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Exhaust "Donuts"

I'm getting ready to pull the exhaust from the manifolds in order to get some clearance to install new tranny mounts. Before I do this I'm curious. What are the odds that I'll need new gaskets for the manifold/exhaust pipe joint, and/or new bolts for the same place? Is it easy to remove and install?

Don't want to get halfway through and find out I need new parts or tools!


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There is a 100% chance that you will NOT need new exhaust donuts. Donuts are for GM's.
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LOL thanks. Is there any kind of gasket, or something sealing the joint that I need to worry about?


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PBR Brake Calipers - Eibach Springs - KYB Shocks
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It is a ball flange connection, no gaskets or sealer needed. Just has to be drawn up and tightened evenly on both studs.



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Yeah what they said! But be carefull not to break any of the studs, especislly the little one! It can turn into a nightmare!!!

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Is there any generic type of gasket one could use in that location if they think they have a leak there?

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Well I have never seen a gasket for them before.

But I am sure you could slap some Exhaust/Muffler Cement in there and that should take care of any leaks!

I have personally never did it on my Bird, but have done it on several other vehicles with good out comes....

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BE SUPER SUPER CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK THE STUDS.. makes for one hell of a job to fix

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well, before you put it all back together, put some muffler cement on the ball flange, because your prolly not gonna be able to tighten as tight as it was (because of old bolts and whatnot) so its just extra security.

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LOL I've thought of a better way to get the tranny clear. I'm going to have "joints" put in the exhaust just after the Cats. Then I can loosen them and slip the exhaust off easily whenever I need to.

Thanks for the tips though. Come in handy if I ever get rid of the cats.


1997 Thunderbird Sport
Low Miles
Wifes Car
destined to remain stock

1997 T-Bird GT 4.6
80 MM Mustang GT MAF - P&P'd Mustang GT TB and Intake Plenum - PI Intake manifold - PI Heads
Mark VIII Torque Converter - J-Modded 4R70W transmission - Mark VIII Aluminum Driveshaft - 3.73 gears
PBR Brake Calipers - Eibach Springs - KYB Shocks
'89 SuperCoupe front and rear sway bars
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