Corolla Exhaust Reroute – Making Room for a Panhard Bar
I decided to pull the exhaust system off from the header back. It had been welded on while on a lift — so I had to make a Versa-saw cut to remove it. But cuts need to be made to modify it anyway. Where the tailpipe turns up to go over the rear axle — they left it way too close – only about a 1/4″ clearance between the front of the axle tube and the upward riser. And, where it turns down behind the axle – it sits in a place where it will interfere with me fabbing up a Panhard rod the way I’d like to. So, off it comes for modifications. Disconnected from the header below.
The gasket separated – not a surprise. Fasteners came apart easily but are quite corroded. For about $5 total, new fasteners, washers and a 3-bolt/2.5″ flat gasket
Disconnected the bolt-on hangers in front of and behind the rear axle and un-did the rubber “loop” hangers at the back of the muffler.
Then, with one cut by the Versa-saw — out she came.
I removed the over-the-axle bit from the muffler — and then made a clean cut, also cleaning up that end of the muffler for welding.
And danged if it wasn’t pretty close on the first try.
With that proof of concept, I mimicked my cuts on a 15″ piece of 2.25″ pipe that I bought for this purpose. I’ll tape them together and start to test fit.
All of that so that I can fab a Panhard rod that will go about where you see the 1/2″ wooden dowel.