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Just had the exhaust welded to the catalytic converter because of rattling due to aftermarket front pipe and muffler. some rattling has returned. it seems to happen when i stop excellarating and coast at speed.

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It needs to flex ,rigid is not good.you can purchase flex piping that will solve your problem, just find out the size of exhaust is on your vehicle.

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Always, always chock the tires when your under the car. You do not want a car to fall on you.


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