How to Install an Exhaust System

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Exhaust Systems Installation

Replacing Your Performance Exhaust System

Simple Installation in 7 Steps

1. First, you need room to work. If you have a lift, lift your vehicle. No lift? No problem. You’ll need to jack your vehicle up and secure it with heavy-duty jack stands. Never work under your vehicle unless it is safely supported!

2. Next, you need to disconnect your old exhaust starting at the catalytic converter. There should be a clamp securing it to the catalytic converter which can be undone. If not, you may have to cut the pipe right past the converter.

3. Working your way back from the converter, unhook the exhaust from its hanging brackets and pull it out.

4. Assemble your new Borla exhaust or Gibson exhaust, but don’t tighten the clamps too snugly—you’ll likely need to make some minor adjustments while you’re slipping it into place.

5. Work your new performance exhaust into place and line it up with the stock hanging brackets. Exhausts made from respected companies, like Banks Exhaust and Bassani Exhaust, will connect directly to the stock brackets.

6. Once the entire exhaust is in place, tighten all the clamps. Lower the vehicle and start the motor to check for leaks. So long as you don’t have any exhaust leaks, then you’re all finished.

7. Since your exhaust heats to high temperatures and rattles around quite a bit, you’ll want to re-tighten all the clamps after about two weeks.

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Design Axle-Back

Cat-Back

Downpipe-Back

DPF-Back

Turbo-Back

Axle-Back

Cat-Back

Header-Back

Turbo-Back

Cat-Back

Downpipe-Back

DPF-Back

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Finish Unfinished Unfinished Black

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Material Stainless Steel Aluminized Steel

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304 Stainless Steel

409 Stainless Steel

Aluminized Steel

Aluminized Steel

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Material Detail 409 Stainless Steel 409 Stainless Steel 409 Stainless Steel
Style Dual Exit

Single Exit

Dual Exit

Single Exit

Dual Exit

Single Exit

Dual Exit

Single Exit

Warranty Lifetime Warranty 3-year warranty (aluminized steel)

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