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    So, welding the exhaust system is better in trucks than using band clamps. welded tubing is stronger and durable. But what are the chances of having holes in the exhaust system?
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    Welding vs clamps

    I have not heard that before. What kind of trucks are you talking about? I have never seen exhaust welded on big trucks (class six and higher) the band clamps hold just fine. I personally do not weld unless other options couldn't accommodate.
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    • #3
      My jeep is welded together. That is a good thing because with my little 35" tire the exhaust takes a beating. I would have surely ripped the clamps apart by now. Now my 3/4 ton pickup it just clamped together. different application. It works great. I haven't had any issues from the turbo to the exhaust tip. Also, it is easy to change, modify or replace in my driveway.

      So, moral of the story: application is important. If you can weld, you won't have holes in your exhaust. If your a hack welder, well then that is a completely different story...
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      • #4
        Clamps are better for several reasons. They're engineered for this use, so they're not going to break. Welding can make the tube weak &/or brittle. It's also difficult to weld all the way around, which is why you see stuff like this so often:



        Clamps don't damage the pipe (except cheapo U-bolt clamps), so they can be easily serviced/repaired/replaced. And good clamps are reusable indefinitely. Do you want to carry a cutting torch & welding machine when you go wheeling? You can certainly carry a ratchet & sockets. Lastly: clamps allow for some flex, and that's GONNA happen. Even if you weren't talking about a beater Jeep, it still happens just from 15' of steel going from -10F to 300F.

        But an even-better solution is welded flanges. Best of both worlds - the security of welds, with the ease of bolts.



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        • #5
          Funny you should ask, I keep a tb302 and 625 extreme in the jeep when I'm wheeling... NOT

          A broken off muffler isn't exactly on the top of my concerned list when I'm out beating on my jeep. I really break something some jumper cables and a few rods and I can weld something back together. For my used welding my exhaust together works just fine. I wouldn't want to deal with it on a vehicle that sees different use. I don't have much exhaust to mess up on my jeep anyways...

          Flanges can be a great option too if they are installed right.
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          • #6
            I was thinking flanges too. You ever see v band flanges?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cgotto6 View Post
              You ever see v band flanges?
              The flanges are eggspensive, and so are the bands. Flat flanges can be homemade or bought premade, and work equally well.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Steve83 View Post
                Originally posted by Cgotto6 View Post
                You ever see v band flanges?
                The flanges are eggspensive, and so are the bands. Flat flanges can be homemade or bought premade, and work equally well.
                They don't work near as well, but yes they are cheaper. You pay a price for the quality just like everything else in the world.

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                • #9
                  There is a place for welded, many repais done this way and welded is often used when pieces want to rotate, just cant come loose like a clamp.

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                  • #10
                    It's one of things where you can do it how ever you want, ain't gonna be a big deal.

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                    • #11
                      have seen a lot of welded exhausts and would never have the complete system welded... too much stress on the headers with expansion. seen full welded systems break header studs... as there is less flex in the system when the motor twists in the frame..
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