Jacob Manley (NWST/RS Admin) always makes himself and his garage available for mods for the group. This time, it's John Anwanwan's turn.
Mod's today: Milltek catback exhaust and Levels downpipe,
Milltek muffler and black tips (nice!)
Levels catless downpipe (seen right), stock downpipe (on left)
Removing the old exhaust is simple. Using a sawzall, we cut the bend just forward of the rear cross member, then using a hanger tool, we removed the exhaust from the hangers leading up to the cross frame supports. Those unscrewed with ease, followed by the downpipe flange and done! Maybe 15 minutes.
While removing the downpipe, I noticed the following dangling from the downpipe mount. What the heck is it?? Where does it go?
Gore? Yeah, plenty of Jacob's and my blood all over this engine, but how did it know so fast??
After several S.O.S posts, one of our members reveals that its a vent tube for the transmission and should be mounted just behind the shift arm (seen below.) On the 2013 and 2014 it's capped off.
Gore transmission vent remounted.
Okay, with problem #1 out of the way (an hour later,) we install the Levels downpipe (DP.) Interesting design. Most aftermarket DP's come with a lip that a metal gasket fits on, and inserts into the turbo exhaust. This one didn't come with one. its just flat..
Levels downpipe continued.. Another problem with this DP, is that it doesn't come with a lower mount support, so we couldn't bolt it to the frame. The only thing holding the DP into place is a flush mounted DP in the V-band and the lower exhaust hanger mount (that never tears...) Nice quality however.
Okay, so where were we? Oh yes, the exhaust hanger mount. The DP hangers were too long, pressing up against the cross frame. (This isn't unusual, I had to trim my MBRP hangers as well.) We used some sharp metal sawzall blades and trimmed the ends a little so that they wouldn't rub up against the frame
Downpipe install complete! Hard to see, not picture worthy.. Take my word for it, it's in there!
Install the DP flange to the straight pipe, and re-install the cross members.
The second part was a bit tricky and usually is. Its the bend that goes over the rear cross member. This kit came with 3 hanger arms. The second arm isn't used so we ultimately bent it out of the way in order to fit the pipe over the cross frame. The pipe is supported by a clamp and two hangers.
Muffler went on quickly using 2 hangers (one on either end) and a clamp to the second pipe.
With everything fitted, we started tightening the clamps.
The last thing to go on were the tips. Speaking of clamps..
If using an impact wrench on these clamps, be very careful. I'd recommend using a wrench or ratchet on the tip clamps, then have the tips tack welded to the exhaust pipes. We broke one of the bolts on the tips using the impact wrench.
With tune flashed, John starts her up!
2015 Ford Focus ST (FMIC, Levels DP, Milltek Catback)