You never know what you will see at a classic car show where hobbyists bring out rare and memorable classic car items from deep within their garages. One of those items may be Side pipes, which are actually exhaust pipes that run along the side of a car. They are aftermarket automotive parts, meaning they are installed onto cars as additional accessories or upgrades. Most car enthusiasts choose to add them onto their cars for functional and aesthetic reasons.
If you will be entering into a custom car show. then this could be the perfect addition to your beauty. However, they can get very hot temperature-wise so care should be taken in avoiding burn injuries. Side pipes are credited with adding attitude to a car, in addition to being extremely noisy. They are also easy enough for well-versed car enthusiasts to install on their own. Some car enthusiasts believe that installing side pipes will help to move some of the weight of the car forward.
They also make it easier to access the rear suspension and prevent pushrod ends and shock rod ends from heating up and stretching. Additionally, they avoid damage to the rear exhaust when the car lands hard on its rear. Installing side pipes will enhance the performance of your car if you are upgrading to a mid or big block and provide higher fuel efficiency. Side pipes can be installed on trucks, jeeps, vans and of course, cars.
Car enthusiasts usually like to add on side pipes to luxury sports cars like the Mustang, Camaro, Scania and AC Cobra as they find that the performance and sound of these cars are enhanced by a pair of side pipes. They are most commonly-installed on the Corvette. There are a wide variety of aftermarket side pipes available in different finishes for the Corvette such as black matte, ceramic, chrome and stainless steel. These usually fit most C2 and C3 models. It is quite simple to install side pipes on a Corvette so if you plan on installing them, you can do it yourself.
The most important thing is to place your car in park and set the emergency brake. Then, the car should be raised with a hydraulic jack and have jack stands placed on each corner for safety. You should make sure the exhaust system cools down first before proceeding or you could get yourself a nasty burn. Before you can insert the side pipes, you need to remove the current exhaust system first. You can use a spray penetrating lubricant on each exhaust mounting bolt so you do not have to use torches. Let the bolts soak in the lubricant for about 15 to 20 minutes before using a socket wrench to remove the nuts and bolts. If you find that some of the bolts cannot be removed, use a reciprocating saw to cut them out and pull the pieces out of the way. Proceed to remove everything else, including the exhaust manifold.
The next thing that should be removed are the side rocker moldings which can be done by removing the mounting screws with a screwdriver. You can start putting in your side pipes at this point by sliding them up to the exhaust headers and attaching them with bolts and nuts. Check the clearance behind the front wheel under the rocker molding and mark the area. After that, you must ensure that the side exhaust does not rub underneath the lower part of the fenders by removing enough material.
Attach exhaust pipes to the side of the car at the rocker panel by using screws to connect the points. Sometimes, extra brackets are provided along with your side pipes when you purchased them for mounting to frame rails.
You can do this by holding the brackets to the frame rail and making marks before drilling and attaching the brackets with screws. When this is done, remove the jack stands and lower your car and you are finished. Make sure you test drive your special classic to ensure that there are no rattles or leaks.