: Exhaust Removal
08-19-2004, 09:36 PM
can someone point me to a how to on removing the exhaust? those rubber mounts are a B[:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]*. how do you get the stock exhaust out of them? i undid the two bolts at the flexy pipe, but there are two rubber mounts there, two down the middle, and one at the tail pipe. i want to just hack um off, but i need them for my new magnaflow.
08-19-2004, 09:42 PM
well, first of all you gotta cut the exhaust right before the back crossmember. As for the mounts just spray some silicone spray on em and yank the hangers out. It shouldn't be too difficult if you jack the car up a bit and put it on stands. That way you can get some good leverage on it. Hope that helps and good luck.
08-19-2004, 09:46 PM
ya i tried to cut it with a hack saw, that got me no where but a sore shoulder. tried wd40 on the rubbers also, and no luck. not enough room down there to yank really good. on your back with minimal leverage.
08-19-2004, 11:34 PM
sorry i couldnt be much help to ya bud...
i have not tried to remove the exhaust...
i tried to search for a how-to to help you out, but couldnt find one. [:(]
might be worth it to take it someplace that has the power tools to make this job a lot simplier. or atleast get your hands on those tools yourself.
You HAVE to cut the stock exhaust to get it off the car. You'll just have to keep hacksawing it or try to find someone with a dremel and cutting discs or a sawsall. Cut it near the back axel so you can 'feed' the end section over the axel and out the back.
As for the hangers, just twist them 90 degrees to remove them from the bottom of the car. Put some muscle into them later when the stock exhaust is completely out from under the car, way easier then trying to get them off under the car. Trust me....
I installed my own catback exhaust so I know exactly what I am talking about.....
08-19-2004, 11:46 PM
i knew there was a reason we kept you around... lol.
LOL.... the post whore is to the rescue....
LOL, URN I just realized this is a SPI forum..... damn, someone put up a fence or something to keep me out of here..... [;)]
08-19-2004, 11:53 PM
if you see my name in a technical thread, and i am not making a fool out of myself, it is going to be about the SPI... lol. that should have thrown the red flags up for you.
and we are working on the fence thing. actually its a river, a river of freedom.... flowing to seperate us from the oppressors to the north... (and of course, none of that makes sense unless you play way to much GTA VC)
time for me to get off work.
have fun tonight.
see ya in the tomorrow.
Actually I know what you mean, I got VC loaded on my computer right now..... bastard! LOL, always joking, you must know that by now.
Maybe Tom can get me one of those 'house (thread) arrest' ankle (or wrist) bracelets so I can't post in certain threads....lol
08-20-2004, 09:39 AM
I kinda like it. Usually we run out the ZETEC riff-raff, but I think for levity we'll keep you around.
08-20-2004, 11:24 AM
S2, u ever think about putting a worded how to on removing stock exhaust? Could be good for those who need help. I only have one question, when you buy these bolt on exhaust, is there any where that you have wield to get the new one on?
Yeah I thought about writing up a HOW TO (next time I put on someone's catback I will take pics) but there is alot on information in previous threads on this board if you run a search, you'll eventually find it. It's something I have thought about for a while. I got a few HOW TO's that I have got ready, minus pictures so just waiting for another 'install' to get the pictures then send them in to TOM for the HOW TO section.
Also, most, all I can think ok, aftermarket catbacks come in usually 3 sections (majority) and don't require any welding at all. There is one piece from the cat back (usually with a resonator or something on it, sometimes not but always a 'straight' section. The second section will include a bent in the pipe then the muffler. The third piece will go from the muffler, over the back axel (suspension) then outwards to the exhaust tip. All the factory hangers stay where they are, you just 'rehang' the new catback using the old hangers (the rubber bushings). A couple bolts up at the cat and that's it. Some (MBRP for example) have a different hanger for the back near the tip but it's extremely easy to do, usually just extends the other hanger with another rubber piece to make sure it clears the bumper properly.
So basically to what you said, there is no welded needed anywhere. Some people have welded theirs together, which is fine but I don't recommend it if you ever decide to buy a different setup and then want to sell your old one. If you weld, your going to have to cut it off the car again, which sucks if anyone has done that (especially with a hacksaw)....
08-20-2004, 01:56 PM
hack sawing is the pits. so twist the rubber 90 degrees at the point where it attaches to the car and they will come off. then i can remove them from the exhaust once it is off the car. right. that is the info i was looking for. thank you. i was trying to get the hangers out of the rubber for ever, then tried to remove the rubber from the car but wanted to know how to before i broke something. thanks again. and off for day two of man and hacksaw vs. stock exhaust!
LOL... yeah that's the way to do it xfocusx... it's alot easier muscling off those hangers once you can stand up. It sucks doing that under the car, I just gave up and did it later on. Also when you hang the new catback, put the hangers back on the car first then shove the 'shaft' into the hanger, easier then trying to do that 90 degree twist thing backwards. I found it easier anyway.... good luck.....
08-20-2004, 08:39 PM
And add a little grease of your choice to the nub that the hanger slides over. It can be a bioch to do without some kind of help. To twist the hangers off I used a screwdriver. It gave me better leverage and popped 'em right off.
^^^^^ good idea with the screwdriver but go easy if you do the 'grease' trick. You don't want that stuff dripping out off the hanger onto the HOT exhaust.... it'll be 'el stinko' then....
08-20-2004, 08:51 PM
<Nods in agreement>
08-20-2004, 10:19 PM
Well, don't have it hot then! =)
Sure but grease doesn't just 'disappear' after it's on the hangers.... and your exhaust gets HOT if you drive your car for more than 2 minutes....
Either way, you would have to put a whole bunch on there to have it be a real problem. Just put some muscle behind it, it's not that hard to get back in, or out.....
08-22-2004, 11:10 PM
just did them today and I put the screwdriver into the hole and leveraged the opening right over the nub ( used some silicone as well ) worked great.