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Hi,

I've just discovered that the 3" downpipe I bought recently will require a spacer kit for the chassis brace bars that run underneath it. If anyone hwas one lying around or has experience of DIY methods to solve the issue, please let me know.

I've thought about a set of packing washers but, not sure on the integrity of these...

The cars a VII for info.

Thanks in advance,

Paul
 

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Depends on the downpipe and the cat back system. Some downpipes have a flattened section where the brace bars sit.
 

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I found the bolts from the engine mounts of a derv escort van were slightly longer as well :D some people only put them on with a few turns, that will shear the thread quite easily through tough abuse.
 

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I was told I'd need their 'fitting kit' and to flatten the pipe by this particular vendor.
I can't see the point in buying a 3" exhaust section only to flatten part of it down to less that 3"...
I'll go and buy a bag of appropriate washers and fit as many as needed.

Looking at the Milltek system fitting instructions(not the one I have), the spacing is quite small. I can also just make out the spacers in an ebay ad for one of their downpipes and they look to be fairly shallow...

Paul
Depends on the downpipe and the cat back system. Some downpipes have a flattened section where the brace bars sit.
 

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It's the TSL one.

I'd replace the bolts, with longer stainless items as a precautionary step anyway. They last longer that way too. :smthumbup
From a quick glance, they look like an M8 bolt but, I'll check the ones on there now regardless.

Paul
What downpipe is it you have? You will more than likely need slightly longer bolts as others have posted.
 

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It's the TSL one.

I'd replace the bolts, with longer stainless items as a precautionary step anyway. They last longer that way too. :smthumbup
From a quick glance, they look like an M8 bolt but, I'll check the ones on there now regardless.

Paul
they are a 10mm metric fine mate. 1.25mm pitch (M10x1.25) not the normal 1.50mm pitch

i had to get longer bolts for mine (40mm) and make 3 15mm stainless spacers
 

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Thanks chaps. Might have known they wouldn't be a 'normal' type bolt... :D

I'd better start the hunt for bolts.

Paul
It's a 1.25 pitch thread, can't remember the actual bolt size.
they are a 10mm metric fine mate. 1.25mm pitch (M10x1.25) not the normal 1.50mm pitch

i had to get longer bolts for mine (40mm) and make 3 15mm stainless spacers
 
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