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Old 10-03-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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how do I get my stock mufflers off?

With aftermatket exhausts ive just un bolted the hangers and it was a breeze. The stock mufflers dont allow clearance to get to these bolts though. Is there a way to get the mufflers off without loosening the mid pipe? I dont have ramps to do that. Any help would be appreciated.
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Mine unbolted easily. Loosen the bolt on the ball/socket clamp and pull the hanger out of the rubber isolator.
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Before you start, it helps greatly if you'll WD-40 the hanger rods/rubbers so the mufflers slide easier.

I pulled my OEMs without loosening any hanger brackets. I did pull the bolts and dropped the panhard bar on the drivers side for clearance, and jacked the midpipes up against the floorpan for removal of both mufflers. I also fully opened and folded both pipe clamps back as far as they'd go to allow midpipe flange clearance.
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Hmm. Maybe I need to try again.
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Hmm. Maybe I need to try again.
I just gritted my teeth and pulled and shoved until they came off. Installation was a piece of cake. I installed Heartthrob Flowpacks.
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Hmm. Maybe I need to try again.
Yep. Stockers come right off with aforementioned advice.
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One thing I forgot to mention... I thinly wrapped the muffler tips with rags and taped them to guard against paint scars and scratches.
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One thing I forgot to mention... I thinly wrapped the muffler tips with rags and taped them to guard against paint scars and scratches.
Also a good idea. I happened to have a giant roll of bubble wrap around so I used that instead.
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It's even easier if you unbolt the hangers. No struggling at all.
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It's even easier if you unbolt the hangers. No struggling at all.
Yep! Thats what I want to do, but the oem mufflers dont have enough clearance to let me. Hmm...ive got to be missing something. How did u get the hangers off with the oem mufflers on?
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Yep! Thats what I want to do, but the oem mufflers dont have enough clearance to let me. Hmm...ive got to be missing something. How did u get the hangers off with the oem mufflers on?
Slide the mufflers off the hangers at the very rear of the car, then you can get to the other bolts. You might have to drop the panhard bar brace to help.
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Install instructions on am are pretty straight forward as far as easiest way to do it (tells you how to get oem mufflers off). I know on my 2012. It was also tack welded. So you gunna have to break that unless the newer models don't have that.
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I did mine in about 30 mins. The panhard bracket will have to b loosened to do the driver side
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note the clamps (on mine anyway) were welded to the mufflers...I loosened them then took the hanger bolts off and removed the hangers and mufflers together. PB Blaster on the clamp bolts & silicone on the hanger bushings.

I will suggest cursing a bit too.

edit, mine was the V6
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I just gritted my teeth and pulled and shoved until they came off. Installation was a piece of cake. I installed Heartthrob Flowpacks.

Holy crap i was sore the next day from trying to pull the hangers off, ultimately i gave up and realised i could drop the whole bracket down easier which made things much easier.
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