Stock Exhaust Too Short?
I low-sided my 2001 going into a turn and ended up denting the left-side exhaust pipe right under the engine. I ordered a stock replacement off eBay, and the posting described it as coming off a 2002.
Fitted it up and everything was going fine, until I tried putting the muffler on (left side), and realized the hanger bracket doesn't line up with the mount/foot peg. It's short by about an inch, meaning if I push the muffler on all the way to the shoulder, then the hole in the muffler hanger is about an inch too far forward of the footpeg mount. If I back it off, so that the holes align, then the muffler isn't fully seated, and there's about an inch (maybe more) of pipe between the shoulder and the beginning of the muffler.
Any ideas what could cause the discrepancy?
Also, when I put the exhaust flanges/holders back on, they do not sit flush with the engine head, even when I tighten them down evenly. I can't remember if they originally sat flush, or not, and can't find a good picture online. The header flanges seem to be seated completely onto the exhaust port.