A little background. 1996 spider 6 spd. I am running Tubi headers, evoflow cats and a tubi exhaust. At first it sounded fine, then when the top went down I noticed it was a little raspy, and had a small exhaust leak. I put the car on the lift to change the oil and check out the exhaust. it was leaking around the clamp that goes on the end of the CAT. One side was broken (I tried welding it previously, but I think it had been overtorqued and mangled too much).
I decided to remove the bumper and the muffler to evaluate the entire system. I ordered new clamps and gaskets for the bypass. I have a couple of questions:
1. When I tighten the system, the exhaust hangers seem to pull the end of the exhaust up, and that puts pressure on clamps that were broken. Should I leave the round donuts loose and tighten from the end back towards the header? I barely have any clearance between the cat and the motor mounts. I really think the new clamps will solve most of these issues, and I probably should have bought them originally instead of trying to weld them.
2. I have a stock muffler in very good condition. I have never heard a 355 with a stock muffler. I am thinking of trying it out. Is it really that bad of a sound? I am not a loud muffler guy, I like a good sound, but I hate leaks, raspy tone, and rattles. \
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.