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exhaust to dual or not

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fred79, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. fred79

    fred79 Registered Member

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    the 77 blazer i was looking at needs an exhaust it has dual exhaust on it but if i need to replace it what should i run should i run duals again run a single and if I run a single how big should it be 2.5-3 inches. i have a free flow 2.5 inch cat i would like to use it but if its not right i'll sell it toward new parts.
     
  2. K5Johnny

    K5Johnny Registered Member

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    I have an 80 blazer with a 350ci holley 600cfm and street dominator intake I run 1 5/8 headers to 2 1/2 pipe to a single 3 1/2 exaust with a flowmaster 40 series all the way out the rear of my truck like stock it runs great and sounds really good
     
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    trailblazer87 1/2 ton status

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    You need a little back pressure to make the low end power.
    If you go single 3" is okay, if you go duals I wouldn't go any bigger than 2 1/2".
     
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    3" duals won't lose you power but it probably won't gain you any either.
     
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    sosamantx 1/2 ton status

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    if the engine is stock or slightly modified, i wouldn't go more than 2 1/4 - 2 1/2" for dual exhaust, and probably not more than 3" for a single exhaust. dual exhaust is probably going to cost more since there is extra labor, muffler, parts, etc. a good 3" single exhaust should be just fine (that is what i have, but i had no choice), but i guess it's all just preference, some people like the look of a dual exhaust. anyway, anything more than 2 1/2 for duals, and you lose torque (low end), but you might pick up some hp?? anyway, once i can get my blazer lifted on a car lift, i'll snap some pictures of my exhaust and post them on my blazer webpage that i don't have yet. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    my real question is should i keep them duals or should i move to a single exhaust dual are more expensive and all but if its worth it for free flow or power i would keep em but i always thought it would be easier to deal with scavaging with a single exhaust. i think they are currentlty 1.5 inch pipes they look pretty small. could i runa single 2.5 inch or would that be to small, and also within a few years i would be upgrading the engine as teh stock 140hp just woulln't cut it for me what size would i need for say a 383 putin out 350-370 horsies. /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif thats were i am thinking now and if i can buy pipes once all the better! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  7. Mr GearHead

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    Duals or a single is a personal choice and properly done both will work fine. I like duals but that is just me. For duals I would use 2 1/2" and for a single I would use 3". As for the cat, 1977 Blazers did not have a cat unless it is a two wheel drive or a California truck. If you do not need a cat to pass an inspection I would not use one.
     
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    2.75 inch TRUE duals with cross over and no cats... or 3.25 inch single off your cat...
     
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    My first blazer, a 78 had a strong 350 and i gave it dual 2.5 w 40 series.. i noticed increased low end and smoother high end...

    My second one a 78 chev truck had a BBC 468 that i put on dual 3 inch with 40 series.. noticed less bottom end torque and couldnt rev as high...

    SO...

    ON the current blazer with a good sbc 400 i'm going with dual 2.5 series 40's /forums/images/icons/smile.gif Lowend torque is good...

    Your motor uses backpressure to suck exhaust out... Backpressure is a good thing!

    -Aaron /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     

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