The beginning of February saw snow and an MOT, a first time pass I might add! The pleasure of a spin round the local snow covered country roads was a pleasure a long time coming! Even so, I was noticing little bits and pieces that need doing - there was a faint noise from the bearing, it didn't like the damp too much but new plugs and HT leads soon cured that.
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The Double S stainless steel sports exhaust was a lucky find on a Land Rover forum. For a third of the retail price I managed to get hold of a slightly used but perfectly serviceable unit which should give me a few more years service over the standard mild steel equivalent.
I was concerned to begin with after reading many horror stories about the fitting of after market stainless steel exhaust. My concern was unnecessary though as it turned out to be a very simple and easy system to fit. Slightly niggly to get the head bolts in, but I was reliably informed that while many people fit sports headers using studs for ease of alignment, they are more likely to loosen off over time. For this reason I decided it was better to have a bit more hassle to begin with but be sure that it was going to be more reliable in the long run.
It certainly sounds the business and despite my original reservations it is not at all intrusive in the vehicle when cruising. It does appear to rev easier and have a little more mid-range grunt now, although it is possible that this is due to the engine rebuild wearing in.