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Cracked Frontier/Xterra Pacesetter Exhaust Manifold with Pics

Hey Gen1 Fronty-gang, just wanted to share a point of frustration and unnecessary expense so hopefully others may avoid it in the future.

A few years ago paid to have the cracking stock exhaust manifolds replaced. Was excited to try a set of USA made Pacesetters.

Past two years or so, they've been gradually getting louder. First folks told me it was just a leaking gasket, so I got new gaskets and paid over 500 bucks to have them installed. Mechanic says "both of your exhaust manifolds have severe cracks." Based on the crazy amount of ticking noise it was making, it made plenty of sense.

Looking to save some bucks, contacted Pacesetter on the phone to inquire about warranty replacement parts. A nice guy named Joe answered and told me there's a 5 year warranty on the unit's construction and 3 years on the attached cat converter. I asked if they had done anything in the past couple years to correct/improve the design and he said they had not.

Well no point in putting a bad product back on there only to have to pay hundreds of dollars to get them replaced two years later. It's nothing but a loosing scenario. Got some Dorman exhaust manifolds which are cast, have better welds at the cat AND a lifetime warranty.

New exhaust manifold's installed after over $1k out the window for labor. Got to take a look at the OLD units and WOW! There are at least 2-3 severe cracks (cracks that run approximately 1/2 the circumference of the weld) per side and you can even see light through most of them. See pics below for proof.

In summary, although Joe at Pacesetter was nice enough, there's no way anyone should be selling products like this to the public. Avoid the Pacesetter exhaust manifold units like the plague on your Frontiers and Xterras...you'll be paying for it again and again. Also worth noting there was less than 15k non-abusive miles on these units. Hope they eventually improve the design.

Seeing is believing...
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Quality post. Good looking out and thanks much for the warning.
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Those look like home made headers, there are top quality long tube headers for the vg33 that go by the name of Doug thorley, I put mine on 3 years ago and not a spec of rust or damage yet

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Those look like home made headers, there are top quality long tube headers for the vg33 that go by the name of Doug thorley, I put mine on 3 years ago and not a spec of rust or damage yet

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I have a set from 4x4 parts.com. they have been running great for 6 years now and are still super shiny SS even with all the salt here in NYS

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I have a set from 4x4 parts.com. they have been running great for 6 years now and are still super shiny SS even with all the salt here in NYS
That's where I got mine too

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I really wanted a set of DT's but as a daily driver in a state with regular emissions inspections it was a no go. I saw they have a shorty but then would have to but the separate cat..which is much moolah.

Homemade is right....like a high school shop project...at least when they used to have real shop classes.

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I'm glad I have no emissions at all in my state, no cats required

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I really, want headers.

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I have Doug Thorley shortie headers and mid-pipes on my 06 Pathy. I would love to get a set of their headers for my 03 Frontier SVE, but, the wallet says "no" for the time being!
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I really wanted a set of DT's but as a daily driver in a state with regular emissions inspections it was a no go. I saw they have a shorty but then would have to but the separate cat..which is much moolah.

Homemade is right....like a high school shop project...at least when they used to have real shop classes.

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I have them in NYS. NYS has a terrible State inspection vs other states. All you need is the CEL eliminator kit.. it moves the rear set of O2 sensors out and away from the exhaust a few inches so the check engine light doesnt come one ever. I got mine for like $30 and have never had a problem getting it inspected

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