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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:44 AM

hey guys, i am getting my direct fit cat w/ y pipes tomm. I have been working on removing the existing set-up, but I am stuck. The 2, 2 bolt flanges that connects the y-pipes to my headers is too crowded. I have a regular socket wrench, I can get the socket on the bolts but I can not turn the wrench. I need a straight socket wrench, which I have but the socket needed is too large for the straight wrench. I hope I am not confusing anyone, cause I am deff confusing myself. All help is appreciated. Its been almost 1 month since my car has been drivin and firebird withdrawal is no walk in the park.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:47 AM

Sawzall the pipes off.
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:57 AM

makes sense but then how will i get the bolts off? Im getting a direct fit cat w/ y-pipes.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 10:01 AM

Yep, I remember doing this and there isn't much room, but you could try using some stubby ratchets and wrenches. Also, some long extensions and swivel extensions help in those tight areas. Do you have to get a wrench on both sides as in the headers don't have the studs but rather bolts and nuts?

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 10:09 AM

i say just cut and weld
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 10:21 AM

there is no way im gonna weld anything, i spent the extra $ so i would not have to weld. im guessing the extensions is gonna be the best. I hope. Also there is one hanger where the cat pipe connects to the exhaust pipe (ie. the beg. of a cat back system) which looks very odd. anyone know of how to remove this? I may just cut it and get a new one.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:55 AM

If itís that hard you might just want to find a GOOD local Muffler Shop. Yes Iím sure it will cost you. But the money might just be worth saving you the pain and aggravation.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:52 PM

Finished! Juat bought 10in extender, used mapp gas, and lots of PB Blaster. Thanks all

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:59 PM

Finished! Juat bought 10in extender, used mapp gas, and lots of PB Blaster. Thanks all


Great to hear Grant, and thanks for the update.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:49 AM

i say just cut and weld



i am with you there i had a problem like this my self and thats what i did :twocents:




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