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Old 02-13-2018, 08:34 PM
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Default Rudys Up-pipe Warning

Hey guys. Just a heads up. We tried some of Rudys passenger side up pipes. Bought 3 of them. The first truck we installed a couple months ago. Had a bad tic sound that would not go away. Changed gaskets twice. Checked everything multiple times. Customer agreed to bring it back after driving it a little bit so we could look for soot and find the leak.(he don't put many miles on the truck)

Fast forward to last week. We installed another one. Boom. This truck did the exact same thing. Well after seeing how the bellow is sitting installed I think that's what is causing the issues. After always using Deviants up pipe with zero issues I learned why not to go cheap on them.

Seems like Rudys is going with cheap Chinese knock off garbage. Just want to warn other members so they don't have this head ache.

Stick with Pro-fab or actual made in America parts.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:42 PM
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Wow. Thatís unfortunate. Definitely best to stick with quality products like profab.


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Old 02-13-2018, 08:59 PM
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Caveat emptor.


Buy proven parts the first time, or spend double to fix a problem. Your choice.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:22 PM
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Rudys is chinese junk, pretty good amount of posts on their stuff on the various duramax fb groups.
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Ppe does a video with them. Check it out if you can ffind it.
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I've seen it. Bad part is PPE is not much better. Still a generic knock off of pro-fab. Dan got called out on where his are made. He disappeared into his cave.
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The PPE up-pipes suck on the Ford 6.0L as well. My brother found that out the hard way. Called them out at SEMA and they weaseled big time. Even the up-pipes on their demo motor didn't fit, but "that's normal, mock up engines never fit right." oh, OK then
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I have the same Up pipe with a similar issue but have yet to find soot to verify where it is leaking. I was impressed however how easy it bolted on, everything lined up well.

I purchased their EGR delete kit first and was impressed with the fit and finish of it other than 1 bracket not lining up below the alternator.

They are scary close to having a good product for a cheep price. Being 1-2 days away on Amazon Prime at a cheep price is very tempting.
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I thought a while back Mark Broviak said he liked the PPE manifolds and up-pipes?


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if he said that its maybe because there is some sort of partnership there, its been proven too many times profab is far superior to ppe so why would anyone especially someone like him boast about a 2nd tier part

after going cheap on uppipes years ago i learned my lesson too, ill never buy anything put profab regardless of cost
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if he said that its maybe because there is some sort of partnership there, its been proven too many times profab is far superior to ppe so why would anyone especially someone like him boast about a 2nd tier part

after going cheap on uppipes years ago i learned my lesson too, ill never buy anything put profab regardless of cost
I do like and use PPE manifolds and pipes! We have had nothing but great luck with them! I also love Profabs too and have a great relationship with Rick! I have had a relationship with PPE since 2006 without any issues. I don't know what issues you have had with PPE's manifolds but we have used them on 1800hp+ builds along with Tony B. and they work great and are a lot cheaper than some of the other options available out there that you are just paying for shiny billet parts without a proven gain from or the same reliability. I have seen and tried almost everything available on the market in the last 12 years and I take it personal when someone like you says shit you apparently don't understand or know about! I have also seen the Rudy's set come through the shop and they are cheap junk I wouldn't install on my own ride. I only run and sell stuff I would put on my own vehicles, period!
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I do like and use PPE manifolds and pipes! We have had nothing but great luck with them! I also love Profabs too and have a great relationship with Rick! I have had a relationship with PPE since 2006 without any issues. I don't know what issues you have had with PPE's manifolds but we have used them on 1800hp+ builds along with Tony B. and they work great and are a lot cheaper than some of the other options available out there that you are just paying for shiny billet parts without a proven gain from or the same reliability. I have seen and tried almost everything available on the market in the last 12 years and I take it personal when someone like you says shit you apparently don't understand or know about! I have also seen the Rudy's set come through the shop and they are cheap junk I wouldn't install on my own ride. I only run and sell stuff I would put on my own vehicles, period!
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if he said that its maybe because there is some sort of partnership there, its been proven too many times profab is far superior to ppe so why would anyone especially someone like him boast about a 2nd tier part

after going cheap on uppipes years ago i learned my lesson too, ill never buy anything put profab regardless of cost
take it easy i wasn't attacking you
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long time ago i got a set of t-rex uppipes for next to nothing, bellow blew out was all
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All very good info here. I like Rick, and have nothing negative to say about Pro-Fab products whatsoever.

But the PPE up-pipes are $299 for a set. And they look very nice. Unfortunately in this day and age most people wonít pay any more then they feel they need to. Since PPE has a big name in the industry itís difficult to get people to pay more for Pro-Fab parts then the PPE parts. My own personal truck has Pro-Fab up-pipes, and I continue to recommend them. But as a businessman if someone wonít buy pro-fab ones, but they will buy PPE ones I canít turn down the possibility to make a few extra dollars on a job. Now, having said that if they werenít a good quality piece I wouldnít sell them. But in my limited experience with them they have been good. Thatís why I asked the question.


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