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Old 01-11-2012, 10:51 AM
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Bending tailpipes

I have a '55 Chevy BelAir and my exhaust is complete with the exception of my tailpipes.

I have purchased these Flowmaster 2 1/2" tailpipes:



I have now decided I would like to have the tailpipes exit at an angle just behind the rear tires instead of straight back.

If I take these to a muffler shop and have them bent and installed, is that going to cause a restriction that would more than desired?

A friend told me that the restrictions caused by bending without a mandrel bender are bad.

I've also been told that muffler shops with mandrel benders are few and far between. Is that true?

Suggestions?
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