In Reply to: ANSA Exhaust DIY - Am I Nuts??? posted by sriffe on August 29, 2001 at 12:45:56:
Using a chain cutter will make clean cuts without making the mess a hacksaw can. A good reciprocal saw also works well to get clean cuts.
Borla makes some really trick stainless steel clamps. They are hard to describe, but nothing like your normal exhaust system clamps. If you don't have access to a welder (mig or tig - stay away from stick for this) then the clamps work great. If you really want it welded up, use clamps to get it to a shop that will weld it up for you. You may not even need the clamps, it the system you get matches to the existing flanges.
Soak the bolts you will be removing with Rost-off or Liquid Wrench the night before, to break any corrosion.
Shouldn't need a lift for this. Just raise the back and place it on stands. You only need access from the midpoint back.
I am thinking of getting the ANSA resonator and muffler and putting it on myself (because I can't find anyone that's making me happy with what they are offering). Am I nuts for thinking about trying this, or can I really do it myself in a couple of hours? Does thie thing just bolt on? I have never welded anything before - can I do this without welding???
No, I don't have a lift in my garage.
-ser '90 535i, with an OEM muffler that has disintegrated inside, and a resonator that doesn't look too good on the outside).