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Pypes Off-Road X-pipe (96-98 GT)

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  • Balance Out Exhaust Gases for More Power
  • Raspy Race Car Growl
  • Pypes Modular Construction
  • For Off-Road, Track Use
  • 2.5" 409 Stainless Steel Tubing
  • Fits 1996-1998 GT Mustangs

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Review & Install Video

Hey, I'm Justin with, and this is our powerpack Bolt-On Build-Up for all 94-98 Mustang GTs. Now before we get started, we're well aware of the fact that the 94-95 GTs came equipped with the 5.0 motor before eventually being replaced by the modular 4-6 in 1996. So, with that said, all the parts used here on our '98 today, will not apply to those earlier years, but the idea remains the same, to increase the power. So that's why we put together a pack of parts that should help our GT breathe a lot easier, in turn making for some more horsepower and torque, all while making for one mean exhaust note. Now, before we get started on our car, we need to grab a quick baseline number, and then hand that over to the crew to get everything installed.

Balances Exhaust Gases. The Pypes Off Road X-Pipe is excellent when it comes to balancing out the gas pressures in your exhaust system. This Pypes off road x-pipe creates more power and torque than a traditional H-pipe. Why? Because the exiting exhaust pulses are merged at the "X", resulting in less exhaust back pressure for more power.

Race Car Growl. This free flowing Pypes x-pipe for the 1996 to 1998 GT's not only increases power, but it also adds a raspy, race car growl to the sound of your exhaust with its modern "X" crossover pipe design.

Modular Construction. Pypes unique three piece modular construction makes it quick and easy to add or remove catalytic converters to your exhaust system in just minutes, depending on your driving needs.

Durable Stainless Steel Construction. Pypes uses sturdy 16 gauge 409 stainless steel mandrel bent 2.5" tubing for improved exhaust flow and features welded reinforcement plates for additional strength.

Application. This Pypes Off-Road X-pipe is designed to be a direct bolt-on for the 1996 to 1998 4.6L GT Mustangs with either aftermarket short tube headers or the stock manifolds and a dual catback exhaust installed. Intended for off-road, track use only, does not include catalytic converters.

Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 Details

What's in the Box
Hardware included:
  • (2) 2.5" clamps
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Mid Pipe Specifications
Style Mid Pipe: Standard length "X" Type Headers Required: Shorty
Piping Material: 409 Stainless Steel Piping Size: 2.5"
Catalytic Converter: "No" - For off-road use only Fitment: 1996-1998 4.6 GT Mustangs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • GT - 96, 97, 98

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Sounds great

This exhaust sounds great with my magnaflow cat back. You can feel a little boost in performance as well. I went from a 14.624 @ 90.16 to a 14.419 @ 91.47 after installing just the x-pipe. I had it professionally ...

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Great sound

Always heard x-pipes was the way to go , after installing my 40 series flowmaster I could not hear a difference from stock because of the 6 cats under the car, so i got this pipe for my 98 gt and it was ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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concerning "modular" X pipe Hey guys, I was kinda wondering how exactly these pipes are modular? The description states you can cat these pipes within minutes to fit driving needs. I have these pipes on my car and the cats in the garage and dont see anyway of fitting the cats without cutting the pipes, am i missing something here???? Thanks


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  • Yes, you have to cut a section of the pipe out.


will this fit my stock exhaust system? Will the sound still be badass?


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  • Absolutely! This Off-Road X-pipe will be a direct replacement for your stock mid-pipe on any 96-98 GT. Being that it removes your cats and it's an x-pipe, your Mustang will have an awesomely loud, raspy race car growl! You won't be disappointed!


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Does it matter whether my car is automatic or manual?


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  • Hello! The Pypes Off-Road X-pipe will work with an automatic, or manual transmission.


Would these line up well with long tube headers?


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  • NO, made for shorty's


will these fit the 96-04 bbk tuned length shorty headers


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  • Yes, made for them.


will these bolt up to stock manifold also I have installed slp cat back loadmouthll x pipe work with this setup will these bolt up to stock manifold also I have installed slp cat back


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  • Absolutely, this will bolt right up to your stock manifolds as well as your SLP catback!! You'll want to pick up the MIL eliminators or a custom tune as well to get rid of the CEL due to removing the cats! Enjoy!


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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Loudness / Volume 4.541667 4.5
  • Exhaust Note 4.5 4.5
  • Fit & Finish 4.666667 4.7
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.791667 4.8

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 24, 2016

    Hydrocarbons be dammed full speed ahead.

    These pypes arrived in two days. I installed them and at 69 and feble it went perrty good. The car sounds better then any body's at the senior center, really. I just got the mustang and have turned the kid in me lose. PI heads?:-)


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 05, 2012

    Extremely LOUD!!!

    Awesome price for a good hp n tq gain. only took about a hr to install due to already having the factory H-pipe already off quick n easy to install. Only spent about $10 in parts (bolts n screws) at my local hardware store in to install. I already knew it was going to b loud with my SLP LoudMouth mufflers but didnt expect it to be this loud!!! I LOVE IT


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT West Chester, PA, USA

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  • 5/5

    February 24, 2012

    beautiful sound

    If you want an old school muscle car sound this is for you sweetest tone real deep, mean and aggressive! I have flowmaster 40 series with 3 in tips you cant beat the sound when accelerating! A MUST BUY!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    January 26, 2011

    Great sound

    Always heard x-pipes was the way to go , after installing my 40 series flowmaster I could not hear a difference from stock because of the 6 cats under the car, so i got this pipe for my 98 gt and it was the sound i was looking for

    Omar O.

