does anyone know the dimensions of the stock exhaust for a 94 2.5 v6 manual. length, width, inlet diameter etc if you share your information that would be great as i'm looking to buy a universal fit exhaust to fit myself as it seems to be a lot cheaper
universals are fine if you dont mind welding etc! but can turn out to be alot of work.... new mounting brackets etc etc. been there and done it! also another note that many do not realise, and im not sure as to how valid it is to our cars, is that a exhaust is supposed to produce a certain amount of back pressure, something to do with the engine, but i stand to be corrected here. So anything other than one designed for the car may not be so good.
Of course i may have got this all wrong - except for the fitting bit!!!
so please correct me if i have my facts wrong.
I got involved in fitting a universal exhaust to an Escort once. I can assure you it was an absolute pig, eventually being forced into place with copious amounts of fireputty. All the exhaust mounts were strained, the joint was not gas tight and it also squeaked over bumps.
Said Escort's owner came back a few months later, rather sheepishly told me it had failed the MOT because of the exhaust, and asked politely if I would help him to fit a replacement. It actually took longer to put the car on stands than to fit the OEM part.
Pay the money for a proper one... It's cheaper in the long run. Universal ones are universally poor quality and poor fitment. If you want to go cheap, just replace the section that's rotten.
However, it would be silly not to consider a stainless steel system... it will never rust and will last the life of the car. Imagine that a cheap exhaust might last you 2 years and will cost you £200... a SS one will last you 10 years and cost £300...
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