Over the weekend I installed new exhaust on my Viper. I’ve been wanting to do it for years but I had to wait until I finished paying off the car to be able to afford it. After making the last car payment in January, I splurged and went for it.
It’s hard to capture the sound and especially how loud it is, but here’s a video that my friend made to give you an idea:
The old exhaust had 4 catalytic converters, 2 per side. I replaced them with a pair of higher flowing ones and that had 3″ pipes instead of 2.5″. They’re made by Random Technology.
My friend Jim was kind enough to offer both his lift and a helping hand to get it installed. Installation wasn’t too terrible but there were a pair of hard to reach bolts to remove the side sills and one of the cats was a pain to get on due to fitment issues, but overall it went fairly smoothly!
It all fit in my trunk!
Side sill removed with stock exahust in place
Stock catalytic converter
Access to the catalytic converters is easy!
The catalytic converters bolt directly onto the stock manifolds
New exhaust in place
New exhaust tips (I need to go back in and adjust placement)
My dad swung by Cars & Coffee this morning with his late 1960’s Triumph TR250. I grew up riding around in it and he recently got it running again and restored. It was fun having both of our very different cars sitting next to each other, especially since his is one of the things that got me into cars in the first place! 🙂
I put my Viper on a dyno today to see what kind of horsepower and torque it was making at the wheels. It supposedly makes 600 horsepower at the crank and I’ve heard reports of 530 to 560 horsepower at the wheels, so I was curious to see what mine actually makes. Turns out it’s 533 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque. Considering it was a little warm out and decently humid, that’s not bad!
I snagged a pretty sweet parking spot at yesterday morning’s Cars & Coffee at the awesome World of Speed Museum near Portland. Great weather too — it was originally supposed to be super hot in the morning but some nice cloud cover saved us, although it did get into the high 90s by the end of the day!
Last weekend I went autocrossing for the second time and I’m as hooked as ever! It’s such a blast, especially now that I have a 6 point racing harness in my car. It makes it a lot easier to feel what the car is doing as you’re held in very securely.
I still have a long way to go though — I see so many mistakes watching this video!
This past weekend I passed the 30,000 mile mark on my Viper. When I purchased it in March of 2012 it had 9300 miles on it so that makes just over 20,000 miles that I’ve personally driven the car, all of it for fun.
25,000 miles happened back in May so that’s pretty good progress and I still have at least another couple thousand miles left of driving to do before weather sets in this fall!
Last weekend I attended the first national meeting of the new Dodge Viper owners association near Detroit, Michigan. It was an absolute blast and I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of the awesome event!
I’ll start with the tour of the factory where they assemble the cars. Chrysler was super awesome to open their doors to us and all other Viper owners.
The chassis start out on rolling dollies with barely any parts put on them: