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Old 03-13-2003, 04:33 PM   #1
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Question Can I remove the heat sheild from the exhaust?

From driving around in all the snow this year, one of my heat sheild has decided to start rattling.

Can I just pull all of them off, or should i just try to tighten it.

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Old 03-13-2003, 04:44 PM   #2
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Take it off...it will continue to rattle. If the bolts are rusted, then just take some plyers and bend the corners up and down till it breaks. Trying to mess around with wd40 is just too time consuming for my tastes.



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Old 03-13-2003, 04:46 PM   #3
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I pulled mine off and no more annoying rattling noise.

Just make sure you don't park on areas with lots of tall grass.
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Old 03-13-2003, 05:47 PM   #4
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Can i take the ones off of the cats tool

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Old 03-13-2003, 06:59 PM   #5
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Can i take the ones off of the cats tool

Jiffy
Yup. Those are the ones that were actually rattling on my car, but I found out that there were like 4 or 5 rather large pebbles floating around in there causing the noise!!! So I just removed them and put it back on and its all good
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Old 03-13-2003, 10:19 PM   #6
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Took all mine off...was like it for nearly 2 years..no ill effect
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Old 03-13-2003, 11:34 PM   #7
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How much do all of the heat shields weigh? I guess it may be worth it just to take them off when I order my headers and put them on.
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:32 AM   #8
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I dont know, 5-10lbs including the bolts?
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:35 AM   #9
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Hmm, more weight reduction

I almost cut my fingers off every time I do exhaust work on my car anyhoo..
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Old 03-14-2003, 07:11 PM   #10
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Well, i succeeded in getting those bastards off, they are a pain in the arse. The vibration seems to be gone. Taking a test drive now to find out.

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I hope so, my car rattlesbadly for a 02
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Ill play devils advocate.

SOA is "frugal" when it comes to adding items, later year models usually end up with features missing even.

Subaru wouldnt spend the money or time with heatsheilds unless they made a significant difference in some area. It could be safety, in which case you can make a judgment.

What if the heat sheild you remove prevents excessive heat from entering the transmission and causing premature wear and fluid break down?

Or what if the one you remove keeps the power stearing rack from melting down?
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Old 03-14-2003, 08:43 PM   #13
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Took all mine off...was like it for nearly 2 years..no ill effect
Nuff said.. Its so nothing gets hot and catches grass on fire.. And I dont know about you, but my steering rack is not back that far..
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Well, i succeeded in getting those bastards off, they are a pain in the arse. The vibration seems to be gone. Taking a test drive now to find out.

Jiffy

Still not gone, i maybe the sheilds on the cats, ill find out tommorow.

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Old 03-14-2003, 11:31 PM   #15
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joefocker20: Your stearing rack is not back that far? That makes no sense, I think you should climb under your car and look.

The exhaust ports on each head are in front of the cross member, your stearing rack is INSIDE the cross member. That means at some point the exhaust will have to cross over the stearing rack, unless you dump the exhaust in front of the front wheels.
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SubaruWRC..

Check the ones from the front Y pipe exhaust (left or right). It was one of these heat shields that caused our rattles.
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i haven't had mine on for ~ a month.
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joefocker20: Your stearing rack is not back that far? That makes no sense, I think you should climb under your car and look.

The exhaust ports on each head are in front of the cross member, your stearing rack is INSIDE the cross member. That means at some point the exhaust will have to cross over the stearing rack, unless you dump the exhaust in front of the front wheels.
I'll just take what he says as "if you take them off don't drive the front wheels past dry grass." I think that's good enough.
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