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Old 01-26-2022, 10:18 AM   #1
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Exhaust pipe broken supports

As recommended on this forum I crawled under my new Forester Classic 3051S to inspect & use zip ties to tidy wires. Overall, I was pleased with how things were. One major problem was the exhaust pipe between the catalytic converter & the muffler is suspended with J shaped brackets. Two of them were broken with subsequent small holes in the exhaust pipe. Of course it's under warranty. Do I take it to the RV dealer or try to find a Ford dealer? I have pictures but as a newbie to this forum I can't seem to post them
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Old 01-26-2022, 10:21 AM   #2
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Old 01-26-2022, 10:39 AM   #3
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take it to a independent muffler shop and just get it welded back in place. they can cut and splice it ,or you can buy a splicer at auto parts store and do it yourself. and a hanger. utube it its easy.
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Old 01-26-2022, 11:12 AM   #4
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Holy Pipes

From the photos it appears that the welds had good penetration so the first concern is to find what caused the hangars to be separated from the pipe. Considering the hangars are mounted in rubber it seems that there was a significant movement event at some point.

As far as repair goes, I’m pretty sure the exhaust is modified by a third party under Ford certification. That means that Ford is unlikely to address it. So to answer your question, I would suggest contacting FR and asking them how they want to address it. Because of the type of metal used for the pipe welding, if not done correctly, is not a good option.
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Old 01-26-2022, 11:36 AM   #5
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If it's the 2022 and still under warranty, you probably should take it back to the dealer for warranty work. They may send it out to a muffler shop, but your costs will be covered.
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Old 01-27-2022, 03:01 PM   #6
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yours had welds? mine didn't and they rattle like crazy till I strapped them down with Hose Clamps. More of that famous Forrest River quality.
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Old 01-27-2022, 03:28 PM   #7
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yours had welds? mine didn't and they rattle like crazy till I strapped them down with Hose Clamps. More of that famous Forrest River quality.
Did you see the photos in post #2?
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I did, it was more of a Rhetorical sarcastic question Duck..
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I did, it was more of a Rhetorical sarcastic question Duck..
I got that re the welds but I was wondering how you used hose clamps?
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Old 01-27-2022, 10:09 PM   #10
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Maybe someone welded them without authorization? That looks like aluminized pipe. That can get brittle when welded especially with MIG. That rod is a cheap way to hang the pipe. A full circle flat strap would be better. But I would make them fix it once anyway.
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Old 01-28-2022, 09:55 AM   #11
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Just took an old school steel interlock hose clamp x2, Wrapped around the Hanger ( the J portion) and exhaust pipe and tighten. 1 year and still going with no issues. I was worried about wear from vibration, but no issues so far. The issue above could be temp fixed with exhaust tape ( heat resistant) and secured the same way.
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Old 02-02-2022, 09:27 AM   #12
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those are brackets that Forest River installs. they can be easily rewelded back in place. if your unit is still under warranty you will need to take to your dealer to get it covered.
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Old 02-09-2022, 08:16 PM   #13
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Thanks all. RV dealer said it's under Ford warranty & I just needed to take it to Ford. But I contacted the western US Forest River rep Ryan Stratton (Class C Warranty Rep-West Coast) who was really helpful. He told me RV dealer was responsible, not Ford & FR would reimburse dealer. I forwarded Ryans email to the dealer who now will authorize Ford to do my repair & bill dealer! I have to go a bit out of town to get to a Fleet Ford dealer who can handle my rig, but that's fine. Moral of the story, contact Forest River directly!
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