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Hey,

I've got a '79 L82. Since the factory exhaust is just about shot I'm kickin around stepping up to headers and sidepipes. Dual exhaust would work too but I just like the look of the sidepipes.

Smog testing is not an issue where I live.

The set up I'm looking at is about $1500 for the headers, pipes and side covers (so I don't burn the crap out of my Corvette Babes legs)....

My question is this:
Since the '79 looks damn similar to most people to a pre smog '74... have any of you late model C3s put side pipes on and then be forced back into a factory system because of the police getting on ya because they are not street legal for that year?

I may be one of the few young Corvette owners but I'm not an idiot with the car when I'm in the city. In other words I'm not out to smoke all the soccer moms in their minvans that wanna race at every stop light....if ya get my drift.:D


Oh and a few more things...I'd think that I'd need to protect the starter and plus with some sort of heat shield because of all add heat from the headers right?..... what about wrapping the headers with heat wrap? Is that a good idea?
 

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I ran chrome pipes and no mufflers on my 72. I hated them, couldn't hear anything inside the car, burnt legs in the summer, and I to watch out for young kids who are attracted to the car running up and touching them. BEst thing I did was sell them for $100.( 25 years ago)
 

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mine came with them, ,the cover keeps it cool (no burnt leg)baffels are a little noisey ,i`m just careful and don`t blast the cops..:rolling: and remember save the:buhbye:
 

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I just posted this pic for someone asking about shields. They are on my 78' and I have STS Spiral Turbo baffles. They have a good sound at idle and are not overly loud at highway speed. If you buy the Hooker pipes, get the ceramic coated ones to keep heat down (or send them to Jet Hot). You won't have to wrap the starter. I have never burned a plug wire either. Been on the car almost 4 years. I did wrap a couple of the small wires just in case (temp sender etc.) We don't have smog checks in Michigan, so there has been no issues.

 

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Bought these from Corvette Central, bolt up to stock headers. had the covers painted to match.





Of course I was hard of hearing to start with!!!!:laughing:
But I like em.:D
 

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No worries

I have header sidepipes and I live near portland oregon. I've never had any problems with the police and my pipes. I have a short muffler inside and its loud . I drive by police all day long and they don't do a dam thing. I say go for it. It makes them look so much better I think.
 

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I just posted this pic for someone asking about shields. They are on my 78' and I have STS Spiral Turbo baffles. They have a good sound at idle and are not overly loud at highway speed. If you buy the Hooker pipes, get the ceramic coated ones to keep heat down (or send them to Jet Hot). You won't have to wrap the starter. I have never burned a plug wire either. Been on the car almost 4 years. I did wrap a couple of the small wires just in case (temp sender etc.) We don't have smog checks in Michigan, so there has been no issues.

I LIKE that .:thumbsup:
 
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