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Old 08-04-2011, 11:08 AM
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Hey, all.

I have questions that I hope can be answered by someone on this site. I am currently in the process of fixing up a Ranger that I bought, and my mechanic friend has indicated that we should replace part of the exhaust system since it is rusting and about to fall off. He thinks that we just need to replace everything behind the catalytic converter.

My questions are as follows:

1) What are all the parts behind the catalytic converter (including hangers, etc.)?
2) How much should I expect to pay to replace all of the pipes (including hangers, etc.) behind the catalytic converter?
3) Where could I purchase good quality parts for a reasonable price?

I appreciate any help that anyone can give me. Thanks and have a great day!
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:43 PM
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Default Re: Exhaust System Help

assuming im thinking of behind the cat in the right direction it should just be pipe, a muffler, a tip and the hangers. you can get all that pretty cheap from autozone or murrays. or you can get a kit from flowmaster already since your replacing it anyways why not replace it and have it sound bad a**.

If its going the other way you will need pipe a y pipe and the exhaust manifolds. if i remember correctly i could be wrong though. there are people on here that know way more then me. You can always use wire coat hangers for exhaust hangers they work just as good as the ones that you buy.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:03 PM
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Hey, dtownboy_Erk.

You are correcting in assuming that I am looking to replace the parts behind the catalytic converter going toward the end of the bed. The parts you listed are the ones I was thinking I would have to replace, but I just wasn't sure since I couldn't find any good information out there on the internet regarding this matter. To be sure, I'm going to ask some other people, but I think you're right. I have also looked at the prices for those parts, and they're not too expensive.

Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:34 PM
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just shop around for cat back systems, summit has some nice kits as well as a hole bunch of other places
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:04 PM
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get a magnaflow, stainless steel, cant go wrong with that
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:14 PM
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check out summit racing and jegs usually they have good deals on some stainless systems. sometimes even some good rebates!
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:53 PM
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Hey, guys.

Thanks for the input. I'm gonna look to see what products those vendors have for my truck. I'll let you know what I find out.

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Well, guys. I looked at some cat-back systems, and I couldn't really find any for a reasonable price that will fit my truck. The price wouldn't be an issue except that I'm a college student, so I don't have a lot of cash to be dropping. I've also put several hundred dollars into parts already, so I'm wondering what to do...
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:05 PM
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there is always the junkyard route
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:07 PM
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Ha, well...I am not that hard up that I need to do that. This may be a stupid question, but could I buy the pipes and muffler and all that at O'Reilly's or a similar place and do it that way? How difficult would that be?

If I have to buy a kit, I'm looking at this one: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-680032/
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:46 PM
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its pretty simple actually if you know how to weld. you can do it with out welding but it wont be as quite. With welding pick up the the pipe. muffler and hangers and cut after the cat as far back as you can where it is still salvageable pipe so that you have more room to work with for the welding purpose and just put it all together and your up and running. if you are going the non welding route get some and want to save as much as you can pick up some flex pipe some clamps some wire coat hangers and a new muffler and you can put everything together just as easily it wont be as pretty and probably not as quiet but it will work. i did the non welding way on an escort it was quite enough to pass a noise ordanice law in an up tight rich city that wrote the girl a ticket for her car being to loud. So either way works or you can go with that really pretty summit kit and get i nice set up and a new cat back exhaust system

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and by the way going to the junk yard for the parts isnt being cheap its being smart. you can get good parts for half the cost of oriellys. you could probably get the entire exhaust system from the cat back at a yard for the the cost of a muffler at oriellys or autozone. so if you were trying to save money for college i would go to the yard with a hacksaw and get the entire system for the cost of a muffler
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:16 AM
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Yeah, I know that the junkyard is a good option. I had to replace some other parts on the truck, and I opted to get them from yards since they were good parts for a good price. I'm just not sure if I want to get an exhaust system from a junkyard. I will have to talk to my mechanic neighbor who's doing the work on the truck.

Also, I'm fairly certain that he knows how to weld, so I'll have to mention to him what options are available to us. I'm pretty sure that he knows what we can do to make it work, so this was mostly for my own understanding. I'll be sure to pass this on to him though.

I really appreciate your input, dtownboy_Erk.
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