Member Credit: Bryan Tisch
I had a custom “y pipe” for my older white Maxima. In actuality, it is an “f” pipe that aids in the exiting of exhaust. Unlike a true Y pipe, the rear manifold exit drops down straight into the pipe from the front manifold. The exhaust gas is freer flowing and it certainly made a difference, but not as much as the true Y pipe.
I did things differently with my black car. I wanted it to be faster and more responsive than the white Maxima and I have accomplished that. I installed the Cattman Y pipe. It is a completely bolt-on piece that was not terribly difficult to install. I recommend taking the time and soaking all the bolts/nuts prior to taking them off. You will also need to purchase exhaust gaskets, which are also shown in my installation pictures below.
In comparing the pipes, you can see how the flow is impeded in the stock pipe. Also note that the Cattman pipe has a longer drop from the front manifold. I believe this causes a problem with the pipe hitting the sway bar. Also note how the stock pipe drops a bit in order to get to the Catalytic converter, this just goes to show you that the stock pipe sits higher. If the Cattman pipe would have incorporated these two things I mentioned, it would have plenty of clearance from the sway bar. I believe Warpspeed performance solved this aggravating problem.
Tools you will need:
1. Metric Socket set (some SAE may actually work though, as I found out for my front catalytic converter bolts)
2. Metric wrenches (to reach up in some of the more difficult bolts
3. Breaker bar (at least an 18 inch socket wrench as these bolts are tough to take off)
4. Liquid Wrench spray (or a similar product- I used a synthetic Valvoline product)
5. 3 gaskets (two for the manifold connections, and the other for the catalytic converter.
5. Goggles! (else you’ll get all kinds of crap in your eye)
6. A light for under the car
7. Duct tape and aluminum foil if it hits your sway bar after your done (because of a soft rear motor mount)
8. A jack and jack stands
Here’s the pipe and the gaskets I used.
Step1 : Patrick using the lubrication. Valvoline synthetic lubricant was used to loosen all bolts. My advice is to let them soak on the bolts for a few hours prior to trying to remove them. This will make your job much easier.
Step 2: Yours truly, taking off the shields and brackets. At this point, the jack in the picture is a backup in case my jack stands fail, don’t worry, no upward weight on the transmission there.
Step 3 : Using the breaker bar to take off the Catalytic converter bolts.
Step 4: Loosened those nuts on front manifold.
Step 5: Instead of taking this bracket off like the most of you probably did, I took my electric hacksaw and sawed off the end of it, giving the Y pipe just enough room. Note how the bracket will work with the crossmember and help absorb an impact if I hit something low. Pictured is me holding the piece that I cut off.
Step 6 : Note that the Y pipe is protected both by the bracket and the cross member. I was lucky to get one that did not hang lower than the cross member. However, the sway bar problem that I have and that I mentioned in my FAQ’s could have been avoided if this drop wasn’t so severe. It looks like there is plenty of clearance now, but the car/engine is jacked up somewhat. This is how it should have been!
Step 7 : The finished product, before hooking up the catalytic converter hangers.
The result? A lot more power between 3000 and 4500 rpm, however, the pipe hangs too low and vibrates on the sway bar during moderate to heavy acceleration. I ended up passively fixing the problem by padding the sway bar. In addition to my padding of the sway bar, I had to dent the pipe a little bit.
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