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Old 03-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Offroad pipe install

This project turned out to be a nightmare the lower passenger mid pipe to header bolt was a pain in the @$$ to get to and when I did it was so stuck on that it started rounding off
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same here, I ended up whit a soured shoulder by holding the stock pipe wile unbolting it, and had to make my own gasket for that pass side flange
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same here, I ended up whit a soured shoulder by holding the stock pipe wile unbolting it, and had to make my own gasket for that pass side flange
Hell I couldn't even get past that one stupid nut after 3 days and over 10 hours of trying different ways to get at it and I'm about to break down and pay someone to do it
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Re: Offroad pipe install

On mine it was easiest to remove the oxygen sensor then use a series of swivels and extensions to get to it. The nice thing is once the stock h pipe is gone all of those bolts are much easier to get to.
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did u use one of those twistable extentions not sure what its called but that was the only way I got it off,
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On mine it was easiest to remove the oxygen sensor then use a series of swivels and extensions to get to it. The nice thing is once the stock h pipe is gone all of those bolts are much easier to get to.
I tried that but the bolt started rounding off and I got the craftsman damaged nut/bolt remover kit and nothing with that either, it actually kinda made the situation worse

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On mine it was easiest to remove the oxygen sensor then use a series of swivels and extensions to get to it. The nice thing is once the stock h pipe is gone all of those bolts are much easier to get to.
Also the 98's are a lil bit different then my 03
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did u used a gasket on the pass side, do you hear a leak on that side,
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Re: Offroad pipe install

Just changed mine this past Saturday and it sucked. Had to get a deep well socket and cut it with a hacksaw just enough so I could fit a swivel joint in there. Finally got it and had to buy more replacement nuts for the header because they were a bit rounded.
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Re: Offroad pipe install

hey guys,
man! i was thinking about doing mine myself, and heard the same thing about that friggin p.s. header flange. God, your scaring me... think i might just pay someone to do mine.

and yes, also saw repeatedly(even from manu's) that the p.s. flange gasket is kind of needed.

hope you all managed to get it done!!!
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hey guys,
man! i was thinking about doing mine myself, and heard the same thing about that friggin p.s. header flange. God, your scaring me... think i might just pay someone to do mine.

and yes, also saw repeatedly(even from manu's) that the p.s. flange gasket is kind of needed.

hope you all managed to get it done!!!
Well I would say man it doesn't hurt to try but I'm going to have to get someone to do mine because I've absolutely tried everything and I don't want to completely strip the nut
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:09 PM   #11
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ya know, i dont know if i should even go through with it cause i have to get car inspected every year(in NY). i imagine the tuner or mil elim's would help, (or i could just register in FL) but don't feel like going through THAT hassle changing pipe every year just for a state insp!
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These cars are not easy to change the exhaust mid pipe. If you have patients on the passenger side it can be done easily. If you get in a hurry with these bolts you will end up damaging these bolts and a 1hr job turns into a weekend long ordeal. It sucks when that happens, my first time doing this job I did the same thing. I had to hack saw along the side of the bolt through the fender weld and it finally broke free. I know it sounds crazy but it worked. I hate it for you man and hope you get to put on the pro chamber exhaust. Even though it was a horrible disaster it was totally worth it and all the looks my car got!
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I know I'm jumpin in late but when I swapped mine I took the starter out of the way and had a variety of extensions and swivels at all angles to get them unbolted didn't know if any one already did that
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removing the starter was something i thought might help too... so you got some more clearance and it made access to the nuts easier?
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when i did mine the manifold stud snapped! long story short.. cut it off with a sawz-all, bought headers and had a shop install the headers with the mid pipe!
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so all ended up good!

seriously i'm going to pull car up on ramps later today and just take another look and maybe attempt to see if i can actually got at those buggers.

otherwise will call dealer(they actually install aftermarket parts bought elsewhere!) and a couple local shops for an install quote.

btw, any of you guys used or know someone that likes dynomax or mac cat backs(i know the prochamber mid pipe is the cat's meow!). was wondering about their rep. as most everybody uses flows or magna/borla/slp etc
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so all ended up good!

