The pipe "improves" the sound and increases performance by about 2bhp.
Thought I'd report back on fitting the silenced cat-rep pipe from
Moto-Build this weekend.
I did this on Saturday morning (seeing as it was dry) lying on the
driveway under the car. I didn't have a suitable jack so I didn't bother
with that and it wasn't a problem.
The undertray came off no problem. I've seen it done many times at
dealers but didn't appreciate how long it would take without an air-gun!
I sprayed WD40 all over the cat's 6 bolts and left it for a few minutes
while I checked my tyre pressures. The car is 13 months old at 23.5k
miles and the bolts were rusty but not badly corroded.
The bolts were pretty well stuck but after a couple of minutes the
first bolt started to move and after that the rest came off reasonably
easily. The last one (as always) was a complete bugger. It had the worst
access which only allowed a small degree of movement at the wrench.
After about another 10 minutes the last bolt came off and I was feeling
rather proud of myself.
I didn't realise that I'd have another 15 minutes struggling to
actually remove the cat from the exhaust system but eventually it came
away and that was the end of the hard work.
The replacement pipe is just the right size and after a little
messing about getting it lined up the right way and sliding the gaskets
in, it bolted in in a few minutes. After this I started the engine to
make sure it wasn't leaking and after it had warmed up a little I
tightened the bolts once more.
The undertray went back on without a problem and that was that.
All-in-all it took 2 hours to do the job.
Due to other commitments over the weekend I didn't get to drive the
car for over 24 hours which was torture! But it was worth it, it sounds
lovely without being intrusive on the motorway and there's more power
available right across the rev-range. It also revs a couple of hundred
RPM higher and 2nd gear has seen the rev-limiter more than a few times
It's good to get your hands dirty now and again ;-)
Tools I used:
Socket set: 6mm, 10mm, 15m, 17mm
Spanner: 15mm, 17mm
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