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Old 03-07-2005, 05:18 AM   #1
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Turbo-back exhaust installed

Finally!

After having the parts (most of them anyway) for almost a month, I now have a Jak Stoll 3"DP and Saabsport Stainless 2.5 inch exhaust on the car! I have been wanting to do this for a while now, so I took pictures of the install and wrote up a little bit about how it went. Here 'tis:

Removal of the old system was straight forward but the awkwardness of getting to the bolts to drop the system was a bit frustrating. Believe it or not, other than the 3 exhaust clamps, the O2 sensores were the most difficult things to unscrew. The upper one wasn't too bad, but the one behind the cat was a b****. Snapped a 22mm wrench trying to get that bugger to come loose. This is after is sat for about an hour in WD-40 too. But it finally came off with a new wrench and a bit more elbow grease.

The corrosion and rust on the band clamps was so bad that I had to cut the clamps off with a rotary tool. The nuts would not budge at all and the clamps themselves were all but fused to the pipes. Once the clamp connecting the midpipe to the muffler was removed, the forward section of the exhaust lifted over the trailing arm while the muffler remained on it's hangers. I then slid the whole old exhaust out from under the car in one piece.

First thing to go back on was the downpipe. Hung it from its hangers, supported it from underneath with a paintcan and a couple of flat rolls of duct tape (is there anything that duct tape can't do?) and bolted it in place. It was very secure and took only a few minutes to attach. The O2 sensors went back in much easier than they came out.

Next I put a bead of the exhaust sealant around the edge of the flexpipe that connects to the midpipe and clamped the two together loosely before hanging it on its hangers. I left enough flex in it so it could pivot on itself if need be. Hung it, supported it with the paint can and duct tape rolls, put a bead of sealant around the front end and clamped it firmly to the downpipe.

Since the next piece of pipe needs to go over the trailing arm and ARB, it has to be put in place first and then have the female end slide over the male end and then be clamped together. A little wrestling to get this into the right spot for the connection and I was good to go.

The muffler was easy. I hung it from its two rear-most hangers first and then removed the forward hanger from its mount and put it on the muffler. Then I reattached that to the car, put sealant on the connection and clamped it in place. Lookin' good!

I then went to each of the clamps and made sure that all the bolts were good and tight and then went for the final touch of putting on the exhaust tip. All done!

I took the car out for a "spirited" drive around the area and I was quite impressed with the difference in performance. MUCH faster spool up, very nice sound and an overall feeling of more power there when I want it. It was worth every scraped knuckle and bit of rust in the eye to do it myself. I saved a ton on labor, learned that this wasn't so difficult and got to have a few beers along the way. You can see pictures on my website!
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Old 03-07-2005, 08:09 AM   #2
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nice job blue! sounds like a successful install, however where are the pics or where is the link to your website address so i can check em out!

I will be installing my new 3" MP DP as soon as it comes in the mail!!!

I thought beers were standard on any install !!!!!
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:46 AM   #3
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Just click on the "www" icon at the bottom of each of my posts and that will take you to the website. It's just a www.cardomain.com account...
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:48 AM   #4
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same setup im running blue, its sounds nice
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:52 AM   #5
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Yep, looks pretty much the same. Get the Bilsteins and Eibachs... you won't be disappointed. Car goes like shit through a goose!
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