Installation Time: Weekend
December 19, 2012
Absolutely terrible. Do not buy this product unless you are looking for a big headache. I thought this would be a one day job because the description says it will bolt right up to the stock manifold, wrong. This project has turned into a 3 week process as I can only work on it on weekends. Reason why you shouldn’t buy this number 1, the driver side flange that comes on this BBK x pipe does NOT seal. Poor design is the problem here, the flange literally tightens down before the pipe does, which leaves the pipe not sealed and loose. To fix this problem I had to buy a separate flange that lined up with the manifold studs. Then cut it and weld it around the BBK x pipe so that it would do what a flange is supposed to do, seal the pipe.
My next problem was with the connection between the x pipe and the mufflers. The ends of the x pipe were almost exactly the same as my mufflers. To get them to seal properly I had to angle the pipe upwards which didn’t allow me to tighten down the manifold ends correctly. This created a mismatch between the manifold portion and the muffler portion of the x pipe and put a ton of stress on the clamp that BBK provides. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the pipe the way it was because I just couldn’t get enough meat on both ends of the clamp to tighten it down completely and seal up the huge leak it was causing. So I went to a muffler shop and had them weld the clamp to both ends of the x pipe.
Finally once I got the pipe on and I started it up ready to hear that awesome sound all x pipes should make, let’s just say it was very disappointing. Yes, it was louder and the tone it make in idle is ok. However, after taking out for a spin I quickly changed my mind. The x pipe makes a very awful sound when shifting. Basically, when decelerating from 3 or higher rpms it sounds bad.
Poor design, poor sound, and way too much time involved is why I gave this x pipe the review I did.
Do Not Buy.