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So I guess after a few emails and other people banging on their door TruBendz decided to add us to their list.

So we now have a couple sized kits for mandrel bent exhaust piping for our 3rd gens.

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Link: Welcome to TruBendz - Mandrel bends, Exhaust systems, Downpipes and Mufflers

They offer - 2.25", 2.5", and 3.0" diameters.





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I don't see what that three hole gasket is supposed to attach to yet.I would like to see a pic of a downpipe cause mines scratched to hell on the bottom.
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I don't see what that three hole gasket is supposed to attach to yet.I would like to see a pic of a downpipe cause mines scratched to hell on the bottom.
I do not think you are reading the post right.

This is for a catback system. Not a header.
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Thanks for the heads up sir!


Is this a 1 time run of pipe, where once their gone that's it? Or do you know?
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Welp by the looks of it, this seems to be just the piping and doesn't come with the necessary flanges. Probably gonna have to cut the flanges off your old exhaust and weld some ****. These are only assumptions because it's listed under the exhaust tubing section and not the catback exhaust system
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Thanks for the heads up sir!


Is this a 1 time run of pipe, where once their gone that's it? Or do you know?
Its part of their listing now. Not just a limited run.
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Welp by the looks of it, this seems to be just the piping and doesn't come with the necessary flanges. Probably gonna have to cut the flanges off your old exhaust and weld some ****. These are only assumptions because it's listed under the exhaust tubing section and not the catback exhaust system
Its a custom kit so that you can use whatever resonator, muffler etc..

And as to the flanges, V-bands are the best way for sealing and easy removal and installation.




Since exhausts are pretty much custom per customer anyways its better this way.

The biggest issue with offering something like this is that no one person is happy with the complete kit.
Each person has their own idea of what they want, but now it does not matter. You can build a good mandrel bent system with whatever components you want.
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So the flanges aren't included it's just the piping? Does this v-band stuff require any welding? Never heard of such thing. Possibly interested in a catback this summer.
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Yes just like the normal flanges it all requires welding.

However, if you noticed that they include the clamp style clamps which do not require welding because the entire system is a slip fit and clamp setup.

Minus the welding of the 3 bolt flange in the pictures as well as the resonator and muffler which are all customer choice.

V-Band clamp systems are the best out there for ease of installation and removal and best seal.

Many of the Race applicatinos of today use this style for clean setups.
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Man, that looks SWEET!! And I'll be in the market for a CAT-Back system soon! Thanks for the info Sean!
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^^ thought of you when he posted this. Hence the question I asked.
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^^ thought of you when he posted this. Hence the question I asked.
Thanks! I appreciate that! I went on their website and 2.5" are only $120 for aluminized and $195 for Stainless Steel. Not too bad IMO...

But don't bother with their comparison function because the descriptions are exactly the same for both units and there is nothing to compare but the difference in price.

So... I did some research on which will last longer, Aluminized or Stainless Steel. And based on the price, You would "ass u me" that the Stainless would be the higher quality/longer lasting of the two but Aluminumized steel has better corrosive resistance than Stainless Steel!

Now, Stainless Steel is stronger than the Aluminumized Steel, which would be good if needed, but as long as you aren't jacking up your car by the muffler or bottoming out your exhaust while jumping curbs, you should be fine.

And here are the links to my resources:

Aluminumized Steel:

Aluminized steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stainless Steel:
Stainless steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Have a read for yourself as I believe all the statement in these two articles to be true but "BONJOUR!" We know it has to be true cause it was on the internet...

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Re: TruBendz Mandrel Bent Exhaust - 88-91 Prelude

Nice! Before i got my 'Lude, i was looking at Mercury Cougars, and all the owners on their forum swear by TruBendz. I've wanted to use their custom piping on my '97, but now i'm torn between TruBendz and K-Teller.
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Thanks! I appreciate that! I went on their website and 2.5" are only $120 for aluminized and $195 for Stainless Steel. Not too bad IMO...

But don't bother with their comparison function because the descriptions are exactly the same for both units and there is nothing to compare but the difference in price.

So... I did some research on which will last longer, Aluminized or Stainless Steel. And based on the price, You would "ass u me" that the Stainless would be the higher quality/longer lasting of the two but Aluminumized steel has better corrosive resistance than Stainless Steel!

Now, Stainless Steel is stronger than the Aluminumized Steel, which would be good if needed, but as long as you aren't jacking up your car by the muffler or bottoming out your exhaust while jumping curbs, you should be fine.

And here are the links to my resources:

Aluminumized Steel:

Aluminized steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stainless Steel:
Stainless steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Have a read for yourself as I believe all the statement in these two articles to be true but "BONJOUR!" We know it has to be true cause it was on the internet...

