After the introduction of 2014 Corvette Stingray, we couldn’t wait to finally see a new C7 out on the road. The 2014 Stingray has to be the most exciting car the automotive world has seen in recent years. The C7 is the biggest leap forward in the evolution of the Vette since the introduction of the C4 in 1983.
Matt Hauffe, owner of Tune Time Performance, in Lakewood, New Jersey, put in an order for a new Stingray as soon as GM announced they would accept orders. Once Matt’s new Vette was delivered, he drove and enjoyed it until it had roughly 400 break-in miles before baseline dyno and strip testing began. This also enabled Matt to accustom himself with his new world class supercar. For this story, we bolted on American Racing Headers’ new long-tube headers and stainless X-pipe. These exhaust upgrades would enable the Gen-V LT-1 to exhale more efficiently and will begin the groundwork for future mods.
Here’s a last look of the stock mid/x-pipe exhaust on the TTP ’14 Vette.
Notice the location of the X-pipe section of the mid-pipe compared to the new American Racing Headers mid/X-pipe we’ll be installing.
Tune Time’s top techs George Hatzinikitas and Matt Hauffe drop-down the stock X-pipe to begin the header/exhaust install.
The front exhaust pipes are also dropped down before the exhaust manifolds can be removed.
For access to the exhaust manifold fasteners, the engine cover, hoses, electrical wires, connectors, along with the large fuss box center, need to be disconnected or removed and put aside.
With all those snots out of the way, it was easy for George to get right in there and unbolt the exhaust manifolds.
Here we can see how easy it is to reach the exhaust manifold bolts.
There’s enough room for the stock manifolds can come out from the top or the bottom.