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Old 02-22-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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Swapping mid-pipe

Anything I need to know before I swap my stock mid-pipe?


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The passenger side bolts suck.


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The passenger side bolts suck.


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Can I re use the bolts to bolt up my x pipe?


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The passenger side bolts suck.


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Unfortunately it doesn't come with bolts and clamps. So I'm gonna either have to weld, or find a place that Sells them.


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I had to take my starter off on the passenger side to get it unbolted from the headers.
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I had to take my starter off on the passenger side to get it unbolted from the headers.

Really?


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It does help to get in there and the starter pretty much falls right out. Bolts are easy to get at, even the top one that ppl gripe about. You just go in from in front of the K member with like 2ft worth of extensions and a swivel and take it out/re-install it that way. You also do not have to put the top starter bolt back in if you don't want to, most ppl don't and there are no issues.











With that said, you don't need to remove the starter but you will need a 1/2" ratchet set to do the passenger side at the collector. 3/8" deepwells are too big to fit in the space there and 3/8" shallows aren't deep enough. 1/2" shallow sockets are deep enough to just get on but not deep enough to not fit... If that doesn't make sense, it will when you get under there and look at it. I LOATHE shorty collectors and how the mid pipes work personally... longtube mid pipes are so easy its ridiculous but this isn't exactly something you need to do very often either. Oh... make sure you get a new gasket for the pass side collector. Its like $6 at autozone. Driver's side does not use one.
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It does help to get in there and the starter pretty much falls right out. Bolts are easy to get at, even the top one that ppl gripe about. You just go in from in front of the K member with like 2ft worth of extensions and a swivel and take it out/re-install it that way. You also do not have to put the top starter bolt back in if you don't want to, most ppl don't and there are no issues.











With that said, you don't need to remove the starter but you will need a 1/2" ratchet set to do the passenger side at the collector. 3/8" deepwells are too big to fit in the space there and 3/8" shallows aren't deep enough. 1/2" shallow sockets are deep enough to just get on but not deep enough to not fit... If that doesn't make sense, it will when you get under there and look at it. I LOATHE shorty collectors and how the mid pipes work personally... longtube mid pipes are so easy its ridiculous but this isn't exactly something you need to do very often either. Oh... make sure you get a new gasket for the pass side collector. Its like $6 at autozone. Driver's side does not use one.
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Unfortunately it doesn't come with bolts and clamps. So I'm gonna either have to weld, or find a place that Sells them.


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You can if you don't strip them... I meant they suck as in they suck to take off. Not a lot of room, the cats are in the way, and they are on there really really good.
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You can if you don't strip them... I meant they suck as in they suck to take off. Not a lot of room, the cats are in the way, and they are on there really really good.
My midpipe is welded together because they couldn't keep it from leaking

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My midpipe is welded together because they couldn't keep it from leaking

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Yea i don't like the bolt design. Its good for if you need to ever take the exhaust off. But its a pain to not leak. My Mac H pipe is in 3 pieces. The H part and then head of the up pipes leading to the headers is its own. So i can attack those first to make sure its nice and snug to the headers then deal with the H part.
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Lol I just have stockers with good AT-S tires. There are some GHETTO *** older expy and navis out there now that they are cheap to get.

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It does help to get in there and the starter pretty much falls right out. Bolts are easy to get at, even the top one that ppl gripe about. You just go in from in front of the K member with like 2ft worth of extensions and a swivel and take it out/re-install it that way. You also do not have to put the top starter bolt back in if you don't want to, most ppl don't and there are no issues.











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So pretty much a new gasket, other than that it's all self explanatory? I just don't wanna have to go to a shop and them do it. They can weld it but if they do it will cost labor and they keep your cats...


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Do NOT weld the mid pipe to the headers, that is just asinine. Install the gasket properly on the right and tighten up the bolts on the left evenly. Start it up while its still on ramps and let the exhaust heat up, then turn it off and carefully get back under and re-tighten. After 3 or 4 more heat cycles, re-tigthen again and then maybe one more time a week later. Sucks but exhaust bolts love to loosen up. Why I love longtubes with V bands honestly. It should all be V-bands IMO.
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if you don't have one of these:





You should go out and get one of them.
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Do NOT weld the mid pipe to the headers, that is just asinine. Install the gasket properly on the right and tighten up the bolts on the left evenly. Start it up while its still on ramps and let the exhaust heat up, then turn it off and carefully get back under and re-tighten. After 3 or 4 more heat cycles, re-tigthen again and then maybe one more time a week later. Sucks but exhaust bolts love to loosen up. Why I love longtubes with V bands honestly. It should all be V-bands IMO.

Can you re use stock bolts?? Curious, and I ordered clamps, and a gasket for the rh side!


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If they aren't too corroded then yeah you should be able to re-use stockers.
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If they aren't too corroded then yeah you should be able to re-use stockers.

Can you send me a link where they sell em? I don't want know trouble with this mid pipe when I'm doing it.


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You can get them at your ford dealer, look up "ford parts network" on google and its pretty intuitive.

LRS may sell them too, not sure.
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