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      03-02-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Fix Exhaust Leak, Upgrade Clamps?

I discovered an exhaust leak where the x pipe connects to the connecting pipes of the muffler. I could feel a small stream of exhaust escaping out of the open area where the bolt is (the mouth of the clamp?). It makes sense because that's the only open area around the circumference of the clamp. This happens on both pipes.

I actually over torqued and snapped the bolt trying to close the leak. Maybe my aftermarket x pipe is slightly shorter, or the mouth radius is slightly smaller than OEM? Regardless, I don't think I could solve it by torque OEM clamps more.

Are there better/tighter clamps that I could use? Or exhaust paste could help?
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Exhaust paste will def work but I would also replace those clamps as over repeated use they seem to stretch.
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Exhaust paste will def work but I would also replace those clamps as over repeated use they seem to stretch.
agreed. Exhaust paste is very temporary, it will eventually leak again. I would just get new clamps and call it a day.
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just had to replace my oem clamps, they had stretched out to the point i could move them with my hand when fully tightened.

I found mine on ebay for $15 apiece shipped.
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agreed. Exhaust paste is very temporary, it will eventually leak again. I would just get new clamps and call it a day.
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just had to replace my oem clamps, they had stretched out to the point i could move them with my hand when fully tightened.

I found mine on ebay for $15 apiece shipped.
Replacing them sounds like a good idea. Would you go OEM again or something more robust?
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Replacing them sounds like a good idea. Would you go OEM again or something more robust?
I have no problem with OEM so I'd probably just stick with a new set of OEM.
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Replacing them sounds like a good idea. Would you go OEM again or something more robust?
I did OEM, part # is 18217558661
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