever you do to the pre'99, IMHO.
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