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Exhaust Tip Alignment

So I bought a Borla exhaust system from a fellow CT member a couple months ago. I finally got around to getting it installed this past weekend. BTW...Sound fantastic! However, the alignment of the tips are really jacked up! The passenger side tip is hanging lower and rubbing the outside of the bumper cutout and the driver side (still lower than I think it should be) rubs the inside part of the bumper cut out. We screwed around with the different joints in an attempt to get these lined up better but to no avail. Has anyone else faced these issues? I suppose that I'll take it into an exhaust shop to have them adjust it.
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If you watch cat back exhaust install videos, some say you may need to heat and tweak the brackets that attach to the rubber hangers. My right factory tip was visibly lower than the left one from the factory. Hope they can correct it at a reasonable cost.

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My Flowmaster was a little low on the left after install. Wal-Mart blow torch to the rescue.

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You need to Loosen up ALL the bolts, make the adjustments and then tighten up all the bolts. That's what I was told by the guy who did mine. Good luck


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I had a Borla exhaust that fit horribly. Do you have the Mopar version of the exhaust? If so, you may have a defective set. The first batches were riddled with issues (tips, tailpipe, and weird sound at WOT).

You may be able to get an exhaust shop to refit and heat any pipes that need bending to make the tips more aligned. After all the issues and nothing solved, I got my Borla exhaust melted, and went with Zoomers.

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I don't believe that mine is a Mopar version. Everything is stamped borla (tips and mufflers) anyways. Not sure if the Mopar versions are marked with Mopar emblems or not.
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I don't believe that mine is a Mopar version. Everything is stamped borla (tips and mufflers) anyways. Not sure if the Mopar versions are marked with Mopar emblems or not.
Okay cool, you probably have a set that's fine. Have them undo all the pipes and push them in as far as it will go. A 2x4 and a mallet will do the job. Once all pipes are fit flush against each other, tightened the bolts on each clamp, and you should have a straight exhaust.

Installation is key. I won't even mention how bad the guy that initally installed my Zoomers was. In fact, he was so inept at doing a relatively easy task, I took it to a reputable exhaust shop and they took care of it.
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I take her in next week to take care of this. Rainy and crappy weather in Atlanta this week!!! I think that fixing this by swiping my card as opposed to beating it into submission will be better for my blood pressure!
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Another reason besides your blood pressure is by being on a lift they will be able to makes corrections more easily than you on your back. The metal rods that go throught the rubber bushing need to be straight and flat in the mounting holes with no stress on them. The muffler shop can heat and bend them to achieve that for you, otherwise the system is sitting twisted by just loosening and moving the tailpipes.
It's one of the reasons I didn't buy my system with the dual round tips, I got to put my system in strain and spaced away from surrounding body and suspension items and then when all done put my tips on and rotate them to where they needed to be. For whatever reason these companies done let you install and align those tips.
Good luck, hope it's a cheap trip to the shop.
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Another reason besides your blood pressure is by being on a lift they will be able to makes corrections more easily than you on your back. The metal rods that go throught the rubber bushing need to be straight and flat in the mounting holes with no stress on them. The muffler shop can heat and bend them to achieve that for you, otherwise the system is sitting twisted by just loosening and moving the tailpipes.
It's one of the reasons I didn't buy my system with the dual round tips, I got to put my system in strain and spaced away from surrounding body and suspension items and then when all done put my tips on and rotate them to where they needed to be. For whatever reason these companies done let you install and align those tips.
Good luck, hope it's a cheap trip to the shop.
Agree Yellow Jacket not sure why many of the aftermarket including Borla CAT Backs do not have adjustable tips like the OEM set up I came across Magnaflow I am considering putting on my car. The sell a set up without tips intended for you to use your OEM on the system seems pretty cool.


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