53392 muffler doesn't fit 2001 4-cyl Solara

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I bought a 53392 muffler from Rock Auto along with 48319 and 55537 for my 2001 4-cylinder Toyota Solara. When I went to install it I discovered that the rear mounting rod was more than 2" too far towards the bottom of the muffler. I managed to bend it up a bit so that the muffler will fit and hang with the tailpipe about 1/2" from the bottom of the bumper but now the muffler hits the bottom of the car whenever the car moves a bit. Is there some solution to this? I am loathe to ship it back if it can be avoided.