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post #1 of 15 Old 09-26-2007, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exhaust install help!

I got a straight pipe from farmboy diesel. I have everything laid out by the truck and am trying to start but have a problem.

I cannot get the sawzal in a good position in order to cut my downpipe. It looks like the tranny dipstick is in the way. How do I remove that?

This is frustrating, it was easy on my 6.0.

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Hmm Im not familiar with the obs dip stick, but you should be able to find a clear spot to cut?

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Yah - no kidding - I guess the OBS is different from the 01's too... I didn't even have a problem.....

maybe cut it a little farther back?
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Hmm Im not familiar with the obs dip stick, but you should be able to find a clear spot to cut?

I tried getting the sawzall in every which way and couldn't make it work.

I might just give up and take it to a shop because I don't have anything to bend my firewall either.

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I tried getting the sawzall in every which way and couldn't make it work.

I might just give up and take it to a shop because I don't have anything to bend my firewall either.
Yah, it was hard doing mine with it only a foot or so off the ground... kinda hard manuvering -- I bet they will have an easy time with it on a lift!
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Yah - no kidding - I guess the OBS is different from the 01's too... I didn't even have a problem.....

maybe cut it a little farther back?
I did an install on my 6.0 and it was super easy but for some reason can't figure this downpipe out.

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I just put a straight pipe on my 97. I don't remember having a hard time cutting off the old down pipe all I can say is that you cut the pipe downward about 4 inches or so after the turbo. You dont actually cut it horizontally like you think but down which is alot more material to cut but the best way to do it. As far as the firewall is concerned I made a cut in the flange about every inch and a half in the general location the pipe went by with my sawzall from underneath. After I made these cuts I used my 18 inch sleever bar to carefully bend the flange up against the firewall tapping with a hammer if needed. This was all the clearance I needed to squeeze the down pipe in. Good luck

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I just put a straight pipe on my 97. I don't remember having a hard time cutting off the old down pipe all I can say is that you cut the pipe downward about 4 inches or so after the turbo. You dont actually cut it horizontally like you think but down which is alot more material to cut but the best way to do it. As far as the firewall is concerned I made a cut in the flange about every inch and a half in the general location the pipe went by with my sawzall from underneath. After I made these cuts I used my 18 inch sleever bar to carefully bend the flange up against the firewall tapping with a hammer if needed. This was all the clearance I needed to squeeze the down pipe in. Good luck

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Maybe my problem is that I am sing 5 inch blades.


What size blade did you use?

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Maybe my problem is that I am sing 5 inch blades.


What size blade did you use?
When i did mine i used a 8inch blade made it alot easyer.
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You will need an eight inch blade at least. The old downpipe metal is thick so take your time or you will burn up those blades quick. Good luck

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