Who here put on there own aftermarket Exhaust System?

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by JerZeyStangz, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. JerZeyStangz

    JerZeyStangz Well-Known Member

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    I just want to know what im getting myself into when i order my Catback, Catted H-pipe and my Steeda MIL's...Was it hard to swap out the old Midpipe?!?! and put the new one in w/o a lift? Perhaps maybe in a driveway...Just tell what you guys did?

    Nate
     
  2. Lightning Struck

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    nah its not that bad, now if you were doing headers also I would say you could have a hard time 8)
     
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    Took me and my 15 year old son about an hour to do the o/r h-pipe. The pass. side at the manifold is a bitch, the rest is easy as hell.

    Heres a hint, the night before soak all the bolts down with some PB blaster/wd40 then do it again about 30 mins before you start.

    Im getting a new cat-back in sept, but that looks easier than the midpipe to change.
     
  4. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

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    The catback and mid pipe are easy...like said above soak everything beforehand. I did mine on Jack stands and just hacked off the old exhaust with a power saw. Now i paid someone to install the headers...cause i'm not that patient.
     
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    it's not too bad.
     
  6. LI98GT

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    I did mine also - both the mid pipe and catback. I found the mid pipe easier as the catback required the old (tough) one to be sawed off (by dremel) and I don't think I still have the tips right.
     
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    Its not hard but can be stressfull if you cant get it properly sealed sometimes its hard to get the torque laying on your back with the car on stands, it pissed me off but the intsall its self was easy. To be honest I think id just pay the couple hundred to get it all done if I were to do it again.
     
  8. i did...

    I do all the work on my cars...
    I don't trust anyone... people will fukc up the simplist of tasks...

    exhaust... easy... the only thing that gets hard are long tube headers... but they too are do it your self... no major work... what you take off you put back on...
     
  9. MAXX RS4

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    The catback was sinch to do. I did it on jackstands.

    I then tried to do the midpipe but gave up after I obliterated like 5 swivel ratchets on the passenger side header bolts.

    I took it to a shop and it turned out better that I did. The midpipe I had was for a manual car and it didnt fit with my auto in the way. So they had to weld in some bends to make it work. Costed me like $100.
     
  10. 95CALI-5.0

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    Midpipe and cat back pretty easy. Headers not to bad with a 5.0. Headers with a 4.6 = :puke:

    I say if you have the time do it your self.
     
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    Kinda sucks doing it in your driveway. I did mine wasnt too bad. Like someone else said the pass side at the manifold is pretty tough. I had to have one of my friends get the bolts going because my hands were too big to fit up there otherwise its pretty straight forward just make sure you get everything lined up and torqued down right or you will be back under there fixing those nasty leaks.
     
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    I did my own X pipe and Flowmaster cat back. There right when they said soak it the night before with a can of pb blaster and wd-40. After I got it all bolted up and went down to a muffler shop and paid them 40 bucks to clean everything up for me. They heated up the pipe cuz one side was hanging alittle low and just sinched everything up for me. sounds great!.