Sportex Exhaust

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Sportex Exhaust

Post by SpaceHopper » Thu May 07, 2020 9:35 am

Hi,

I replaced the standard exhaust with a Sportex 2" on my MK3 2.0 and now have some clearance issues. I read some similar posts here and just looking for guidance on the best way forward.

The exhaust is crazy close to the rear tyre and just as close to the leaf springs which will certainly knock when driving. The rubbers are all new and the centre box is straight but I still have the problem. I emailed the company I purchased the exhaust form and they said in 20 years of selling these Sportex exhausts they have never heard of this problem.

My first thought was to play with the overlap on the rear section and see what that gives but fully open to ideas. I wasn't expecting a perfect fit but 1cm clearance, either way, is worrying.
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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by D366Y » Thu May 07, 2020 10:21 am

Mine was obscenely close to the tyre and was occasionally rubbing - being 17 at the time the easiest solution was to hit the exhaust with a hammer to flatten that section off and keep it away from the tyre :lol:

The only other thing I remember doing in the end was to take that last section off and bend the hanger section so it moved the exhaust away from the wheel and leaf springs?

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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by Peter-S » Thu May 07, 2020 3:08 pm

That looks really low! Can you pop up any more pictures of the pipe over the rear axle and the height of the pipe under the rear valence
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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by SpaceHopper » Thu May 07, 2020 3:47 pm

I will get some better photos tomorrow, I agree it is not positioned correctly but figuring out what causes that I don't know yet.
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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by Not_Anumber » Thu May 07, 2020 3:52 pm

The previous owner of my V6 put a new Sportex exhaust on for when I picked the car up and i initially hated it. I found whatever i did adjusting the exhaust it was either too close to the wheel or would knock against a rear spring on one side, clanging and banging over the smallest bumps. It was so annoying I bought up a good 2nd hand standard exhaust and manifolds.

Before I got to that I'd decided to replace the rear springs which had a slight sag. With the new firmer springs in place I found the exhaust clearance was already a bit better.

I then slackened off all the exhaust clamps and the hangars. Starting from the front, with someone to help, I spent about an hour carefully moving the exhaust sections in their joints, rotating each part separately until all clearances were at their best. This sorted the Sportex nicely and the standard exhaust has been left gathering dust.

Others have also found the same, time and perseverance has worked for them on Sportex pipes. Id say give it another go with someone to help you.

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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by SpaceHopper » Thu May 07, 2020 4:31 pm

Uploaded the same photo twice.
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Re: Sportex Exhaust

Post by D366Y » Fri May 08, 2020 10:04 am

That does look like it's hanging quite low... I'd agree with the suggestion to loosen everything off and adjust them individually to rotate each section where you can and make sure they're all in their correct/best position. New suspension may seem a bit drastic but thinking back to it I changed my leaf springs a few months later just by chance it and did make a difference.
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