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Old 03-14-2009, 01:34 PM
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downpipe install

Ok I have a new exhaust system coming for my truck. The part that concerns me is the downpipe install and removal. I don't have any friends that live close to me to help, so this is gonna be a solo project. I need some tips on completing the install. I need to try to get this done in one day since my truck is my DD.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:19 PM
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Easiest way to get it out. Get a sawzall and reach up as far as you comfortably can and cut the down pipe. Pull the rest of the exhaust out from under the truck out of your way. Go up on top and take the clamp loose at the turbo. Go back down below and take something and hit the downpipe straight up like your trying to take it up thru the hood. Then the downpipe will practically fall out at least that's how mine came out. You can easily twist it right out. I don't know what type exhaust you bought but mine was mbrp and it went back on in no time. The fit on that exhaust is perfect.
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:27 AM
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so you junked the old downpipe? I guess there is no real reason to save it.
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Old 03-15-2009, 05:27 AM
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you can't get the oem down pipe out in one piece. The hardest part of installing the new exhaust is getting the down pipe back on to the turbo and getting the clamp around it. I did it myself in 2hrs. put the exhasut back on and snug the clamps so it will stay in place and the adjust every thing to get the down pipe lined up with turbo, so you can put the clamp on. I took the IC tube off the pass. side to give me some more room to get to the turbo. Good luck you will love the rumble!!
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:36 AM
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u can get the stock downpipe out in one piecu just ave to remove the crossmember for the tranny. and then i installed the diamond eye 4" downpipe myself.
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:04 PM
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I guess I will be cutting out the downpipe. I don't think there is a reason to keep.
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Like said, just sawzall the old down pipe. Then looen the clamp at the turbo and give it a few good whacks and it should come out pretty easy.



Getting the new down pipe clamped on is a little tricky, but it can be done by yourself.

I did mine in the driveway, alone. Took about 3 hours start to finish.


One helpfull hint.......... don't get impaitient and try to attempt this while the turbo is still hot
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installing by yourself is hard lol..having a friend up top is a plus...just cut the old one out. your not going to put the stocker back in there i bet
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:11 PM
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yea true bigger and better downpipe. The one I am getting is a one piece 3.5"
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You can use some bunggie cords to help hold the downpipe in place when you go to reconnect it to the turbo. As you snug up the v-band clamp leave it loose enough to move the pipe around for clearance issues underneath. Once everything is lined up with no clearance issues snug up all the hardware. Make sure you start at the turbo first and work your way back. The turbo clamp doesn't take too much TQ so don't strip the nut. Check clearance again after 500 miles or so.
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