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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Can I replace entire exhaust without welding?

So I took my 97 2.5L into the shop to see if I had a cracked exhaust manifold since my Jeep seems very loud and I'm not the best at identifying what "normal" sounds like. I was told there was a large leak right after the manifold. My jeep has 167k miles, and I'm sure this is all the original exhaust. Their recommendation is to replace from the manifold back. At least $900 estimated total.

I'm learning as much as I can about jeep repair. I've rebuilt my rear brakes, installed a budget boost with new shocks, and changed my front ujoints.

So my question is can I get something like this http://www.quadratec.com/products/51411_01.htm or piece together the same parts and install on my own without having to weld anything?

Also any recommendations for parts? I'm looking for as quiet as possible; I know I'm not driving a race car. Besides I'd rather hear the sound of my tires on the road.

Thanks for any advice.

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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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Yes you can replace it with out welding. But you need to find another shop. They charged way too much.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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that link you provided will work, but no clue as to what it would sound like. If you do end up ordereing; call and tell them you are part of the forum for free ground shipping. it should get to you within a few days time.

I would want to see exactly where the leak is coming from before diving into any repairs though. could just be a bad gasket or loose bolt.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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You can replace just the manifold. Look up muddy buddies there in Dayton. Some guys there can help you out and you can do it yourself with their help.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #5
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I doubt the entire system needs replaced. You should find the bad part and just replace it.

Welding is ideal, but clamps can work just fine if the system is hung properly.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies.

I've been doing more research on the forum and the first thing I'm going to check is to make sure the junction from the manifold and down tube is tight. That seems to be a common enough problem.

Yeah, when they said $900+ I just said "ok" and thought, "well I probably won't be back here soon". Especially after I told them I had already replaced the muffler two years ago. "Well if you're replacing part of the system, you should replace the whole thing, muffler too" Riiiiiight.

There was another post about exhausts on the front page that I was checking out which led me to youtube too check out videos of the banks monster exhaust and others with jeeps, and I'm just not sure. I just want quiet.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:54 AM   #7
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I just want quiet.
Then the factory system is for you.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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Look at your exhaust system and see if there in holes or black sooty areas at connecting areas. I would bet you probably have a cheap fix and the muffler shop you went was looking for some easy money. Good luck
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