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Old 10-07-2019, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Having a hell of a time getting my pipe out of my XC. Spring loops on the end of the pipe catch on the cross member & won't fit through the opening. Just want it out to look everything over & clean. Any tricks or tips? Tried turning it every which way......
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sweat n swear, those are a bitch, take your time!! I had to stop few times, take deep breath and do few rounds on the punching bag…..You have the spring tool right? If not vise grip is your friend!
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If you're fighting with the springs, and don't have a spring remover tool ... I've used a boot lace before. Exhaust springs definitely can piss a guy off, and it's not just the removal. Putting them back on can be just as frustrating.
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I have the all the springs off, & YES I do use a heavy duty boot lace (always keep one in my tool kit). I'm talking about working the flanged part of the pipe (end near Y pipe) through the bracket brace. The loops that the springs attached to hang up on the bracket. I even partially removed the air box for more wiggle room.... no luck.
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Ah crap @NDN, sorry ... I misread. I'd have to go and look at the sled to see how that brace/housing/cross member is set up like, but I can picture what your're talking about with the end and the spring loops on the pipe. Are there any bolts to loosen up or is that cross member a glued piece?
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If you're fighting with the springs, and don't have a spring remover tool ... I've used a boot lace before. Exhaust springs definitely can piss a guy off, and it's not just the removal. Putting them back on can be just as frustrating.
Actually, much worse specially that lil mofoca at behind the pipe, underneath the chassis!!
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I have the all the springs off, & YES I do use a heavy duty boot lace (always keep one in my tool kit). I'm talking about working the flanged part of the pipe (end near Y pipe) through the bracket brace. The loops that the springs attached to hang up on the bracket. I even partially removed the air box for more wiggle room.... no luck.
Had mine off last year. Had to remove the exaust valve actuator. Just pulled the bolts and moved it out of the way. Still a bitch though.
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I have the all the springs off, & YES I do use a heavy duty boot lace (always keep one in my tool kit). I'm talking about working the flanged part of the pipe (end near Y pipe) through the bracket brace. The loops that the springs attached to hang up on the bracket. I even partially removed the air box for more wiggle room.... no luck.
Do you have the can off. Their tight but I was able to get it out. I tried without the can being removed but finally removed the can and got it out. I can't really say what the combination of moves that worked.
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I just went out and pulled the side panels and hood to look at mine. It's definitely tight, but it looks like you should be able to tip the pipe at an angle to get it out of there. Between the steering post being right there and the opening being pretty minimal, it looks to be a pain in the ass for sure ... but it sure seems like it should fit through there.
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I also had to remove can to get pipe out. Scratches the crap out of steering post but it does come out. Goes back in much easier than coming out. When you go to reinstall, hook bottom spring from pipe to y pipe first, then rotate pipe to line top two springs up.

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