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Old 07-03-2019, 08:49 AM   #731
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Quality is tough to discern since regardless of the maker, they almost all use imported Chinese motors. So quality is somewhat irrelevant when the most important parts are all made in the same factories.
The first pair I bought was Badlandz HPE because they were very high quality, and had a 5 year warranty that nobody else in the market had. But after paying $265 a pair, which didn't even include a Y pipe, they weren't very good. I had several issues with the butterfly valves coming loose, and even falling out! I contacted the owner each time and it was always a battle with Badlandz owner to get the parts warranted. On a couple occasions I got so frustrated that I finally told him I'd pay for the parts, and then he finally said he'd warranty them.
So after the 5 yr. warranty was near it's end and they failed again, I bought the cheap pair. They've been on the car for about 2 years now and not a single problem. I figured if they went bad I could buy a 2nd pair to replace them and still not be as expensive as the Badlandz for one set.
By the way. I looked at Granatelli before I bought the cheap ones. Called and asked where their cutouts were made, and they told me the motors and plates are made overseas. The do final assembly in the USA.
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I installed the Exhaust Cutouts. Measured 9 inches of exhaust pipe to remove and cut it out. I had to remove my H pipe to get the needed clearance before my mufflers. Got it all clamped up. Tested the system and have no exhaust leaks at all. I haven’t hooked up the wiring yet so can’t tell what it’s going to sound like till I hook up the wiring so I can open the cutouts.
But I really do like the better (some what louder), exhaust with out the H pipe being in the system. It has a crisper sound and you can really hear the cam I have now. It really thumps!! I guess the H pipe equalized the left and right banks of the small block which cancels out some of the noise giving it a more mellow sound. And it evens out the cam somewhat (as far as a strong thumping noise). Now I get the thumpty thump of my cam an a crisper sound. Can’t wait to hear with open exhaust cutouts! Yes I give up some HP by removing the H pipebut if I need it I’ll just open up the cutouts and get the extra gain of open headers!!
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When I installed my first set of electric cutouts I found myself constantly opening them for the first few drives afterwards. Now I still open them if I'm pulling into a car cruise, or club get together. They're a lot of fun and certainly an attention getter.
Nice at the drags too, when I can pull up to stage and just hit a switch to uncap my headers!
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This morning I went out while it was still sorta cool and wired up the Cutouts, and installed the one touch switch. I wired it so the one switch controls both cutouts. Started up the car and then hit the switch.. WOW!!! Sure gonna be fun pulling into a show or cruise night with them open!!!
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I've always wired them as one switch also. But after the troubles I had with the Badlandz I found troubleshooting them was a PITA wired this way. It ended up with them being out of time and me having to disconnect one to get the other timed to it. So the last set I installed with separate switches close together so I could hit them both at the same time, or operate them individually.
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