View Poll Results: Weld or Clamp your exhaust?

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Clamp or Weld?

This is a discussion on Clamp or Weld? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; With aftermarket headers/catbacks, how do you seal up your systems?...

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    Clamp or Weld?

    With aftermarket headers/catbacks, how do you seal up your systems?

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    i went weld buttt i make the mistake of putting on the headers first and then trying to weld soo needless to sayy i left the clamps and welded ass much ass i could but it still leaks a lil.. if ur going to weld make sure u weld be4 u put onnn

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    if you plan on other mods that might require you to remove the exhaust I would definitely clamp it and use band clamps. U-bolt clamps crush the pipe a little bit and makit it a real bear to get back off without cutting. I've had my exhaust off every year for about the last 5 years. There is no way I would want anything other than band clamps on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    if you plan on other mods that might require you to remove the exhaust I would definitely clamp it and use band clamps. U-bolt clamps crush the pipe a little bit and makit it a real bear to get back off without cutting. I've had my exhaust off every year for about the last 5 years. There is no way I would want anything other than band clamps on it.
    +1...use the U bolt clamps. Otherwise getting the pipes to come apart is a real PITA.

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    Orion has a point. It's necessary at times to remove these systems whether it be removing the front half for a clutch job or removing the rear half to drop the tank for a fuel pump install.

    I use nothing but the band clamps on all my cars regardless. Keeps from crushing the pipes, that and a little antiseeze and they slide apart real nice later on.

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    Clamp the headers to the Y, and the Y to the catback. Never know when the Y has to come off. For the catback I clamp everything but put a small tack weld at every joint so theres no slipping or lopsided tips. This way you can still seperate relatively easy if needed.

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