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    Thread: VW "wedge tool" to remove exhaust spring clamps... Anyone got 'em?

    1. 12-30-2003 02:15 PM #1
      I've gotta replace the bushings and relay "ball" in my sloppy shifter mechanism. Does anyone have the VW "wedge tool" required to remove the spring clamps that hold the exhaust downpipe to the manifold? If so, would you be willing to loan (or sell) 'em to me?

      Barring that, does anyone know where to get them for cheap OR if there's a substitute tool that will work?

      (i performed a search on "wedge" and "spring clamp" with no result.)

      thanks!


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      12-30-2003 02:38 PM #2
      ive heard prise em off with big screwdriver/pry bar...and to refit em put em in a vise and wedge a bolt in there
      good luck..mine your fingers

    3. 12-30-2003 02:40 PM #3
      see my post on this thread...
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1169622

      (text pasted here)
      removing the exhust clamps....
      I had a shop do this before I had the goody spreader tool (yeah - Im a took junkie)

      I asked them how they do it...

      When the car is up on the lift - stick a S hook and a lenght of chain on the bottom home. Form a loop in the chain with another S hook. Stand on it - remove.
      Same to replace... doh...

      ----

      also there is a tool for it - see Rocky Mountian or Google for VW tools

      http://www.zdmak.com/vw%20tool.htm
      http://www.handsontools.com/st...34997

      I think Adirondak can get em too

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      Oh yeah - if all you want to do is R&R the shifter - you can move the pipe outta the way w/o removing the spring clips - I did anyways.... car was up on stands on a gravel driveway where I also dug out a trench to work in the mud... that was fun


      Modified by ewongkaizen at 7:42 PM 12-30-2003


    4. 12-30-2003 02:42 PM #4
      Last time I pulled them off (when I changed to dual downpipe), I just pryed them off.

      Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but I think I remember somebody on here earlier saying they took an exhaust clamp and used it to somehow function as a spreader.

      Anyroad, one option that I know works is to rent the proper tool. Rapid Parts has a nice spreader they rent out. I used it myself once and it works pretty well.


    5. 12-30-2003 03:04 PM #5
      Mine was SUPER easy to seperate...
      The guy that had it b4 the guy I bought it from... ... I think...

      Used 2 small C clamps and tied them up with a piece of wire. No special springs, stinkin C clamps. ha ha ha


    6. 12-30-2003 03:14 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by vwgti1986 »
      Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but I think I remember somebody on here earlier saying they took an exhaust clamp and used it to somehow function as a spreader.

      In the thead I linked to above...

      Use a U bolt with the "bar"
      inserted the ubolt and the bar with the nuts BELOW the bar and used em to spread the C clamp... ingenius but maybe a bit cramped.... low budget however


    7. 12-31-2003 02:27 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Gridlocked »
      Mine was SUPER easy to seperate...
      The guy that had it b4 the guy I bought it from... ... I think...

      Used 2 small C clamps and tied them up with a piece of wire. No special springs, stinkin C clamps. ha ha ha

      i'm not quite clear on that explanation... could you elaborate?


    8. 12-31-2003 02:35 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by CeeElle »

      i'm not quite clear on that explanation... could you elaborate?

      The C clamps were there in place of the spring clamps, not a means for removal.


    9. 12-31-2003 02:39 AM #9
      This is what I used.


    10. 12-31-2003 02:42 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by 87JettaKid »
      This is what I used.

      dat's what I'm thinking of.


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      12-31-2003 02:44 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by 87JettaKid »
      This is what I used.


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      12-31-2003 03:31 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by 87JettaKid »
      This is what I used.

      you deserve a for your contribution to the mk2 comunity.
      cheers


    13. 12-31-2003 09:26 AM #13
      WARNING if your clamps are very rusty, replace them. I was using a homemade spreader and a clamp snapped in the middle. The half that was over the U bolt landed in the street about 75 feet away LOTS of energy stored there. Point it away from yourself and wear safety glasses.

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      12-31-2003 01:25 PM #14
      yeah theyre only like 3 bucks at napa

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      12-31-2003 03:29 PM #15
      you don't HAVE to drop the exhaust to get the shift box out. you CAN squeeze it out the side, i did.

    16. 12-31-2003 05:03 PM #16
      Yes, If your C clamps are rusty, its best idea to get new ones. While taking mine off one snapped on me, but no harm done.

      Hamster, it's definately possible to get the shift box out from underneath without dropping the exhaust. Pending you have a stock 2.25" exhaust. My gti had a few problems with getting the shift box out, the exhaust diameter was too large.


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      12-31-2003 06:35 PM #17
      i suppose a 2.5" exhaust might be an issue, lol. if you drop the exhaust and don't have a down downpipe might be a good time for that as well. not that it makes tha tmuch difference, but one thing you already have done for the process....

    18. 12-31-2003 08:04 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by 87JettaKid »
      This is what I used.

      that's brilliant! thanks!


    19. 01-04-2004 10:58 PM #19
      Try this-----------

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      10-09-2011 05:43 PM #20
      I had a run in with that damn infamous exhaust clamp. The muffler clamp was so easy. took me 5mins total. Thanks

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