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Stock Muffler Removal

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    Stock Muffler Removal

    Anybody know how to remove the inlet pipe from a stock muffler ('97 TA). I'm trying to remove my stock exhaust in order to install a new Magnaflow catback and I was hoping to save the stock exhaust, so I don't want to cut the pipe in front of the muffler if I don't have to. I loosened the clamps and the muffler is loose on the inlet pipe, but just won't come off. There must be something holing it on, but I don't know what. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    To remove stock exhuast i think you have to drop the rear suspension...

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    cut it out man, im pretty sure theres not a market for stock mufflers....

    make it a flower garden in your front yard...yeah that sounds good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1formulafreak View Post
    cut it out man, im pretty sure theres not a market for stock mufflers....

    make it a flower garden in your front yard...yeah that sounds good...
    Cutting is likely what I'm going to do, but I just wanted to see if anyone knows what the hell is holding the muffler onto the inlet pipe. The damn muffler is loose as hell, but just won't slide off!

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    benzo matic torch and a rubber mallet should do the trick, cant do any exhaust work with out them in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1formulafreak View Post
    benzo matic torch and a rubber mallet should do the trick
    That sounds about right. Rust is usually a bitch of an adhesive. Heat it up and hit it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackLT1Z28 View Post
    Heat it up and hit it off.

    yeah, well put BlackLT1, sounds like my perfect date...

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    There is a small groove where the clamp was, and you have not spread the muffler inlet back open to normal size, so that it why it just spins. If you cut the pipe, cut it in a place where there is a straight area, that way if you want to sell it, the next guy just has to buy a sleeve to slip over the cut area with two clamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetta View Post
    There is a small groove where the clamp was, and you have not spread the muffler inlet back open to normal size, so that it why it just spins. If you cut the pipe, cut it in a place where there is a straight area, that way if you want to sell it, the next guy just has to buy a sleeve to slip over the cut area with two clamps.
    Your explanation sounds plausible, though it sure doesn't look like the pipe was indented by the clamp. I'll take a closer look next time I'm under the car. Thanks for your reply!

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