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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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1980 cj5 258 front pipe

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Walker-Exhaust...s=walker+44872

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.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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I don't know if this helps, but when I swapped the newer style intake/exhaust onto my CJ the existing front pipe bolted up with no mods needed.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input....but my front pipe and its flange are in terrible shape and need to be replaced. I am thinking the one I put a link to will work, but wanted some more input.
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I think a competent exhaust shop should be able to fab that piece. No?

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Unread 05-08-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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Yes...he is saying that he can fab the piece, but it just wont last as long...
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Sounds like he's being lazy, to me. My shop fab'd every piece of pipe from the manifolds back.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #7
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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.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 03:19 PM   #8
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Will do...thanks guys!
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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 ?
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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.
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