View Full Version : true duel xpipe required??

05-01-2012, 04:05 AM
i have been searching google and this site and others all night. i just need to know if the xpipe is required in a true duel setup.

some people online say it helps scavenging, some say it helps cancel out bad exhaust notes. others say true duel (no x or h pipe) is bad for the car and the exhuast note sounds uneven? i cant seem to find a straight answer.

here is what im doing, i have an ls1 swapped 240sx. This is my daily fun car. it has a huge cam with all supporting mods.

my headers are fueled racing 1 7/8 lt, with 3" collectors, to magnaflow ory to 3.5 to hushpower muffler.

I HATE the rasp that happens at 2200rpm. i love the sound at idle and wot. its just right around 2200 rpm it goes from a deep vrrooooomm to mmmmvrapvrapvrap sounds like a honda civic with balls.

So what im doing is dropping in a fuel cell and running 3" true duels all teh way back. do i need an xpipe to make the exhaust sound good? i want it to sound like a muscle car with none of the rasp. im not running any cats and dont plan to. i have not dynoed yet but am estimating 450hp.

so would you recomend me using the x, or h, or just true duel and why???

i need concrete info, and take into account my hp, my engine is far from stock.

05-01-2012, 04:13 AM
also i dont want drone on the highway. i do drive this car a lot!!! so if the x and h are better at tuning the sound thats fine! just lemme know why i should get either. i want no rasp and little drone as possible. just want it to sound deep

and from everything im seeing on google, x pipe may sometimes flow a little better depending on design.. but will have higher pitched tone. the h pipe will kill all the rasp and have a deep tone. it says hp figures between the two is nill. looks like ill prob go H pipe.

and no crossover pipe pretty much everyone says gives mad drone at highway speeds

05-01-2012, 05:05 AM
Cross overs of any design are far better than just straight pipes. They help scavenge and smooth out the tone, like you have already mentioned. I highly doubt anyone on this board will disagree with that. However, if space is at a premium, running without a cross over will not make or break you.

In your setup, I would go with an h pipe as they tend to take up less room and imo, give you a smoother tone.

05-01-2012, 05:28 AM
Make sure you run them all the way back as well,dumped duals will drone alot

05-01-2012, 08:14 AM
Make sure you run them all the way back as well,dumped duals will drone alot

not if it's done right...

05-01-2012, 10:13 AM
i would run the h pipe and run exhaust out the back. i had true 3 inch duels on my mustang with x pipe n magnaflows turned down behind the rear end.. it will drone, but kinda gotta expect a little out of a 450hp street car... turn the radio up!!

05-01-2012, 10:19 AM
An X-pipe will get you a get more hp from the scavenging and in some cases reduces rasp.
for the drone, measure the peak frequency of the drone in your car and add a 1/4 wave resonator to the exhaust.

05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
a rule of thumb I've always been told is H-pipe helps with torque and gives up a little up top, X-pipe helps HP across the band and picks up more on the top end (depending on your cam this may be the ticket for you). sound-wise.. H-pipe is more muscle car sound X-pipe is a smoother more exotic sound. My current setup is in my sig.. but H-pipe with dynomax ultra-flo mufflers. 2.5" all the way out the back. I do not have any drone that I notice anywhere. I also have about a foot more of piping than you will have on that 240 lol.

sidenote, I have a friend with a s13 240sx (SR20DET conversion) that has 4" all the way out and I don't see how it clears the ground any bumps or animals in the road and yet my exhaust drags on more crap than his -.-
Here's a back to back of sorts for a sound comparison for you. I dug FOREVER trying to find a sound comparison on the same car with no other changes when I was debating it, so I hope it helps you out lol.

05-01-2012, 02:02 PM
some people online say it helps scavenging, some say it helps cancel out bad exhaust notes. others say true duel (no x or h pipe) is bad for the car and the exhuast note sounds uneven? i cant seem to find a straight answer.

It is not "bad" for the car to have no cross over. Many GM cars came stock this way in the '60s/early '70s, and the muscle car burble that these cars had even when stock comes from a straight true dual system with no cross over in many cases.

Having said that, you'll likely pick up a bit of power/torque with an H or X pipe, but it's not required by any means, and you won't "hurt" anything by not having it. The truth is, the better your header collectors are, the less gains you'll see from a cross over. There are race cars that run only open headers and they do just fine. ;)

As for sound, that kazoo type rasp that you hear and hate right now is the product of a Y-pipe design. You won't get that sound with any sort of true duals, whether it be H, X, or straight pipe.

05-03-2012, 06:10 PM
thanks for all the help guys. i have listend to lots of exhuast sounds and i really like the h pipe design. when i take it back to the exhaust shop ill ask the guy to fab up an hpipe. i plan to run another hushpower muffler out back but i will be turning both down just before the rear bumper and have them tucked up. 240's look a little funny with dual mufflers out the rear to me.

edging every last bit of hp is not my concern right now. its already a crazy car. i just want that sound im looking for.

also my exhaust guy has been doing it for 30+ years, but just incase is there a rule of thumb about the h pipe size? ill be running 2 3" all way back. im guessingi the crossover needs to be smaller diameter. and i saw a spread sheet online to guestimate how far back it needs to be. does this kinda stuff really matter? or should i put the crossover where its convenient? pics coming soon

05-03-2012, 07:19 PM

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