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Old 4th October 2010, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing / Cleaning GTR Exhaust tips / outlets

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Does anyone know how to remove the stock exhaust tips? Can they be replaced? Is there a product market for this?

Also, any good tips on how best to remove the soot from the steel exhaust tips/outlets?

Is there a good tool to use that attaches to a drill?!?!?

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Old 4th October 2010, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are held on by an allen key bolt AFAIK.... I'll check tonight, have some laying around.

Hopefully, Hope4Sun will turn up in a minute. He actually removes his whole exhaust to clean it!!!

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Get to a supermarket and buy for a few pence a bag of four dish scourers. They look like a big ball of curly shiny metal. Brings them up a treat. Much better than wire wool as they dont leave all the metal dust that wire wool does. I also found that an application of rim wax once clean helped keep them clean and when dirty it came off easier.
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Old 4th October 2010, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Brilliant advice guys - thank you!

I will get the torch out and see where I the alan key goes in.
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Old 4th October 2010, 04:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Removed mine for cleaning & put them back on more protruding.The inner ring now starts @ the end of the pipe, much easier to clean Looks better too!

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What do you need to remove them and do you have to remove the undertray?
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When I had my stock tailpipes I never tok them off but used a Motrax Buffer on a cordless drill..



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or the much cheaper and simple, but as good option :

Sainsbury's online groceries

yours for princely sum of 169 pence !
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Yeah but CC's kit can tickle the wife as well as polish his pipe.
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Old 6th October 2010, 09:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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thanks guys! lots of thinks to try. I used fairy liquid and a scrubber but this did not work very well. It would be much easier if they were off so will try and find the alan key to remove them and try several things. If I drove the car with the tips off, do you think I would damage the exhaust surrounds (heat)? Not that I am planning on it but you never know when you might need to drive off...
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Mine appear to be held on by a M8 bolt with a 12mm head.

Can't really see how you can get them off without removing the tray.

Update........ok the bolts are made of cheese, which actually makes them easy to snap off and replace with something decent.

The tips do look better when moved out about 10mm.
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So can you remove the tips without removing anything or lifting the car up?
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I had a quick look and agree they would look better moved out a touch. It also looked as though the tray needed removing as there is no room to get any tools in that fiddly place.
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So can you remove the tips without removing anything or lifting the car up?
You can. You need a decent selection of 12mm sockets, long, short, extension and a breaker bar and have a fiddle. But yes it can be done.
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Quick how to with results

Ok guys , its a Sunday and nowt to do so I got going with this as I thought it would benefit me in a couple of ways:

1. Improved look
2. Easier to clean
3. Maybe less mess from exhausts over the rear of the car

First things first I rolled the back of the car up onto some ramps to give me enough room to get under it. Then off with the under tray which was easy to do with the collection of 12mm and 10mm bolts and 4 plastic clips.

With the under tray off its much easier to get access. No need to take the rear side trays off , just the big middle one. To prevent snapping bolts a quick spray of lubricant to ease the way and it should look like this :



These bolts are 12mm and after letting the lube soak in they were easy to undo. No need to undo them all the way just enough to allow you to wiggle the exhaust tip free.

By doing the inner of the two first and removing it , you get more room to do the outer one. Refitting is the reverse of this.

A quick clean all round and then some trial fitting

Here is a pic of standard with the inner pipe protruding through looking ugly as hell !



and this is how far they stick out



and this is what they will be ( the inner one against the std outer one )



Refitting was a doddle and as a precaution I put some copper slip on the bolts to prevent rust.

With one side refitted and looking good I took a comparison shot :

Standard


Extended


After tightening up all the bolts and replacing the under tray a quick finish off with some Autosol and voila :



No more ugly inner pipe sticking out. Having got them where I wanted them I measured the distance they had moved and it was roughly 16mm further out. Dont worry about getting them the right way up as Nissan has kindly welded a seam that should go at the 12 o`clock position.

Whether they make a difference with the deposits on the back of the car remains to be seen but the exhaust looks neater whilst retaining the line with the rear bumper.
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do u wax ur rims? which wax to use?
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Yes mate. It also helps when applied to the exhaust tips . Poorboys Rim Wax

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Outstanding Chris.

Great pics and explanation.

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