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Old 01-18-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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GHL PROBLEM !! How did you align your aftermartket exhaust tips?

I just took off my factory exhaust with muffler delete and put on a GHL catback. The exhaust system is like a pice of jewelry that sounds great! Problem is that the rear of the care has dual exhaust hangers right at the black that makes it so there are 4 points total holding them in place......whereas the rest of the exhaust is slip-fit for "easy install" Easy install my a$$! i cannot get the both of them to line up. One sticks out of the diffuser about 3 inches and the other is about an inch.......one of them rubs on the top of the diffuser hole and the other is centered. WTF? the hangers are so close to the tips, that they cannot be adjusted up/down or in/out.........Im at a loss for understanding how to adjust them......the hangers mounted to the body are fixxed and non adjustable also!!!







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Old 01-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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1. Take it somewhere and let them do it right for you 50-100 bucks.
2. Get a ruber mallot and make sure you're getting the tubes inserted as far as possible.

I recommend #1, it's worth it.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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i would take it to get fixxed but by the way that they are held on in the back, there is no movement if you line them up with the hangers on the car in relation to the hangers on the mufflers that GHL sent me. It can only sit one way......I tried to reverse the rubbr hangers and switch directions but no dice. I think that at least one of the muffler/exhaust pipes is out of whack
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:45 PM   #4
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I'm tellin ya... I adjusted mine 5 times and melted my diffuser. I got frustrated at the way it looked like it can't be adjusted anymore too. Took it to a pro and 20 minutes later, I've never looked back. It's worth every penny.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:47 PM   #5
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Yep I had a shop align mine.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:48 PM   #6
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This might sound hokey but make sure you have the pipes that go from the cats to the straight ones on the correct sides. The only two that are bent. When I installed mine I inadvertently put them on the wrong sides, since they aren't really marked, and had an exhaust leak. This might, MIGHT, affect the length as they exit, thus lining up out back.

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Old 01-18-2011, 08:00 PM   #7
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they are at the correct length......and they line right up where they are supposed to be just below the hangers mounted on the body......I would have it aligned at a shop but these are a polished stainless steel and im afraid that the Pros may mess them up if they have to re-weld the hangers or something.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
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Sounds like if you arent willing to let the pros do it correctly, then your S@#*T out of luck.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:36 AM   #9
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Sounds like if you arent willing to let the pros do it correctly, then your S@#*T out of luck.

No......apparently i havent made myself understood. I AM willing to let the pros do it........my problem is that i wanted to figure out if this is a ME problem or a GHL problem..........I cant figure out how to align it without having to have the hangers re-welded and messing up that beautiful finish........even more.....im mad that there are so few things that I have ordered for this car that were truly a bolt on that did need me to re-work them to get them to work like they should have out of the box
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:05 AM   #10
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Sounds like it is time to call GHL.For the cost of these exhaust systems they should fit perfect.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:09 AM   #11
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Have you tried bending the 2 prongs on each muffler that goes into the hangars?
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No......apparently i havent made myself understood. I AM willing to let the pros do it........my problem is that i wanted to figure out if this is a ME problem or a GHL problem..........I cant figure out how to align it without having to have the hangers re-welded and messing up that beautiful finish........even more.....im mad that there are so few things that I have ordered for this car that were truly a bolt on that did need me to re-work them to get them to work like they should have out of the box
Got it. I would at least take it by a shop and have them look at it and see if they can figure out and just let them know if they dont fit without modification, not to install them and then let GHL know as all systems should fit with ease.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:16 AM   #13
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As mentioned before make sure th pipes are on right...as in left and right. You may have installed the 2 at the cats back ars words. I think it can be done you know. You also need to loosen the pipes up to align them. Get someone to help you. I installed the Borla and had to do a little adjustment to make it work. Good Luck!
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:22 AM   #14
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Have you tried bending the 2 prongs on each muffler that goes into the hangars?
Not yet.....maybe soon!

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Got it. I would at least take it by a shop and have them look at it and see if they can figure out and just let them know if they dont fit without modification, not to install them and then let GHL know as all systems should fit with ease.
this was their reply yesterday.....Argh!

"One of the hangers might have moved from the heat when taken out of the jigs to soon. The slip fit way most companies use is so you can adjust either side to match. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:19 AM   #15
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3 calls in this morning already and no answer or replies to my messages......still bummed out.
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Okay... so you don't want to take it in because the pro's might mess them up? You have called the manufacturer and you may or may not have a defect in the product? You are willing to go all the way down to a shop to have them look at it and then confirm or deny whether or not you have a defect. If they have a defect, you're going to do what?
1. Pack it up and ship it back
2. Re-install your old set up
3. Wait 1-2 weeks for a new package to arrive
4. Re-install new system (and pray you don't have the same problem)
5. Once you realize you are having the same problem take it to the shop and have them do it.

