Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

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Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by JCuervo » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:51 am

I’m experiencing a noisy ride, and I think I’m losing some power (at least I’m convincing myself of that).
I liked underneath today and there is a black fabric is tearing away and has revealed a ribbed portion engine side of the CAT.
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From my reading it seems like I’ve got a flex pipe that needs changed. I found on AdvanceAuto and carID, but they only sell with The new Cat.
Hoping to find a good price without having to include a new CAT which I’d assume wouldn’t be much lesser quality than my OEM. Is Walker a quality brand?
Is this an issue easily tackled? I’m far from a Mechanic but I’m also far from having much Free cash flow.

I’ve handled brakes, hub, caliper, rotor, plugs, coil, in the past. Changed a thermostat once and the car overheated the next day - so I might not be too good at that...
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by JCuervo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:31 pm

See video here https://www.dropbox.com/s/cf61u2yhsf583 ... D.MOV?dl=0
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Better lighting. See video also
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by jas88 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:22 am

I would get on eBay and try to find one used out of Texas or Arizona. You car is crazy rusty compared to mine. I am in Texas.
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by xvert » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 am

From my reading it seems like I’ve got a flex pipe that needs changed. I found on AdvanceAuto and carID, but they only sell with The new Cat.
Hoping to find a good price without having to include a new CAT which I’d assume wouldn’t be much lesser quality than my OEM. Is Walker a quality brand?
You can use only flex pipe of any brand, but the main thing it should be a three-layer interlock flex pipe (right picture). I used D=60mm, L=280mm (2.25 "\ 11")
But note, the exhaust system of your car was redone. You will not be able to use OEM parts
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by mmsstar » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:33 pm

jas88 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:22 am
I would get on eBay and try to find one used out of Texas or Arizona. You car is crazy rusty compared to mine. I am in Texas.
Might have something to do with the road salt we get treated to every winter :lol:
Drove an 06 LTD FWD from July 08 to August 10, moved on to a 2011 Flex

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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by JCuervo » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:44 am

jas88 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:22 am
I would get on eBay and try to find one used out of Texas or Arizona. You car is crazy rusty compared to mine. I am in Texas.
Yes, very rusty. It’s been a concern of mine since I initially bought it. Only had 70k so I couldn’t pass up for $3k. But I just have an eerie feeling it’s seen water and frame is rusting out! I’ve never had a car so rusty underneath. Does it seem dangerous to you? The bottom edge, where you’d typically place a jack is so bad, the jack just pushed it up into the frame and crumbled it.
There are 2 holes. One under drivers feet, not surprising and another between 2nd and 3rd row.
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by JCuervo » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:52 am

How can you tell it’s been redone (pardon my innocence)
So basically your saying Cut a section out and fit any flex pipe in the length? I found like 150 options on OReilly Auto Parts https://www.oreillyauto.com/shop/exhaus ... pipe-17373 How can I determine the Diameter I would need to match up? Would I have to have it welded?
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xvert wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 am
From my reading it seems like I’ve got a flex pipe that needs changed. I found on AdvanceAuto and carID, but they only sell with The new Cat.
Hoping to find a good price without having to include a new CAT which I’d assume wouldn’t be much lesser quality than my OEM. Is Walker a quality brand?
You can use only flex pipe of any brand, but the main thing it should be a three-layer interlock flex pipe (right picture). I used D=60mm, L=280mm (2.25 "\ 11")
But note, the exhaust system of your car was redone. You will not be able to use OEM parts
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Re: Exhaust Flex Pipe Catalytic

Post by xvert » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:16 am

How can you tell it’s been redone
It is obvious :)
.. But I just have an eerie feeling it’s seen water and frame is rusting out!...Does it seem dangerous to you?.
Perhaps you bought drowned car. You may encounter an unpleasant odor that can not be eliminated.
Cut a section out and fit any flex pipe in the length? I found like 150 options on OReilly Auto Parts.... How can I determine the Diameter I would need to match up? Would I have to have it welded? ..
I'm not a good adviser but I think it will takes flex pipe with exhaust pipe size (In): 2-1/4 Inch , length (In): 10-12 Inch. My favorite store gives out not very good options:
http://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/exhaus ... pe,1000497
You can find advice on YouTube like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUsSxJxassU

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