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Old 02-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Bad trip to muffler shop :( anyone help?

I had recently purchased the MRT v2 axelback exhaust and magnaflow X pipe. I'm just getting into cars, so excuse my lack of experience. Anyway, I went down to a local muffler shop today and handed them the exhaust parts and the mechanic is looking underneath my car and he is discussing with his assistant something about my car and I wanted to know and he said that the x pipe won't fit because there isn't anywhere big enough to fit it unless he cuts something. He then proceeded to tell me the x pipe was 2.5 inches and I needed a 2.1/2 pipe. (I was a little upset that he said that, because I asked our MRT sponsor on here and he pointed me to the exact x pipe I ordered.) and then he told me that if he does this job the weld he explained can rust, because he said he only has a steel weld torch not a stainless steel one. (Is this even a problem?). So after that I was just like screw it and left.

I would like to know what I need to do to get my X pipe and v2 installed on the car. I'm assuming I need that 2.1/2 x pipe, and to send back my 2.5 x pipe back for a refund. Also I will need to find a muffler shop that works on stainless steel pipes because the one I went to today he said its "uncommon for shops to have stainless weld torched." Also where does the mechanic need to put the x? Where the resonators are I presume, but he said it wouldn't fit. Idk can someone help with this. My car is a 2012 2lt convertible 45th anniversary.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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if your talking a place like Midas or minekee, be aware that they make most of their money off the parts and services they sell.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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I believe you have the right parts, what you DIDN'T have is a shop that knew what they are doing. Find a good shop that deals with performance cars and you will be fine.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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I believe you have the right parts, what you DIDN'T have is a shop that knew what they are doing. Find a good shop that deals with performance cars and you will be fine.



Doesn't even have to be a performance shop, just a shop that has some common sense.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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Not sure what you mean by a 2.5 inch pipe and a 2 1/2 inch pipe? It's the same thing.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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With a convertible it's easier to unbolt the extra braces on the underside than to try to work the exhaust parts around them. There are just a few bolts holding the angled braces in.
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He then proceeded to tell me the x pipe was 2.5 inches and I needed a 2.1/2 pipe.
Huh? What's the difference?
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #8
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The x pipe goes in place of the h pipe; after the cats and after the bends. It will be right under the shifter in your car.
It goes in place of this; you cut this out and weld the xpipe in its place
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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Not sure what you mean by a 2.5 inch pipe and a 2 1/2 inch pipe? It's the same thing.
The correct size for this vehicle is the 2- 13/26" but 2- 5/10" will also work.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #10
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The magnaflow part number is 11386 that i know for sure
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #11
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Not sure what you mean by a 2.5 inch pipe and a 2 1/2 inch pipe? It's the same thing.
+1 last time I checked .5 = 1/2
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I just hate FFFFFRRRiiiiiigggnnnnn screw shops they should shut every one of the dam things down permantly and fine the hell out of them.. One good thing he walked out and didn't get taken.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
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The correct size for this vehicle is the 2- 13/26" but 2- 5/10" will also work.
Or a 2 4/8"
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #14
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Not sure what you mean by a 2.5 inch pipe and a 2 1/2 inch pipe? It's the same thing.
Okay maybe he meant 2.1/4
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:43 PM   #15
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Nope, just checked, its 2 1/2 on both ends
Maybe this link will help you
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139969

The magnaflow Xpipe slides over your existing pipes, then it is welded in place
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #16
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Not sure where you are in PA but this is the type of muffler shop you need to go to.
http://www.mightymuffler.net/
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Wow sounds like they wanted to bait you into spending my money.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #18
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Imo, it almost sounds as if you either entered the shop with the same comment you came on here with " im new to cars, or you had this giant comic bubble above your head that these guys are attracted to in most women, no offense intended, that you knew nothing about cars, and you brought them something toput on your car, and they said let a** r**ing begin. Thankfully you didnt feed in to their bs and you walked away. If you spoke directly with a vendor for your parts, they should have supplied you with correct fittment parts. Get on the forums and look for respectible exhaust/ mechanic shop in your area, sometimes worth the drive, and get your baby done right the first time. Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:36 PM   #19
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Not sure where you are in PA but this is the type of muffler shop you need to go to.
http://www.mightymuffler.net/
I'm in the Pittsburgh area.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #20
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The x pipe goes in place of the h pipe; after the cats and after the bends. It will be right under the shifter in your car.
It goes in place of this; you cut this out and weld the xpipe in its place
What about the stainless steel comment the mechanic made? Is it true you need a special weld torch to weld stainless steel, instead of steel? To me that just sounds wrong.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #21
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That's dead on, you need to tig weld stainless. Good thing you left, mig welding would have ruined that exhaust.
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I'm in the Pittsburgh area.
Ok, just don't go to Midas or Meineke.
Look for a shop that specializes in high performance and custom work.
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You need to find another shop. Any muffler shop could make what you bought work. Even if they have to flare the pipe for fitment.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:12 PM   #24
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The magnaflow part number is 11386 that i know for sure
Just checked my x pipe part number is in fact 11386
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You need to find another shop. Any muffler shop could make what you bought work. Even if they have to flare the pipe for fitment.
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