Best exhaust for an 87 Grand National?

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Feb 20, 2018
Some people's children, eh?


We've seen this chart kicking around for about 20 years.

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The thing is it only accounts only for horsepower, not torque. Torque being the turbo V6's strong suit, and a very different animal than HP in the power band (air mass being moved). Theoretically a Buick V6 making double it's factory HP at 490hp is making double the torque at 710ft/lbs. That's a lot of exhaust. Diesel territory.

It also doesn't account for a cat, muffler, resonator, or bends. If 3.5" exhausts were common I'd suggest one of those in this application. But, they aren't. So for the weight/space penalty I am recommending a 4" over a 3" system to avoid any unnecessary restrictions downstream.

Also, no one brags about having a 2.25" pipe.
WE-ell, not so much about the brag factor but mostly because I work with small bore/displacement motors, so using a small diameter, i.e. 2.250 inch pipe is a no brainer because for me it keeps the exhaust velocity up and the fumes moving downstream. With headers, there is a certain amount of restriction inevitable when you neck down from the collector tube to the exhaust pipe but if you take it in incremental steps from the initial 3 inch to 2.5 to 2.25 then the constriction appears more gradually and any abrupt obstruction is more minimized over distance. I like small tube because it is also easier to stuff into tight places and make disappear so that a peek at the underbelly of the beast shows a clean profile. JUst me.

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