I've been busy fitting my new Ragazzon this morning, seems to have gone well so thought I'd show anyone else thinking of doing it how easy it is!
I'm very lazy and didn't bother jacking up the car - there's just enough room to do it without if you're dextrous, even more if you park your near-side wheel on the kerb.
You will need:
- 2 to 3 hours, including time for tea breaks
- Two 13mm ring spanners, preferably a spanner and a socket
- A torch, preferably adjustable as you'll need your hands elsewhere
- A large flathead screwdriver may be useful for prodding the exhaust mounts, but isn't essential
Before you start, check that the nuts and/or bolts you'll need to remove at the beginning aren't welded to the flanges - if they are, ensure you have replacements to hand.
The components supplied from Ragazzon are shown in picture one - two rear sections and a clamp to hold them together. The stock exhaust to remove is one-piece but they use the same mounts, and have the same flange (love that word) to attach to the mid-section.
Start by getting under the car and unbolting (13mm) the flange behind the off-side wheel. I worked from the back of the car, with my face roughly where the photo's taken from, away from the action so dirt couldn't drop in my eyes, hands stretched overhead to do the work. Bolts aren't done up that tight so this shouldn't be too hard.
The gasket will drop out as you unbolt the flange - keep it and the bolts handy, you'll need them to fit the replacement.
There should be three rubber mounts holding the prongs on the exhaust system near to the car. One's near the flange - this one was missing on my setup, I must have a word with Alfaman about that as they changed my subframe recently.
The second one, pictured, is at the other end of the silencer behind the near-side wheel - it's not easy to reach but it's not that tight so you can get it free one-handed.
The last one is just behind the bumper, this one's the toughest to get out but easiest to access - a flathead screwdriver might help you prise the exhaust free.
I'll post again in a few minutes with how to fit the Ragazzon, it's pretty straightforward but slightly different.