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post #1 of 12 Old 09-14-2009, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Banks Monster Exhaust Install

My Banks Monster exhaust is supposed to arrive tomorrow and I'm planning to do the install tomorrow afternoon. I have been hitting my skid plate bolts with PB Blaster the past two days so I don't lose them but I want to know if anyone has any advice if you have done this install in the past.

Any tips are appreciated...

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-14-2009, 10:49 PM
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I did the install about a month ago. It is a pretty straight forward install. The only tip I have is to try and position the new exhaust as far as possible from the RR shock as the new exhaust will melt the shock boot.
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I just installed this exhaust in my LJ two days ago. Love the sound of it. Sure you can't make a 6 sound like an 8, but I love it and it doesn't sound ricey at all

As far as advice... Don't really have any, it's very simple. About the only thing I can think of is to make sure you slide the tube into the muffler all the way or they will not hang on the hangers as they're designed (read the instructions).

I left the chrome tip off completely. It's a Jeep... it shouldn't have chrome on it. The end of the tailpipe ends about a foot from the rear but that's fine with me. I'll get pics eventually...

OH! And mount the clamp that secures the tailpipe to the muffler upside down so the nuts are on the top. It will make it harder to tighten but will be one less thing that can possibly get hung up on stuff while offroad.

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Did either of you have any trouble with the bolts on the skid plate? Also, did you cut the stock exhaust pipe from the muffler or were you able to wiggle it all out in one piece? I have the sawzall on hand if need be, but it would be nice not to use it if I don't have to.

Also, what about the muffler / cat connection; were those nuts easy to get off?
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Did either of you have any trouble with the bolts on the skid plate? Also, did you cut the stock exhaust pipe from the muffler or were you able to wiggle it all out in one piece? I have the sawzall on hand if need be, but it would be nice not to use it if I don't have to.

Also, what about the muffler / cat connection; were those nuts easy to get off?
Bolts on the skid plate were tough, but they also have thread lock on them from the factory apparently (blue film on the threads).

I should have just cut my pipe from the muffler. If you have a sawzall then by all means cut the thing off! I had to take my driveshaft out to get it off! It might be easier as you have the TJ (I have an Unlimited). I initially wanted to save it, but afterwards realized that finding someone to buy a factory exhaust especially for the Unlimited (a lot less on the road than TJ'S) was going to take a while so I ended up junking it. One of the muffler/cat nuts were easy, while the other was really hard. Was scared it was going to strip the threads or break the bolt. I got it off luckily but the threads were stripped
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Anybody know why the directions say to disconnect the neg. on the battery? I assume its a safety measure just in case I snag a wire while wiggling the exhausts out and back in. And damn that skid plate is a pain in the but. I went out to the garage thinking this install was going to be a 45 minute cake ride...man was I wrong. I need to buy some more/better quality tools.
Needed a deeper socket for the cat bolts. Not gonna find that at 10 pm
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I left the chrome tip off completely. It's a Jeep... it shouldn't have chrome on it. The end of the tailpipe ends about a foot from the rear but that's fine with me.
That tip is stainless steel and it works well if you mount it like this with the pipe cut shorter...
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Does the stock skid plate need to be torqued to a certain amount for a tj?
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I am thinking about installing this system on my Rubicon too. If someone who already has this on their Jeep could post some after install pics and maybe a sound clip, that would be sweet.

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Do you have to put a jack under the tranny after you take the skid plate off? I remember when putting on my lift that it was really important to do that. If so how do get a jack under the plate, or do you lower the skid down just enough to be able to work?
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Do you have to put a jack under the tranny after you take the skid plate off? I remember when putting on my lift that it was really important to do that. If so how do get a jack under the plate, or do you lower the skid down just enough to be able to work?
Yes, put it under the bell housing which you should be able to do before removing the TC skid.

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