2G VRSF J Pipe Install

Posted by RevyDSM, Apr 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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  1. RevyDSM

    RevyDSM Probationary Member

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    My Front mount came today and I'm having a hard time installing the j pipe. The left screw goes in just fine. However the right screw is a pain in the ass. You can't fit a single tool inside to get it tight or even to thread in. Yes I know the picture was taken with the wrong bolts but now I'm using the old J pipe bolts.
     

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    Get allen head bolts. They will be much friendlier :) With the VRSF J-pipe you have to start one of them first, the inside one.

    Ps. Same thing on TPS screws. :)
     
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    I'm using the old Allen head bolts I was having trouble getting off.
     
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    Recheck the tightness after a heat cycle or two. Shud be good to go then but check them periodically. :thumb:
     
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    Only problem is one of them is impossible to get to go in due to the stupid design of the j pipe
     
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    Show me
    Show me a picture. I have a VRSF kit. But I am now HX40. Started out with that setup tho.
     
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    Ok. I had to hold the j-pipe out as far as possible then engage a thread and keep threading it down by hand if possible. Use anti-sieze. It helps going in and back out. Do u need to dimpel the tube at the flandge just a tweak? Gotta MAKE things work some times but its a good kit, I still run it.
     
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    Yep I see...start the other allen head bolt first or use THAT bolt on the inside and hold the pipe out so the threads just catch on it and keep threading in as far as possible by hand then ya gotta sacrifice a pawn shop allen key and shorten it some so you can tighten it. I make A LOT of "custom" tools just for my DSM. :aha:
     
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    Hey sometimes you have to grind the allen bolt head down a bit to get it to go in.
     
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    Yup. Frustrating when u have to remove and reinstall. The design of the j pipe is flawed. U need to screw the bolt on the right first. Push it in the j pipe before u begin to bolt it down.
     
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    Thats the trick!!! I wonder why the hell they dont include a simple pc of paper saying that for customer freindliness :idontknow:
     
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    I use a hammer and a chisel on the edge of the bolt. Have to do it with the bottom right bolt on the tb elbow too.

    Just use a cold chisel, and tap towards one of the points on the bolt head. Its pretty sh**ty way to do it, but no clearance to get a wrench on there in some cases.

    An allen head and a Long ball end allen head socket works good too. Or long ball end t-handle if you can't get, or dont want to spend the cash on long ball end allen sockets. I know my snap-on set of long allen and long ball end allen was like 160$ or something... and that was on sale.
     
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    Yep, they're a PAIN in the ass. I got longer bolts and stacked a bunch of washers on mine which made it a little easier, but not much. The design of the jpipe makes the bolts want to go in cross threaded every time. Like others here have said, there's a few tricks that can help a little, but basically just be prepared to be frustrated every time you put it on. It should take about 3 minutes, it usually took me 15 to 20, swearing and getting pissed the whole time :p
     
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