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I just received a Magnaflow cat but have a question. It comes in two pieces, the main piece bolts on at the passenger side manifold and then there is a pipe that bolts to the driver's side and looks like it slip fits into the cat. However I cannot get it to slide in. I know it needs to be tight and I made sure both pieces are round and free of burrs. I suppose I could heat the one side up to expand it a bit. Anyway I called Magnaflow and they claim both pipes are the same diameter and need to be butt welded, but they are definitely not the same diameter.
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I have the Magnaflow cat on my truck. That pipe slid right in. Mine is definitely not butted together. You can clamp it or weld it like I did.
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I have the Magnaflow cat on my truck. That pipe slid right in. Mine is definitely not butted together. You can clamp it or weld it like I did.
Yeah, the guy at Magnaflow is wrong. I took my angle grinder and chamfered the down pipe and it slid in the cat part, very tight but that is good. I will likely get it all bolted together and run it down to my friend's shop and let him weld it up. Pretty poor tech support. I'm also going to let my buddy do a better job on the heat shield welds which aren't that good.

I'm going to put a Flowmaster 40 series 3" in dual 2.5" out that I have laying around and probably dump it out the side with dual pipes ahead of the rear wheel to save a bit of cash for now.
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ughhhh...I hate parts that don't fit right and I hate poor customer service a lot more!!!
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Mine fit together pretty good. Just make sure when you cut your factory cat off, leave enough pipe. Cut it off directly behind the cat. Even doing that, I barely had enough.
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Mine fit together pretty good. Just make sure when you cut your factory cat off, leave enough pipe. Cut it off directly behind the cat. Even doing that, I barely had enough.
Thanks for that tip. It probably won't matter since I am getting rid of the stock muffler too.
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