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Mailbag: How to Install an X-Pipe

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We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re examining the right place to install an X-pipe on an exhaust system.

From: B.F  • Davenport, IA

Q: I bought an X-pipe kit for my 1982 Buick Regal. Is there a certain spot in the exhaust system where I should install it? Toward the front behind the headers, at the rear in front of the mufflers, somewhere in the middle, or just anywhere I can make space? Your help is much appreciated.

A: The best place to mount the X-pipe for maximum flow is toward the front of your exhaust system, close to your transmission. To find the exact position, try this old hot rodding trick—take a crayon and draw a line on the entire length of your exhaust system. Make sure the line is clearly visible and has a thick wax buildup. Then go for a quick drive and immediately examine the exhaust when you get home. Wherever the crayon wax stops melting is the ideal spot to start your X-pipe installation.

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