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

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    Review & Installation 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.

    Product Information

    Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


    • 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


    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: Details

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


    Customer Reviews (76)

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    Ratings Summary

    4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 76 customers

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    • May 08, 2019

      3 1996 GT - TonyP21 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


      Installation was pretty easy. The car sounds great with this addition, although the pipes do not fit correctly underneath the car. I am going to have to spend even more money to get the pipes bent in the correct location, as it makes a loud rattling noise while in idle.

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    • December 08, 2018

      5 1998 GT - TonyS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Works well

      Fit was good sounds good needed longer bolts to make it work

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    • December 01, 2018

      5 1998 GT - AnthonyH Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $100-$250

      Pyrps offroad

      Sound really originally got this done with a flowmasye 40 set up very pleased

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    • October 20, 2018

      5 2000 GT - joshuahelms10 Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100

      Great Volume

      Definitely recommend a tune if you’re removing cats with o/r x but this woke up my exhaust entirely. People could hear me coming from down the road along with my SLP loudmouths.

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    • September 09, 2018

      5 1996 GT - Rodrigo Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Great purchase

      Sounds amazing with any mufflers I put on it great bolt on mod

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    • July 17, 2018

      4 1996 V6 - derrellj Installation Time: Afternoon

      pypes install

      liked the ease to install and the sound of the pipes

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    • June 13, 2018

      5 1996 GT - JamesK Installation Time: Afternoon

      Looks and sounds great.

      Went from straight piped (on car when I got it) to this x pipe and magnaflows and couldnt be happier. The x pipe really gave my 96 a nice tone.

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    • June 07, 2018

      3 1998 GT - LoneEagle Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      The Pypes

      These pipes are a great fit, and so easy to install by your self like i did, a great replacement for bad converters, they have a real raw sound with flow master 40s. the only thing i see that's wrong with these are ,there isn't any hanger bracket to reconnect it back to the cat hanger. other then that they are Great. Keith L. McCauley

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    • June 02, 2018

      5 1997 GT - Kusandra Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


      Easy to install, sounds really nice, and can’t beat that price either!

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    • May 31, 2018

      5 1998 GT - ScottM Installation Time: Afternoon


      Sound is nice and raspy easy to install just needed longer bolts for the flange to muffler

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    Questions & Answers (17 answers)

    5 Top Rated Questions

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

    • 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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    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

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

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    I currently need to get my 98 gt state inspected but i have no catalytic converters with this exhaust setup. Will the high flow cats c-clamp right in with this exhaust or will i have to do some cutting? Thanks

    • Cutting would be involved if adding catalytic converters to this x-pipe, in order to retain the same length required for install.

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    Can I use the stock 02 sensors I already have or will they not fit the x pipe ?

    • You can absolutely re-use the original O2 sensors with this Pypes X-pipe.

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    right now i just have straight pipe,do i need mufflers or an exhuast system to make it sound the way it’s supposed to ?

    • With an x-pipe, you will get more rasp but if you wanted a different exhaust note/tone, we would recommend switching out the mufflers.

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    10 More Questions
    Hi I want to upgrade my exhaust on my 1997 Mustang GT. Whats the difference between an offroad X pipe or an offroad H pipe. Is it just personal preference. What would you recommend? 1 answer
    will these fit in a 99-04 gt? my question is because i have a 04 4.6 2v engine in a 98 mustang gt. 1 answer
    Will this x pipe turn on my check engine light? 1 answer
    Will this fit a 97 cobra?.... 1 answer
    Do you have bolt on mufflers for this pypes xpipe? Thanks, Paul 1 answer
    Currently have a stock exhaust set up, would I be able to use my catalytic converter on this X-pipe setup? 1 answer
    Will this work with long tube headers 1 answer
    Does it matter whether my car is automatic or manual? 1 answer
    Would these line up well with long tube headers? 1 answer
    will these fit the 96-04 bbk tuned length shorty headers 1 answer

    Installation & What's in the Box

    Installation Info

    What's in the Box

    Hardware included:
    • (2) 2.5" clamps

    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

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