| Topic: Bassani Cat Back Installed on a 2005 4.0L
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U.S. - Connecticut
I installed my Bassani Exhaust System a couple weekends ago. Here's how it went:
|Posted: May 11 2007 at 11:20am | IP Logged
I had trouble getting my Y-Pipe flange nuts off. They were fairly rusted and seized. I did spray them with PB Blaster and let them sit for 6 or 7 hours prior to install, but that didn't seem to help as much as I thought it would (in addition to Liquid Wrench and more PB Blaster after my troubles began). I ended up stripping them while trying to get them off. I finally got them to break loose after buying a new socket and using a pipe on the ratchet for extra leverage. On top of that being a pain I had to wait until Monday to get some new nuts from the dealer at $3.52 a pop (I couldnít find these nuts anywhere else).
The stock system came out relatively painlessly once I got the Y-Pipe unbolted and followed the rest of the instructions for removal. It did take a little creative maneuvering to get it out from under the truck.
The Bassani system went in very smoothly. I put anti-seize lube on the cat studs and the slip joints of the pipes according to the instructions that came with the system. Bassani did include a small tube of anti-seize lube, but I didn't want to deal with trying to apply it on the slip joints from the small tube so I bought a separate bottle with a built in applicator brush from Napa and used that. (This was my first exhaust install so I don't know if anti-seize is really necessary on the slip joints, but I did it anyways.)
The butt dnyo says gains are in the mid range and top end, and low end feels at least as good as stock to me. With the heavy right foot I still havenít looked at mpgís so I canít claim any changes.
As for the sound, I really like it so far. It is louder than stock and has not been a bother to me. Under moderate to heavy throttle it is fairly loud. I did a little bit of listening at different rpmís and it seems to be loudest in the cab when cruising with the rpmís between 1600 and 1800. At normal cruise rpm (with my Nismo 6spd itís about 2200rpm) itís not very loud, and it almost disappears with the radio on.
Here are some clips (I'll try and get some better ones soon):
Bassani After Install:
Bassani Interior Start Up:
Bassani Interior Take Off's:
2005 Electric Blue Nismo King Cab 6spd 4x4
Bassani Aft-cat Exhaust, Injen Powerflow Intake, ScanGuage II w/ Blendmount
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