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Old 01-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Wanna see some of worst welding ever?

As part of my recent build up, I decided to replace my stock y-pipe. In addition to being 22 years old, when I bolted it back up to my new headers, it pretty much leaked all over the place. It wasn't much to look at either...



However, it wasn't until I actually took the thing off that I realized just how bad it was...





I mean...what can you even say there? What. The hell. Happened??

After installing the new y-pipe I picked up from Jeg's, even without a cat, the thing was much quieter due to those gases actually being able to make it to the muffler.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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haha.. nice

my explorer has something like that right now... after the old muffler fell off, i just grabbed a random one, stuck it up there and welded the bottom side of the pipe.. there's a pretty big gap at the top i couldnt get the welder around to though.. so, until i remove the pipes and do it right... lots of leaking :)
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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Just a heads up next time you try to weld. Remove any rust or oxidation with a flap wheel or grinding disk. Also remove the aluminized coating on the new pipe. Weld doesnt stick for crap to it. Good welds start with good prep, looks like there was zero prep on that y pipe.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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Looks like they couldn't afford a helmet so they tried to learn using the "look away" method lol
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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I'd just like to thank Gabby Johnson for that authentic gorilla-welding.
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Just a heads up next time you try to weld.
I'm pretty sure that's what he found when installing a new part; not welding that he DID.
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...installing the new y-pipe I picked up from Jeg's...
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:22 PM   #6
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My local advance auto stocks these stainless band clamps that work really well and seem to hold up well, definitely sealing better than those welds. For $12 they are hard to beat

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Old 01-06-2013, 09:38 PM   #7
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You are wearing a welding helmet right ?
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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I'm pretty sure that's what he found when installing a new part; not welding that he DID.
Thank you, that's correct. I DID NOT DO THAT!!! I just bought the truck, so I have been going over some things and that was something that I found. I do have a welding helmet, though I don't own a welder.... so I just put a very small amount of red high temp silicone around the slip fit pipe sections (not on the collectors) and used the clamps included with the new y-pipe, using a 1/4" ratchet being extra careful to not over tighten them.

Those stainless band clamps are really nice though. I used those on my Mustang.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #9
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Those pictures are a little small, could you make them bigger?
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Wow, that's awesome. What kind of mig were you using?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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im surprized that wedge shaped piece in the second pic didnt fall out
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Wow, that's awesome. What kind of mig were you using?
Read the thread bud he already said that he didnt weld this!
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #13
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #14
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Why would he need a new Y-pipe welded?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #15
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That picture makes me happy for the problems I have.

I have a slight header leak at the collector. And the PO had true duals installed all the way back.
But anit nothing half-ass welded like that.

makes me want to that some dumbass thought that was ok.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #16
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Yeah, I mean if a shop did that, that's simply inexcusable...if it was done by some shade tree mechanic, they need to sell their hammers and channel locks, and... I dunno, make some lemonade or something.

I'm still shocked at how much quieter the truck is WITHOUT cats.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:20 PM   #18
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thats some really nice work right there.........................................
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #19
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Oh there's the y-pipe I welded up...


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Old 01-07-2013, 11:39 PM   #20
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I'm surprised it stayed together. Who looks at that when they are done and thinks "yeah, that's good." Wow, just wow...
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