How to Install a Flowmaster Exhaust System
|No other aftermarket upgrade delivers the kind of bang-for-your-buck performance that a performance exhaust does. They let your engine exhale and breathe freely for an added dose of horsepower, torque, MPG and of course—that menacing rumble. In fact, according to one Flowmaster Super 44 review online, the new system “rumbled the neighborhood.”|
Immediately after the installation, you may see or smell smoke and fumes coming from the new system. Never fear—this is simply the protective oil-based coating Flowmaster used in the manufacturing process. It will disappear shortly after the exhaust has reached normal operating temperatures.
Flowmaster: A Trusted Name in The Industry
Like other performance parts, you always want to stick with the brand names. And, the two biggest brands in the biz are Magnaflow and Flowmaster. Whether you go with Magnaflow or Flowmaster, you’re guaranteed a great system, but for the sake of this argument let’s go with the flow—Flowmaster!
The great thing about Flowmaster is that you can piece together your own performance system using individual components, from the Flowmaster mufflers to the exhaust tips. Or, you can bolt on this famous kit, which gives you everything from the catalytic converter back. Some kits even let you upgrade to dual exhaust. They also craft custom exhaust headers for racing purposes, but that’s a whole new level of installation.
The Flowmaster Installation Steps
Before you start wrenching, get your work area set up. Start by parking in a nice, flat spot that’s both smooth and shady. You’re going to need the usual hand tools, and a vehicle lift would be ideal, but a rolling creeper will certainly suffice. Now, jack up your vehicle, chock the front wheels and always use weight-rated jack stands to keep it up. Now you’re ready to install:
Step 1: Lubricate all factory hangers, bushings and rubber isolators
Example Installation Video: Flowmaster Exhaust on a 2011 Ford Mustang V6
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