For all the good you can say about the third-generation Camaro (great suspension, good looks, cheap and affordable to build) there are some negatives you can mention too (interior flaws, smog equipment restrictions, lack of a 350/manual trans option from the factory). Another is the exhaust. Because of the third-gen's odd floor and front subframe/unibody design, installing a true dual exhaust on these cars is near impossible, and even installing a single pipe exhaust can be difficult.
After installing the GM Performance Parts 350 crate engine in our '92 RS, we needed to do some exhaust work so our new small-block wouldn't be choked down by the 305-spec exhaust. But what to do?
Fortunately for third-gen owners, there's a place where you can find the love and attention you desire when it comes to parts and accessories. Hawks Third Gen Parts (www.hawksthirdgenparts.com) specializes in new, used, performance, and aftermarket parts for 1982-2002 F-bodies. Based in Easley, South Carolina, the Hawks website is packed full of great stuff for third-gen owners.
Since we want our '92 to keep its mundane, sedate RS appearance, we decided to go with the Stainless Works single-pipe kit. While the kit did require some modifications and tweaks to fit our '92 (it's specifically designed for fourth-gen cars with LS7s installed), it wasn't that difficult to adapt to our car. If you want a true bolt-in exhaust, either full or cat-back, Hawks has two dozen different exhaust kits listed on its website. It even has an old-school chambered exhaust system made by GMMG that sounds wicked (our neighbors at GM High-Tech have it installed on one of their fourth-gens).
Follow along as we get our exhaust installed and point out some of the things you have to deal with when working on these cars.