Date Added: Monday 30 December, 2002
2001 Mk 2.5 Facelift 1.6
My wife ordered the exhaust at 11:30 on the 23rd December as a surprise for me. Imagine my pleasant surprise on Xmas Eve when I got home from work and it was waiting for me! 10 out of 10 for despatch and delivery.
I put the car up on ramps, squirted WD40 on the three rubber hangers and the two nuts and then went for a cup of tea.
To remove the old back box took no more than twenty minutes. The hardest part was getting the knack of slipping the rubber hangers off. Flat bladed screwdriver and lever the hooked ends of the hanger rods into the rubbers and then a bit of pulling and tugging.
I made a template of the r/h bumper 'cut out' with a piece of paper and a pencil. I then fitted the exhaust to the pipe and the rubber hangers, marked either side of the l/h tail pipe on the bumper, removed exhaust, reversed the template and marked the bumper. I used a pair of cheap tin snips that I had to cut the plastic and made a smooth cut. The removed piece can be glued back in if ever car is returned to standard. Not that it's noticable.
Refitted the new back box, very easy. Even used the three 'doughnuts' at the ends of the hanger rods.
I got away with using the old seal/gasket as I couldn't get a new one in time. It doesn't leak and if it had, it's an easy job to fit a new one. Undo two nuts and pull.
Got the car off the ramps and WOW! This is what the car should have looked like from the showroom.
Sounds nice at idle and up to about 2000 rpm. Nice deep tone. Higher rpm and the Monster Flow Induction kit that's fitted, starts to take over. NICE. Havn't done too many miles at higher revs yet to know what it's like, but very satisfied so far.
The quality of the exhaust is excellent. The actual back box appears to have been born rather than welded together. All in all, a nice bit of kit.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]