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Old November 16th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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Fitting a 2000 S Muffler on a 2001 Base

Hi Folks,

I found a person selling a used 2000 Boxster S muffler for an interesting price. Since I have a base 2001 model (unmodified in any way), my questions are:
  1. Can I just bring it to a local Porsche mechanic and have them swap out my current muffler with the S model one without any complexity?
  2. Do I need any additional parts and have to watch out for anything?
  3. Will I gain any HP from this change?
  4. Will the car sound better?
Attached is the picture of what's being sold. The muffler is detached after the catalytic converter, and seems to be pretty simple to swap with my naive understanding of things.

Thank you for any inputs, and you guys at Babblers rocks!!!
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Old November 16th, 2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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Hi Folks,

I found a person selling a used 2000 Boxster S muffler for an interesting price. Since I have a base 2001 model (unmodified in any way), my questions are:
  1. Can I just bring it to a local Porsche mechanic and have them swap out my current muffler with the S model one without any complexity?
    yes or do it yourself....not very difficult at all...
  2. Do I need any additional parts and have to watch out for anything?
    No
  3. Will I gain any HP from this change?
    No
  4. Will the car sound better?
    marginally at best but probably not
Attached is the picture of what's being sold. The muffler is detached after the catalytic converter, and seems to be pretty simple to swap with my naive understanding of things.

Thank you for any inputs, and you guys at Babblers rocks!!!
IF you are after better sound, you could have your stock muffler modified...
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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks you for the quick reply, DocDanracy!

Actually, I like the looks of the twin pipe muffler of the S model. I thought if I get improved performance and sound along with the change, it'll be a cream on the top!

I should get below the muffler tonight to see how it comes off and on before committing to the purchase.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:05 PM   #4
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it is a fairly easy job with common tools that most have around...
first time might take you an hour or so...
after that it is an easy 30 minute job
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Old November 16th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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The most likely problem you will encounter is removing bolts with 9 years of rust. You may want to start applying some penetrating oil like PB Blaster and WD-40 for a few days before trying to remove them.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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All good advices! Thank you and I greatly appreciate the inputs! I think I am going to start lifting some dumbbells in preparation for using my muscles with this potential project too.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #7
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when you get the muffler loose, I would support it with a floor jack...that way you can let it down gently...also use the floor jack to help support the new muffler as you begin the install.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #8
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It is easier if you remove the bumper as the muffler has to slide backwards to remove. The U shaped pipes that connect to the muffler can be tough to get off and then back on.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #9
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you can remove the bumper if you really want something else to reinstall, but it isn't needed at all.
I have done 4 of them and have left the rear bumper in place on all of them...
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Old November 18th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #10
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Hi Dan,

I have to slightly disagree with you here.
Getting the exhaust off can be done with the bumper on, but getting it back on is a MAJOR pain in the a**

I also did around 5 or 6 of these swaps so far (the damn bolts on my GHL kept breaking and needed to be welded), until I finally settled for the DocDan exhaust mod :-)
For the last swap I took the rear bumper off and found it overall MUCH easier.
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