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In this video I replace the intermediate pipe, muffler and tail pipe on a customers 2007 Dodge Dakota with the big 4.7 and show some of the frustrations you run into using aftermarket pipes and even throw out a free tip Friday at the end.
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Hey there viewers. Welcome back to the South Main Auto Channel Guys, at 2007 this is the Dodge Dakota It's got the Big Four seven. It needs a new exhaust. We're so Untold Oh, tailpipe is M.I.A that's gone.

It's aftermarket anyways. let's see. Yeah, all right, what's up Mr Joe Are the tires good enough to use another summer on this thing? Yep, Is that what you wanted to know? Uh, well. he wanted them.

Wants him back? Yeah, they look pretty good. Not as good as you, but pretty good tires seeing how deep the tread is. What's up just out here looking at the bottom of the vehicle? Yeah. I Just brought it in.

so there's a there's a truck. Yep, got no light, can't see. so what's up? he's caught to harass us. No, it came out to say he wanted to stay here.

we're just doing exhaust. okay. I got over there. he's Target over there.

that's done over here. We don't do tires over here. Well, his schedule's pretty tight so you might need to I don't even know if I remember how to run Tire Machines Oh yeah, man, it misses. I was a slave driver because it keeps us bucked right to the tippy top.

I Guess that's good. Uh, we're gonna fire up old Vic Here it is. Uh, we almost almost made it to 8 30 in the morning without getting out of the torch. but pretty uncommon if you do it.

This is our number one tool here and suck. Now get out some shades so you can see what we're doing. I'm just gonna go ahead and just chop it off I Got them exactly what he asked for: the intermediate pipe, the muffler, and the tailpipe. So that's what we're gonna what we're gonna do boys.

Oh yeah. Foreign. Thank you. Foreign.

Foreign. foreign. That's not too difficult. We just got to go through and pop our hangers up here.

I Just cut them because it's easier than go on with him at first I think it was only two. Well, of course there's probably another one on the back of the muffler, but that's already that was already gone around back the tail plate. and yeah, there's a third one back here by Turbo that's already on the road somewheres now. it's just a matter of putting them back together.

I'm gonna try to make sure the delivery guy doesn't smash up the end of them sometimes. By the time the pipes make a toss, they're pretty pretty beat up. but they're also paper thin too, so it doesn't take much to squashy ends of them now. All right, so set that one on there.

We don't clamp anything down until the end, but we will stick it on there loose for the meantime so we don't forget it. I Don't think we'd forget it, but couldn't think of anything better to say just because there's that. Next we will stick our muffler on there once we find the right direction. here there we go inline.

it says we're gonna stick it on probably a little further than it needs to go because then we're going to try to pop our tail plate button which hopefully we have enough room. we'll give it a try. Foreign, foreign off here a little bit. Get her Juiced up, let's see if we can get it to come over these tabs.

There's that one and we'll slide it on the muffler and then we'll flip it up here. Now let's get her Juiced up again. I Gotta start kind of rotating things around here to get it set. The rubber out is pretty stiff.

sorry. Well not to mention it's pretty cold there we go, so there's that. Okay, all the hangers are on about start shimmying things around here. Foreign stuff so you don't feel a lot of stress on it if that makes sense.

Kind of get everything kind of sitting neutral usually an aftermarket exhaust. you end up you know, been bench trim and Hangers stuff like that because they're never never really right like this one here. This hanger. it's sitting where it needs to be in reference to this one but it.

but it's bent way in. so we'll stick the pie graph here and just kind of thin that out but mostly want to make sure our tailpipe is level slightly down so it drains. Uh I don't think if yeah, this resonator doesn't have a pee hole in it so you know this will fill up the water and ride out. You know, relatively quickly.

So it's just. it's just how it is how they make them. I Think we can all take a moment and just observe that this is an O7 in New York and it's a daily high mileage. and uh, why is it not crap fluid film baby? It's not mint, but it's the only 07 we get in our shop.

It should be selling now. we'll bend that hanger back, put it here. hit the frame. That's that hanger right there.

We'll see if we can't stick a bar in here and just give it a little tweet. We gotta be careful because these things are toilet paper thin so probably an island can be a bad idea. We're going to heat it up just a little bit that way we don't. You know, dent in the resonator? Foreign.

All right. And right now it's hitting the leaf spring. But that's because the suspension is fully extended. Once we set the vehicle down.

this won't hit the leaf spring, trust me. I'll show you I Wanted to make sure that this bracket or the clamp here is gosh. use your words dude. Big Boy Words: The exhaust hanger wasn't hitting so, but usually you know your suspension isn't full.

