All of you "Gear Heads" will get a laugh at this one.. I was initially not going to tell my little story here, but it has a happy ending, so I decided to quaff my dignity and fire off a little tale for you guys.. Feel Free to make fun at anytime!!
I am by no means a mechanic (which some of you already know), but I do have the utmost desire to complete as many of the mods I do to my Jeep by myself. So far, I have completed the AEM Intake, Stereo System, and the Highrock Tire carrier (which included drilling holes in the body) without major complications. I am color blind, so the Stereo was somewhat difficult, but with some very minor help, I was able to finish! Nothing to really write home about, but a guy with little or no experience, I will continue drinking my cool aide!
So, I finally decided on the next mod which was to be the Banks Monster Exhaust.. I spoke with several people (namely Banks) who said it is a very simple bolt-on application which requires no welding whatsoever. I also watched a nice "write-up" indicating the easy of installation..
OK, I ordered the exhaust and it came just before I was forced to leave for Vegas on business.. I reluctantly opened the box to find a "beefy" tube and what seemed to be a job that I could tackle.. The trip to Vegas couldn't have gone by any slower as I just mainly day-dreamed about installing that bad-boy! I returned home to basically throw my garment bag in the room and hit the garage floor.. To my dismay, the bolts which connect the CAT to the Muffler were backwards (at least in my world they were backwards) and almost inaccessible without pulling the skid plate.. I was full of piss-n-vinegar, so I decided that I would remove the skid plate and just tackle it from there.. This is where things got a little dicey.. To reiterate a previous statement "I AM NOT A MECHANIC," but I was determined to remove that skid plate.. My saving grace here was that I had the where-with-all to place a box underneath the skid plate because I had no idea how heavy she was to be.. I loosened that last bolt on the Driver side and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed what appeared to be the entire underbelly of my baby falling down.. I damn near crapped my self, but was able to hold the plate with my foot and re-install the remainder of the bolts..
Moral of the story: Don't be afraid to make fun of yourself and if you are a noob like me; find a mechanic!
The good news: I made a new mechanic friend who first laughed at me and then promptly installed my new exhaust welded up and all! The systems sounds incredible, but I haven't had it long enough to give a real "write-up" on any performance gains.. I did notice that my intake seems to suck a little quicker in the throttle when compared to the stock exhaust! I got a killer deal on the exhaust as well!!
I feel a little better now!