Re: New Sammy owner - a few questions
that spring/bolt assembly is there for a reason. it allows the rear part of the exhaust system to flex independently of the front section. if you defeat the pupose of that flex joint, you will likely get a failure just ahead of that joint. happenned on my 89 sidekick several months after a muffler shop cut off a rotted flange on my old original cat, and welded the rear part of the system to it. no more flex. i looked at it and immediately thought it was a recipe for trouble later. sure enough, half a year later there was a fatigue crack just downwind from the new weld. it needs that flex. i bought the necessary parts and recreated the flex joint myself, and solved the problem. i have since replaced the cat for a new one. over the years i have learned that every hangar and bolt on that system, sidekick anyway, is essential, to keep other sections from falling apart later. i really hate to pay people to do crap work on my car. i guess that's part of why most of us here prefer to do the work ourselves. so most of us are not mechanics, and we can do a better job on our vehicles than certified mechanics, that we pay to do it right in the first place. what's up with that? keep the bolts, and make sure that the spring goes on the right side, such that the joint can flex. you don't want to tighten the connection down all the way. maybe leave a half inch of spring or so. the spring goes on the bolt first, then start to thread it into the hole. you may need a washer on top of the spring. replacement kits are available from parts stores. best of luck mate.