by Andy Reeves
Date Added: Thursday 17 October, 2013
Read before you buy! Having read many reviews, I speak for October 2013. I have an MK2.5 on a 2005 plate. If you're considering getting the likes of Kwik Fit or National Tyres to carry out this work, check before you buy, you could try Halfords or a local mechanic. You really can do it yourself fairly easy if you try below before you buy. I did mine from a standard 2 tonne jack and some axle stands. The most difficult task is removing the two nuts. Mine were rusted lock tight! Spay the nuts with a good Specialist Release Penetrate, I used standard WD-40 but there are better ones on the market, spray for several hours before you attempt the replacement. The nuts are M12 and the pitch is 1.5. Various other reviews speak of different sizes. You will struggle to get these if you damage them, if MX-5 Spares cannot supply them do not bother with Screwfix, Kwik Fit, B&Q, Car Part suppliers etc as they do not supply a 1.5 pitch. Mazda can supply them but you'll need to order them in, try a local fastenings supplier if MX-5 Parts do not have any in. Once spayed, gently try to release them, if they do not budge, try more penetration. If they still do not budge, enquire at a local car mechanics or do as I did; I rounded the edges and fitted an under sized imperial ratchet by hammering it in place and brutally removed them with all my might
Check the rubber mounts, order three new ones if they look worn
Make sure you order a rear exhaust silencer Gasket (ask which type if you're unsure) If you're in any doubt, send Mark an email and he'll send you links if you're unsure. He is very helpful
You can now order your exhaust and have the confidence the work will be completed in no time. Fit the mounts to your exhaust then carry out the installation
This is a quality exhaust and the sound is nice but not unruly. You can now fit an induction kit!