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Old 08-06-2009, 06:12 PM   #1
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TRD Exhaust Installation Instructions

I looked the site over and really didn’t see anything on how to install the TRD exhaust so I decided to make a little installation instruction. Not everyone is a gearhead like many of us so I thought it would be a good idea to give those less wrench worthy a little confidence on the installation. I did read several posts that suggested that this was “easy”, “no problem”, etc. but nothing to give those a real heads up. There are no pictures because this really is easy to do.

Don’t get the tools yet…that’ll come in a minute, but you’ll need a 14mm socket, a ½” wrench, and an old milk crate (or something similar). No ramps or lift required if it’s a 4x4.

1.Get some WD-40 and spray the rubber hangers where the exhaust is inserted into them. I chose to spray them where I would leave the rubber hangers attached to the truck instead of removing them with the pipe. Now, go get the tools as this will give the WD-40 time to make the rubber slippery enough to slide the pipe out. Get the 14mm socket and the ½” wrench. You’ll need a ½” wrench to get enough oomph to get the spring bolts loose.
2.Wrap the end of the pipe behind the mudflap with a rag and use a rubber band or tape to secure it. This will keep the quarter panel from getting scratched as you twist the pipe during removal.
3.Loosen the 14mm spring bolts located next to the Y-pipe. Mine were on there with Loctite, so I had to use a little muscle to get them loose. Remove them completely.
4.I used an old plastic milk crate to support the end next to the Y-pipe as I started to slide the pipe out of each rubber hanger. This will take some pressure off the rearmost hanger when you get that far. Start at the front and work your way back. The milk crate (or other support you may use) will pay dividends during this and the next step.
5.Once all have been removed, you’ll need to twist the exhaust in order to get it over the rear axel. You’ll want to take the whole thing toward the front of the truck. Once removed, lay it to the side.
6.Now, wrap the chrome tip of the TRD exhaust to, again, prevent unwanted scratching.
7.Reverse procedure #5 above, twisting and turning until the catback is past the rear axel. Place the front back on the milk crate for support and start placing the exhaust back in the rubber hangers. Start and the rear and work your way forward.
8.Tighten the spring bolts. No torque wrench required…just as tight as you can as it’ll stop once the shank has been reached.
9.Polish the tip and go for a ride.
10.Crack open a beer and marvel at the sight. Done!!

This truly is an easy project and there is NO NEED for the stealership to charge you a 100 bones for this. Total time from start to finish: 30 minutes.

Hope this helps a few of you out there.
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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Nice. Thanks for the write up. I plan on putting on the TRD exhaust after I get my front windows tinted and get an XM receiver put in.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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So is there a pretty nice sound difference with the TRD exhaust? or do you have to go the Borla / Flowmaster route to find that.
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trd sounds ok

not loud as shit like flows but sounds good, of course i'm over 40 and into the loud shit on my trk, now the harley is a bit different.
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So is there a pretty nice sound difference with the TRD exhaust? or do you have to go the Borla / Flowmaster route to find that.
That's really a subjective thing. To each their own. I love the sound and it was exactly what I was looking for. Do a search on YouTube...tons of clips. That's why I didn't post one here.

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...now the harley is a bit different.
It doesn't sound anywhere close to a Harely...or I wouldn't have it. LOL
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Just completed the installation and took it for a test drive and I love it, nice throaty sound @ take-off and gets quiet @ cruise. I don't know if its me or the truck but it does seem to be running better?? Time will tell..
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so you remove the old exhaust by pulling it out towards the FRONT of the truck? would it not be easier to lower the rear spare tire and go in and out that way?
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what do you want, a pic of the two nuts you unbolt, or a pic of the three hangers you remove/install the the exhaust from?!! not much to it...
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so you remove the old exhaust by pulling it out towards the FRONT of the truck? would it not be easier to lower the rear spare tire and go in and out that way?
You can pull it out the rear, but you would have to cut the muffler off. By pulling it out the front, all you have to clear is the rear section.
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If you want to get the best sound out of a TRD Cat Back get a CAI, really makes it sound allot stronger with the CAI too.
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You can pull it out the rear, but you would have to cut the muffler off. By pulling it out the front, all you have to clear is the rear section.
x2.i put a jack on my receiver hitch,and raised it up a bit.loosened the bolts on the front of the pipe,pushed off all the hangers, and slide it out the front with no problems
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TRD Exhaust Installation Instructions

se7en, awesome instructions. I had heard about using WD 40, but really liked the milk crate idea and knowing in advance the wrench sizes. It took me about 45 minutes, that was probably due to being 65 and moving slower. I decided to admire my work with a cup of coffee and listening to the gentle rumble of the exhaust, because it is a little early here for a beer. Thanks again, take care drive safe, Tuco
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Got mine and had it installed last week. Overall, it isn't nearly as loud as I thought it would be, but it does have a nice deep sound. I kinda wish it was bit louder but at least it doesn't sound ricey like how some other catbacks do.

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How do you like it. Any loss of power in low end our high end? Sounds good?
I haven't taken it out yet. Installed a CAI as well, hope to take a short trip tomorrow. Love the sound though, I am hoping for improved performance towing my Lance TT 1685. Will checking fuel consumption this weekend. I will reply back when I know more.
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How do you like it. Any loss of power in low end our high end? Sounds good?
Low end is the same as stock, with gains beginning at about 2200 rpm, and gaining up to a peak of 5 hp gain near 5200 rpm.
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