    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    October 18, 2010

    Sounds great

    This exhaust sounds great with my magnaflow cat back. You can feel a little boost in performance as well. I went from a 14.624 @ 90.16 to a 14.419 @ 91.47 after installing just the x-pipe. I had it professionally installed for under $100 after I saw how far up the passenger side bolts are. I did not get the MIL eliminators and it hasn't tripped the check engine light. I am planning on getting a tuner for it soon though.

    Mike Shepard

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  • 5/5

    May 03, 2010

    1998 Mustang GT

    A M A Z I N G ! ! ! This gives off that signature mustang tone. I am a high school student, I installed this x pipe in my auto class at school. Had this, and my CAI on withing three hours, thats including our twenty minute brake. This is just to show the honest ease of this. My car is a 98' GT so there was rust on the bolts. I had to use a tourch for the bolts off the manifold. Other than that, perfect direct fit. Now I am only running the x pipe for now, I love loud exhaust, but this is going to get me in trouble, so I would reccomend mufflers or high flo cats with this. Sounds sweet though, I love it. Must buy for all mustang lovers!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 17, 2010

    yep, get it

    bought this with slp loudmouth. holy crap... so easy to install, O2 censor is moved down (so nice to work on) love it.


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  • 5/5

    May 13, 2010

    The Best

    Absolutely amazing quality. Install took about six hours but only due to rusted bolts on my 96 gt. But once they were off, installation was easy. Its super loud and makes my stang sound like old school muscle. I would recommend these to anyone.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    March 22, 2011

    great upgrade

    i have a 96 GT and put flow masters on at first. then added the off road x pipe and HUGE difference! Even my dad that tells me to stop messing with the car and leave it stock, smiled when he heard it. highly recommend it, but be prepared it is loud.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 05, 2009


    Sounds awesome, easy install with air tools. Went right in and had me grinning ear to ear when i started it up.

    Ryan Karrar

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  • 5/5

    February 15, 2011

    Very intimidating

    Sounds amazing, it is so loud! Im afraid I might get pulled over. It has a great tone to it though, its a deep, raspy, loping idle that gets Intimidatingly loud between 2-3k rpm. Rev could set off a car alarm. Sounds great if you downshift too. Still gives me chills. Turning heads everywhere I go. Can be heard coming from 1/2 mile or more. Small increase in hp. Easy install except for one stubborn rusted bolt. (When you get one, try going through downtown or through a tunnel!)

    Kaleb D.

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  • 5/5

    March 31, 2011

    1996 mustang gt

    fit great, love the new sound! easy install, bolted right up wont be disappointed hooked up to flowmaster 40's and im glad i didnt get the H i have a convertible and is not too loud at any speed and at WOT. I love it and so do all my friends

    Nick Falsey

    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    February 17, 2011

    X pipe review

    Excellent product. I have installed several H and X pipes over the years and this one by far was the easiest. Fit was perfect. Took like 4 hours to get the factory one off because of the passenger side collector bolts being a pain. It took a impact wrench to get them off. After that the new one went on in like 30 min. the fit was that good. A tip would be to replace the metal collector gasket it is only 10 bucks.This pipe is louder than the previous ones I have put on. Kinda has that nascar sound.


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  • 5/5

    March 09, 2009


    The stock H-pipe was difficult to take off, I had to remove the starter in order to get at the bolts off of the manifold due to the 6, that\'s right SIX cats my 1997 GT had. The X-pipe went on easy and sounds mean with the magnaflow magnapack cat-back exhaust system. Great Buy!


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 02, 2010


    Awesome product, made the car 3 times as loud. This would have been the first mod i done, if i knew that it made that big of a difference.


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  • 5/5

    September 18, 2009

    Soo Loud!

    I have this o/r x pipe and the slp loudmouth 1 catback on my 96 GT. All I can say is wow, everybody that I pass turns there heads. If you want LOUD! this is for you. And as always AM shipped it 2 me within a couple days. Great product as always.. American Muscle all day!

    Paul Amodio

    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 23, 2015

    This is what mustangs should sound like

    All I can say is wow, from the minute I got in my car and fired it up after installing these bad boys I was grinning ear to ear. And sense my cats were falling apart it felt like I put a whole new engine in it. Highly recommended this!


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT Oneonta, New York

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    October 11, 2014

    must buy for first timers

    I bought these do to the fact that someone cut the cats out of my car. The reviews posted tell all. They fit perfect. It took a weekend because I was not sure what I needed. So some key notes. Pb spary was very effective when I came to the bolts that connect the mid pipe to the headers. You can do the job with a socket set , 3/8" universal joint, 10" extension and a wrench for the 02 sensor.since your not running cats you dont need the back o2 sensors. The only places I found bolts that will work is at ace hardware. Get the 18mm drain bolts there a perfect fit.


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT Houston, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 02, 2012

    Great Pipe

    I was very pleased with the pipe!! My exhaust installer said it was a very nicely built xpipe. Would def recommend. Been running for 1000+ miles and it seems great.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 02, 2012


    If your looking for that mustang growl then this is where u want to spend ur bucks, i used these and Dynomax bullet mufflers and wow lol Agressive sound and excellent horsepower gains, i do recommend getting mil eliminators for that annoying check engine light, ive had both mil and xpipe on my car for about 5 months now and no check engine light


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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