Downpipe **** - read before you do one
I am getting my mid-pipe installed and the mechanic ran into all kinds of issues. There are a ton of heat shields and crap that needs to come off in order to begin the removal of the stock downpipe.
Once that was all done, some of the bolts are almost impossible to get at which cause even more issues. But, the straw that broke the camel's back the bolts coming off the turbo itself. They are made of some weird metal and they began stripping and causing all kinds of issues.
The shop even went to a nearby shop who specializes in this sort of thing and said the downpipe on our cars is a day-long job and not 2-3 hours as I was led to believe. I don't really blame my guy as they do tones of downpipes but being my car was a 2019 and these new bolts were not expected to be dealt with, they are now having to resort to drilling them out. We now know why my downpipe came with new nuts and bolts I guess.
Drilling out each bolt takes about an hour apiece, this is going to be one expensive fricken downpipe. So anyone out there who has had better success than me, please post. Any secrets regarding those new bolts and their removal, please share.
I am still looking forward to finally getting back my car, but since the shop where I took my car in moving, it will be a few days until they are set back up to complete the work. Talk about the perfect storm....
I'll keep you all posted.