I am proud to say that the install went very well...all that was needed were ramps and a space in my garage...lol. It took me about 2 hours since it was my first time removing the stock fascia and 2nd plastic panel underneath it. The stock fascia has a few plastic clips along the bottom that pull out and 2 are reused in each corner of Norm's valence. On each side on the stock fascia, there is a metal clip on one of the insert tabs. They need to be removed and then reused on Norm's fascia. The 2nd plastic piece underneath is held in by 4 bolts and is really easy to remove. You might have to shave a bit off of a few tabs on Norm's piece to get it in there snug. Also, when attaching the 3" band clamp, make sure that the side with the nut and bolts is not facing downwards, as it may bottom out and damage the system if you run over a pothole or ditch by accident.
Now for the piece of art. The SOLO RCD has fantastic welds and its of top construction and workmanship. In the end, it sat perfectly and looks as though it is part of the fascia...that's how perfect it fit. Some advice on the install...after installing the Y-pipe and rear section loosely, push upwards on the collector near the Y and tighten as it is being pushed or held upwards...this helps to align the tips and prevent them from touching the fascia. The tips on mine were about 1/4" - 1/2" away from the fascia and look perfect.
Below I will include the directions that Jeff sent me to install the kit. Again, his service was top notch and he said I could call at any time during the install for assistance. Here are the directions he sent me:
1) Take out o2 sensor with a 7/8 wrench or 22ml wrench.
2) Take nuts off front pipe. Two of them at 15ml.
3) Pull down on rear exhaust system. When the 4 rubber hangers stretch, squirt soapy water into the rubber where the hangers go. You could use WD40 or grease but that would not be to good for the rubbers. It starts to deteriorate them. Using a fair size channel lock pliers, squeeze the backside of the rubber and the hanger rod. This will push the hanger knob into the rubber. Start all 4 like this. Then using a long screw driver or pry-bar take off the two front hangers (the two closest to the engine). The two rear ones are still in and will support the system while prying. From here you can actually pull the system out of the rear two hangers or pry them out.
4) Reuse the stock gasket and studs if you can.
5) Bolt on the front pipe, making sure it's centered and square on the gasket.
6) Take appropriate floor pan bolt out and install Solo's extra front hanger.
7) Put O2 sensor back in. Make sure and twist the wire counterclockwise several times before screwing it in clockwise.
8) Use the 3" band clamp and a stand to support the y pipe section. Don't tighten the band clamp just snug it. There may be some small gaps between the sections. This is OK, the band clamps will seal any of these gaps when they are tightened. The y pipe is not reversible. When put on properly it points slightly upward.
9) Hang the rear muffler section. When hung properly you should just be able to get a finger in between the rear hanger that goes through the rubber and the rear valence.
10) Take care to center the tips and then tighten the 2 1/2" band clamps.
11) Tighten the 3" band clamp fully while making sure the tips are still centered.
12) Drive away and enjoy......
Here are the pictures of the kit installed on my car:
I just want to reiterate how AMAZING and SPOT ON the sound is!!! As Jeff told me himself over the telephone, if the MACH system sound level was a 2 and the Street Race system was an 8, this system is right in the middle at a 5. There is no droan and it never becomes unbearable or annoying. Radio?....what's a radio? LOL
SOLO RCD- Highway
SOLO RCD- Driving Around Town
SOLO RCD- Idle and Rev