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Anybody aware of differences in exhaust to cat pipe mounting on late 96 and 97 cars as opposed to early 96 and previous cars?. Last time I replaced exhaust it was rather urgent and hurried and only option was official Alfa part as all exhaust factors only stocked exhausts which had push in front pipe whereas mine has bolt on flange.It was £420(from Kwikfit who got it from dealer and knocked £20 off) and appaling quality and two years later is on it's way again.This time I want to be ready! Experience of replacement standard or performance exhausts would be appreciated if you have had one on the very last cars(mine was registered in Aug.97). Do stainless ones sound different?
In adverts Supersprint quote a price for back box - mine is in one piece from cat back?
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I'm replying to myself but unfortunately don'y know the answer.
somebody must have late car that they've replaced exhaust on. help me please
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Hi there, I may not have an answer to your question, but hopefully have some answers (or opinions !) to exhaust questions.

I've also got a '97 'R' and my centre section is going.

£420 is absurd. It should be more like £200. (I assume that it was the exhaust only and not the cat as well ?)

Please please, don't EVER buy an exhaust (or anything else for that matter) from Kwik Fit. Their products can best be described as absolute rubbish.

As far as I know, the early 155s had a 'sleeve' mount from the cat-exhaust. The later ones had a 3 bolt 'flange' type - which are much easier when it comes to changing.

If you still need an exhaust, please email me as I have a friend how works for an Italian car specialist and may be able to get you an exhaust at a reduced price.

I'm in London, whereabouts are you?

Also, the standard 155 exhaust comes in one complete unit (centre section and back box.)

After-market systems sell them as separate 'centre' and ‘back box' units. If you buy just a back box from say Supersprint, you will have to cut your old back box off (literally, with a hacksaw) and then sleeve fit the Supersprint one on (which is fairly easy.)

Remus also does a back box (£240 or thereabouts) which has a nice twin 3" tail pipe. Remus offers a lifetime guarantee on their products and in my opinion are exceptional build quality and awesome, but subtle noise.

Hope this help!

Stay away from Kwik Fit !

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Hi Newcombe. I see you are from Leeds. I have had a full stainless including cat replacement pipe built for mine in Sheffield for £300! It is a bit noisy, but sounds great! It wouldn't sound do loud if I didn't have a K&N on it as well. The company that built it was Ascar Exhausts. If you tell them, I put you in touch, they will do a discount Have a look at www.exhaustsuk.co.uk
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I had the owner of a local garage (a friend's dad) and my Alfa Specialist advise me against a stainless system. Whether it was because they wouldn't get any money from me if I bought one...

The reasons they quoted were - likelihood of frequent weld repairs (is Stainless isn't as flexible as mild steel), noise (SS is more resonant than std) and the fact that even though the casing will last for ever, the noise insulation in the silencers will deteriorate. Apparently, to overcome the last problem, you can get boxes that come apart for the replacement of the insulation.

Because of these reasons, I went for a genuine Alfa exhaust from my Local Alfa specialist - it came to £380 fitted. (!)

In hindsight, I wish I'd done two things. 1) Contacted Sedici for a discount from his friend and
2) Ignored everyone else and considered a stainless more carefully, then I wouldn't have the same hassle a couple of years on...

Good luck with your decision!


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thanks for advice. have also heard stainless exhausts sound different and often snap at welds.My last exhaust was official alfa part(without cat) but supplied by Kwikfit only because they could do it when I wanted and knocked £20 off a quote from dealer.First one lasted two years and this one has lasted about same.I want original sound - burbly but not droning on motorways. I remember my first mini - £16.95 complete!!
Reckon I have about a month to decide - back box has taken on consistency of perforated tin foil.
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Alfashop in Ipswich are now importing the original equipment Descam exhausts. The prices are much cheaper than main dealers. Unfortunately I don't have a phone number handy, but they advertise in Auto Italia.


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