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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2007, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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I need to change my transmission crossmember and I want to know if I can swap it without removing any of the exhaust pipes.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 12:58 AM
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Well, I don't know if you can or not. But when I pulled the crossmember to put new bushings in it, I tried every way I could to do it without dropping the exhaust pipes and couldn't do it. Drop the pipes, its much much easier.


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any helpful advice on dropping the pipes? I have a fear of snapping bolts where the pipe joins the manifold.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 11:41 AM
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Use PB Blaster at least a few hours before you try to loosen them. A couple of shots the night before would be good.

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LOL Well, I cut them in the straight area between the cats and the crossmember. Dropped the entire exhaust setup, then used clamps to reconnect them.

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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
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2007, 02:53 AM
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You don't NEED to remove the exhaust but it will make it easier. What you can try to do is have a jack under the trans and then unbolt the crossmember from the trans mount and the frame. Then slowly lower the jack until you reach a point where you can maneuver the crossmember out. You might even have to remove the trans mount from the trans if you can't get the stud out of the crossmember. If you do do this, just make sure to pay attention to the exhaust so it doesn't break when you are lowering it.

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