Re: muffler in the way
Clamp the flange in a vice between two pieces of wood and bend the pipe until you get the clearance you need. If your pipe/muffler is chromed then using heat will ruin the plating. It can be bent cold all you need is a little arm strength and patience. Don't be too aggresive just tweak a little at a time until things fit.
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