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BBK X-pipe hits trans member on 89 2V swap

I got the motor and trans dropped in. I put the BBK long tubes in that fit surprisingly well, but when I held up the h-pipe to check, it hits the crossmember. I was told that the BBK's would fit, and that's why I bought them.

Has anyone run into this before? And if, so, how did you remedy it?
 

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Bill

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I've never used long tubes, but that looks like a pain to fix. Do you think you will be able to adjust the header? Another option is to use a factory SN95 transmission crossmember and brackets. They are readily available at virtually any salvage yard and a relatively easy install.
 
I've never used long tubes, but that looks like a pain to fix. Do you think you will be able to adjust the header? Another option is to use a factory SN95 transmission crossmember and brackets. They are readily available at virtually any salvage yard and a relatively easy install.
Thanks Bill. I dug through some crates and I found the factory crossmember from the 98 that I parted out. I think I could fab it up fairly easily by either making mounting brackets to hold it, or getting the stock chassis brackets from a 98. Do you by chance know if the distance between the frame rails are the same from an 89, to a 98?
 

Bill

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I don't know if they are exactly the same, but I remember being able to mount the brackets on the cross member, raise them up with a transmission jack and tack them into place, so they fab up to the undercarriage easily. I remember thinking I should do a bunch of measuring to ensure a good pinion angle, but I didn't. I just raised it up, centered it and tactactac :)
 
I don't know if they are exactly the same, but I remember being able to mount the brackets on the cross member, raise them up with a transmission jack and tack them into place, so they fab up to the undercarriage easily. I remember thinking I should do a bunch of measuring to ensure a good pinion angle, but I didn't. I just raised it up, centered it and tactactac :)
Thank you Bill. I cut some brackets from a 98 at U-Pullit. I'll post pics when I make progress.
 

Bill

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Getting that old bracket off is a pain in the ass. It looks really good. My last one, I just used a cutting wheel and then tapped the edges up with a body hammer and painted it. That exhaust should clear without any problems now. At least you didn't have to deal with welded subframe connectors.
 
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