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Old 05-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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How to remove factory exhaust to install aftermarket exhaust

I have factory exhaust on my car and I need a quick, easy way to remove the exhaust without doing too much work by getting it out. Any tips or suggestions are helpful! thanks


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Old 05-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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Easiest way is to cut the exhaust between the muffler and lunchbox, as shown below:


Then you just have to fight with rusty bolts, which you can drill out or grind off if you're replacing them, and the hangers, which might take a bit of finagling.
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spray some penetrating lube on everything...

but the cutting of the exhaust is a must where swan song said.
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so cut it after the muffler and before the box?
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Yep, I think anywhere between the two will work, you can see mine was cut right after the muffler.

And +1 to penetrating fluid. That's my number one tool when working on my car!
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so cut it after the muffler and before the box?
Pretty much^^^^^^^^ grab the sawsall or cut off wheel or hack saw.
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sawzall like butter....

the others not so much
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This will be your best friend. I did it with a hand saw. Never again will I do that.(didn't have sawzall at the time).
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I got mine from harbor freight. it's the $20 one when it's on sale. it's the dark red and black 8 amp I believe.

Get a good blade from elsewhere.... I have used one single blade to cut and build two exhaust systems, cut up my focus, a ton of 1/8" tube and also a ton of 1/8" plate. It's starting to get worn now but still works. the saw is awesome still.
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I got mine from harbor freight. it's the $20 one when it's on sale. it's the dark red and black 8 amp I believe.

Get a good blade from elsewhere.... I have used one single blade to cut and build two exhaust systems, cut up my focus, a ton of 1/8" tube and also a ton of 1/8" plate. It's starting to get worn now but still works. the saw is awesome still.
thats good to know...I've thought about getting theirs but not sure how it'd hold up. I get their 20% coupons all the time. I find myself going there all the time to buy one thing at a time as i need stuff its like a 5 min drive so its real easy. I'll just pick up a good blade from lowes or home depot.
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