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Old 03-15-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Artech Downpipe crack. Will a repair hold up?

So I have probably less than 1000 miles on my Artech side-mount setup. All cruising miles, no track or anything. Got a nice crack that developed last week and im wondering if a repair will hold up? I'm not even going to E-mail Abe about this because I want to get the downpipe out, repaired, and re-installed all in the same day. This way I wont have to take up space in my work's garage for too long. Thoughts?



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I would reweld, then work on a transmission brace.
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What shuiend said. Also, I think Abe warranties all his stuff, it'd be foolish not to take advantage of that.
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I would reweld, then work on a transmission brace.
Cool thanks. I just started looking around at braces... $399 for the FM brace... Yikes better start tucking $$ away haha
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is there a flex pipe on this?
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is there a flex pipe on this?
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What in the world you looking at thats $400? I thought they were like 30-40?

edit: lars is talking about this right? http://www.flyinmiata.com/index.php?...umber=06-97577
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What shuiend said. Also, I think Abe warranties all his stuff, it'd be foolish not to take advantage of that.
I thought about it originally but considering how much it would cost me to ship it and the time to send it, wait for him to repair it, and then send it back wouldn't be worth it. If he will send me a credit for a repair I have done though, It would be worth contacting him about that
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What in the world you looking at thats $400? I thought they were like 30-40?

edit: lars is talking about this right? Flyin' Miata : Turbochargers : Parts and upgrades : 1990-97 3" FM exhaust brace
Oh wow if that is all he was referring to, I'll order that up today!
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Issue is that's for a fm manifold and dp. Idk if its going to be plug and play. May have to make your own that fits your setup.
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Issue is that's for a fm manifold and dp. Idk if its going to be plug and play. May have to make your own that fits your setup.
Yeah that's true too... Doubt the positioning of the exhaust would be close enough for it to work. Might be a good starting point to though and try to modify it to work with my exhaust
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What in the world you looking at thats $400? I thought they were like 30-40?

edit: lars is talking about this right? Flyin' Miata : Turbochargers : Parts and upgrades : 1990-97 3" FM exhaust brace
Yeah something like that.
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But that is the correct concept. Something that mounts at the tranny, and holds the downpipe up, while allowing it to expand in length. I made mine work with custom exhaust by cutting and re-welding the FM bracket so the clamp was in correct location. Tacked while on car.
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Why did i have to see this after putting a deposit down on similar setup? Subbed
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Lol I wouldn't sweat it too much. I'm 1000% happy with the entire setup. Luckily it should be an easy repair... Make sure you add a brace to yours and you should have no trouble!
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You flex pipe looks to be In a similar location as mine. Which means the fm brace would bolt behind the flex piece, rendering it useless.
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You flex pipe looks to be In a similar location as mine. Which means the fm brace would bolt behind the flex piece, rendering it useless.
Is there anything else that would work?
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My next project is to use an exhaust band clamp to make a brace. It supposedly spreads the weight out better.
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Just clamp on an exhaust clamp, and use a 25mmx3mm mild steel strap bend and drilled to bolt the clamp to the box, in front of the flex.

(thats 1"x1/8th")
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Just clamp on an exhaust clamp, and use a 25mmx3mm mild steel strap bend and drilled to bolt the clamp to the box, in front of the flex.

(thats 1"x1/8th")
Yeap. Do this, and reweld the weld that's cracked.
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