Fitted my decat downpipe today!
took longer than I expected... Most of the nuts came undone nicely, but that b**tard V-Clamp between the downpipe and the turbo was a lil'bu**er to get off... Took prying, WD40, and a few encouraging nudges with a hammer before it let go with a big 'ol clunk...
Putting it back together was fun too... Slipping the V-clamp over the new part, whilst sandwiching that thin sheet metal gasket in place... Any proper mechanics got some tips for V-clamps?
Gave the turbine a fingering whilst I wsa in there, no play whatsoever (not that I suspected any) and turned free as a bird! Got it all back together aligned nicely and nipped up nice and tight! Pretty much destroyed my cheapo socket wrench though, so I'll be after an upgraded set now!
Also gave the top heat-shield a few coats of satin black Plastikote, inspired by Damien!
Short test drive (oh HELLO turbo
), and back home..
Then, gave her a wash and clayed the windscreen! Busy day in the garage