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gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - i’ve broken it :(


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i didn’t like the exhaust at first but it has grown on me, it can stay for now. at some point i’ll probably upgrade to a custom job which might just coincide with a turbo installation :) 

quite a few have fitted bike exhausts, some look better than others - but now the test is passed, i can pretty much do whatever i want, doesn’t need an mot until  june 2025 !

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As the sun was shining yesterday, me and @DVee8 took the Exo out for a blast 

the route was something like this, I'm not exactly sure as I was following dvee8s excellent directions, but involved some of the finest driving roads the region has to offer :)


we stopped for pics several times, much to the amusement of a couple in a campervan who we kept overtaking





County Durham


looking down into the valley near Brough


amazing clouds today


ace photographer at work


on the way back, we stopped in Barnard Castle for a coffee and an amazing meat pie - mince, gravy and minted mushy peas sounded a little odd but tasted great - the shop appropriately named "De-licious" 

we sat in a bench and had fun watching people's reaction to seeing the Exo parked up over the road, I think mum spotted us as dad and son were having a good nosey around the car :) 


coffees and pies finished, we headed back to the car and spotted this beauty coming round the corner - the driver gave me a big thumbs up when he saw me taking pics :) 



further hooning occurred on the return journey, the Exo notching up 180km in an afternoon and relishing every one of them.

thanks to @DVee8 for a smashing day out, some excellent roads and for great company. 

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What a cracking drive out yesterday, the weather was just right.

Wrap up warm, was my instructions. I look like the Michelin man.

I have said for along time we have some of the finest driving road around here, and boy were they driven yesterday.

The  2 old dears sitting on the next bench along were somewhat bemused by the going ons, the Dutch couple in their gold  opel kadett were quite excited when we overtook them.

Then to round off a cracking day, many beers were drank.






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during yesterday’s hooning, i managed to bottom out the Exo a couple of times - so i thought i’d better check underneath for any damage

hmm, bit of a scrape on the exhaust there 


i have a decat that i’m planning to fit so might as well take it off the car for a better look


hmm, that’s pretty bad


almost looks like a hole - better give it a prod 



fetch the mig 


fetch the grinder


add a sacrificial plate over the top


and then notice the true extent of the damage


yep, that’s fecked !


i’ll see if there’s any kind of warranty as it’s only been in use for a few months, only snag being i bought it off another exo builder, not direct from mev. 

if not, i’ve got a lead on a local custom exhaust place that may be able to help.


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in the meantime, here’s some pretty pictures from this afternoon’s hoon

(the gates were open and no one was about, how could i resist ?)





got to be a calendar shot there, surely ? 


seaton delaval hall



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  • gm changed the title to gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - i’ve broken it :(
Just now, Mally said:

The Stainless box will weld up easy. Happens all the time with Stainless.

Just needs a couple of triangular plates for extra strength.

My Robin Hood did the same.

Plus one on that. Useless fragile awkward shite. On the plus side its reasonably rot proof (dependant on grade), but other than that little to say for it (I work with it a lot cos paper Mills and wet humid environment. Makes you look like a welding god though!

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2 hours ago, loserone said:

Reckon the exo would be OK on this?

it wouldn’t just be the exhaust i’d need to worry about :) does look like fun though 

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i wanted to keep the exo mobile - desperate times call for desperate action ! this is the standard mx5 exhaust i kept just in case 


might need that hanger ‘adjusting’


sorted !





ridiculous and probably not legal but will allow me to drive to the exhaust place without sounding like a bell end 


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but as it was pissing down, i chucked the broken bits in the boot of the mazda and headed for exhaust mania in bishop auckland 

looks like i’m in the right place 


do you do repairs, mate ? 


yes, very good ones, as it happens



i’m taking it back next week for him to weld in a flexi joint - he wasn’t happy doing it off the car, wants to get it perfect. 

i nipped into lidls on the way home and picked up a can of high temp paint, might as well get the centre section looking right before it goes back on 





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