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Old 08-24-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Back up parts for exhaust removal?

I'm going to replace the shifter bushing on my 330i, and I'm going to do it in a DIY garage. ( i can rent a lift there , with all their tools)
Since I need to remove my exhaust, are there any parts will break easily and I can prepare beforehand? Like some bolts/nuts, etc. I guess it will be hard to get those old bolts off.

Just wanna get some idea from other forum members, if anyone have experience removing exhaust.

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Old 08-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Typically you should replace all the nuts that hold the exhaust to the manifold as well as the metal gaskets at the flange. Not sure if your car has lots of rust but it wouldnt hurt to buy bolts to replace the studs just in case one breaks/shears off.

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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thanks .

just done the job. it was very smooth removing the exhaust. the bolts and studs were in good shape, and removed easily. I used new nuts and gasket. It's been 10 years but there's hardly rust or anything, I should feel lucky that I'm in Florida...
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