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Old 10-01-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
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Exhaust cutouts - what is the best setup I can get?

Looking for the best quality without breaking the bank. Any suggestions? I currently have Kooks LT 1 7/8" with HF cats and Borla Sport catback which includes the X-Pipe. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Having the race ready set installed as we speak..... Went with them cuz they have a lifetime warranty..... Only heard good things about the too. If you call the owner.. I think his name is Steve, he'll hook you up. My complete set with downturn tips and Y pipes was about $525. All stainless steel too.... http://www.racereadyperf.net/3-STAIN...ding_p_56.html Check them out. This link is for the 3" setup, If you did 2 1/2" they have those too.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:47 AM   #3
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Having the race ready set installed as we speak..... Went with them cuz they have a lifetime warranty..... Only heard good things about the too. If you call the owner.. I think his name is Steve, he'll hook you up. My complete set with downturn tips and Y pipes was about $525. All stainless steel too.... http://www.racereadyperf.net/3-STAIN...ding_p_56.html Check them out. This link is for the 3" setup, If you did 2 1/2" they have those too.
Thanks Rage, This is really awesome info. I didn't think someone made these with bolt on option where welding is not required. I can install this myself. I have the 2.5" exhaust and will consider them.
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Noweeds but it comes at premium
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Noweeds but it comes at premium
Those are full out diverters, not really cutouts. Not worth the price IMO. But if u got the $$, go for it!!
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:25 PM   #6
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I've had the Race Readys for two years and 30,000 miles. The only thing I've had to replace was a faulty switch. All I did was call Steve, and he sent me a new one, no charge and no hassle.

To the OP, Rage posted a thread on the Race Readys back when he was trying to decide which ones to buy. There's some good info on there if you want to check it out:

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Thanks guys, I will see if I can get a deal from Race Ready on the all stainless steel kit.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:07 PM   #8
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How are the noweeds diverters any different? It does the same thing doesn't it?
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How are the noweeds diverters any different? It does the same thing doesn't it?
Not exactly. The diverters "divert" all of the exhaust out though the cutouts. With conventional cutouts, some of the exhaust still makes it back to the tail pipes. I actually like the "stereo" sound of the conventional cutouts better, but that's just my personal preference. The diverters will probably deliver a little more HP.
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Not exactly. The diverters "divert" all of the exhaust out though the cutouts. With conventional cutouts, some of the exhaust still makes it back to the tail pipes. I actually like the "stereo" sound of the conventional cutouts better, but that's just my personal preference. The diverters will probably deliver a little more HP.
aaah, understood. thanks. The noweeds are nice but the price is double. yikes. Gonna sit on this one a bit.
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Go with the QTP Low Profile Cutouts. They are made for the 5th gen. They are best.
http://www.quicktimeperformance.com/OVAL/index.php.
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Go with the QTP Low Profile Cutouts. They are made for the 5th gen. They are best.
http://www.quicktimeperformance.com/OVAL/index.php.
Why are they the best? 90 day warranty? Or the fact u need to have them welded in? Just curious
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Why are they the best? 90 day warranty? Or the fact u need to have them welded in? Just curious
The price is the only thing that seems good on those. If I was putting them on my stock exhaust I'd go for them but considering how much money I spent on my catback I think I'd prefer a better quality cutout or diverter. Also, anything that involves welding is out of my league and I need to consider the added labor cost to install them.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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The price is the only thing that seems good on those. If I was putting them on my stock exhaust I'd go for them but considering how much money I spent on my catback I think I'd prefer a better quality cutout or diverter. Also, anything that involves welding is out of my league and I need to consider the added labor cost to install them.
If you go back thru my posts you will see I was set on QTP, until I called and asked about their warranty Your $$ so your call. Either one seems like a great setup.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #15
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I wasn't trying to knock QTP and I'm sure they do the job just fine. I also mentioned I didn't want to break the bank. One thing for sure is that I now know so much more about my options thanks to you guys. I most likely go with a stainless steel bolt on setup. Will keep you posted. Thanks again.
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Noweeds are direct bolt on and direct wiring for camaro plus comes with mount for switch. They do offer better hp increase but not alot. Race ready with labor considering your not installing yourself will run you 800 i bet wired and all which is only 150 cheaper for far less quality. But it is some savings. Steve at noweeds will take care of u at all cost and is a firm believer in quality
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So your saying a shop will charge $275 to cut 2 pipes, no welding and runing 1 set of wires to the center console? With a sawzall and a few ramps anyone who knows anything about working on cars will have this entire setup done in 2 hours... and thats leaving a 15 min beer break in there...... Dont get me wrong, Noweeds is an amazing product, but by the time you get into a shop and have them weld in those units, install wiring, your talking about a $1300 investment. I like things I can do myself...... and if the race ready ones fail, not only do I have block out plates that bolt on(should they fail while open), i can get any part replaced under warranty.
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Noweeds are direct bolt on no welding needed. I was saying the labor with qtp or race ready would be high but noweeds u could do yourself as i did
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In other words

Qtp/raceready: 500 plus 200-275 labor (include welding,cutting,wiring) 775
Noweeds: 950 bolts in and can be done by you. Few more hp, better quality and more efficient setup.

175 dollar difference was all i was saying. But i still agree with u it is savings so i think your decision makes sense but its not a BIG difference once you count labor.
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...With a sawzall and a few ramps anyone who knows anything about working on cars will have this entire setup done in 2 hours... and thats leaving a 15 min beer break in there....
It actually took me about 4 hours, but I take longer beer breaks.

Rage: Did you get the answers to your installation questions? I sent you a series of PMs.
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It actually took me about 4 hours, but I take longer beer breaks.

Rage: Did you get the answers to your installation questions? I sent you a series of PMs.
You were very helpful... thanks for the info To the OP, raceready is bolt up.... QTP needs to be welded..... So the cost is still double for Noweeds over race ready.
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It actually took me about 4 hours, but I take longer beer breaks.
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Thumbs up DMH

I just installed my third set of DMH cutouts on a 2010 Camaro. They are a great product, excellent warranty and great customer service.

First set was my own, second set was a close friend so it was a "freebie", third set I charged the guy $450 for the cut outs including installation. Not sure if I'd do it THAT cheap again, but pretty close I am sure... Let me know if anyone needs any information.

I have heard people paying up to $1100 for a set ...

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...Where in this link did u run the wires up into the cab? Thanks
I drilled through the plastic drain plugs on both the driver and passenger sides. I don't remember what size bit I used, but it was big enough to accommodate the wiring harness plugs. Then I removed the door sill on each side so I could reach under the carpet to pull the respective plugs through and route them over to the console with a coat hanger. After the wires were properly positioned and everything was working, I refilled the plug holes with silicone. I ran monster tape across the bottom of the drain to hold the silicone in place until it dried (I actually drove with the tape on there a few days). Then I zip-tied the wires to the sub-frame.

Having said all that, I should have gone up through the transmission tunnel, behind the heat shield. There should be enough room under the shifter boot to route the harness over to the driver side of the console, where I mounted the switch. This would make for a cleaner installation because you wouldn't have to route the wires under the sub-frame rails, where they're exposed to the elements and road hazards. You may need to pop the hard plastic trim around the shifter off, but that's easily done.

By the way, that void under the rear console trim is an excellent place to hide your excess wire. Make a coil, zip-tie the loop and leave it there.

Here's your visual, in case you decide to route the harness the same way I did. Like I say, though; if I had it to do over again, I would go up through the tunnel. I'm not sure why I didn't think of that before I went through the floor pans. Too many beer breaks, I guess.
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