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Best way to line up M20 stock exhaust?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:27 pm
by Yoshi
Doing a clutch job. Everything is basically done minus the slave and exhaust. I took the exhaust out as one piece. I was trying to get it back in that way. It's not lining up right. Hitting the sway bar, then just not moving. Etc. Since it's just little old me with the car on jack stands it's not that easy. I might break the exhaust back in half since I have the parts/gaskets to put it back together. Blah.

Suggestions on how to do this? Since the first step in basically EVERY damn job on the M20 is the exhaust (or rad removal). I figure people have to be good at doing this by now right? RIGHT?!

Re: Best way to line up M20 stock exhaust?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:50 am
by M20_fever
I never had an issue lining it up...its hitting on the front or rear sway bar? I start at the down pipes and work backwards.

Re: Best way to line up M20 stock exhaust?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:30 am
by Yoshi
Front sway. I don't see how it could hit the rear lol. It's just not at a perfect angle. It seems like if I could levitate it, I could do this easily. Lol...

Re: Best way to line up M20 stock exhaust?

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:20 pm
by blasphemy101
It's a serious pain. It really is a 2-person job, but you can get it by yourself if you're really patient.

Use a jack instead of jackstands. I was able to get it by jacking the muffler section up with the jack and then sliding it into place. The jack should move some to help you get it into place. IIRC, you may have to slide it in over the sway bar before you jack the back section up, but I might have the process backwards.

Re: Best way to line up M20 stock exhaust?

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:25 pm
by Yoshi
I wound up supporting the exhaust mid cat and placing it about where it needed to be when done. I basically had to get the exhaust 100% lined up everywhere else before it would go into place. But, when I did, it clicked in very quickly. I was quite surprised.

Then... the clutch master shat on me. YAY