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Old 01-15-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question Catback Exhaust install

I was looking at replacing/installing my own catback exhaust system and from reading the How To on myfordfocus.com , it seems easy.

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How hard is it to get those bolts off ?

I've heard people say that they have to be cut off.

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Anyone use these How To instructions ?

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Whats the typical cost of having a shop install it for you ?

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On a scale of 1(easy) to 10(mechanics only), how would you rate the installation of a catback exhaust system being done yourself ?


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I put my on, was the first time I ever did an exhaust........I did have a buddy help me though. I didn't need to cut the bolts off, just used some WD40 and a shit load of strength (which I dont have much of). The 2 bolts at the front of the car were the hardest for me. I had to cut 2 places and my buddy brought over some air saw that cuts through metal which really helped. First place was obviously near the back axle since the stock exhaust was one piece. I'm having trouble remembering which hanger I cut but I think it was the one next to the muffler, I couldnt get it to slide out so I cut it.

I watched the how-to video once and that was good enough to do the job although they make it look easy since they had theirs raised, mine was merely sitting on jacks so not a whole lot of room. For a rookie doing the job though I found it quite simple, except for the couple places that it took some elbow grease and some cutting. Did mine in a lil under 2 hrs. Hopes this helps some. Good luck on the install.
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i am not a mechanic, but the magnaflow was really easy, the two bolts at the flex are ough, but will come off. the insukators that the hangers are in twist and popoff, (the hangers are easier to get out of the insulators if u have the off the car) the only cutting u have to do is between the resonator and muffler, 1 hr job at the most(if u have tools)
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the bolts to the flex pipe wasnt that bad for me.
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If you pay someone to do it, it will probaly cost you between $75-$100; that was the price range for an exhaust install on my friends civic. I would say as long as you have ramps or jackstands you should be able to do this yourself. Access to a lift is ideal but I didn't have enough money or know anyone heh . The bolts are tough but as long as you have WD-40 and a good socket set, and a little bit of strength you should be okay. You will have to cut the old system close to the rear suspension. I used a Sawzall, I guess if you don't have one you could use a hacksaw but it will take forever. Once you get the stock system out of there its a breeze. You just have to hang the new system and bolt it on. It took me just about 2 hours. I would say its about a 3 or a 4, as long as you have the right tools! Good luck

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Do the bolts need to be put on at a particular torque or do you just tighten it as hard as you can and hope for no leaks ?
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I just cranked them down, and tried to do it as evenly as possible, but I don't think you will need to worry about it enough to use a torque wrench or anything. I would just do it by hand.
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Thanks for the info and feedback.

I was under the impression that some welding had to take place but looks like everything is bolted on or clamped on.
Looks like the hardest part is getting those bolts off the flexpipe.
Everything else seems to be a cinch.
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tighten the bolts down, drive until operating temp, then come back and retighten them.

on a scale of 1-10...hmmm 1.75

being you have a 2003, you shouldn't have any problems with the bolts.
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