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Old 02-28-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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AM Exhaust doesn't fit

Really frustrated with American Muscle right now. Tried to install the Flowmaster American Thunder Catback with floor jacks (which the instructions said would work). I cut off my stock exhaust and put on my mufflers and I was about to put on the axle backs, but they don't fit. Tried to get them on for over an hour, there's no way. Now I'm stuck at home with no exhaust on my car. What do I do? I have to go back to college tomorrow and all my shops are closed. Thanks a lot AM.


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They're not fitting to what? The muffler? Pics?
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1, why did you CUT your exhaust? 2. It's not AM's fault, they don't make the exhaust, that's Flowmaster.

Sounds like your blaming them for your mistake.
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1, why did you CUT your exhaust? 2. It's not AM's fault, they don't make the exhaust, that's Flowmaster.

Sounds like your blaming them for your mistake.
For his year, you have to cut your exhaust in order to remove it from the car to install the flowmaster catback.
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1, why did you CUT your exhaust? 2. It's not AM's fault, they don't make the exhaust, that's Flowmaster.

Sounds like your blaming them for your mistake.

You have to CUT it in order to get it off. It's in the instructions.


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They're not fitting to what? The muffler? Pics?

The part that goes over the axle from the muffler to the bumper. There's no way to get it over the axle, it hits some part of the car from every angle


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The pipes are supposed to wrap around the axle and bolt to the muffler.


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Try raising the car up in the rear to allow the axle to drop down a little. You don't need to raise it off the ground. Just take some weight off the rear. Then you should be able to slip them around it.


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Are you sure you've tried every angle? Have you tried lining it with the rear axle to slip it through, then rotate it 90 degrees so the tip is at the rear, then turn it so it is oriented correctly?
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They will fit. It's just finagling them in there


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Trust me. I tried every angle. There's brackets welded to the pipe that don't allow them to fit around the axle. I took the wheels off and I had the back of the car sitting like 3 and a half feet off the ground. Click image for larger version

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Why are you complaining about AM? They don't make the products.......
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Damn bro, i hope you get that taken cared of... worst comes to worst you may have to leave her and get it towed to a shop.

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Yeah, it'd be great if I had a car lift. Haha


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Why are you complaining about AM? They don't make the products.......

I'm complaining because AM said you could do it from the ground. And you can't. I would've had a shop do it if they woulda put that on the instructions.


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Damn bro, i hope you get that taken cared of... worst comes to worst you may have to leave her and get it towed to a shop.

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Thanks bro. It majorly sucks, I think my brother is gonna take it somewhere for me next week.


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I put my cars cat back on with the car on ramps. But I have a different cat back. It wasn't hard at all. Sucks you're having such a difficult time.


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I mean, the fact that a customer submitted installation instruction shows it being done on jackstands must mean you're not trying all angles.

Based on your pics under the car & the pipes, I don't see why it's not fitting. I can even go through the motion in my head with it fitting in lol. Did you try with them upside down, slide the hanger part in, then rotate the whole thing at an angle to slip the rest through?
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I mean, the fact that a customer submitted installation instruction shows it being done on jackstands must mean you're not trying all angles.

Based on your pics under the car & the pipes, I don't see why it's not fitting. I can even go through the motion in my head with it fitting in lol. Did you try with them upside down, slide the hanger part in, then rotate the whole thing at an angle to slip the rest through?

Yep. We literally tried every possible angle on both pipes. The car had to be at least another couple feet off the ground for it to fit. My dad and I both spent an hour on it.


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I purchased O2 extensions yesterday. They will not fit no matter what.

I might have to get some electrical tape to get them on


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The pipes are supposed to wrap around the axle and bolt to the muffler.


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You need to take the load off the rear axle. Won't work otherwise. Jack it up and brace it to where the rear axle can hang.


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You need to take the load off the rear axle. Won't work otherwise. Jack it up and brace it to where the rear axle can hang.


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I did. I took the pics after I already gave up.


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FYI even flowmasters instructions stat '1) Raise the vehicle up on a hoist or rack to working height. If you don’t have access to a hoist or rack, raise the vehicle and support securely with jack stands.'

So clearly its possible to install them without a lift. Installations like this are never as simple as connect bolt A to bolt B. There is always some playing around with it to get it to fit right. Have you tried adjusting the jackstands to different heights? I would question if you tried every possibility if you only spent an hour trying to get it to fit.
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I purchased O2 extensions yesterday. They will not fit no matter what.

I might have to get some electrical tape to get them on


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You might have to pull a prong or shave it down to fit. I had to

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There is always unbolting the control arms and dropping the axle...

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You might have to pull a prong or shave it down to fit. I had to

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Pull a prong?

I shaved both sides on both female connectors it still won't clip on the sensors


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Pull a prong?

I shaved both sides on both female connectors it still won't clip on the sensors


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Sometimes there is an extra prong in,there since they are universal for years. Obviously yours is fine, just try to keep shaving

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Sometimes there is an extra prong in,there since they are universal for years. Obviously yours is fine, just try to keep shaving

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I'm telling you bro it goes in but does not clip on. I might just use some electrical tape or something


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Is your car lowered? Maybe this is possible on a stock springs but if lowered makes it impossible from jack stands. I know my car isn't even close to yours but when I did mine (3" magnaflow cat back) I also had to work hard to get the over axle pipes in. I had to jack the car up stupid high in the back and move a jack stand that was in my way. It was a bit@h. But I got it. And my car isn't lowered. Like another guy said, why not just drop the axle if you can't get it any other way. Prob take an extra hour.
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FYI even flowmasters instructions stat '1) Raise the vehicle up on a hoist or rack to working height. If you don’t have access to a hoist or rack, raise the vehicle and support securely with jack stands.'

So clearly its possible to install them without a lift. Installations like this are never as simple as connect bolt A to bolt B. There is always some playing around with it to get it to fit right. Have you tried adjusting the jackstands to different heights? I would question if you tried every possibility if you only spent an hour trying to get it to fit.

I had the jack stands on top of 4" blocks jacked all the way up. My back bumper was like 3 feet off the ground. And no it's not lowered. I spent an hour just trying to get 1 pipe to go over the axle.


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There is always unbolting the control arms and dropping the axle...

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Is that not like super hard?


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No. Load the suspension a little with a Jack, unbolt the lower control arms at the axle side and then CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY unload the suspension till you have room. Easy peasy and you'll be done today.

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If the Hanger is stopping it.
Cut the hanger off. Install the exhaust & have the hanger welded back on for $20.
I take it you tried both pipes on each side in case one was a little different ???
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I also had to drop the axle housing a little to get it to turn into place


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I take it you tried both pipes on each side in case one was a little different ???

Yeah tried that.


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