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Old 06-24-2012, 12:35 AM   #18
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Yeah. I have more parts to install, but i think it sounds perfect now. I'm having a really hard time convincing myself i should do any more exhaust mods. I think the cam + lt's is a realistic next mod. It sounds that good.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #19
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I ended up calling Jeff from Solo, and getting some gasket advise. I've blown every homemade gasket thus far.

For $15 he sent me two new gaskets for my application. They will be here early next week. I'll be sure to update this thread. The felpro 2499 material has been a disaster.
The new gaskets are the same as the ones i had to start with... only less used

Solo was kind enough to throw in all new hardware too. For that i'm grateful. I have snapped so many cross-threaded bolts. They cross-thread easy when you over-torque them with an unstable swivel joint!
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:11 AM   #20
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Really great write up, or DIY!!! I've done a couple, but never taken this kind of time and follow up. Very impressive! I plan on doing a similar install, JBA HF mid pipes on a L99, tomorrow and will take every lesson learned here. I have to buy both the hardware and gaskets. I plan on buying some nice grade 8 bolts, nuts and all the washers you recommend. I will look into the O2 wrench, but would a nice 7/8" closed end wrench work? Maybe a big one? Also, do you think them being hot really helps with loosening the O2's? I took off passenger side nuts today without a swivel pretty easy and wonder if O2's are about the same tightness? 40k and 3.5 years old car no rust in West Coast.

Gaskets I'm gonna get some that fit my mids and work on the placement like you recommend. Gonna take mids into parts store and find some that match. My store doesn't offer factory replacements yet. What about re-using factory gaskets??? Oh, do you know where to get O2 extenders???

Thanks again man, awesome DIY!!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #21
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Gasket

I found this gasket, see pic for part#, at Autozone for $1.99. Bought 2, no leaks with factory manifolds and JBA mids. Fit perfect around pipe, but needed clearancing for bolts. In case you are still having leaks.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:23 PM   #22
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Cool. I might try the jba pipes someday. I sold off the solos and bought the jba 3" catback. The only way i could be happier is to get the power back i lost by pulling the hf cats.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:11 PM   #23
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I also installed the Solo's, but with DT shorties on mine. I wasn't comfortable with the way their gaskets lined up either. Just re used the factory gaskets, and got some grade 8 bolts for the exhaust collectors. Bought but didn't need the O2 wrench, just used a 7/8 open end wrench, carefully!
Love the sound and the increase in performance!
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:33 PM   #24
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Do you have an ls3 or l99? My factory gaskets absolutely would not fit. I never did figure that out. I know a bunch of people sucsessfully reused them.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:31 AM   #25
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I have an L99, if u were asking me. I didn't really have factory gaskets... lol.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:52 AM   #26
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LS3 for me!
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:05 AM   #27
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Thats a great DIY....Great job. Was thinking of buying one too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #28
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Thanks to your thread bro, I got my mid pipes installed. Had all the right tools. Thanks again man!

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:51 PM   #29
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I installed these a while back had some rattling issues coming from the passenger side. this would only happend while cornering hard or going over bumps. any suggestions? everything looks pretty clear underneath
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #30
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Did you check the whole catback for interference? It can be a little tedious to get everything lined back up like you want it. Also, check your O2 sensors and make sure they're screwed in tight. I had mine back out a couple times and they rattled. You might make sure all 4 of your mani to midpipe bolts are still on there nice and tight.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:23 AM   #31
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I installed these a while back had some rattling issues coming from the passenger side. this would only happend while cornering hard or going over bumps. any suggestions? everything looks pretty clear underneath
I'm having the same problem with rattling on passenger side.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #32
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Check the tunnel brace, lower control arm in the rear, and the rear diff for at least .25" clearance... That's all i get with my 3". Half inch would be better. Passenger side is tight back there.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #33
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And check your sensors! They rattle a little lighter and higher frequency when they back out. The exhaust itself is what i would expect since it's only during turning.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #34
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I found the problem! I have electronic cutouts and the motors were rubbing on the frame
I believe I just need to adjust them properly and I should be okay. thanks for the help and write up!
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