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Unread 03-04-2019, 10:30 PM   #1
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Its time to adjust the drive belt on my VC625 and I've been pondering how the exhaust system will cooperate. Some systems I've seen on this forum are solid welded all the way to the tailpipe tip. Mine includes few pieces that are slip fit with saddle type clamps. I expect to be able to loosen the clamps and wiggle the pieces a bit to allow for engine movement. But pipes that have been clamped with ubolts and saddles tend to have dents in them to help seal that make it tough to pull them apart.

How does everyone else set up their exhaust to allow for belt adjustment?
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Unread 03-05-2019, 05:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Clone Belt Adjustment

On my G9 and G2 both with BS Vanguards, I used stainless steel flex pipe.

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Unread 03-05-2019, 05:59 AM   #3
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Are you satisfied with how well the clamps seal the flex to the solid pipe?

I'm thinking I should have put a little flex in the same spot. I may need to slot my brackets' bolt holes holding the muffler and tailpipe assy to allow for fore and aft engine adjustment without disturbing the pipes and clamps from the header to muffler.
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Yes, no leaks.

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Great. If I have any trouble I may slip down to Advance Auto Parts and get a piece of flex. When the outside temperatures get warmer than my freezer.
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Great. If I have any trouble I may slip down to Advance Auto Parts and get a piece of flex. When the outside temperatures get warmer than my freezer.
LOL! I hear ya, very cold here as well.

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I was one of those guys that welded the system together and did have some adjustment but not enough. I went with the route of getting a shorter beefier belt as not to have to cut up my welded up system. I welded together because even with double clamps it would shift and start to leak.
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I clamped mine since it was still in experimental stage. It has held up well and passed the wife sound limit test. My belt has stretched or worn some so I expect I may be adjusting more than once again before it is replaced. I will check when it is warmer and see if I have enough room to slot the brackets the muffler mount is attached to that would allow more adjustment. Then I could go ahead and weld it all up and slide the system on the brackets. But still allow for new belts and adjustment to worn belts.
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My G14 is really space tight for the exhaust system. The early VC header runs straight past the secondary clutch. I see later headers loop around the engine and exit the opposite side. Most of these engine swapped carts require some owner effort to make them quiet and durable.
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Mine is the newer snake header. Despite the tight spaces I managed to get the muffler behind the axle and over two feet of tailpipe after the muffler. Nice and quiet.
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