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Old 01-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Help taking off downpipe on 2011 WRX.

Hello all. Two years ago my father and I installed a COBB DP on my 2011 WRX. We didn't change the gaskets, and I've kinda regretted it. I've finally gotten around to buying the gaskets, and I'm ready to replace them. I took my car to the hobby shop yesterday and I just could not get the downpipe off. It's stuck on the bracket than hangs underneath the car (yes it's unbolted), near where the O2 sensor is. I tried moving it all around but could not get it off the bracket. Does anyone have any advice on getting it off the bracket?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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Unbolt it??
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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It is unbolted. There's a lip on the bottom so you can't pull it down. You can't pull it up or to the passenger side because it hits the body. You can't pull it to the driver side. You can't pull it forward because it's still connected to the turbo. And you can't pull it back because the bracket hanging from the car is behind the bracket connected to the downpipe.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #4
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WD40? did you ask any of the staff @ the hobby shop for help?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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idk what is the problem.its a little bolt on a bracket. after just unplug the o2 sensor up top and pull the dp out.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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what if you drop the midpipe down some? pry that damn bracket to the side some! it will come off
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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WD40? did you ask any of the staff @ the hobby shop for help?
No. I wish I had. I feel like such a doofus when I ask for help. Lol.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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what if you drop the midpipe down some? pry that damn bracket to the side some! it will come off
The downpipe and the midpipe are one solid piece on 2011 (2009+?) WRX. The bracket I'm talking about is back maybe a foot or two ahead of the rest of the exhaust (where the two springy bolts are).
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:30 PM   #9
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You have all the bolts removed that hold the dp to the turbo correct? With those removed and the two bolt that connect to the catback removed, the dp should just fall out.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #10
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The downpipe and the midpipe are one solid piece on 2011 (2009+?) WRX. The bracket I'm talking about is back maybe a foot or two ahead of the rest of the exhaust (where the two springy bolts are).
i know they are seperate. i have one. you have to pry that bracket with a prybar away from the pipe. you see it has a bent edge on the side of it? get between and pry.im saying drop the midpipe to make more wiggle room.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #11
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No. I wish I had. I feel like such a doofus when I ask for help. Lol.
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The downpipe and the midpipe are one solid piece on 2011 (2009+?) WRX. The bracket I'm talking about is back maybe a foot or two ahead of the rest of the exhaust (where the two springy bolts are).
yeah, those bolts should come right out. try clamping (compressing) down the springs? are they overly rusted? if so, WD40.


-again, ask for help. don't be a hero and break something.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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It is unbolted. There's a lip on the bottom so you can't pull it down. You can't pull it up or to the passenger side because it hits the body. You can't pull it to the driver side. You can't pull it forward because it's still connected to the turbo. And you can't pull it back because the bracket hanging from the car is behind the bracket connected to the downpipe.
Shove a flathead screwdriver into the lip on the bracket and use it to pry the downpipe up and out.

You might also be able to unbolt the bracket itself from the transmission, that's what I always do on my STi.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:46 PM   #13
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yeah, those bolts should come right out. try clamping (compressing) down the springs? are they overly rusted? if so, WD40.
Sorry for my poor wording. All the bolts are off, including those springy ones, and the one on the bracket.

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-again, ask for help. don't be a hero and break something.
I will definitely ask for help next time. I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to go again. I think I'm going to have a friend come help, but he's going out of town for a couple weeks. I think I'll try again when he gets back. And we'll definitely ask for help if we need it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:48 PM   #14
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Shove a flathead screwdriver into the lip on the bracket and use it to pry the downpipe up and out.

You might also be able to unbolt the bracket itself from the transmission, that's what I always do on my STi.
I thought about using the flathead to do that, I just didn't want to break anything. I also thought about unbolting the bracket, but it didn't look too easy to get to. I'd have to look under there again to see what that looks like, but I'm not sure when I'll be able to get it on the lift again. Thanks for your advice.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #15
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i know they are seperate. i have one. you have to pry that bracket with a prybar away from the pipe. you see it has a bent edge on the side of it? get between and pry.im saying drop the midpipe to make more wiggle room.
I gotcha. I'll definitely try that the next time I have a chance to get under there and work on it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:50 PM   #16
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You have all the bolts removed that hold the dp to the turbo correct? With those removed and the two bolt that connect to the catback removed, the dp should just fall out.
It doesn't fall out because of this bracket that I'm talking about. I wish I had taken pictures while it was on the lift so I could better explain what I was talking about.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #17
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It doesn't fall out because of this bracket that I'm talking about. I wish I had taken pictures while it was on the lift so I could better explain what I was talking about.
all you have to do is pry it apart. thats it. happens to everyone here man.you arent gonna break anything.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:15 PM   #18
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Yep. If the bolts are off then just use some muscle. I can usually get it by hand (with gloves on), but you may need to pry at it with a flathead. You can't unbolt that bracket easily on the 5 speed like you can on the 6 speed.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #19
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Thanks all for the advice. Muscle and maybe a little bit of prying, got it. Hopefully here in the next weekend or two I'll get a chance to get it on the lift again.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:15 PM   #20
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I was going to recommend pulling the engine if that didn't work Glad you got it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:14 PM   #21
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Thanks to all those that gave advice. I was able to get it back on the lift this weekend. I used a screwdriver and pried the downpipe off the bracket. Once it was over the edge of the bracket, it fell right out. I was able to replace the gaskets and my girlfriend and I both think the exhaust note is just a little bit cleaner. I'm glad I got that done.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:30 PM   #22
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Thanks to all those that gave advice. I was able to get it back on the lift this weekend. I used a screwdriver and pried the downpipe off the bracket. Once it was over the edge of the bracket, it fell right out. I was able to replace the gaskets and my girlfriend and I both think the exhaust note is just a little bit cleaner. I'm glad I got that done.
glad you got it. i told you to pry the bracket in post #6.
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