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Old 02-16-2007, 10:25 AM   #61
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Pre-turbo, I think I disconnected mid-pipe back, but post-turbo, I've taken the whole exhaust off.
I have issues with the 3-bolt flange off the stock manifold... so I usually remove the stock manifold and detach the midpipe from the cat to pull the two out together. Takes roughly 15 minutes.
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:06 AM   #62
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how did you guys get the drain/check plug off to refill the tranny? mine wont budge at all... will liquid wrench help at all? also, is there a specific tool to get it off?
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:34 AM   #63
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Liquid wrench could help. All the research i've read says to use a 9/16" 8pt socket available at places like Napa as it isn't a common socket. It should fit tight on that square plug and allow you to use a cheater bar with the ratchet.
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:39 AM   #64
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I used a big *** cresent wrench
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:42 AM   #65
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I used a big *** cresent wrench
ditto.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:48 AM   #66
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I think also a specific size 12-point socket will fit... but I forget which. Maybe 16mm.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:48 PM   #67
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im still stuck on this thing. broke 2 14mm wrenches. any other tips? what size crescent wrenches did you guys usE? also, how about a vise grip? would that work? this is the only thing holding me back from getting my baby on the road and tuned! pls help!
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Liquid wrench could help. All the research i've read says to use a 9/16" 8pt socket available at places like Napa as it isn't a common socket. It should fit tight on that square plug and allow you to use a cheater bar with the ratchet.
The napa I went to (2 of them) don't care those anymore.

I also called my local mazda dealer and they couldn't tell me b/c they didn't know...********.
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done! vise grip got da job done! well... it was a long week and 1 day, but got it done... started 2 sundays ago and went through monday, wednesday, thursday, saturday, sunday, and finished it on monday(just now) its not hard like they all say, but be prepared! use liquid wrench, label ****, and yeah... i found a nail in my tire, so gotta get that fixed tomorrow... 499.8 miles to go before tuning!
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I just wanted to say thanks for this thread Sam. I printed it out, read it over a few times, and went at the job Saturday morning at 8. By 5pm the car had a substantially stronger clutch and one extra gear.

Thanks again for the writeup.
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:19 AM   #71
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tranny bolts are a bitch esp the ones at the top, and i broke my idler sensor...didnt see it snapped the wires clean off, 45$ to the dealership.
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tranny bolts are a bitch esp the ones at the top

I left those for last. Once I had the trans disconnected from the PPF and the motor tilted back, I blasted them with an impact gun connected to a couple of wobble extensions. I let the trans slide back onto my chest and that was that.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:24 PM   #73
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i used a 1/2" breaker to bust them loose, then the impact to spin them out
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:45 PM   #74
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aha lucky, all i have are hand tools...PIA took forever i was going nuts, arms were spazing out haha because weird position, i only jacked the car up like so i could fit underneath. I think i mite destroy my garden, build a tall garage beside my garage and throw a lift in there. But dad will be paying for it
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