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newby looking to fix his exhaust system

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by killbydemons, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. killbydemons

    killbydemons New Member

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    Jun 17, 2011
    Hey all,

    I've got a 2002 Civic EX with a leak somewhere in the exhaust pipe. I'm using this as an excuse to upgrade everything...muffler, pipe, cat, headers. I'm also a total newb when it comes to car tech (computers was always my thing since they're generally cheaper and easier to work on), so this will be my first major project beyond rotating tires and changing oil.

    I bought the Haynes repair manual for my car, so I have a general understanding of what tools I need and what to do. But if you guys could recommend a brand to go with on parts, or any advice in general that'd be great.

  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    Sep 28, 2002
    there is actually very little that you wont be able to handle with just a basic metric set of wrenches and sockets

    obviously youll want a jack and some jack stands

    other than that
    some screw drivers
    a BFH
    some pry bars
    a breaker bar
    torque wrench

    then when you want to start making things a bit easier get a compressor and some air tools

    by this point youll probably be experienced enough to know what you want or need going forward
  3. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    May 20, 2003
    Central, MA
    meineke works great... if its your first time, order a catback from somewhere atleast then it will be almost completely bolt on.

    pacesetter makes a nice OE replacement catback with slightly larger piping.
  4. FLounder

    FLounder power hungry VIP

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    Jun 11, 2008
    north palm beach, FL
    youre not going to make huge power with an upgraded exhaust on a civic ex, so in my opinion its not worth blowing a ton of money on.

    ive heard good things about megan headers and they are cheap. lots of people use off-brand ebay headers and usually say they fit well, the finish just tarnishes and turns ugly.

    for the catback you have two choices, either buy a complete catback, or have a muffler shop make you one. the name brand catbacks will fit well, the cheap ones will probably not and may require modification by an exhaust shop anyways. for your application 2.25" piping is perfect, but if you want 2.5" thats ok too.
  5. RHDism

    RHDism Right Hand Drive guru

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    May 1, 2011
    If you like saving money have a muffler shop build you a catback.
    Dont bother with a header. The ex manifold has plenty of breathing room, although this is an 2002 model, so not sure if honda made a change for the worse.
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