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Seems like it's time to change out the side exhaust pipes. The thought of what's loose in there breaking totally free and clogging the exhaust path is enough to make me puke. I priced them at a Corvette supply company in NY @ $550.00 for steel or aluminized, and $800.00 for the SS. Big difference in price- SS that much more desirable? Anyway, does anyone have first hand experience with purchasing side pipes and could suggest the best supplier? Thanks.

Added 09:20 : Seems like I answered my question as to which to get. Now to find out WHERE to get. :noidea:

1- Aluminized steel is a bit economical than the stainless steel.
2- The stainless steel is stronger of the two. They are also more durable than aluminized steel.
3- In respect to rusting, stainless steel does not rust. Aluminized steel can get corroded if the aluminium coat gets broken.
4- Aluminized steel has high thermal conductivity than stainless steel.
5- Unlike the aluminized steel, the stainless steel has a high thermal expansion coefficient, which means that it could change shape when exposed to over heat.
6- Aluminized steel comes with a better electrostatic surface.
7- Stainless has aesthetics when compared to aluminized steel. This is why stainless steel is used in buildings, which add to its beauty.
8- Some of the common products made from aluminized steel include water heaters, ranges, furnaces, space heaters and grills. Stainless steel is also used in the manufacture of many things like kitchen utensils, cookware, storage tanks and even in the construction industry.
 

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When a couple of my cars (not Vettes) had problems with their OE exhaust system, I replaced with SS from the manifold to the tailpipe scavengers. I keep my cars nearly till the body rusts off the frame but the SS exhaust lasted until I got rid of the cars. I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid ES (15 years old with 124,000 miles) and I am not sure but think that it may have a SS exhaust. It is still "quiet as a mouse." Sure, the SS is more expensive but it seems to last mmmuuuucccchhh longer.
 

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side pipes revisited

I have Hooker SS sidepipes on my 73... Early returns are great. I do not know if they will discolor thru the entire pipe, but they are at the header itself. Bought them from Hooker at Sema. Kinda expensive.
 
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