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Old 08-03-2002, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Can't get gasket off 2nd cat. converter

The original gasket has 25k miles on it, and it seems to be welded onto the flange of the 2nd cat. So far I've tried prying it off, dremeling it (cutting, grinding), and nothing is happening, I need to get it off or else I can't install my new exhaust. What else can I do?
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Old 08-03-2002, 07:42 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the doughnut shaped gasket that sits in the midpipe to get a good seal with the cat. I couldn't get mine offf either, so I left it on and put the stromung midpipe on it. Seems to work pretty well. No real noticeable leaks.
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Old 08-03-2002, 09:34 PM   #3
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I finally was able to get it off withWD-40, a screwdriver and a 5lb hammer. I couldn't use the gasket with my Apex'i N1 exhaust, it wouldn't fit.
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Old 08-15-2002, 12:50 PM   #4
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Hey, moss

I got my Apexi N1 sittin in my living room right now.

Did you leave your silencer on?
How does it sound with it on or off?( give me your best description)

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Old 08-15-2002, 04:18 PM   #5
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moss - i got the old donut gasket off with a screwdriver and hammer (for the big stuff) then used an old (but still good) chisel to get it all flat & clean. a little sandpaper for the finished feel
...that gasket was on for more than 60k - so yours should be no sweat.

(i also took both cats completely out to clean up the gasket areas-a lot easier to work with)
-Mike
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Old 08-15-2002, 07:43 PM   #6
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wighti, I haven't put the silencer on my N1 yet. It gives a a nice tone when acceleration, nothing that would kill your ears, and it has a nice deep rumble when decelerating... and a nice roar when dropping from 5th to 2nd comming to a light No need for a silencer, I can barely hear it at highway cruising speeds. With the silencer on, I'm gonna guess it will sound stock.

Darby,
I got mine off the same way, about ohh a week or so ago

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Old 08-16-2002, 01:29 AM   #7
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Cool, I'll take the silencer off before I install it.

Any advice before I install it?
Should I do it with the car cold,warm or hot? I'm guessing cold.
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Old 08-16-2002, 01:36 AM   #8
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Cold would be a good idea... burning flesh sucks. Definately get some kartboy exhaust hangers, my N1 shakes like a mofo, but I just got the exhaut hangers so I'm set. No real advice its pretty straight forward, just follow the directions and do it safely (ie jacking up the car safely)!

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Old 08-16-2002, 02:12 AM   #9
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good....so how did you put the hangers on?
I mean, did you take the cat-back off or did you just do two at a time?
Thanks
btw.. just ordered the Kartboys

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Old 08-17-2002, 01:46 AM   #10
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I just got the Kartboys on Thursday and I haven't had time to do anything yet, I'll let you know the best way to install them when I do them on Sunday, I really dont feel like taking the whole exhaust off

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Old 08-17-2002, 03:56 AM   #11
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Yeah, Check out the modifications section.(ScoobyMods)
I shoulda looked there before
You won't have to take it all off I checked cause my Kboys aren't coming until Monday or tues...
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