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If you are like most of us you generally have to save all the money needed for big purchases before spending. Take for example; I wanted a set of “Hooker Super Comp” headers and the tariff was just about six hundred bucks. Not a bad price for high tech, ceramic coated, equal length long tube headers using 7/8” tubing for the primaries and ending with a 3” collector sixteen inches long. But, after checking prices it would cost me another six hundred dollars to send the gases to the rear in a traditional dual exhaust system.
My new Hooker Super Comp headers are beautiful and I wanted to show them off to hear people say, “Wow”. But, how could I cram a complete muffler into the tight space without going out the side with 3” exhaust pipe like I had with my Black Jack headers. I started looking in my Summit catalog and found a company called “Car Chemistry” located in Waxahachie Texas. I went to their website (carchemistry.com) and their products are basically exhaust items and a lot of Rack & Pinion steering conversions for muscle cars.
Car Chemistry makes insert mufflers you can stick into the collectors and they are plenty cool. But, I didn’t want the exhaust to go straight back, I wanted a down turn to send the noise into the road where it could be absorbed. When I built my first exhaust system for this car I ran stainless mufflers right behind the header collector by using a reducer from 3 inch to 2.5 inch and then out the side in front of the rear tire. This worked decently, but I hated the look of the pipes hanging down.