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.