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Old 11-06-2014, 11:33 PM
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So I've got a 01 Type SH and a bit of a situation that I need to rectify fairly quickly and cheaply. You guys helped me out a good bit a year or two ago so I've come here looking for answers ago.

The situation: I've just finished redoing my oil pan gasket and a few other important seals. In the process I discovered the Header/downpipe mating arena and all bolts were so seized by timed / stripped and rounded by PO that they absolutely would not come off (MAP-gas, bolt grips etc...) anyway I ended using a rotary tool to hack the down pipe to bits. Now I'm moving soon and need the car to run as somewhat of a daily for a month or two. I went for the cheapest quick fix I could find and got one of the no name EBAY sets of header+downpipe (I know, I know, I don't like using cheap parts but I just need it to run until tax time, please forgive me and understand.) Well after one set got lost in the mail and I had to reorder I realized that A: I'm more broke than ever (I work for a non-profit animal shelter, 70 bucks makes a big difference in my budget) and B: That I had a non-sh part.

The question: Do any of you know where I could find a similarly ****ty temporary down-pipe solution (I figure I'll keep the header for now) that would fit the SH (with the proper length and upstream 02 placement?) So I have something to drive until tax time? OR had any experience with the cost and effectiveness of a muffler shop doing some custom work to solve the problem? Any and all constructive input needed. Thank you all very much.
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

The down pipe is also referred as the flex pipe. Yes the sh one is longer. But you know that.

Ok, where did you 'hack' up the flange? At the header connection? Which side or both? How is your exhaust pipe at the cat connection point?

I ask because I wonder why not just get another flex pipe... Can you post a couple pix of the damage?

If you've no longer got a flange at either end, most muffler shops won't just weld on some ears with holes to hold two segments of exhaust pipe together, simply because of a liability if it leaks or breaks then leaks.

Is the header and flex pipe separated yet?

It seems to me you'll likely have to buy a flex pipe new or used. I went to car-part.com and there's a used one in Denver for $75. There were others too but they were dang near new priced.
Figure about $125-175 for a new one. I know that may sound like a million in your situation. Your local auto parts store can probably get one.
But you still need an 02 sensor, right? Junkyard for those.
Another option is a 16" long cat vs the 13" one your car came with. That closes the gap of that shorter flex pipe. But again you're looking at $100+ for a new one. I don't think junkyards sell used cat convertors, but may be wrong there.

Now for future reference. Next time drop the entire exhaust pipe and cut the nut off where the flex pipe meets the cat instead of hacking up the flanges. With the radiator out you can pull the header/flex pipe combo up and out once separated from the cat. Then slide your exhaust/cat out from under (if need be) and hack away at those old bolts. Then buy ya some stainless replacements and some anti-sieze grease. Some new 02 sensors come with it.
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

Went totally overboard on the flex pipe and header cutting. It's a total loss I promise, not to mention already in a scrap yard. The eBay header is on the car in fine shape. As everything on the front of the cat. Though I am kind of worried about hanging a stock down pipe from the header that's on the car because the stock is so much heavier than the flex pipe shipped with it, nevermind that where they meet doesn't have a way to secure it to the block like the factory parts. Thank you very much for your time and thought!
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

Dratz bro. Hope you aint gonna drive it with a gap in the exhaust. Carbon monoxide in the cab is bad for your health.

Trouble with being dead is it lasts so long...seems like forever.

A muffler shop can make up a 3" section of pipe for ya since each flange is good. Try that route. Make some phone calls. Somebody'll hook ya up for a good price.
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

I have no plans to drive it as is. Being that the hangers on the base model flex pipe don't line up right I'm terrified of the block having to support all that weight on it's own.
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

Don't blame ya. Wire. The thicker the better, until you can have a hanger added to your pipe space filler made.

Check out prelude power as I'm sure somebody somewhere has had a base flex pipe mounted on an SH car.
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Re: Looking for cheap temporary type-sh downpipe fix.

I have the same broken flex pipe problem on a 1999 Type SH. Like you I'm just going to replace it with a very cheap header until there is more money to do the entire exhaust with quality 2.5" stainless but as you know the Type SH parts are harder to find. Any shop will charge $125+ to cut and weld a new flex pipe, so after some searching I found this cheap Type SH header on a couple of websites but one already told me they are out of stock, and I haven't heard from the other. Check it out and let me know if you have any luck because I'm still waiting to hear who has one then I'll buy. Thanks.

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