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Hi all

The flex pipe is well and truly worn out on my exhaust but it is the one piece original exhaust from the factory which included the front pipe and cat. I have heard of some people replacing just the flex but have not been able to find any exhaust place willing to tackle the job. Has anybody successfully done this job themselves? BTW: I got rid of my welder when I stopped buying Ford Escorts so don't have any welding gear anymore.

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A shame you got rid of your welding gear, it always comes in handy... I left mine behind when i moved to the UK and hate the fact that they now don't want to take on welding jobs... and when they do they charge an arm and a leg ( basically charge you for at least 1 hour of their time even if they manage to do it in minutes)

How i solved that problem on my daily was as simple as this... went online to eBay found B&M catalytic converters and exhausts and bought the cheapest one they had available... this was 4 years ago car has passed every single emission test with the cheapest replacement they had available... sure i could've paid for the more expensive one that was certified ( also sold by them) but it would be a waste of money as they used the same setup and materials, the only difference is that one had to be certified by the manufacturer so is more expensive

PS i sold the oem front pipe with the bad flexi to the scrappy ( yes they still do it, just have to tell them what the reg. number from the car it came off) and i got 60 pounds back so all in all the pipe costed me 85 something so in total it was a 25 pound pipe.... cheaper than buying the flexi and paying someone to weld it on for me.
 

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PS i sold the oem front pipe with the bad flexi to the scrappy ( yes they still do it, just have to tell them what the reg. number from the car it came off) and i got 60 pounds back so all in all the pipe costed me 85 something so in total it was a 25 pound pipe.... cheaper than buying the flexi and paying someone to weld it on for me.
That is interesting to know you can get that much money back for your old CAT. I thought you might have been able to get £10 or so back but £60 is worth swapping the whole thing.

I don't like the idea of letting somebody else do any welding on my car either as most places don't disconnect the alternator and then kill the diodes in it. I was looking at the clamp on flexi pipes but have my reservations about them.
 
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