Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

exhaust/ hitch question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by suthrnchvyguy89, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. suthrnchvyguy89

    suthrnchvyguy89 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2004
    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    charleston, sc
    im trying to get a hitch installed on my k5 ( a class III is good enough for using to pull/ get pulled outta mud right). and right now my flowmaster exhaust is in the way so im gonna need to cut some of it off. what i wanna do is just cut it off right after the mufflers and do turndowns but my parents wont let me cuz they think alot of fumes are gonna leak in so they wanna try and get it to come out 90 degrees behind the rear tires instead but i know that if we do that, its gonna be in the way again for when i put in a shackle flip.

    so i guess my questions are:

    is a class III strong enough for getting pulled out of mud/ pulling people out of mud?

    &

    is it alright to do turndowns after the mufflers (they are about a foot before the rear axle) on a k5, or should i try to run the pipes out the sides somehow?
     
  2. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2003
    Posts:
    1,618
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    My thoughts...

    Turndowns after the mufflers is alright with backwindow up. You get the occaisional wiff but with the back window down, the fumes roll right in and its pretty bad.
     
  3. k20

    k20 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2001
    Posts:
    5,068
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Mineral Springs, NC
    fumes? whats wrong with fumes, hehehehehehe.........sorry.......its the voices again......

    Uh yeh what was the question, o yeh, why not just run it out on either side of the hitch, out the back, or bring it out on the corners at the back?
     
  4. suthrnchvyguy89

    suthrnchvyguy89 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2004
    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    charleston, sc
    i would do it out the back a different way but just have a feeling like if i do that, i would need to cut it again for when i put in a shackle flip.

    and i would like to be able to drive down the street with the back window down if turndowns would help that any...
     
  5. BigCountryx

    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    Posts:
    519
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Gonzales, LA
    I've got turndowns in front of the axle and even in stop and go traffic, with the windows up, I get no fumes at all. Front windows down you get the ocassional wiff. Now roll down the back and goose it.....well, it aint real good for the brain cells. Honest ocifer, I haven't been drinkin'. lol Of course I don't have cats either, prolly would make a big difference.
     
  6. gravdigr

    gravdigr 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2003
    Posts:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tyrone, PA
    Check your states laws concerning exhaust especially if they have vehicle inspection. The K5 is not considered a truck, it is a wagon. The entire vehicle from the firewall to the tailgate is a passenger compartment and I know in the state of PA your exhaust must exit outside the body of any passenger compartment.

    This isn't a problem on trucks since the passenger compartment ends at the back of the cab so turndowns are acceptable under the bed.
     
  7. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2003
    Posts:
    17,573
    Likes Received:
    943
    Location:
    Massachussetts
    same here too....

    Here in MA they wont give you a sticker if the taipipe(s) dont exit the rear of the vehicle BEHIND the tire--I got away with it coming out the side in FRONT of the rear tire,but was warned the next time it would not pass inspection,and reccomended I change it right away....

    Turndowns are legal only on pickup trucks,as long as the dump 12 or more inches behind the cab--I would not use them on a K5,even if it was legal,since 99% of them here have lots of rust holes,and the carbon monoxide would seep thru,and put your lights out... :crazy:
     
  8. suthrnchvyguy89

    suthrnchvyguy89 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2004
    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    charleston, sc
    thanks for all the responces about the exhaust, i guess ill just run it out the sides right after the rear tires just in case.

    so i guess all of yall agree that a class III is strong enough?
     
  9. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2001
    Posts:
    16,217
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Mesa , Arizona USA
    You can run it with a shackle flip and a trailer hitch . My hitch runs the whole length of the gas tank . My muffler is actually in the curve above the axle and the pipe comes out right over the spring :k5: :k5:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. suthrnchvyguy89

    suthrnchvyguy89 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2004
    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    charleston, sc
    well here is how it turned out in case any of yall wanted to know:

    HTML:
    http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/602933/6
    and i know not to leave my tow strap like that, i just wanted to see how it would look/hook up
     
  11. afroman006

    afroman006 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2002
    Posts:
    2,876
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    College Station & Kingsville, Texas
    Here's my setup. Had to cut the stock 90 degree bend off but didnt notice the pipe was pointing straight at the shackle. It melted the two bushings and when I noticed, I had an extension put on the run it out the back. Works fine around my flip and trailer hitch.

    rear.jpg
     
  12. suthrnchvyguy89

    suthrnchvyguy89 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2004
    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    charleston, sc
    i can't see those cuz im not a paying member or whatever but i think i know what you mean
     
  13. BigOrange90Jimmy

    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Posts:
    2,923
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wilmington, NC
    Just get the exhaust to exit in front of the tires on each side. It's different and allows for more clean air to mix with the exhaust before it sucks it in the rear window.
     

Share This Page