ORRRRRRRR

1. Take it to a shop and have them do it right
2. Enjoy your incredibly awesome sounding new exhaust

Hmmmmmm Seems like a no brainer to me?
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:42 AM   #17
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Okay... so you don't want to take it in because the pro's might mess them up? You have called the manufacturer and you may or may not have a defect in the product? You are willing to go all the way down to a shop to have them look at it and then confirm or deny whether or not you have a defect. If they have a defect, you're going to do what?
1. Pack it up and ship it back
2. Re-install your old set up
3. Wait 1-2 weeks for a new package to arrive
4. Re-install new system (and pray you don't have the same problem)
5. Once you realize you are having the same problem take it to the shop and have them do it.

ORRRRRRRR

1. Take it to a shop and have them do it right
2. Enjoy your incredibly awesome sounding new exhaust

Hmmmmmm Seems like a no brainer to me?
3.

I live in Nebraska.........It is going to snow 6 inches today and it doesn't look like we will see it gone for another 2 weeks. I would have it at a pro shop today if I could drive it, but for now, it is stuck in my garage. So yeah, I am willing to wait a week or two to get a piece that keeps me from having to spend more on a system that should have gone in without issues to start with. i can adjust the front tubes coming off of the cats but those go to the center x-pipe and then to the back extensions that are held in by hangers that line up dead on. Now the rear mufflers and tips are held on by two hangers at the top that have very little room for movement. they swing maybe 1/4 inch back and forth......its not a matter of adjustment side to side or in and out......thats just where they are and they are about 10 inches from the tips.......? I for one am tired of ordering parts from these companies and then feeling like a heel because i asked for what I paid for...
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I live in Nebraska.........It is going to snow 6 inches today and it doesn't look like we will see it gone for another 2 weeks. I would have it at a pro shop today if I could drive it, but for now, it is stuck in my garage. So yeah, I am willing to wait a week or two to get a piece that keeps me from having to spend more on a system that should have gone in without issues to start with. i can adjust the front tubes coming off of the cats but those go to the center x-pipe and then to the back extensions that are held in by hangers that line up dead on. Now the rear mufflers and tips are held on by two hangers at the top that have very little room for movement. they swing maybe 1/4 inch back and forth......its not a matter of adjustment side to side or in and out......thats just where they are and they are about 10 inches from the tips.......? I for one am tired of ordering parts from these companies and then feeling like a heel because i asked for what I paid for...
Oh man... sorry. I guess I'm spoiled out here in California where it's 75 and sunny today (not that I'm rubbing it in). But, I hear ya... I can't stand when things are advertised as "plug and play" or "simple to install" and they're not even close!!
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Okay... so you don't want to take it in because the pro's might mess them up? You have called the manufacturer and you may or may not have a defect in the product? You are willing to go all the way down to a shop to have them look at it and then confirm or deny whether or not you have a defect. If they have a defect, you're going to do what?
1. Pack it up and ship it back
2. Re-install your old set up
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4. Re-install new system (and pray you don't have the same problem)
5. Once you realize you are having the same problem take it to the shop and have them do it.

ORRRRRRRR

1. Take it to a shop and have them do it right
2. Enjoy your incredibly awesome sounding new exhaust

Hmmmmmm Seems like a no brainer to me?
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Oh man... sorry. I guess I'm spoiled out here in California where it's 75 and sunny today (not that I'm rubbing it in). But, I hear ya... I can't stand when things are advertised as "plug and play" or "simple to install" and they're not even close!!
i am probably just too anal retentive to be buying parts that i cant put my hands on!
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Can you show us pix?

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no pics available now......the driver's side is about 3 inches outside of the diffuser on the right and is directly in the middle of the opening......but......the passenger side is only sticking out about an inch and is at the top of the opening about 1/2 inch from the top.........looks really awkward...........
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pictures posted in first thread!
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I meant of the rest of the system, not just where the pipes stick out.

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I meant of the rest of the system, not just where the pipes stick out.

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LOL you would ask that.!!.....it takes me about an hour and a series of ramps and jacks to get it high enough to take pictures of the rest. What are you thinking may be the cause that pictures could confirm or deny?
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Aligning the exhaust tips has to be done at the two clamps just behind the mufflers. if you have an x pipe make sure you have it installed the correct way. One end will be longer than the other. Next make sure your pipes are into each-other as much as they possibly can. looks too me you do not have that done. Back to aligning them in the cut outs loosen the last clamps and twist and push them until they are centered in the cutouts.
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