1999 500SL, 1988 SEC
Today was TriY install day. I had a few hours and thought I could at least get one side done since the Euro logs were just installed a year ago and I made sure I used anti seize on everything. I did expect some trouble in that I knew I had to cut the down pipes from the exhaust pipes since the muffler shop had welded them together. Sawzall takes care of everything💪 Well nothing is easy on the exhaust on these. I was lucky in that I removed the newer accordian clamps between the front and rear halves, which allows you to separate things And gives you some room. If you take the front section off first you can just get at the bottom back bolts from the front. But..for me the down pipe would not break apart from the manifold even though it was off only a year ago. Much swearing and hammering and it finally broke free. Let me tell you though the rear piece manifold did come out easily. I think it took twenty zillion ways to find just the right path. I don’t know how anyone puts the euro logs in in one piece like someone told me they did it that way last year. The other thing that was a beast was the recirculating pipes. I antiseized the heck out of them last year but they just get stuck on there. Heat did the trick On that one. So one tri y is on but when I go to connect the down pipe, awww sh—. I should have placed them in place before I put the headers on. Lesson learned. Now I have to remove the front cross member to make room and get the pipe up there. After 3 hours I left the job still not done with 1 side. I will do it another day And this was just one of those days I guess. By the way. For any of you doing this job you need two different types of supports that bolt to the tranny. Tri Y’ need one on each side of the transmission with slots for two pipes. That is different that what most of us have. Here are pics of the units ready to go in after being ceramic coated. Hopefully one more day and wallah done.
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