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Old 08-08-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Cat-back Install

OK guys--I'm going to be installing my Magnaflow cat-back (thanks meattooth!) hopefully on Saturday. I've installed plenty of cat-backs over the years, including 4 on my Ranger since I bought it new in '04, but it's been a while since i did one on a car--'98 was the last time that I did something as low as a car, when I put a Borla on my '93 Probe GT.
My questions/concerns for those who've installed a cat-back on a Mk3:
1) I will be doing the work in a garage with a dead-flat concrete floor, but no lift or pit. I plan on cutting the stock exhaust off in at least 3 places, roughly the same spots as the joints in the Magnaflow. Will I be able to complete the install with just a set of ramps for the front, or will I also need to get the back end up in the air also (on jackstands, of course)? I reallize that by getting all four wheels off the ground will give me much more working room, but is it absolutely necessary?
2) If I lift the rear also, where do I locate the floor jack? Is there a crossmember of some sort that I can lift the car by? Pics would be helpful here. My plan is to drive up on the ramps, then jack the rear and support with jackstands. I'm a little concerned about the ramps "rocking up" as I jack the rear up, as the front wheels will be locked in gear, and the traction from the tires could move the ramps. Am I just over-thinking this, or is it a legitimate concern?
Any insight or suggestions would be extremely helpful.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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Actually, I think you might be OK just rolling the rear up on the ramps. But, lift all four corners with ramps and jackstands if you can. If your ramps are of good quality, I definitely wouldn't worry about them rocking when you jack up the rear, especially on flat concrete. I would prefer the flat-bottomed, plastic-type ramps for this over the metal ones. Go slowly if you're concerned. You can jack up the rears right in the center of the rear crossmember. I would suggest putting a 2x4 or block of wood between the jack and x-member though, just so you don't mar anything. If your jack has a rubber pad, I wouldn't bother with the wood block. I actually installed the Magnaflow on my '01 ZX3 without lifting the car at all, but wouldn't do it again.

Off-topic, but I still miss my '93 Probe GT at times, how about you?
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I think once the front is installed and clamped you could move the ramps to the back and do the rear. You could actually probably do the rear portion (axle back) with the car on the ground.

The one concern id have doing it on the ground is getting the mid pipe around the rear suspension. My guy did it on a lift and he messed with it a while before he could get the right angle to pass the suspension. Mine was 2.5 so it was a little harder to snake it in.
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Thanks guys. My ramps are the Blitz plastic ones.
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It's on and it sounds and looks awesome! I ended up using ramps up front, and jackstands out back. Pics and details tomorrow.
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Glad to hear it went smooth. Total time how long did it take?
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Not to be "that guy" but I'm looking at getting the Magnaflow system and I was wondering if you could post a video or sound clip?
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I am technologically inept, but there is a clip on Magnaflow's website.
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I am technologically inept, but there is a clip on Magnaflow's website.
Didn't know that, thanks for the info, I'll have to check it out.
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Pics are uploading to PB now. Alright, I'm not COMPETELY inept. It does sound really good-not too loud, just a nice "tuned" sound, not ricey at all, and no drone.
Total time was around 2 hours-I had a bit of an issue with the "over axle" pipe, the clearance was pretty tight so I had to remove a plastic shroud under the rear door to maneuver the pipe in place.
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