The Ford F-Series has been around since 1948 with tons of body styles and performance options available. When it comes to F-150’s that were manufactured from 2001- 2003, as well as the 2004 Heritage editions, replacing the exhaust manifold can be a tricky process. For 4.6L and 5.4L engines, removing and installing a new exhaust manifold entails the same easy procedure. Keep reading for the step by step process of removing the exhaust manifold on your Ford.
If you have gotten the factory exhaust off, you are pretty much in the clear. You will install your Magnaflow system in the reverse order of taking the old one off. You can start by matching up the resonator section with the flange to the flange on the scrap O2 sensor recycling and bolting them together. They slip the connecting pipe into the resonator pipe and clamp it down with the supplied clamp. This piece also connects to the factory chassis mount you removed earlier. Be sure to secure the hangers into the rubber bushings.
Activate the lights. Turn on the headlights to ensure that they are working — high and low beams. Get out and observe the same, check the turn signal lights, fog lights and brake lights. Look closely at the headlamps — there should be no moisture gathering inside.
Establish the right expectations in advance. Parts will wear out and fail. They’ll need to be replaced. If you neglect them, they will eventually leave you stranded at the side of the road. Below, we’ll take a brief look at several components that will need to be replaced over time.
Disconnect the front drive shaft from catalytic converter recycling the front axle using a procedure similar to the rear drive shaft. Leave the shaft attached to the transfer case and tie it to the case.
When you have to replace your cat-back system you have many choices. The simplest is to go to a new car dealer and buy the exact same equipment that came with your car. This is fine for most drivers. However, there are some people who are looking for something beyond the stock system.
You have just installed your Magnaflow exhaust system. Turn the car and make sure you don’t have any exhaust leaks. If everything is good, then you’re golden. Enjoy your Mini’s new throaty growl and boost in horsepower. Keep working on your Mini folks!