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Old 02-16-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Xchallenge exhaust lug bent

Ok just changed rxhaust gasket as was wrecked

Saw thay wheb put all together the end can doesnt line up great.

Looked down and looks like exhaust lug is bent out and out of shape

Whats best was straighten this as i dont like heating alu
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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Ok just changed rxhaust gasket as was wrecked

Saw thay wheb put all together the end can doesnt line up great.

Looked down and looks like exhaust lug is bent out and out of shape

Whats best was straighten this as i dont like heating alu
The only decent way to straighten it without cracking it is by heating the aluminum. The bad part is the location of this damage to the gas tank.

If you can shield the gas tank from the heat, use a propane torch to heat the bent area of the lug. To see if the temperature is hot enough to bend, scribble on a part of the lug with a permanent marker. Make sure that you don't apply the flame to this part. When the marker looks like it has disappeared, it is hot enough.

Put a big pair of channel locks on it and bend it back straight. Try not to pound it back with a hammer.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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Like the idea of marker as i hate heatn alu as raeely works out well

I have hight heat resistant tape from furnace that shoul help
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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It really isn't that hard to take off the rear subframe. Since you crashed hard enough to bend the lug, you may as well see if you broke the subframe anywhere.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:04 AM   #5
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Looks like previous owner damage as the exhaust pretty beaten up. May still look take it off. Cut lug off and get welder in work Tig back on
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