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    Re: Cheapest place to buy new muffler?

    That's what I did. $125 and it took about two hours. Local independent muffler specialist did a great job on my 1990.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flecker View Post
    Well have you shopped around at muffler shops and gotten quotes to just have them bend you up and weld one together?

    Given the nature of finding parts for these vans, that will probably be the route you'll have to go.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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    Re: Cheapest place to buy new muffler?

    Hey ncbrock. Any chance you could tell me what size the muffler is? When I bought my 91 Masterace Surf the old exhaust had been replaced with junk pipe and no muffler so i don't know what size i need.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbrock View Post
    The link you supplied is an exhaust for a Corolla.

    I just went through this process and here is my two cents: I bought a Walker replacement muffler, I think it's one of the only brands left that's a direct replacement. It was just the muffler so I did have to cut the existing muffler off and weld the new one on. All the hangers lined up perfect and it was a really easy job, I couldn't see a muffler shop charging more than $75 to make 1 cut and 1 weld for this. The muffler is OEM quiet and I love that I can't hear it. However, this muffler is only 5 months old and its already falling apart. It started leaking at the seams and almost every weld. I live in NC so there's no snow/ice/salt either. I'm tired of welding it back up and I'm about to replace the whole exhaust system with something nice/stainless that I fabricate.

    Conclusion: I would take the van to a reputable exhaust shop and have them bend/weld up an exhaust. I'd try and find an OEM type stainless muffler around the same inlet/outlet diameter and location and supply it to the shop, unless they have some in stock.

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    What's the best option to replace an muffler these days? The walker ones I can't seem to find in stock for my 1985 van. Is it best to just go to a muffler shop and have them weld a basic one on?
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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Quote Originally Posted by bushcat View Post
    What's the best option to replace an muffler these days? The walker ones I can't seem to find in stock for my 1985 van. Is it best to just go to a muffler shop and have them weld a basic one on?
    There's some ("more than ten available") Walker Direct Fit SoundFX Muffler 18411 currently on eBay HERE.

    Gwen

    EDIT As of now (less than 24 hours later), they are no longer in stock. Either someone screwed up and there weren't any in the first place, or they sold like hotcakes. If they did exist, hopefully they all went to forum members and not some scalper ...
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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Has anyone seen any new, complete mufflers for sale in 2021?

    I've searched all over and called many auto parts stores, no one seems to make them anymore or have any inventory. Walker stopped making them from my understanding.

    I'm personally looking for one for a 1986, 2WD, Manual

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Check this one out-

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/255025597506

    shoot them a email with your van specs to confirm fitment.

    JDM

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Thanks, but I'm looking for the full muffler with pipe and flange that I can bolt on after the CAT

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Aaaah maybe take it to the muffler shop and have them make it?? I have a custom MagnaFlow dual exhaust on my Suburban that needed new pipes and Mike the Pipe the shop owner (Mike) hooked it up for 1/2 the price of other shops!!!

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    I did find this website that lists one for sale for $360 ($408 after shipping and tax) - I don't know if they actually have it in stock

    https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/oem/...430-73090.html

    How much would you say a typical muffler shop price would be?

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    It's been about 4-6 years so I'm sure the rate will be different now but he did both pipes for $280 plus tax. Tear out the old pipes, reroute/bend the new ones and add new chrome tips.

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    I took my van to Ballard Muffler (not actually in ballard. Up on Aurora) a few months back to get the muffler replaced. I think it was around $400 for parts and labor. Made a huge difference in the van. The old muffler had completely detached, so it wasn't effective at all. It wasn't an OEM part or anything, but it seems to work well enough. But fwiw, I never had a different working muffler on this van to compare it to. But happy with the work.

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    Thanks for the input. With repair parts dwindling, this has pretty much become the only viable option. Thankfully the van uses the same exhaust components as many other vehicles, so this is a good way to go.

    I'm working on a project right now installing air bags on a cargo van with leaf springs. Unfortunately the DS air bag will occupy the same place as the exhaust, so I'm removing the exhaust from behind the cat. After the air bags are installed I'll be taking it down for some custom exhaust work. Tim

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    I feel like there's got to be a full bolt on muffler out there similar in size and shape with the same curve to get over the axle. Then you could just make a cut and add or remove length somewhere with a pipe extensions and some ubolts

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    Re: Replacing the Muffler

    My muffler fell off after it rusted out, for now I've decided to repair and use it.

    I used a "flexible exhaust repair kit" size 1 3/4" made by Nickson at O'Reilly Auto Parts, it was $8. It only comes with one ubolt, so you need to buy another 1 3/4" ubolt, which is around $3

    https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c...it/nic0/540275

    I needed to have a curve to the repair, so I used this flexible pipe, otherwise I would have just used a straight "exhaust connector" with ubolts.

    I cut off the excess rusted areas on both parts of the muffler with a sawzall and then used and angle grinder and grinder wheel to smooth it out.

    This is air tight and will last until the muffler rusts more past the ubolts. Good cheap fix for a about a year or so, or if you need something to pass emission tests
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