Uh, full droop as they say in a Jeep world I Guess hitting leaf spring there doesn't really matter to me at this point. We're gonna help this baby live a little longer life. We're gonna put a little PP hole there. Uh, because like I said, this resonator.

these things don't last long at all. It wouldn't make it a year we'll take and drill a hole in. I Don't think there's a weep hole in this side. Oh no there is.

I think I think they put the wheat pulling the wrong side. Let's see here. I Thought I could feel it. Not negative.

So yeah, there is no weep hole in here. so just poke a little hole just to let the water out. uh, particularly on you know, vehicles that are short trip driven. Like the majority of stuff we work on, the you know, the condensation or the water vapor from the Catalyst process.

you know just ends up just getting stuck here. Of course there should be a weep hole in the muffler too. Yeah, so there is a pee hole. whoops.

Hang on pumping air on here. so there's a p-hole right there in the bottom of the muffler, but it's not too bad job. This job's 15 20 minutes start to finish. Easy peasy baby! Let's go back here because I know we have trust issues on the ground.

Ouch! And you can see we're not even all the way down, but we have ample clearance between the spring and the resonator there and the only time that even remotely comes close to hitting is when it's at full droop. So if he's out, you know, flexing her up. 4x4 in it. Which I Know this color? This is about the maximum.

This truck Dodge right here. see and we made the people right now focusing for me. there's some water. didn't have that in there than the sucker sucker goes off.

but you know, brand it. When it gets hot it starts to come out form of steam doing up here. Yeah, so you know a lot of there's a lot of moisture so that's just it's a matter of fact. folks.

there you go, you're welcome. Free! Tech Go Drill hole in your muffler so that's it folks. Uh, exhaust system on your decoder with the 470 starter up. Listen to the customary manifold tick that all four sevens have.

but uh, rest assured that baby is going to be good and that's it. So if you're doing a home gamer job, probably hacksaw or not. hacksaw, but saws I'll probably be your best option here. We always just use a torch in the shop because it's quick, quick and easy.

That's it. Why don't you guys go down and exhaust yourself in that comment section with your concerns, your questions. The insty the Facebook you guys know what to do. Just remember if I can do it, you can do it.

Thanks for watching.

96 thoughts on “My pipe dreams are muffled by exhaustion”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jammer2150 says:

    surprised their is any dakotas left in your state, they rust away so fast

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ROBERT R Penny says:

    EO it might help if you tightened up the hanger on that spare tire so its not beating against the exhaust then you may not have to buy the guy a new spare

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Finch says:

    Why does everyone on youtube gas-axe pipes to split them at a sleeve joint? If they used a number 10 nozel with an oxydising flame its so much neater and safer. You get a narrower weld pool, less moulton metal flying around and is more controllable. Just saying.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bobl78 says:

    are they gonna last another summer… what a question.. if you do 3000miles per month: no .. if you do 300: yes

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lee Carroll says:


  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wattie1050 says:

    Great job Eric , just shows you the old fluid film undercoating certainly done the trick on that 4×4 . Great to see plenty of clips coming out from SMS . Just getting the salt on the roads again over the pond in Scotland here again .👍👍

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars anefyon says:

    Watching this while the families 05 Dakota has half the exhaust sitting in the driveway 😂

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Schmohe from Simcoe says:

    Shouldn't the tail pipe be pointing down 45 degrees so the bananas don't stay in?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Young says:

    Torch music sucks.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrEnfilade says:

    I loved the "elevator music" while you were using the torch +1 Like The lyrics are "Yeah, yeah, I'm getting things done / watch out for that red-hot lava / Yeah. yeah I'm cutting things off / Watch out for that muffler hanging by a thread, yeah!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Z Ack says:

    Ive always thought oxy/ acetylene was more expensive than sawzall blades or cut off wheels.. plus always risk setting the car on fire if something inside gets pissed off…

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger M says:

    Yes….love the dakota visits…my 2000 still roadworthy and has the 4.7 also 🎉

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rackernack says:

    Thanks for another good video!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris R says:

    Fluid film is the cats meow. That's why aircraft can be in service for 50 years plus, they never have corrosion. Of course they don't roll on the salted streets of NY and PA. Lived in Pittsburgh, if youve never been, extremely hilly city. Without salt, you go nowhere. Now in GA, no rust to be found anywhere, just paint damage from the extreme heat.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pharmmech says:

