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    Catback Install ??

    Ok, Im looking to buy the Magnaflow Catback for my 2000 Bird. My 1999 already had one on when I bought it and I love the sound.

    So as far the install goes, Magnaflow directions say to cut out the original exhaust just in front of the rear axle. How would I know exactly where to cut it? and what the best tool to cut it with?

    Also, I found another comment somewhere else saying that you dont have to cut your orig. exhaust. QUOTE " You can easily remove it by a few simple steps. a.Remove right rear tire, b.Remove right rear shock, c. Remove right side U-bolts & lower differential. These three simple steps allows enough room to remove the entire cat-back system in one piece." - Does this sound legit? Has anyone ever done it this way? Is this way harder / more time consuming?

    Any thoughts or tips on the install ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DS-LS1 View Post
    Ok, Im looking to buy the Magnaflow Catback for my 2000 Bird. My 1999 already had one on when I bought it and I love the sound.

    So as far the install goes, Magnaflow directions say to cut out the original exhaust just in front of the rear axle. How would I know exactly where to cut it? and what the best tool to cut it with?

    Also, I found another comment somewhere else saying that you dont have to cut your orig. exhaust. QUOTE " You can easily remove it by a few simple steps. a.Remove right rear tire, b.Remove right rear shock, c. Remove right side U-bolts & lower differential. These three simple steps allows enough room to remove the entire cat-back system in one piece." - Does this sound legit? Has anyone ever done it this way? Is this way harder / more time consuming?

    Any thoughts or tips on the install ?
    there isnt an exact place to cut, this is just so you can get the stock exhaust off easier. use a sawsall with a metal/fine blade

    I guess it could be possible to remove it that way. but id say its still easier to just cut it.

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    To get my stock system out I just like GULLETT17 used a sawsall. It allows you to get the muffler and outlet pipes out easier. Then all you have to do is undo the intermediate pipe right after the cats and remove it. Then just install the new cat back.
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    Thanks for the info guys


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    So im guessing after you cut it, its trashed? About to do this install sunday. Was it easy enough on your own? Did you need anything else?

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    Yes, after you cut it (in my opinion) it's trashed. You'd have to weld it back together so it isn't much use to most anyone else if you wanted to get rid of it.

    I just pulled my exhaust out. I dropped the rearend and pulled the entire exhaust assembly out in one piece by just unhooking it at the y-pipe. Really was pretty easy to do. At least it's still in one piece and functional for someone else to use.

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