Minty Smash: S13 VK56 Build Update #14

More progress! With the engine in the bay and headers mounted, next on the list was the exhaust.

Greg mocked up a couple tip designs with mild steel – straight or pie cut?
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Once in agreement, the tip was made first. It was Greg’s first time TIG welding stainless but it turned out awesome. Stainless makes all the colors.
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And this shows the importance of having a proper back purge setup.
No purge – crusty/gross:
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Purged – dimes on the backside:
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We both agreed straight dual tip was the way to go.
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With the tip done, he laid out the rest of the exhaust and got it tacked up. The exhaust was built as a balance of what’s needed and what will work. Also budget comes into play bit. The tips are stainless for the bling factor but the rest was done in mild. All stainless is cool but expensive. Mild steel will outlast the intended life of the exhaust. Oh and again, this is just the test car. The swap kit headers and y-pipe will be built with the goal of being able to use a regular cat-back exhaust.
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G-man approves giving it his best JDM peace stamp of approval.
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After confirming fitment, it was fully welded.
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And mounted on the car – really stoked on the result!

Perfect bumper spacing:
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The tips are angled 15 degrees which gives them a really cool vertical look.
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Exhaust poke is just as important as wheel poke. Haha.
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It was the little bit of flair the rear was missing. It should have a good bark as well since it only has one 14″ glas pack inline. That VK56 should make a racket!
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