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Old 12-07-2010, 11:04 PM   #21
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I went to Autozone - they rent tools like the chain cutter and pipe expander. They run you credit card for the cost of the tool and when you return it they credit it all back to your card. Hard to beat Free.
I needed the pipe expander to get my X pipe on.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:41 AM   #22
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Sawzall
I used a "Sawzall" on my C4 to install the Magnaflows.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:47 AM   #23
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Hard to beat a grinder and cut-off wheel
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:47 PM   #24
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I second the "chain type" pipe cutter. I just did a Corsa X-Pipe and Corsa Indy Pace Car mufflers. Without this tool it would have been much more difficult. If you have an "Oreilly Auto Parts or similar store, check their "tool loaner" program. I borrowed the tool...brand new never used for a small deposit! Worked great!
I will be doing my Corsa Xpipe soon. What size chain cutter should I look for ? 14" handle 16" 18 " ??
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #25
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I got a sawzall for 29 bucks from Harbor Freight and a pack of blades. Some WD40 and 10 seconds is all it took.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #27
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #28
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I like the idea of the chain cutter but I use a pneumatic saw.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #29
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I used a chain type cutter when I installed my x-pipe.

Plenty of room ... worked like a charm

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Anybody kknow where I could get one of these chain cutters used.

New is a bit pricey just for 2 cuts :<(
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I went to Autozone - they rent tools like the chain cutter and pipe expander. They run you credit card for the cost of the tool and when you return it they credit it all back to your card. Hard to beat Free.
I needed the pipe expander to get my X pipe on.
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Anybody kknow where I could get one of these chain cutters used.

New is a bit pricey just for 2 cuts :<(
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:35 AM   #31
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Sawzall......Worked like a charm for me....
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:02 AM   #32
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chain is easier to re weld. when i was just out of HS and working in a shop all we did was sawzall exhausts. exhaust pipe has a lot of carbon and junk in the steel from the engine running. when you go to reweld with carbon steel and 75/25 gas it spatters and is just that much harder to keep a clean bead going. the smoother the cut the easier it is to reweld. also, if the exhaust is stainless use 308 wire and helium trimix if you can. the 75/25 will introduce some carbon into the weld. it usually won't rust too much if you use 308 wire but it will more than using helium

shops use the sawsall because they are fast. the chain cutter will take 5x a long to use but it's much cleaner
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I used a chain type cutter when I installed my x-pipe.

Plenty of room ... worked like a charm

Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:41 PM   #34
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I figure an exhaust pipe cutter won't work since I won't be able to get all the way around the pipe at the top where it's closest to the car's floor (right?).
Torch is no good since I would likely hurt myself or the car.
So a reciprocating saw is my only option... right?
Reciprocating saw would be my choice

Whatever you do, put a piece of metal at the top so you do NOT punch a hole in the floor board - regardless of where you cut!

It's for a protection!

Thanks,Matt
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:01 PM   #35
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Stopped in at Autozone today, the chain type cutter is $50 to purchase. As a rental, you have 90 days to return it for a full refund.
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