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Old 11-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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x-pipe issues!!

So I have just bought an x pipe for my 04 GT and I know the passenger side was going to be a pain but I cannot get a good hold on either bolt and may have stripped on or both any ideas on what u have done to make this job any easier??
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So I have just bought an x pipe for my 04 GT and I know the passenger side was going to be a pain but I cannot get a good hold on either bolt and may have stripped on or both any ideas on what u have done to make this job any easier??
Use some liquid wrench that will help loosen it up and hit the bolt a few times. Since you stripped it you might need new bolts or try using a monkey wrench
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Spray a bunch if PB Blaster on it and let it sit for a half hour. I ended up just taking out my starter to get to those bolts, however the starter can be a pain too.
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So I have just bought an x pipe for my 04 GT and I know the passenger side was going to be a pain but I cannot get a good hold on either bolt and may have stripped on or both any ideas on what u have done to make this job any easier??
Take it to a pro, honestly, it's worth it. If you don't have the tools or the ability to get it done, or just can't get it to come off, it may be worth it just to pay someone whatever it will cost. If the bolts are stripped it might have to be cut off and replaced and or welded on anyway. In the end, what's it worth? I bet it's less than $100 to have the old cut out and the new welded in, then there's no joints or clamps to leak exhaust. If just cutting old bolts off, swapping the part, and bolting it up, might be really cheap...
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Spray a bunch if PB Blaster on it and let it sit for a half hour. I ended up just taking out my starter to get to those bolts, however the starter can be a pain too.
I used a ton of PB blaster on it and nothin haha and I was thinkin about removing the starter but I guess I gotta leave it to the pros....
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I used a ton of PB blaster on it and nothin haha and I was thinkin about removing the starter but I guess I gotta leave it to the pros....
Once you get the starter out it's easy to get the midpipe off. Are you using a 6 point or a 12 point socket?
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Once you get the starter out it's easy to get the midpipe off. Are you using a 6 point or a 12 point socket?
I want to say it was a 6 point and afraid to use a 12 so It doesn't strip more then it might already have
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I want to say it was a 6 point and afraid to use a 12 so It doesn't strip more then it might already have
Ok cool. Do you think you could get a picture of what the nuts are looking like?
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Ok cool. Do you think you could get a picture of what the nuts are looking like?
Yeah ill have to post up some tomorrow stangs in storage right now and already started to head home and try again tomorrow but pics will be uploaded!
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I got my whole mid pipe job done for $50 in about an hour.
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Those bolts are a pain. When i have to remove them I get it real hot with a plumbers torch then use a special made socket I have just for that. Its just a regular deep well socket with about half an inch cut off of it so it will fit in there with a swivel on it. Had to do it the hard way once though, use a grinder and grind the nut off then when the midpipe was off had to grind off and drill out the rest of the bolt to replace it because it was welded/rusted on so bad.
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Ok cool. Do you think you could get a picture of what the nuts are looking like?
I can't get a clear enough picture for ya but ik for a fact its stripped lol I'm prob going to take an air gun to it and see what I can do from there
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Be careful man I let somebody do my mid pipe he wasn't a pro and he broke my stud off on the passenger side so just don't force it too much
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Found a buddy with an air gun and knocked er loose!!! Thanks everyone for their input!! It's greatly appreciated
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Found a buddy with an air gun and knocked er loose!!! Thanks everyone for their input!! It's greatly appreciated

In the future if you don't have an air gun, buy a torch for $25 bucks. It will save you with any exhaust or suspension bolts that are heavily rusted. First spray the bolt down well with PB blaster and let it soak for 10-15mins. Then get out the torch and get the bolt red hot. As soon as you take the torch off, try and get a socket on there. It should turn like butter after that. Just be careful not to catch any wires on fire or touch the bolt/nut that is hot!

Glad your buddy got it off though. Enjoy your new exhaust!

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In the future if you don't have an air gun, buy a torch for $25 bucks. It will save you with any exhaust or suspension bolts that are heavily rusted. First spray the bolt down well with PB blaster and let it soak for 10-15mins. Then get out the torch and get the bolt red hot. As soon as you take the torch off, try and get a socket on there. It should turn like butter after that. Just be care not to catch any wires on fire or touch the bolt/nut that is hot!

Glad your buddy got it off though. Enjoy your new exhaust!

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Thanks for the tip! It's ungodly loud now with wide open throttle its insane can't even hear my music blaring! Lol
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Thanks for the tip! It's ungodly loud now with wide open throttle its insane can't even hear my music blaring! Lol
LOL. It sure is a great feeling the first drive you take with ur new o/r pipe. I smiled non stop the first week I had it lol. What cat back do you have?
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LOL. It sure is a great feeling the first drive you take with ur new o/r pipe. I smiled non stop the first week I had it lol. What cat back do you have?
Yeah its tough for me cuz I live in Minnesota and I store it every year and its getting close to storing time and my catback is Slp lm1's
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Thanks for the tip! It's ungodly loud now with wide open throttle its insane can't even hear my music blaring! Lol
Haha I bet! Any O/R mid-pipe makes Mustangs sound really rowdy. Did you get a custom tune to help straighten out your fuel trims and get rid of any CEL lights?

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Haha I bet! Any O/R mid-pipe makes Mustangs sound really rowdy. Did you get a custom tune to help straighten out your fuel trims and get rid of any CEL lights?

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I did not get a tune... Should I be getting one soon
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I did not get a tune... Should I be getting one soon
It's definitely a good idea to have your Mustang run as healthy and efficiently as possible. Although, I wouldn't say it's required for a 96-04 2v GT. Did you at least get some MIL eliminators to get rid of your CEL light? If not you can pick them up from our site as well!

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It's definitely a good idea to have your Mustang run as healthy and efficiently as possible. Although, I wouldn't say it's required for a 96-04 2v GT. Did you at least get some MIL eliminators to get rid of your CEL light? If not you can pick them up from our site as well!

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The car will be stored here in a couple days and no I have not bought the mil's yet and so the tune is 100% required for my 04?
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The car will be stored here in a couple days and no I have not bought the mil's yet and so the tune is 100% required for my 04?
No a tune isn't required. It would help you pick up a couple horse's but you don't need to have it. Get some mil's for ur CEL and ur good
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The car will be stored here in a couple days and no I have not bought the mil's yet and so the tune is 100% required for my 04?
Nope, no tune required. You'll just have a CEL light turned on and if you have emissions/inspection in your state, you'll have an even more difficult time passing.

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No trying to still your thread but I don't wanna make a new thread for it. But if I get an x pipe and a tune will the tune take the light off? Also if I have inspection I will just switch back to my stock pipe then change back after, if I do this will I have to remove my tune then get it re programmed everytime?
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No trying to still your thread but I don't wanna make a new thread for it. But if I get an x pipe and a tune will the tune take the light off? Also if I have inspection I will just switch back to my stock pipe then change back after, if I do this will I have to remove my tune then get it re programmed everytime?
Yes it will turn off the light u would have to go back to stock tune its easy to do u just revert back to stock on the tuner and when inspecting is finished and Ur x pipe goes back on u can simply go back to your original tune
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Alrighty sweet!!!! Thanks!
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