seriously i'm going to pull car up on ramps later today and just take another look and maybe attempt to see if i can actually got at those buggers.

otherwise will call dealer(they actually install aftermarket parts bought elsewhere!) and a couple local shops for an install quote.

btw, any of you guys used or know someone that likes dynomax or mac cat backs(i know the prochamber mid pipe is the cat's meow!). was wondering about their rep. as most everybody uses flows or magna/borla/slp etc
I have Mac catbacks I love them....quite at idle but at WOT they scream..nice deep rumble
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Re: Offroad pipe install

I have longtubes installed so changing midpipes is super easy for me!!
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I have longtubes installed so changing midpipes is super easy for me!!
Man I'm telling you if I could afford long tubes I would get them
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Re: Offroad pipe install

Here is a tip....Craigslist! I bought a set of htc coated (similar to ceramic) Hedman Tork-step LT headers for $200. They were still in the box and had never been installed because the guy didnt realize the work involved when he purchased them. They sat in his garage for a year and he just wanted rid of them. They are right at $800 brand new. I put my whole exhaust together off craigslist (LT's, O/R Prochamber, flow 40 catback, and 3.5" polished tips) for $500. All the parts were like new and in great shape. The key is to ask lots of questions and get lots of pics.
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Here is a tip....Craigslist! I bought a set of htc coated (similar to ceramic) Hedman Tork-step LT headers for $200. They were still in the box and had never been installed because the guy didnt realize the work involved when he purchased them. They sat in his garage for a year and he just wanted rid of them. They are right at $800 brand new. I put my whole exhaust together off craigslist (LT's, O/R Prochamber, flow 40 catback, and 3.5" polished tips) for $500. All the parts were like new and in great shape. The key is to ask lots of questions and get lots of pics.
Thanks man yeah when I save up the money I'm going to get some
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hey cody,
what co. did you buy the prochamber from? i'll check them out-
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hey cody,
what co. did you buy the prochamber from? i'll check them out-
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Its a Mac Prochamber, but i bought it "used" off of Craigslist.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:21 PM   #24
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yeah, none out there on cl near me. think i'm just gonna break down and order new/direct as that's what i really want! (or as my little nephew used to say... "I NEED that!!!")

just placed the order on my cat back!

psyche!
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yeah, none out there on cl near me. think i'm just gonna break down and order new/direct as that's what i really want! (or as my little nephew used to say... "I NEED that!!!")

just placed the order on my cat back!

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You need to post some pics in your album...
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You need to post some pics in your album...
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I wanna see ur Stang. Unless that f-18 is ur mustang. Transformer?
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u guys killin me

will post some up as soon as i get new dig cam... old one broke, and phone and 'puter don't like each other for some reason

p.s. blue angel not mine! just love to go to the shows any chance i get when they're less than 3 or 4 hour drive from home. took my Mom and Dad to show in Rhode Island last summer. NOW THAT"S POWER!!!

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stay away from upr products .com I got these one for $140 but went I got it all the weldings were mest up leak holes call them they refund me $50 I got the holes weded but went I installed it the passenger side hits the frame side had to bang it in a curve to make it fit correctly,
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plus its not even an x-pipe because it those not joint in the middle like a bbk or pypes, worse part ever
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I sprayed my bolts well with wd40 broke off easily but was a pain to get to
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I sprayed my bolts well with wd40 broke off easily but was a pain to get to
Yeah I tried that also but the bolt started rounding off
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BBk o/r X pipe, 60$ to have it installed! LoL
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BBk o/r X pipe, 60$ to have it installed! LoL
Seriously? Where's that at??
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Yeah I tried that also but the bolt started rounding off
That's crazy! All I used was that a swivel extension and socket and a big rachet only took about a solid hour
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That's crazy! All I used was that a swivel extension and socket and a big rachet only took about a solid hour
Man I wish lol I used swivels,extensions and loads of ratchets nothing and the bolt rounded when I got them on
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