I am needing a new front pipe but am not having very good luck finding one for the 80 Cj5 258. I do have the '81 and later matching exhaust manifold and air intake, that I have verified here in the JF.
I am having a tough time finding the front pipe for it. I did find a previous thread that it was a walker # 44172. Well, no one has that and no one can get it. I did find a walker # 44872 and it looks dang near identical:
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I am getting a new exhaust system installed on Friday, soup to nuts. The muffler shop guy recommended me trying to find a front pipe for him because if he has to make one, it wont last as long (thats all according to him, and this is a very reputable, highly recommended muffler shop).
I am gonna go with an all stainless magnaflow, the lowest resonating one they make, fyi.
So if the factory pipe lasted for 20+ years, how long of a time would be acceptable,10 years? I'd have the muffler guy fab the piece you need.
This is what was done on 3 of my Jeeps, the shop made all the parts from the manifold back. If Longevity is a concern , have the pipe made and take it home and paint it with hi-heat header paint and follow the directions on the can.
My guess is the pipe will outlast a ordinary Aluminized muffler.
1957 WILLYS pickup,
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac.
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ.
I just picked up a nice 258 with a heddman header, offenhouser intake and holley carb out of a 1980's cj with manual trans. I was hoping it all will drop in place into 1982 scrambler with auto transmission. Is there a different header for auto's and stick ?
44872 was the one I bought for my 1984 CJ7. They should be the same. The only thing I can see that might be different, it would be the tube for the air tube going to the catalitic converter. I just welded a plug in it. A cleaner instalation would have been to cut it off and weld a plate over it.
I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring, but it can't be any worse than what I've already been through.
I purchased an entire exhaust, from the manifold to the tail pipe. Since they were doing all of the work, I think they kind of "threw" it in with everything else. I am trying to find a receipt for the work they did, but to the best of my memory, from the manifold, new frontpipe, 2 1/2" exhaust, magnaflow muffler, new hangers, and all welding was under $400...
So to answer the question, the front pipe wasn't much at all...