And you know what they say about the Internet...

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My 'alluminized' exhaust on a mustang I used to have was still silver after about 3 years (when I sold it). And for the calorie counters, me thinks the alluminized is lighter. Don't know that as fact. But do know my sons steel Apexi (or whatever it is) is a lot lighter from the flex pipe hook up point to muffler oulet than my stainless Thermal Research is from resonator oultet point to muffler outlet.
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Thanks! I appreciate that! I went on their website and 2.5" are only $120 for aluminized and $195 for Stainless Steel. Not too bad IMO...

But don't bother with their comparison function because the descriptions are exactly the same for both units and there is nothing to compare but the difference in price.

So... I did some research on which will last longer, Aluminized or Stainless Steel. And based on the price, You would "ass u me" that the Stainless would be the higher quality/longer lasting of the two but Aluminumized steel has better corrosive resistance than Stainless Steel!

Now, Stainless Steel is stronger than the Aluminumized Steel, which would be good if needed, but as long as you aren't jacking up your car by the muffler or bottoming out your exhaust while jumping curbs, you should be fine.

And here are the links to my resources:

Aluminumized Steel:

Aluminized steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stainless Steel:
Stainless steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Have a read for yourself as I believe all the statement in these two articles to be true but "BONJOUR!" We know it has to be true cause it was on the internet...

And you know what they say about the Internet...

I'm a little dubious about anything I read form wikipedia. Mainly because just about anyone can go on there and say what they want to say. Tony, can you tell me where it says that aluminized steel has better corrosion resistance than stainless steel. I read (in the first paragraph) that it says it has better corrosion resistance, but it's comparing aluminized steel to non-aluminized steel, not stainless steel.

I've had experience with both aluminized steel and stainless steel exhaust systems. I've seen that a stainless steel system lasts much longer than an aluminized steel system. For that reason alone I would tend to spend the extra $75 on this and go for stainless. I had aluminized steel exhaust systems rot out in less than three years on my lude. The current stainless system on my lude is now 8 years old, and showing no signs of any problems.
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Stainless is the better material for longevity.

I still have my LSD catback and it is still nice and not rusted. I can take it off and get it repolished to make it pretty.

But honestly get what you can afford, at these prices its a great deal.
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We have those v-band clamps all over our jet engines . They definitely work pretty damn good! Personally don't have too many people getting on their knees to look under my car to see an exhaust pipe.So you guys have fun with it.
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Personally don't have too many people getting on their knees to look under my car to see an exhaust pipe.So you guys have fun with it.
Les, I'm not sure what this has to do with anyone buying this. Are you referring to the clamps or this exhaust? I can't speak for anyone else here, but I don't buy things for my car in order to impress other people. The things I buy for my car are either for performance, or because I personally like how it looks. Sure, it feels good if other people like what you've done to your car. Who doesn't like getting compliments on their car? But I don't base my purchases on that.

Mandrel bent pipe flows better than crush bent pipe, so that's why I would buy this if I were looking to replace my exhaust system. My reason for going with stainless for an exhaust system is durability, not looks.
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^^ this
I'm not a calorie counter so a pound or two here n there don't bug me. Stainless does seem to last longer, especially when the car does short trips a lot or sits a lot (ie moisture in the pipe).

If others want to bend down and look at my mess of an undercarriage, have at it.

Now I don't know what Honda used for the 5th, but my 97 still has an oem system and it 'looks' great. Flex pipe? Not so great.
The Thermal Research I have is for future use. Got the whole cat-back for $15 at a junkyard in 012.

It's nice to know when the 91 my son and I are restoring is in need of a new exhaust (or just because we want new) that we now know of a quality option these days thanks to funryd's tip about the tru-bendz.
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Re: TruBendz Mandrel Bent Exhaust - 88-91 Prelude

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...Tony, can you tell me where it says that aluminized steel has better corrosion resistance than stainless steel. I read (in the first paragraph) that it says it has better corrosion resistance, but it's comparing aluminized steel to non-aluminized steel, not stainless steel...
Yes, I am going to recant my statement saying that Aluminumized Steel is more corrosion resistant than Stainless steel. It is in fact the opposite. Stainless IS the more corrosion resistant one.

What I read and got the false notion from was the last sentence of the first paragraph under "Properties" which reads:

"Although stainless steel is the stronger of the two, aluminized steel has a greater electrostatic surface, and can therefore reflect heat better."

I read that and jumped to the conclusion that the term "electrostatic" was referring to corrosion and not heat dissipation.

Sorry to everyone that I provided misinformation.

With that said, If i decide to get this setup, it will definitely be the Stainless Steel version... I just want to check my local muffler shop to see what they quote me to fab a CAT back and also what they'd sharge to install the above setup.
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