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  Road legal at last

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.

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.

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First trip after the MOT.  Even got snow to play in! Back to work - a membrane on the doors prevent water damage on the door trim The hub nut needed tightening slightly
First trip after the MOT. Even got snow to play in! Back to work - a membrane on the doors prevent water damage on the door trim The hub nut needed tightening slightly
The old 7mm HT leads were not particularly efficient... ...so in go a set of Magnecor KV85 8.5mm competition leads I managed to get hold of an 11 months used stainless steel sports exhaust cheap
The old 7mm HT leads were not particularly efficient... ...so in go a set of Magnecor KV85 8.5mm competition leads I managed to get hold of an 11 months used stainless steel sports exhaust cheap
The mild steel headers had been baked in mud but were in good condition underneath A few hours with a wire brush equipped grinder and they were quite respectable... ...even more so with a few coats of high temperature paint
The mild steel headers had been baked in mud but were in good condition underneath A few hours with a wire brush equipped grinder and they were quite respectable... ...even more so with a few coats of high temperature paint
Exhaust wrap helps keep the engine bay temperature down The old manifolds and exhaust were removed Many items had to be removed to fit the new headers in
Exhaust wrap helps keep the engine bay temperature down The old manifolds and exhaust were removed Many items had to be removed to fit the new headers in
After 200 miles this is how the old painted downpipes looked The gaskets were still re-usable after 200 miles since the rebuild For long term reliability I opted to re-use the bolts instead of studs
After 200 miles this is how the old painted downpipes looked The gaskets were still re-usable after 200 miles since the rebuild For long term reliability I opted to re-use the bolts instead of studs
The headers were loosely fastened while the rest of the exhaust was lined up Once the exhaust was aligned it was all tightened up... ...and everything was reconnected
The headers were loosely fastened while the rest of the exhaust was lined up Once the exhaust was aligned it was all tightened up... ...and everything was reconnected
It growls! While removed, the airflow meter mount got painted.  The suspension turret will be soon! Lots of smoke on first start up while the paint and wrap burn in
It growls! While removed, the airflow meter mount got painted. The suspension turret will be soon! Lots of smoke on first start up while the paint and wrap burn in
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