New Exhaust: ISS Forged Track Exhaust
So I received my ISS Forged Track Exhaust this past Tuesday and went about installing it that night.
Took me a long 5 hours but that is mainly from having to craw out from under the car so many times due to only have about 14-16in of clearance under it with jack stands. The exhaust was however very easy to install though and looks absolutely amazing. The most difficult part of the exhaust install is removing the factory exhaust tip/air diffusers. Pretty sure it was expected your would remove the bumper to take these off but I didn't want to do that. If you have average size hands or smaller though and a ratchet wrench not socket you should be able to do it. Also make sure to get your self an exhaust hanger tool as some of the hangers are a *****. The muffler hangers are the worst but luckily since I had mine removed the new hangers were easy to get off. For doing it with jack stands I suggest bolting the two middle sections together first and then raising the back half up and hooking it into the exhaust hangers. then use your jack as a lift about placed in about the middle to light the exhaust into place so that way it is held there and you can easily connect the bolts.
I am hoping the including gaskets were to go between the first and second pipes of the exhaust and the connection to the factory header was to use the original factory gaskets. I hope this is right so I don't possibly have an exhaust leak. I don't have a check engine light so I don't think so but the exhaust is definitely louder than stock exhaust with the secondary cats and mufflers removed. There is definitely a good bit of drone between 1-2k rpm but I am hoping this is because its new and because the mufflers need to break in and should quiet up after a few hundred miles. I have had this experience with exhausts on other cars so I hope it will be the same here. If it doesn't tone down a little headers will definitely be out unless I switch to the street version mid pipe.
Well without any more waiting time for some pics and videos.
The packages and all the parts unpacked
Modified Factory Exhaust with 2nd Cat and Muffler Deletes
Essential exhaust hanger tool
My work space for the evening
Unwrapped front and mid section
Heatshield piece that needs to be removed
Front and mid section connected ahead of time. Only way I could really figure out how I was going to do it with jack stands. Also not sure how easy it would be to get to the one top bolt in the middle if it was installed in pieces on the car.
My method for installing with only one person. Actually worked even better than I had thought. Once the two pieces were bolted together I lifted the rear up and into the rubber hangers. Then raised the front into place with the jack. Also made it easy to put the bolts into place since I didn't have hold it at the same time.
Gaskets between front and mid pipes. Hopefully these were for the header to exhaust connection. I used the factory gaskets.
One side bolt on rear air diffusers
Top bolt on rear air diffusers. Hardest bolt to get off.
Tips protected from scratches during shipping