    When I was teaching I had a person want me to try to fix their vehicle. It was at a shop and they spent a lot of the guys money trying to fix the car. At times it would not start and they had replaced ignition components and then told the guy it was the timing chain. I got it with it torn apart. Front disassembled, intake off. Had to put it together to diagnose. Put it together , ran great . parked it outside overnight in Wyoming in ten degree weather . It would not start. Pushed back inside for the day , started and ran just fine. Lifted it on a hoist and drilled a hole in the muffler. Drained 4 or 5 quarts out of the muffler. It had so much water in it it would freeze when it got below zero preventing it from running. the drain holes are definitely important not just to make the last longer.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dustinicus says:

    I need to get a 5 gallon bucket of that fluid film. Seems like awesome stuff

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Gray says:

    Why would he want the old tires back?


  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Nash says:

    That was very fast and thorough. The oxy-torch seemed to have a very yellow flame. Clean the nozzle! LOL

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Vet says:

    good job………. no matter what you do Eric, at the end everything looks neat and clean;
    want to see hammer and chisel, Trail Mater. recovery in the mountains, valley's & hills of Utah… Can't honestly say, explain his Shop, it's like everywhere with something going on.
    His wrecker isn't anything like you would see anywhere else. Blessings to all: Jesus is LORD.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Tidwell says:

    Great video. I would have used my plasma cutter for that job. Except the bending…I don't think it does that.
    Would be interested in your opinion. I don't have an acetylene torch. I figured buying the acetylene and oxygen would get expensive. The accessories for my plasma are not cheap either.
    Is the acetylene torch your preferred option or just what you have available?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger Chevelle says:

    Fits pretty good for aftermarket exhaust. Nice work

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Lee says:

    Show Ray that tool!! He doesn’t know that oxygen and acetylene will out perform any tool in the shop!! He’s a sawzall man which takes 3 times as long! He need a class on the lift setup and operation….he’ll figure it all out in time….fire good…also keep man warm!! 😂😂

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VIC909B1 says:

    Nice Job buddy, remember learning the drain hole trick at least 35 yrs. ago, man I am old.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars andrew marshburn says:

    With a fresh Diablo blade I would have that cat cut off before u could light your torch lil😂

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars OTB Cliff says:

    Lancaster Archery 🤘🏽

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Scruton says:

    I enjoyed the title, the video was just a wonderful bonus.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars william pankratz says:

    I spent 50 years in Oregon and only found that rusted out crap always came from the East Coast where they actually use rock salt on snowy roads

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Russ M says:

    The good ol' green and orange wrench. Between that and the BMFH you can fix anything.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hurtydwarf says:

    When do you choose to weld vs clamps? I've seen some videos where you've welded exhausts and others like this where you use clamps.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don't Cry says:

    My driveway is sloped and mufflers are horizontal so they blow out the water. They have drains but I think they are clogged. Thanks for reminding me to check.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tv says:

    I enjoy Eric doing work while I sit at the kitchen table eating muffins good maintenance as always

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark H. says:

    Yay! We got to see Mrs. O. again!
    And yes, Eric, we've exhausted our patience dealing with mufflers.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Triple D Oregon says:

    Love the video/ I have severe anxiety why the torch and not a Sawzall?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve says:

    I know you like fluid Film. IT is OK. I personally use bar oil for a chainsaw. Mix a little mineral spirt (not much) and Hudson spray everything (except hot stuff) and let the dust from road build up. It doesn't wash off easy and it sue does help a lot to stop rust from salt. Try it. You'll become a believer.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Haag says:

    Merry Christmas Mrs.O🎅🎄

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars areUaware says:

    Are the aftermarket exhaust parts as bad as everything else.
    My 03 Sierra still has original exhaust and no leaks at 184k.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars soundman447 says:

    Granted I sold my 4.7 at 100k but I never had a Manifold tick. The one issue I did have was I couldn't keep a working fan clutch in it. Everyone gives that motor hate but it is way better than the 315 it replaced.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kim Berg says:

    Just curious….will you be spraying the new exhaust with fluid fil as well? Thx for the content as always love from AZ ❤🌲happy holidays to you and the family!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Desrocher says:

    Wouldn't a sawzall work better??

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris S says:

    Looking pretty cool with those torch glasses on.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hold Short Runway 27 says:

    I always enjoy your Segways at the end. Thanks Eric

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John LaCroix says:

    TY,,,,,,WOW incredible very interesting great information super kool ,1st class great info.,, AAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++ again great video I liked it a lot ,keep up the great work.