TTI Exhaust Install, Part 2

Here's the complete system, mocked up on the ground prior to trying to install it. For scale, note the Estwing dead blow hammer next to the pipes. Sheesh... The entire system is super quality. The packaging I got it in (second hand but never run, mind you) wasn't. The ends of most of the tubes had been dinked, so the near perfect fit that should have existed, didn't. A little massaging with the hammer and a smaller piece of pipe rounded everything back out fine. I went another step and used a file to further slick the edges of the pipe, and then used a shot or two of WD-40 to ease the installation.

Hanger Mounts...

The system uses factory-type mounts to hang the rear of the tail pipe. Normally, the factory uses the double opening in the lower left corner of this shot to mount a tab-bolt arrangement. TTI mounts the tail pipes 5" further in from the bumper to leave plenty of room for their high-dollar (duh) polished stainless tips. Elvira's nice, but she ain't going to get tips this time around. The new mounting point is the smaller hole directly above the 1" hole in the bottom of the subframe rail. I stuck my pinky finger through the upper hole to help guide the supplied bolt up and through.

Here's their mount installed. I later pulled the mounts off and installed them on the pipe first, then mounted them all to the subframe. The tab on the tail pipe is a TIGHT fit on the hanger, and it was a bitch trying to work that heavy pipe around and keep the mount from rotating. Much easier doing in in reverse. I did mention that this system is heavy, didn't I?

 

These shots show the tail pipes in place. Not lots of clearance, but there's enough. The passenger side tail pipe actually hits the front corner of the gas tank, but a little tweak will fix that. There is at least 1/2" clearance everywhere. I think that's amazing for a box of pipes that you can get in the mail.

 

Finally,

...here's what the turn down tailpipes will look like in place. Almost invisible, and with the 5" coffee cans on the back of all the ricers, these 3" soda straws look puny... ;-)

 

One more day, and the installation should be complete... stay tuned!

 

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Updated 01-14-02