Two years ago, I told myself I would never buy another piece of steel exhaust for the van, and that I would order a stainless system the next time a pipe rusted through.

Two weeks ago was the last leak, and it went on this weekend.

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All the fasteners were rusted so badly that it was easier to slice it off in pieces rather than try to disassemble it.

I was really worried about the header bolts, as they were almost as bad. I was able to pound a 12mm socket on to the bolt head (was originally 13mm), and back them out. I was really worried there for a bit, since the location of the ports doesn’t lend itself to engine-in drilling/tapping/Helicoiling

Old system

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New system

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I can’t tell you the last time I put a pipe on this engine and it didn’t leak at first. There are 10 joints, and not one of them leaked. The Magnaflow doesn’t sound half-bad, either.

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This rust flaked off the old system just by handling it.