Re: MSS Exhaust Installed...mostly
I raised this recently, trying to fit a Highgate system.
I did not find a source for the 15mm nuts, but I did get a pack of long 17mm M10 nuts, that are much easier to tighten - I just used a normal open ended spanner.
They came mail order from Farnell - 1378390
They still rub on the pipes but it went together well.
I did remove the alternator support bracket, and the water pipe to the heater, to give some more room. I thought I would need to remove the oil filter too, but the long nut meant I didnt need to be square-on to the nut with the spanner (wrench).
I haven't completed the system, I am struggling with getting the back boxes in place. Access / orientation is tricky - and I need to fabricate hangers. I am still not sure if the boxes are compatible with retaining the mud flap supports... I tell myself they should be, but they dont look it...
I needed 5" extension pipes which have just arrived, as the 95 is longer than the 96... Before I continue I will pressure wash under the rear wheel arches...
I am finding it a larger mini-project than I expected....
But I started the car with just the front boxes and the sound is really something...
On 1 May 2010 10:40, Andy Peterson <adpete <at> xprt.net>
Eric P wrote:
> Okay, so I've spent the past couple of nights heading out to the
> garage at 10pm...making a mess, cleaning it up and getting very
> little work done. I've finally got the exhaust on the car. I left
> everything loose and once I had everything aligned as best as
> possible, I started tightening up all of the nuts. In doing so, I
> noted a couple of things:
> 1) Some of the clearances are very tight! Has anyone else found this
> as well? It doesn't seem to move much but it's also not as
> immovablea as the OE system.
> 2) The bottom header nut on the passenger side of the car is almost
> impossible to tighten. It took a while just to get the system
> aligned well enough to even get the nut to spin since it kept binding
> on the pipe! Now that it's clear, there's virtually no way to get a
> wrench around it with any leverage. I've tightened it up a bit -
> it's not hanging off of the stud or anything - but the top nut is
> definitely further up on the stud than the bottom one. Any
Bet you're using nuts with a 17mm hex. We had a discussion about this a
while back. The original stock nuts were 15mm hex. Some people use a
Allen screw in place of the inner stud and nut.
You might try loosening the outer nut a few turns, then try tightening
the inner one. I've found that works sometimes. You need a combination
wrench with the open end on the side, instead of the end. I found some
at Harbor Freight a while back.
Andy in PDX OR