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Old 09-30-2004, 05:45 PM   #1
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How hard is it to install a catback on an RS? The biggest problem I see is getting off the 4 bolts that connect the cat to the mid pipe due to rust. Is there anything I can do to make this easier? What else should I be prepared for? All suggestions welcome.
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Old 09-30-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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try:
1. PB blaster
2. sawzall
3. torches
4. BFH
5. all of the above?
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:13 PM   #3
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try:
1. PB blaster
2. sawzall
3. torches
4. BFH
5. all of the above?
I have no clue what any of these mean except for the torch. speak english man.
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:41 PM   #4
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PB blaster = brand name of a lubricant...like wd-40...

sawall = cutting tool

BFH = Big F***in Hammer <- my favorite, saved my butt many times, tho I actually use a BF Mallet.

Really should be fairly simple even with hand tools on a older car. To be safe you can pick up extra nuts and bolts incase you break some, and gaskets if the catback did not come with any. Ramps and maybe extra hands...
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Old 09-30-2004, 08:15 PM   #5
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i used WD-40 to loosen the bolts. worked like a charm.
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Old 09-30-2004, 09:48 PM   #6
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dont use the oem jake. I have seen people try to change stuff with that thing and well its not good. I was changing a tire on pavement and it slid under and the car landed on the rotor. (not good). Have a good 3 ton jack with 4 decent jack stands that are of the same brand and make.

Try bolt loosening spray before a torche.
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Old 09-30-2004, 10:39 PM   #7
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torch and just breaking the old bolts worked for me!
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:01 PM   #8
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WD-40 (or the like) is pretty essential. I also like to use a breaker bar when things get messy. I think replacing the bolts/gasket is probably a good idea, but overall things really aren't that difficult.
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:25 PM   #9
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I was able to use WD-40 on my header on bolts (front of the cat), but I had to torch the bolts off of the rear for the catback install.
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:29 PM   #10
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The car is a 2000 RS that has seen many winters so I am a little worried about getting the bolts off. Are the bolts easy to obtain from any hardware store? How do I know what gasket to get?
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:36 PM   #11
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YEs the bolts are easy to obtain from any harware store....as for gaskets go to any auto part store and tell them you're year and make and the location of gasket, and u're good to go. Alot cheaper then if you would go to the subaru dealership
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:56 PM   #12
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the three gaskets I purchased for the header install were only $20 or so from Subaru. Napa didn't carry any. For $20, I was ok with the OEM stuff.

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Old 10-01-2004, 12:18 AM   #13
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Yup, get gaskets OEM from Exeter Subaru for $14 plus ship (added on to an order of some nice Kartboy hangers for that catback ). Catback install only has two gaskets...save ya one there

There's donut from the cat rear to the intermediate, and a gasket from the intermediate to the muffler. Check with wherever you get the catback from, mine came with all the gaskets I needed for install
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Old 10-01-2004, 10:33 AM   #14
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Yea, what are you putting on? Some systems come with gaskets already because they may be larger than stock.

Another tool that I love (along with my mallet) is a set of ratcheting wrenches. They have a thin enough profile to fit where a normal socket will not and saves time and aggravation of constantly taking the wrench off the bolt/nut.
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Old 10-01-2004, 11:30 AM   #15
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Yea, what are you putting on? Some systems come with gaskets already because they may be larger than stock.

Another tool that I love (along with my mallet) is a set of ratcheting wrenches. They have a thin enough profile to fit where a normal socket will not and saves time and aggravation of constantly taking the wrench off the bolt/nut.
Its a custom 2.5" mid pipe with an N1 can. Will stock gaskets fit? Can I reuse the old ones?
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Old 10-01-2004, 12:42 PM   #16
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I did mine w/ none of the above. The bolts that connect the cat to the midpipe are very easy to break - I didn't even need a breaker bar - just a socket wrench and a box wrench. Undo those bolts, disconnect the hangers, and slide the whole deal out.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:21 PM   #17
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Mine's a 2.5" from FAT...don't know if the stock gaskets will fit b/c I'm getting replacements

My guess is they won't though...OEM pipe diameter is like 1.75" IIRC
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WD40 is the most useful tool
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Old 10-02-2004, 10:54 PM   #19
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PB Blaster is much better than WD 40. I highly recommend it.
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Old 10-02-2004, 11:29 PM   #20
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BFH always made installs a whole lot easier.
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Old 10-03-2004, 10:08 AM   #21
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BFH always made installs a whole lot easier.
how the hell does a hammer/mallet help any?
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Old 10-03-2004, 12:18 PM   #22
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you put your socket/wrench/whatever on the bolt then hit said tool with the BFH.

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Old 10-03-2004, 02:22 PM   #23
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pb blaster will penetrate like there is no tomorrow. i'd say it's better than wd40.
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Old 10-03-2004, 05:33 PM   #24
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i just did this today with pb blaster and two wrenches and this is a 98 so they were rusted on there pretty good. i did have my brother hold one wrench while i turned the other and we did end up breaking a bolt and now the auto parts store is closed oh well i guess its an excuse to get some ss bolts.
sorry to run on but the point was pb blaster is good

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Thanx for the explanation guys. I guess I will be buying some bolts beofre I go and install my catback. Any idea what size/length bolts I should get? Total of 4?
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